The Reds (13-20) celebrated Cinco de Mayo by scoring 5 runs and ending their 5-game losing streak. Thanks to the Cubs (18-14) and their recent ineffectiveness. It’s one thing to lose to the Cardinals, but I think it’s something entirely different to lose to this Reds team.
Johnny Cueto (2-3) bounced back nicely from his previous terrible start, going 6 innings, striking out 8 and allowing 3 runs. His opponent, Ryan Dempster (4-1) didn’t do nearly as well. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Dempster worked 6 scoreless innings, but thanks to some shoddy defense, allowed 5 unearned runs for the loss.
David Weathers returned from the disabled list and was effective as the 8th-inning set-up man. And Francisco Cordero (S 5) remains perfect in save opportunities, although I’ll never know how he didn’t allow any runs with the Jason Isringhausen shenanigans he was pulling in the ninth.
Regardless, a win is the win, and the Reds desperately needed one. The Reds have a chance to make it two in a row and to make the Cubs worry a bit more tonight when they send Aaron Harang out against Carlos Zambrano at 7:10pm EDT.