Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cincy rounds up Tribe behind big night from Phillips

The Indians couldn't get this guy out tonight

The Battle of Ohio continued at GABP on Wednesday when the Reds played host to their instate rivals from Cleveland. And for the second time in as many nights, Dusty Baker's crew came away with a victory -- this time by a tally of 5-3. Former Indian Brandon Phillips and Mat Latos led the effort en route to securing yet another day atop the National League Central Division standings.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the notables, shall we?

The Good
- Despite getting himself into trouble on several occasions, Latos escaped relatively unscathed to notch his fifth victory (5-2) of the season. He allowed just two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work while striking out seven.
- Phillips put a hurtin' on his former team by going 3-3 with a homer (7), three RBI (34) and a pair of runs scored. His recent string of multi-hit games has helped lift his overall average to .284.
- Joey Votto ripped his league-leading 27th double and added a single to boost his season average to an astronomical .362. Can this guy hit or what? It is truly a treat to watch this man play baseball.
- Sean Marshall pitched a perfect eighth inning to record his seventh hold. He tossed 12 of his 14 pitches for strikes.
- Yes, Cincinnati is still greater than Cleveland.
- The Redlegs record now stands at 34-27 (19-13 at home).

The Bad
- The Tribe actually outhit the Reds 8-7.
- Ryan Ludwick is now hitting .201 after going hitless in four trips to the dish (2 Ks).
- Wilson Valdez, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce combined to go 0-10 with four punchouts.
- Aroldis Chapman yielded an earned run in his third consecutive outing. However, he did manage to preserve the win for his seventh save of 2012.

The Notables
- Cincinnati improves to 38-39 all-time versus Cleveland.
- A crowd of 27,428 was on hand for the contest.
- New Ohio State football coach and Ashtabula, Ohio native Urban Meyer threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
- Volunteers and wives of Reds players collected food prior to the game as part of the Strike Out Hunger program. Fans who donated at least two food items received a free view level ticket to the 7/30 game versus San Diego.
- Bill Bray, who has been on the DL since late-April with a strained groin, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday and Friday as part of his rehab assignment.
- Up next: The Interleague series between the two rivals concludes tomorrow as Mike Leake (2-5, 4.97) looks to shake any and all ill effects of having the flu while opposing Cleveland's Josh Tomlin (3-3, 4.96). Leake was scheduled to throw tonight, but was scratched in favor of Latos due to flu-like symptoms. First pitch for Thursday's matinee is set for 12:35et.

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