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August 20, 2012

Game 122: Cubs 4, Reds 5

W: Chapman (5-4) L: Camp (3-6)


Ryan Hanigan hits a walk-off singleDespite 3 errors, the Reds pulled off a walk-off win against the Cubs yesterday to take 3 of the 4 games.

Mat Latos had a nice outing. Through 8 innings he allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks. But since the offense didn’t win it until the ninth, it was Aroldis Chapman who got the win. In the ninth, he allowed 0 runs on 1 hit and 0 walks. He struck out 2.

The offense was off to a good start when 3 of the first 4 batters got on base, and then Jay Bruce knocked in Zack Cozart to draw first blood. It looked even better in the fourth when a parade of singles by Jay Bruce, Frazier, Wilson Valdez, and Latos (plus a sac fly by Ryan Hanigan) put 3 more runs on the board.

But the Cubs had tied it up by the time last round-up time rolled around for the Reds, and no one was looking forward to extra innings with the trip to Philly looming. That’s when Xavier Paul got his 1-for-1 triple to lead off the bottom of the ninth and set up Hanigan for his second RBI of the game.

The win brings the Reds’ record to 74-48. Tonight they are hosted by the Phillies. Mike Leake (RHP, 5-7, 4.29 ERA) will try his hand against Roy Halladay (RHP, 6-7, 3.80 ERA). First pitch at 7:05 p.m.

August 20, 2012

Awaiting the return of Votto

Last Game
The Reds won walk-off style yesterday afternoon. The Cubs tied up the score at 4s in the top of the eighth, but there’s no need for extras when Xavier Paul leads off the bottom of the ninth with a triple and Ryan Hanigan singles him in.

I wonder if this made Dusty Baker feel even more justified in having Hanigan bat eighth.

The win gave the Reds 3-of-4 over the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Pirates were battling it out for second place. The Pirates came out the victors and now trail the Reds by 6.5.

Next Game
Tonight the Reds visit the Phillies. Mike Leake (RHP, 5-7, 4.29 ERA) is coming off that awesome complete game against the Mets, but he’s got his work cut out for him. Taking the mound for the Phillies will be Roy Halladay (RHP, 6-7, 3.80 ERA), who was injured earlier in the year and is recently doing better than his numbers indicate. First pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Joey Votto on the red carpet on Opening Night 2012Still No Date for Votto’s Return
It seems like we used to have some really big star on the team, but I’ve been looking at the box scores for the last month and I can’t find anyone. Weird.

Joey Votto is participating in baseball activity again, at last, according to Reds.com. It’s been 5 weeks since the arthroscopic meniscus surgery was supposed to keep him out for 3-4 weeks. Myself, I thought he’d make it back sooner, until he suddenly ripped yet more of the cartilage and needed a follow-up procedure.

Votto is not going on the trip to Philadelphia, and no one’s prepared to say he’ll be playing in the series against the Cardinals this weekend, though that’s the early side of when he might be ready to play.

The rest of the team has been really great in his absence, and some guys who might not have gotten much attention otherwise have proven themselves. But it’s Votto whose ABs you stop anything to watch. It’s sort of sad that we’re still without them.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds had 6 errors by 6 different players in this series against the Cubs. Todd Redmond, Todd Frazier, Wilson Valdez, Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, and Drew Stubbs each flubbed something.