June 13, 2012
W: Cueto (7-3)
L: Gomez (4-5)
Despite trailing early on, the Reds came back to win authoritatively last night. They beat the Indians in the first game of the series, 1-7.
Johnny Cueto started and ended for the Reds. In 9.0 innings pitched he allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 0 walks. Damn.
The bench all had the dreaded flu-like symptoms last night, so the line-up looked a little funny and not a single pinch-hitter made it into the game. The much-despised Wilson Valdez, for example, was hitting second.
Fortunately, he did very well for the team, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, which probably means we’ll see him batting second again. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether that part is fortunate or not.
Chris Heisey went 2-for-4. Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with a walk and 3 RBI. Brandon Phillips when 2-for-5 with an RBI. In fact, everyone had a hit last night except for Jay Bruce, and even he had an RBI.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 33-27. Thanks to the Pirates losing last night, the Reds are again in sole possession of first place in the NLC. The Reds and Indians match up again tonight at 7:10 p.m. Mat Latos (4-2, 4.85 ERA) will be filling in for the flu-stricken Mike Leake. He’ll go against Derek Lowe (7-4 3.72 ERA).
June 13, 2012
The Reds drew first blood in the Battle for Ohio last night, beating the Indians 1-7. Johnny Cueto threw a complete game in 122 pitches. Hopefully that doesn’t wear him out for next time.
The war wages on tonight at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. Mike Leake is sick, so Mat Latos (4-2, 4.85 ERA) will take the mound for the Reds and defend against Derek Lowe (7-4 3.72 ERA). Seven wins already is kind of intimidating, but Lowe is coming off a rough outing against the Tigers on Thursday.
The Dreaded Flu-Like Symptoms
It happens every year: someone on the team picks up some Martian Death Virus somewhere, and it spreads like wildfire through the clubhouse. The insistence on being all vague and calling it “flu-like symptoms” gives it a particularly menacing feel.
Several of the Reds, including Mike Leake, Zack Cozart, and Joey Votto, all have the Martian Death Virus this time around. The medical staff has them jammed full of IVs, because apparently their mouths stopped working for the intake of fluids. Must be one of the “symptoms.”
The flu-like symptoms didn’t stop Joey Votto from hitting a home run and bringing in 3 RBI last night.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
At least 1 home run has been hit in each of the last 56 games at Great American Ball Park. The last homer-less game was in July 2011.