May 21, 2012

Game 40: Reds 5, Yankees 2

W: Cueto (5-1) L: Sabathia (5-2) S: Chapman (1)


The Reds strolled to a game- and series-victory yesterday, beating the Yankees 5-2.

Johnny Cueto took the mound, and if you can’t win behind him, you can’t win behind anyone. Cueto put in 7 innings of work, allowing 2 runs (earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks. He gave up 1 home run, but struck out 5.

Sean Marshall came in to be the lefty specialist, which is way insulting for his level of skill. I know he hasn’t been awesome his last couple times out in the closer role, but .1 innings? That’s a non-Dusty-like level of humiliation. To Marshall’s credit, he struck that one guy out.

Logan Ondrusek took over for the other .2 in the eighth and put up a line of all zeroes in preparation to hand the ball over to Aroldis Chapman, the apparent new closer.

Now we all love Aroldis Chapman, but his qualifications don’t exactly match up with his new role. Yeah, he strikes guys out, but he needs rest between outings. Now he’s going to get inconsistent work and only come in when the team has a lead? That’s our manager: always doing the wrong thing. It worked out OK this time, though, as Chapman put in a hitless ninth to close out the game.

On the offensive side, Ryan Ludwick took to his role as DH nicely and knocked in 3 of the Reds’ 5 runs with two solo shots and a double. Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips brought in the other 2 runs.

Bullets of randomness:

  • Hanigan is awesome.
  • Joey Votto’s average is all the way down to .301.
  • For some reason, Wilson Valdez played yesterday.

Tonight the Reds return home to host the Atlanta Braves. Mike Leake (6.21) takes on what must be one of the few starters to have a higher ERA than him at this point in the season, Mike Minor (7.09). With two highly capable offenses behind them, this ought to be a slugfest. First pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET. First home run at 7:25 p.m. ET.

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