Friday, April 27, 2012

Reds spring a Leake, fall to 'Stros 6-4

Rodriguez improved his lifetime mark vs
Cincinnati to 8-9 on Friday

The Reds (9-11) welcomed the Houston Astros (8-12) to Great American Ball Park on Friday night and were subsequentally treated to a 6-4 defeat. Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez picked up the win to even his record on the year to 2-2. Mike Leake took the loss to drop his to 0-3.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the series opener:

The Good:
- It's Friday and the weather was relatively B-E-A-utiful for a night in April.
- Todd Frazier came off the pine to deliver a pinch hit, RBI triple in the 5th. He's now 4-for-4 in his career as a pinch-hitter.
- J.J. Hoover struckout two in two scoreless innings of relief. Folks are very excited about his potential.
- Joey Votto smacked a run-scoring double in the home half of the sixth. He's now tied for the league lead in doubles. He also drew his MLB-leading 20th walk.
- Jose Arredondo whiffed two in one inning of work. He's now recorded six Ks over his last three IP.
- Jay Bruce popped his fifth homer of the season. He also added a single.

The Bad:
- Leake had a less-than-desirable outing. The young right-hander hit the showers early after surrendering six runs (three earned) and seven hits in 3.2 IP. His season ERA ballons to 6.65.
- Brandon Phillips was guilty of a defensive miscue -- the first for him on the year.
- The Astros managed to steal two bags off rookie catcher Devin Mesoraco. He's gunned down just one potential base stealer in nine attempts this season. He was also charged with a passed ball.
- Scott Rolen and Ryan Ludwick were each hitless in four plate appearances.
- The Reds take one on the chin to the lowly 'Stros.

The Notables:
- The first 10,000 fans received a commemorative 8X10 print honoring the team's 10,000th win as a franchise.
- 29,486 tickets were sold for tonight's....titanic struggle.
- Houston 1B Carlos Lee exited the game in the bottom of the first with an apparent ankle injury. No word on the severity just yet.
- Up next: Ace Johnny Cueto (2-0, 1.78) takes the ball to square off against Houston's Lucas Harrell (1-1, 3.97) on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 4:10pm ET. The first 20,000 fans through the gates receive a free Reds fleece blanket, courtesy of Duke Energy Retail.
- Yesterday marked an important milestone for Bronson Arroyo. The right-hander obtained "Ten And Five Rights" -- meaning he's accumulated ten years of MLB service with the last five years (or more) spent with the same team. He can no longer be traded without his permission. If the Reds do trade him all of his deferred payments would be voided and immediately owed up-front by his new team. Bottom line is it's highly unlikely Arroyo is dealt.

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