Sunday, August 26, 2012

Phillips Shines, as Larkin's number is retired, in 8-2 Victory

The Cincinnati Reds honored Barry Larkin by retiring his Number 11. The Reds have been honoring Larkin all season and this was a final step. Larkin joins only 8 others Reds who have had their numbers retired. It's always nice to win on occasions such as this, both honoring former greats and facing perhaps your most heated rival. Brandon Phillips, who's childhood hero was Larkin, helped insure the victory for the Reds. As always, here is the good, bad, and notables.

The Good
- Mike Leake pitched a very strong game. He went 6.2 innings allowing only 2 runs. He allowed 10 hits but it's only the runs that count, right?
-J.J. Hoover pitched a perfect inning  with 3 strikeouts
-Brandon Phillips had 3 hits, 2 RBI, and scored 2 runs including his 14th home run.
-Jay Bruce hit his 27th home run and had 2 RBI and 2 runs
- Todd Frazier also had 2 runs and an RBI

The Bad
-Zack Cozart went 0-5 with a strike out
-Drew Stubbs had 4 strike outs on the night to record what's known as the "golden sombrero"

The Notables
- The official attendance was announced as 41,680. It was another sellout for the Reds who just keep adding to the record for most sellouts in a season at GABP. Saturday was no. 14.
-The Reds are 7 games ahead of the Cardinals in the division
-The Cardinals and Reds only meet up one more time during the regular season, over the final weekend in St. Louis
-The Reds are sending out Homer Bailey (10-8 4.11 ERA) against Adam Wainwright (12-10 3.65 ERA) in the series clincher

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