Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fiers on Fire in Win Over Reds

The Cincinnati Reds (66-44) battled the Milwaukee Brewers (50-59) in the second game of a three game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Cueto was looking to extend his number of wins to a National League best 15 games in the start against the Brew Crew. Johnny got off to a rough start in the bottom of the first inning giving up a 2-run homerun to Aramis Ramirez which would be all Milwaukee needed for the young right hander Mike Fiers.

Fiers took a perfect game bid deep into the night - a night that saw the first place Redlegs take a 3-1 loss, their third loss in a row.

Let's take a look at how the game unfolded with the good, the bad and the notables:

The Good:
+ Not much good to speak about in tonight's ballgame. The team did muster three hits from the Votto-less offense. Those three hits belonging to Zack Cozart, Xavier Paul, and Ryan Hanigan.
+ The teams only run came in the 7th inning when Brandon Phillips lifted a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nyjer Morgan to score Cozart.
+ The pitching kept the guys in the game with the strong start from Johnny Cueto who went a strong seven innings while giving up three runs and striking out nine batters. Sean Marshall and Sam LeCure combined for an inning of scoreless relief.

The Bad:
+ The offense. It has been looking very anemic the past three games (all losses). As noted before, the team mustered three hits against Fiers and pushed one run across the plate. Fiers took a perfect game bid into the 7th inning until Zack Cozart broke it up with a double. The 29-year-old rookie Jim Henderson closed out the game for the Brewers tonight with his first major league save.
+ There were many players in the starting lineup that were hitless as only three managed to get a hit.
+ Three game losing streak.

The Notables:
+ It was announced today that Barry Larkin's number "11" will be retired this season on August 25th in a home game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
+ The Pirates also lost tonight to the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4, which means the Reds still hold a 3.5 game lead in the NL Central.
+ Up next: Tomorrow's 2:10pm EST start time will feature a pitching matchup of Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94) against lefty Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.57). It will be the final game of the three game series before the team heads off to Chicago to take on the Cubbies for a four game series.

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