May 31, 2012

Game 50: Reds 1, Pirates 2

W: Burnett (4-2) L: Cueto (5-3) S: Hanrahan (13)


The game was looking really good until it suddenly wasn’t yesterday, when the Reds lost 1-2 to the Pirates.

Johnny Cueto started for the Reds. In 7 innings of work he allowed 2 run (earned) on 5 hits and 4 walks. Not the best he’s ever been, but hardly a losing effort. Sean Marshall got the first out in the eighth and Logan Ondursek got the other two. Pitching the ninth wasn’t necessary.

The Reds scored their run early, which is why the game felt pretty good for a while there. Zack Cozart started off the game with a hit and was eventually knocked in by Brandon Phillips. But once A.J. Burnett got going, there was no getting to him. Only Chris Heisey and Joey Votto added hits to Cozart’s first one.

Speaking of Votto, he got a day off yesterday (except for that one pinch-hit) and his absence was definitely felt on the field. May the light day yesterday and the off day today prepare him for another two months’ worth of straight starts.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 28-22. The team is off today as it travels to Houston. Tomorrow they take on the Astros at 8:05 p.m. Mike Leake (1-5, 5.47 ERA) takes on J.A. Happ (4-4, 4.37 ERA)

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