Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Reds sink Pirates, 5-4

Word is this guy's alright.

The Redlegs were able to wash away the bad taste left in their mouths after a loss in game one of the series against the Buccos by holding on for a 5-4 victory. With the win, the good guys move to 30-24 on the season while dropping their divisional rival to 28-26. By using the trusty blueprint of strong starting pitching, timely hitting and a rock solid closing performance, the Reds sent the faithful at GABP home happy. Let’s check out the details…

The Good
-Johnny Cueto (6-3) was masterful again against the Pirates, not allowing a runner to get past first base through the first seven innings. He ran into trouble in the eighth and his line ended up being a bit deceiving because of bullpen issues.
-Aroldis Chapman continues to amaze, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth for the save with perhaps his best velocity of the season. He hit 100+ on four pitches, ending the game with a 101 mph fastball to complete a strikeout of Rod Barajas. I’ve never seen any pitcher consistently make major league hitters look foolish the way Chapman has all year long.
-Ryan Ludwick came through with a game-changing hit in the fourth, a bases-clearing double to take the Reds lead from 1-0 to 4-0. With Drew Stubbs out for at least the time being, Ludwick figures to play every day and needs to swing the bat well for the Reds to stay in first.
-Another guy who will likely be in the lineup on a daily basis with Stubbs sidelined is Chris Heisey, who had a tremendous catch while crashing up against the wall which will certainly make highlight reels everywhere.
-Brandon Phillips had a strong night with two hits and two runs, including a solo home run in the second off Pirates starter Brad Lincoln to get the scoring started.

The Bad
-Things got much more interesting than they needed to be late. Cueto left leading, 5-1, in the eighth and Logan Ondrusek promptly surrendered a three-run homer to Andrew McCutchen, the only batter he faced, to make it a 5-4 game.
-The top of the order didn’t give the Reds anything – 1-2 hitters Zack Cozart and Heisey were a combined 0-for-7 with a walk.

-Cueto threw a season-high 118 pitches (74 strikes).
-An announced crowd of 16,859 took in the night’s festivities for the game which took two hours and 44 minutes to complete.
-Mike Leake (2-5, 4.95) will take on Kevin Correia (2-5, 4.19) in the rubber match of the three-game series tomorrow at GABP. 

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