Thursday, April 12, 2012

Simon's walk-off wild pitch costs Reds the opener in D.C.

Ludwick's two-RBI single tied it in the ninth.
The offense once again stalled for the Cincinnati Reds (3-4), as they scored no runs until the ninth inning, though those runs did extend the game. Gio Gonzalez outpitched Mat Latos, limiting Cincinnati to just two hits while striking out seven Reds in seven innings. Latos made his second start for the Reds, but came up with a no-decision after laboring through 99 pitches in five innings. He gave up five hits and three walks, while allowing two earned runs.

Here's the good, the bad, and the notables from the extra-innings affair:

The Good
-Ryan Ludwick kept the Reds alive with two-run game-tying single in the top of the ninth, for his only hit of the game. He finished 1-4 with the two RBI and a strikeout.
-Jay Bruce raised his average to .308, going 1-3 with a double and an intentional walk in the ninth.
-Scott Rolen, Devin Mesoraco, Wilson Valdez each had a double.
-Sam LeCure threw two perfect innings of relief, with a strikeout. Jose Arredondo also threw two scoreless innings to get the Reds to the 10th, inducing a bases-loaded 1-2-3 double play to end the ninth.

The Bad
-Zack Cozart's hitting streak ended at six games with an 0-5 day where he struck out three times.
-After two hits from the leadoff spot yesterday, Drew Stubbs also went 0-5 with three Ks.
-Joey Votto struck out twice in an 0-3 day, though he did walk once and score a run.
-Not-so-fan favorite Alfredo Simon (0-1) hit the first batter of the 10th, Ryan Zimmerman, who eventually came around to third and scored the winning run on the Simon wild pitch.
-As a team the Reds were 1-10 with runners in scoring position, and struck out 12 times.

The Notables
-The Reds' first road game and Nationals' home opener drew 40,907 fans to Nationals Park.
-Dusty Baker hinted that Brandon Phillips, who is nursing his hamstring, may play Saturday or Sunday when the weather gets warmer.
-The Reds and Nationals will continue the four game series tomorrow in the nation's capital as Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 5.68) will face Jordan Zimmerman (0-1, 1.29) with first pitch at 7:05pm EST.

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