Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cueto, Frazier help Reds finish off Padres

Todd Frazier led the way Thursday afternoon.
The Reds (64-41) beat the Padres (44-63) by a score of 9-4 in their final tune-up before a crucial, weekend showdown with the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Johnny Cueto (W 14-5, 2.52) gave up four earned runs over 7.1 innings, with nine strikeouts, to move into a tie for the National League lead in wins at 14. Ross Ohlendorf (L 3-2 6.27) lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing six earned runs to suffer the loss.

For a day when people were just absolutely crushing the lineup that manager Dusty Baker threw out there, those “scrubs” didn’t do so bad in backing up Cueto.

The Good
-Cueto gave the bullpen some much needed rest by going deep into the game. Big Logan Ondrusek threw seven pitches to get two outs to pick up Cueto in the eighth. Jose Arredondo finished the game with a scoreless ninth.
-Todd Frazier went 1-for-4, including a two-run home run (13) to get the scoring started, and finished with three total RBI (40).
-After a putrid July, Jay Bruce was 2-for-4, with two RBI (66), and two runs scored.
-Zack Cozart had two hits, with an RBI (23), and a run.
-Ryan Hanigan also had two hits, including a double, and an RBI (13).
-Miguel Cairo collected two hits and a run.
-With 13 total hits, every starter had one, including Cueto, except Xavier Paul and Drew Stubbs. Stubbs did reach twice, steal a base, and score twice though.

The Bad
-Paul batted leadoff, but went 0-for-5, garnering the dreaded golden sombrero with four strikeouts.
-That’s about it. The Reds did strike out 12 times if you want to count that as part of the bad.
-The game wasn't on TV unless you had one of those fancy packages that costs more money.

The Notables
-The Reds have won 20 of 23 games, and at 64-41 are 23 games over .500 for the first time since 9/4/10, according to John Fay on Twitter.
-The Redlegs are now 38-3 when Stubbs scores a run.
-Cincinnati now holds a 3.5 game lead on Pittsburgh.
-22,396 fans came out to see the afternoon affair on a sunny, 86-degree day.
-Mat Latos (9-3, 4.17) will lead the charge against Wandy Rodriguez (7-9, 3.82) and the Pirates who come to town for a huge three-game series, starting at 7:10pm Friday night at Great American Ball Park.

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