May 15, 2012

The Daily Brief: Going for the sweep in Atlanta

Last Game
The Reds took the first game of the two-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Homer Bailey pitched, Chris Heisey and Brandon Phillips got RBI, and the Reds won 3-1.

Next Game
The Reds finish the short series against the Braves tonight at 7:10 p.m. Normally I wouldn’t be too optimistic about such a game, but it’s Johnny Cueto and his 4-0 record and his 1.12 ERA going out there. The question is whether the offense can find the button (as in George Grande’s saying, “he hit that one on the button”) against Tim Hudson.

Still Talking about Votto’s 3-Homer Game
When Joey Votto hit three home runs against the Nationals this week, it was the second time he’d hit three home runs in the same game. That made him the fifth player in Reds’ history to have more than one three-homer game. The other four were Johnny Bench (3 times), Gus Bell (twice), Eric Davis (twice) and Aaron Boone (twice). Not bad company.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Johnny Cueto has not allowed a run in his last 16 innings.

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