Friday, September 14, 2012

Marlins blank the Reds behind a strong outing by Turner


Friday marked the first ever visit to brand new Marlins Park for the first-place Reds (87-58). Unfortunately, their debut was one to forget as they were treated to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the host Marlins (64-81).

Marlins rookie Jacob Turner had Cincinnati hitters off balance all evening long en route to his second victory of 2012 (2-3). The right-hander limited the Reds to just two hits and a couple of walks over his 7-inning start.

Meanwhile, the Miami offense was fueled by Justin Ruggiano, Jose Reyes and Greg Dobbs who all tallied two hits a piece. One of those hits for Dobbs was of the four-base variety, his fifth of the season. That proved to be all that Turner and The Fish needed on Friday.

As always, here's a gander at the good, bad and notables from the affair:

The Good:
+ Todd Frazier reached base twice. Once via walk and the other thanks to his 24th double of the year.
+ Xavier Paul came off the pine and proceeded to rip a pinch-hit single.
+ Logan Ondrusek pitched a scoreless eighth inning out of the 'pen. He's been pretty reliable since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
+ The Reds still own the largest division lead in baseball. Yes, let's hang our collective hats on that after tonight.

The Bad:
+ Not only were the Redlegs shut out for only the third time in 2012, but they were out-hit by a tally of 9-3.
+ Bronson Arroyo's string of good outings came to a screeching halt. The native Floridian coughed up nine hits and four runs (all earned) in his six innings of work. His record drops to 12-8 overall with the loss.
+ Jay Bruce was 0-4 and is now hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He may be the streakiest player in franchise history. And that's no exaggeration.
+ I could go on about how anemic the offense was in this one, but I won't. Just know that it wasn't very good...at all.
+ The boisterous Ozzie Guillen gets another win on his resume at the expense of the Reds.

The Notables:
+ Cincy's magic number to clinch the NL Central remains at eight...for the moment at least. A Cardinals loss to the Dodgers would lower that number to seven. That game just got underway at 10:00pm ET.
+ Aroldis Chapman threw off flat ground before the game, and apparently it went well. It's the first time he's thrown since his outing on Monday. He aims to return in time for the series in Chicago that begins next Tuesday.
+ Zack Cozart missed his ninth game in a row. However, he hit soft toss Friday afternoon and hopes to take batting practice within the next few days. The Reds will continue to be cautious and patient in his return.
+ Up next: Johnny Cueto (17-8, 2.71) gets the starting nod on Saturday and will face Miami's Mark Buehrle (12-12, 3.74). First pitch is set to be uncorked at 7:10et.

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