Sunday, September 9, 2012

Reds fall to Astros 5-1

Reds ace Johnny Cueto got off to a rocky start, giving up 9 hits and 4 earned runs, lasting only 4 innings.

The Reds offense didn't fare very well today either, scoring only 1 run on 5 hits, and striking out 14 times. The end result? A 5-1 defeat to the hands of the lowly Astros. However, in spite of the loss the team still boasts the largest division lead of any team in baseball.

Here's a look at the (little) good, bad and notables from Sunday:

The Good
- Jay Bruce is still on his hot streak, getting 2 hits in 4 at bats, including a 4th inning triple that scored Joey Votto for the only Reds run of the game.
-  Despite giving up a solo homer, Tony Cingrani put in three great innings, facing 9 batters, strikinng out 5 and giving up only one hit (the previously mentioned home run)
- Logan Ondrusek and Jose Arrendondo also pitched well out of the pen, each pitching one inning and giving up one hit each and no runs.
- Congratulations to Didi Gregorious, who got his first major league hit today.

The Bad
- Johnny Cueto had far from a Cy Young caliber outing. Lasting 4 innings, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits. Although he did manage to strike out 6 battters. He still has an impressive 2.71 ERA
- Drew Stubbs' move to the bottom of the order has seemed to have had no effect on the centerfielder. He struck out three times, twice looking. He did manage to get a walk.
-  Rookie of the Year candidate Todd Frazier also had a bad performance, Going 0 for 4 at the plate and striking out twice. He is still posting an impressive .284 batting average.
- Brandon Phillips' average had dropped below .300 again. He also went 0 for 4 at the plate.

The Notables
- 33,438, including yours truly, attended the game today at Great American.
- A 74 degree and sunny day with a slight breeze made it a great day to play some baseball.
- Today was the last time the Houston Astros will face the Cincinnati Reds as a National League ballclub. 
- The Reds continue their home stand tomorrow night when they kick off a three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wandy Rodriguez (10-13 3.71 ERA, 117 SO) will take on Mat Latos (12-4 3.69 ERA, 158 SO). The game starts at 7:10 pm EST
- Despite the loss, the Reds still hold a 8.5 game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central.
- The Reds then have an off day on Thursday before heading to Miami to take on the last place Marlins

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