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August 3, 2012

Game 105: Padres 4, Reds 9

W: Cueto (14-5) L: Ohlendorf (3-2)


At the beginning of July, the Reds visited San Diego for a four-game series with the Padres. They lost the first game and won the next three. Yesterday afternoon, the Reds finished another four-game series with the Padres in Cincinnati with the exact same result: lost the first and won the last three.

That’s a winning percentage I can get on board with, even though this time the one loss broke the 10-game winning streak.

Johnny Cueto started for the Reds in yesterday’s afternoon affair. He went 7.1 innings and allowed all 4 runs (earned) on 8 hits and a walk. Logan Ondrusek finished out the eighth inning without allowing a baserunner. Jose Arredondo pitched the ninth and allowed only a walk.

With 9 runs and 13 hits, there’s a lot to talk about on the offensive side. Jay Bruce, Scott Rolen, Zack Cozart, Miguel Cairo, and Ryan Hanigan each had multiple hits. But it was Todd Frazier who hit a 2-run home run in the second and brought in another run on a force out in the eighth who can take the credit for the most RBI.

Frazier’s home run started the scoring in the second, but it was a big inning all around. Cozart and Cairo followed it up with singles, setting up Hanigan to double in a run. Cueto and Xavier Paul made outs, but then Drew Stubbs drew a walk which let Jay Bruce single in another couple runs while leaving runners on the corners. A balk then brought in Stubbs. There were another couple walks, but that turned out to be the end of the scoring. You had to see an inning like that end, but as it turns out, that inning alone was all the runs the Reds would need.

The win brings the Reds’ record to 64-41. Tonight they host the toughest contender they’ve faced in a while: the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mat Latos (RHP, 9-3, 4.17 ERA) faces off against the Pirates’ new acquisition, Wandy Rodriguez (LHP, 0-0, 4.50 ERA). First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

August 3, 2012

Reds take on 2nd place Pirates

Last Game
The Reds won yesterday afternoon to take the last three games in the four-game series against the Padres. Johnny Cueto didn’t have his best stuff, but he still ate some innings and performed well enough to keep the Reds in it.

Ryan Ludwick, who had been dominant in the two previous games, sat yesterday, giving some other guys a chance to be heroes. Among them was Todd Frazier with 3 RBI. Final score: Padres 4, Reds 9.

Next Game
It’s no secret that the Reds have been beating up on some pretty poor teams in the last month, but that changes tonight. The Pirates have won 17 of their last 26, which normally would be the kind of performance that would have you climbing the rankings. We know the Reds can beat up on the teams they should beat. This series we see what happens when an opponent puts up a little more resistance.

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. Mat Latos (RHP, 9-3, 4.17 ERA) takes on an old friend in Wandy Rodriguez (LHP
0-0, 4.50 ERA).

It’s Bald Marty Day
Earlier in the season, Reds Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman made a comment like, “If this team wins 10 in a row, I’ll shave my head.” Well, then it happened, and he was called on to make good on the promise. Even though he’s 70 years old and his coif has been part of his look forever, he agreed.

But not right away. You don’t just throw away an opportunity like this. So he hooked up with the Reds Community Fund and told the fans that if they came up with $20,000 in donations, he’d have his head shaved on the field after the game tonight for all to see. (If they didn’t come up with the money, he’d have it shaved at his regular barber shop before the game.)

I haven’t heard officially, but I assume they’ve come up with the money because 1) it’s not really that much, and 2) I haven’t seen the big blitz to encourage donations that there would be if they hadn’t made it. Still, if you’d just like to be sure, here’s how you can donate:

  • Go to www.reds.com/community (click on “Support the Reds Community Fund”)
  • Call the Reds Community Fund office at (513) 765-7234
  • Make a cash donation in the giant Reds Piggy Bank located on the Terrace Level behind home plate, though it’s probably a little late for that, I’m sure they wouldn’t turn down your donation.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds lead the central by 3.5 games, so even if the Pirates sweep the series, they cannot overtake first place.