Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Reds hold on against Brew Crew for series victory


Who needs an Ace? Not the Reds, they already have one.

The Reds kept their series win streak alive in dramatic fashion, perhaps a bit too dramatic, taking two of three in Milwaukee after a 2-1 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. It was more than just any victory, though, as this one felt a little bit bigger. All the info after the break…

The Good
- What can we say about Johnny Cueto? Simply put, this was the type of game the Reds have lost for years, end of story. Milwaukee had its big name ace going in Zack Greinke and he was on fire, throwing eight shutout innings of two-hit ball with 11 strikeouts. Cueto, though, matched him zero for zero by tossing seven shutout frames on five hits to lower his ERA to a microscopic 1.12 on the season.
- There was a very impressive stat read during the WLW broadcast today – since July 31, 2011 Cueto has an ERA of 2.17. If you’re still wondering when the Reds will find their ace, you are ignoring the numbers.
- Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips earned some of those huge dollars they raked in with their new contracts. Votto knocked in the first run of the game with his RBI hit to score Drew Stubbs with two outs. BP followed that up with another RBI hit to score the eventual game-winning run.
- Stubbs is really, really fast. Seeing him score all the way from first on Votto’s hit is the most exciting moment of the season so far.
- Aroldis Chapman still remains nearly unhittable, picking up his third win of the season with two strikeouts in a hitless eighth inning. Oh, by the way, his ERA is still 0.00.
- Logan Ondrusek was able to put out the fire in the ninth inning, coaxing a fly out by Travis Ishikawa to leave the bases loaded.

The Bad
- The problem was, Ondrusek wound up in a troublesome situation because Sean Marshall couldn’t shut the door. Marshall was irratic again, allowing three hits and a walk, including a home run to Ryan Braun and left with the winning run on base before Ondrusek bailed out the Reds.
- Marshall’s woes might open the door for a full-fledged closer controversy in Cincinnati. The obvious replacement would be Chapman, but don’t forget about Ondrusek.

Notables
- Milwaukee continues to fill Miller Park. Attendance was 27,090 for the afternoon special.
-The Reds are off tomorrow before returning home for a three-game series with Washington.  Cincinnati is in a very testing portion of its schedule with series against the Nats, Braves (six games), and Yankees coming up. 

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