Friday, May 25, 2012

Reds win streak comes to a close at the hand of Rockies



Cueto struggled against the Rockies Friday.

We all knew the Redlegs wouldn’t be able to run the table, and that inevitable end of the streak came on Friday night in a 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Now that the six-game winning streak is a thing of the past, let’s look at the good, bad and notable events from the first game of this series against the western visitors.
 

The Good
- Joey Votto continued his hot streak, with a perfect 4-for-4 night and his 12th fourth hit game of his career.
- Ryan Ludwick is off the interstate (.204) with two more hits tonight including an RBI double that narrowly missed getting out for a home run.
- Todd Frazier had two more RBI with a double and is now hitting .271
- J.J Hoover recorded four outs without allowing a hit and his ERA now stands at 0.84.

The Bad
- Johnny Cueto (5-2) reverted back to his human self with a terrible outing, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs. We found out against Atlanta that Cueto isn’t a robot, but he needs to stop reminding us of that fact.
- Jose Arredondo has not been as sharp at the end of the game as he ran into trouble in the ninth again tonight. Although this was not a save situation, Arredondo allowed a run in his inning of work in the ninth inning.
- The Reds had their chances, but couldn’t capitalize often enough, going 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
- You have to feel for Mike Costanzo a bit. In his first chance to be a big league player, he’s been forced into a very difficult role as a pinch hitter, something some of even the most seasoned veterans struggle with. He struck out pinch hitting again tonight and is batting just .091 (1-for-11) in 10 games.

Notables
- An announced crowd of 29,597 took in the titanic struggle. I don’t know about you, but it has been great to see GABP full of fans over the past couple of weeks. Cincinnati is starting to really get excited about baseball and that’s a wonderful thing.
- The Reds and Rockies will face off in game two of this three-game set tomorrow night at 7:15. Mike Leake (1-5, 5.32) will look to keep his recent momentum going as he faces off against Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 5.55). It’s Scott Rolen Rawlings Gold Glove Award Replica Trophy night – the first 20,000 fans get one. A pretty cool promotion and nice tribute to one of the best defensive third basemen of our time.

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