July 9, 2012
W: Cueto (10-5)
L: Marquis (3-9)
S: Chapman (11)
The Reds wrapped up the first half with a 4-2 win over the Padres last night to take 3 of 4 in San Diego and 6 of 11 in California.
Johnny Cueto was killing it at first, but faltered as the game went on and only ended up serving 5.2 innings. He allowed 2 runs (earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks in that time, but thanks to run support and good relief, he still finished with the win.
Sam LeCure got the next two outs, Sean Marshall the 5 after that, and Aroldis Chapman closed out the last inning. None of the relievers allowed so much as a hit, and Chapman even struck out 2 in the ninth. For the moment, at least, he’s “back.”
The offense was brought to you last night by:
- Jay Bruce, who knocked Brandon Phillips and himself in with a 2-run home run in the fourth inning for half the Reds’ score. If you’re only going to have one run on the night, why not make it this one?
- Ryan Ludwick, who also made the most of his single hit by going back-to-back with Bruce in the fourth.
- Phillips, who broke the 1-hit trend by going 3-for-5 and who also knocked in Zack Cozart in the seventh inning for the Reds’ insurance run.
The win brings the Reds’ record to 47-38. Except for Joey Votto, Bruce, and Chapman, the team is off until Friday when the Reds will host the Cardinals. Mat Latos will take on Adam Wainwright. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.
July 9, 2012
The Reds escaped San Diego with a win in their final game of the series, of the west coast road trip, of the first half. They roll into the All Star Break with a 47-38 record and in second place in the NLC behind the Pirates.
Johnny Cueto started out strong in last night’s game but didn’t end up lasting very long, pitching just 5.2 innings. He still got the win, though, which was his tenth of the season. Aroldis Chapman got the save with an excellent hitless ninth that featured 2 Ks.
It’s the All Star Break, and finishing off the first-half with an 11-game road trip in California must make the team feel like they’ve really earned it. I feel like I’ve earned it as a fan after a couple weeks of having to stay up until 1:30 a.m. if you want to see the end of the game.
The Reds won’t play as a team again until Friday when they host the Cardinals at a decent hour: 7:10 p.m.
Home Run Derby tonight
The Home Run Derby is tonight at 8 p.m. Representing the AL will be:
- Robinson Cano
- Prince Fielder
- Jose Bautista
- Mark Trumbo
For the NL, it will be
- Matt Kemp
- Carlos Gonzalez
- Carlos Beltran
- Andrew McCutchen
Keep an eye on the #HRDerby hashtag on Twitter. MLB is encouraging participants in the derby to tweet it out.
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Joey Votto is the first Red elected to start an All-Star Game since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 2007. The Reds haven’t had a participant in the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 2000.