The strangest Reds line-up of the season blew into Houston today and took down the Astros to the tune of 6-1.
Leading off was Drew Stubbs, playing center field. Pretty normal so far. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored. He was followed by Edgar Renteria (SS) and Jay Bruce (RF) who both went 0-fer. Bruce batting third is a little odd, and we’re all missing Janish about now, but still not too weird as far as line-ups go.
Brandon Phillips was in his normal spot in the line-up and the field, and contributed two hits and a walk to the offense. And then you start thinking maybe you’re looking at the wrong team.
Fred Lewis in left field batted fifth, and Ramon Hernandez next–wait for it–playing first base. Chris Valaika at third base, and then Ryan Hanigan catching. Travis Wood took the mound and started off the scoring with a three-run homer in the third.
Let it not be said that Dusty Baker is afraid to mix things up.
Wood got the win, and Aneury Rodriguez took the loss for the Astros. There wasn’t a save to be had. Tomorrow the two go again, with Homer Bailey taking the mound. First pitch will be 8:05 p.m. ET.