Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ludwick's two homers power Reds past Rockies in a Coors Field special

Contrary to Friday, Saturday's affair between the Reds (60-40) and Rockies (37-62) featured offense aplenty. The two teams combined for 22 hits and 16 runs, however, Cincy wound up on the smiling side of the scoreboard by a tally of 9-7 to stretch their season-high winning streak to nine.

Johnny Cueto certainly didn't have his best stuff on this night, but he got ample run support to help lift his record on the year to 13-5. Ryan Ludwick powered the offense with a pair of solo home runs (17) while Aroldis Chapman slammed the door in the ninth to record save no. 21.

Here's a complete recap of the good, the bad and the notables from the Coors Field battle:

The Good:
+ Cueto earned the victory despite a relatively rough outing (by his standards at least). The right-hander coughed up 10 hits and five runs (four earned) in six innings of work. Luckily, his offense had his back -- a rarity through his first 20 starts of 2012. His ERA now stands at 2.39.
+ The Reds used a balanced offensive attack to overwhelm the home team which was led by Ludwick. The 33-year old has elevated his game since Joey Votto went down to injury.
+ Cincy smacked five homers in all. One by Drew Stubbs (11), one by Scott Rolen (5), one by Todd Frazier (11) and than the two by Ludwick.
+ Logan Ondrusek tossed 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to notch his 12th hold of the season. Sean Marshall retired a batter to record his 14th hold as well.
+ Ryan Hanigan may not have tallied a hit (0-2), but he did reach base twice via walk and managed to score a run.
+ They're 10-2 without Votto in the lineup now. I think more people would've expected a 2-10 mark rather than a 10-2 one had you asked them before this run started.
+ The Redlegs win again! They cannot be beaten!

The Bad:
- Cueto was charged with not one, but TWO throwing errors. He's committed four during 2012 now so I wouldn't expect him to be in the running for a Gold Glove.
- Jay Bruce posted an 0-3 night. This after going hitless in four at-bats on Friday.
- Colorado actually out-hit the visitors, 13-9.

The Notables:
+ The Reds have won 16 of their last 18 games and nine straight overall. The last time the Reds won nine straight was back in July of 1999.
+ Furthermore, they have won seven consecutive games played on Saturday and 10 of 11 overall.
+ A packed house of 42,826 was on hand to witness their hometown Rockies walk the plank of defeat.
+ The pesky Pirates won again on Saturday to stay within 2.0 games of first. Hey, the Cardinals lost though.+ Nick Masset continues to rehab from a right shoulder injury that's sidelined him all season long. He threw an inning in an Arizona League game on Friday is set to throw another next Monday.
+ Up next: Cincinnati aims for their third straight series sweep and tenth straight win as they march out Mat Latos (8-3, 4.30) to counter Jonathan Sanchez (0-1, 11.25). First pitch is scheduled for 3:10et.

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