Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ludwick powers Cincinnati past San Diego

The Reds entered Tuesday's tilt against the San Diego Padres in search of starting a new winning streak after having their run of 10 snapped on Monday. And with their 7-6 victory over the visiting Padres (44-61), Cincy (62-41) may have just done that.

Ryan Ludwick provided the bulk of the offense and the bullpen was simply magnificent for the NL Central leading squad. The win also propelled the Redlegs to the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

Here's a quick look at the good, the bad and the notables:

The Good:
+ Ludwick drove in four runs (52) on the strength of a 2-hit night. One of those hits was a 3-run homer -- his 18th of the year.
+ Every Reds position player notched at least one hit with the exception of Ryan Hanigan.
+ Todd Frazier (12) and Brandon Phillips (13) each homered. Frazier made a nice catch in the field during the ninth as well.
+ Baseball's best bullpen certainly proved it. The combination of Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall and Aroldis Chapman combined to toss 5.1 innings of scoreless ball while allowing just one hit -- making what transpired earlier in the day even more puzzling. More on that in the notables section.
+ The Reds remain in first place and possibly begin another winning streak.

The Bad:
- Homer Bailey's attempt to go 5-0 for the month failed miserably. The right-hander reverted back to his old ways during a rough fourth in which the Friars scored six times. He surrendered nine hits and all six runs before leaving after 3.2 IP.
- Scott Rolen was charged with an error. That's seven on the season for him now.
- The upstart Pirates won yet again to stay within three games of first.

The Notables:
+ Former Red Yonder Alonso was 1-4 with a run scored and a strike out.
+ A crowd of 20,356 was on hand.
+ The Reds acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league pitching prospects Donnie Joseph and J.C. Sulbaran earlier in the day. Here's the scoop.
+ Up next: The two teams hook up for game three of the series on Wednesday beginning at 7:10 et. It will be veteran Bronson Arroyo (6-6, 3.76) to counter SD's Kip Wells (2-3, 3.82).

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