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August 29, 2012

Game 131: Reds 5, Diamondbacks 2

W: Cueto (17-6) L: Miley (14-9) S: Chapman (33)


After-game high-fives (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)Lots of good things happened in the Reds’ win over the Diamondbacks last night.

Johnny Cueto was the first pitcher to reach 17 wins this season. He did it by working 7.0 innings, giving up 2 runs (earned) on 4 hits and a walk. After that, Jonathan Broxton put in a hitless inning, followed by Aroldis Chapman doing the same for his 33rd save of the year. That’s 25 successful save conversions in a row for Chapman.

The second inning saw Scott Rolen putting his wisdom and patience to good use, driving up the pitch count in a single at bat by 15 pitches before eventually drawing the walk. Combined with singles from Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, and Ryan Hanigan, the Reds scored 3 runs that inning.

As if that weren’t enough, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Frazier hooked up again in the eighth inning to put a couple more runs on the board. Phillips, Frazier, Heisey, and Hanigan each had 2-hit games.

The win ensures a win of the series and opens up the possibility of the sweep this afternoon. It brings the Reds’ record to 79-52, which is the best record there is in baseball today. The series capper will feature Mat Latos (RHP, 10-4, 3.84 ERA) taking on Patrick Corbin (LHP, 5-5, 3.91 ERA). First pitch at 3:40 p.m. EDT.

August 29, 2012

Votto batting practice video

Last Game
The Reds won the second game of the series against the Diamondbacks last night, 5-3. Todd Frazier and Ryan Hanigan each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, Johnny Cueto became the first pitcher in baseball this year to reach 17 wins, and the Reds overtook the Nationals for the best record in MLB. It was quite a night.

Next Game
Tomorrow the Reds go for the series sweep against the Diamondbacks. Mat Latos (RHP, 10-4, 3.84 ERA) will challenge Patrick Corbin (LHP, 5-5, 3.91 ERA). Latos is coming off a real stinker of an outing against the Cardinals, but Corbin’s apparently be struggling lately, too. First pitch at 3:40 p.m.

Votto Takes the Field as a Dragon (again)

Before they were mega-millionairesI know we just talked about Joey Votto’s rehab stint a couple days ago, but he actually took the field today. What else could we possibly talk about??

Votto played five innings with the Class A Dayton Dragons and reported feeling good. He walked once and struck out swinging once. He’s being emphatic that he’s not 100% yet, and Dusty Baker is being emphatic that we won’t see him in a Reds uniform before Saturday, when the Reds visit the Astros.

Till then, we can see him on the Dragons’s field via this video, courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Having been drafted by the Reds and in the Reds’ system all along, it’s a bit of a homecoming for Votto to play for the Dragons. The last time he was there, though, he didn’t fill the stadium to bursting. The 9,198 who showed up for the minor league game was the most for the Dragons this year, and that’s saying something. That place is *always* sold out.

I bet he’s filled out a little since the last time he was there. (Obviously this picture isn’t from his time with the Dragons, but it’s isn’t very long before it, and I wanted an excuse to dig this one up again

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Scott Rolen worked a 15-pitch at bat when drawing a walk in the second inning of last night’s game. Way to drive up that pitch-count single-handedly!