Saturday, September 29, 2012

Quiet bats hold the Reds back

Arredondo was the first to leak a run for starter Mike Leake. 
The Reds began the game tied with the Washington Nationals for the best record in baseball but the Reds were unable to take the lead tonight, staying quiet at the plate in a slow, low-scoring game in Pittsburgh.

Mike Leake threw 86 pitches in six innings in tonight’s loss before being replaced by Jose Arredondo from the bullpen. Arredondo gave up an RBI double to Alex Presley in the bottom of the seventh inning allowing the Pirates to take the lead. Presley's RBI also ended the Reds’ streak of 21 consecutive innings without giving up a run. The Reds tried to rally back in the eighth with an RBI from Scott Rolen, but were ultimately brought down at the last minute by Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off homerun.

The Good:
-Joey Votto has now reached base in all of the 21 games he has played in since coming off back from knee surgery. Looking to the postseason, the Redlegs will need his strong presence at the plate.
-Ryan Ludwick made a pinch-hitting appearance in the eighth inning with a solid double; he is scheduled to return to the starting lineup tomorrow. He has missed eight games with a groin injury.
-Mike Leake added another hit to his batting average with a ground-rule double in the fifth inning.

The Bad:
-Joey Votto’s .341 batting average remains significantly higher than the rest of the team. From tonight’s starting lineup, the second highest average belongs to pitcher, Mike Leake (.295).
-Leake only lasted six innings, giving up four hits and three walks.
-The Reds committed two errors, rare for this team which has received praise for its defensive skills. Although neither play led to runs being scored, throwing errors by Jose Arredondo in the seventh and Zack Cozart in the eighth inning allowed Pirates base runners to advance to scoring position.

The Notable:
-The Pirates packed the stands for tonight’s game, selling out their 17th game of the season. This made for the fourth season with 2 million tickets sold in the team’s history.
-The Reds will take on the Pirates for the last time in 2012 tomorrow at 01:35. Johnny Cueto (19-9 2.83) will try for his 20th win of the season against Wandy Rodriguez (12-13, 3.79).
-Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart and Scott Rolen are scheduled to have the day off tomorrow.

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