Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto returned to the lineup yesterday for the first time since July 16, and he performed well. In 4 at bats, he had 2 hits and walked once. But starter Mike Leake apparently thought Votto’s return would be worth 4 runs and proceeded to allow the Philadelphia Phillies to win by that many.
Leake pitched a perfect first, but fell apart in the 2nd and was unable to finish the third without being relieved. His final line was 2 1/3 innings, during which time he allowed 6 runs, 6 hits, and 1 walk. He struck out 1. After him, the bullpen kept the Phillies off the board. Alfredo Simon, Sam LeCure, Sean Marshall, and September call-up Pedro Villareal combined for 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.
Unfortunately, a 6-run lead was more than enough for Roy Halladay.
The Reds’ scoring came from the incradibly hot Jay Bruce. In the 4th inning, he doubled in Chris Heisey to get the Reds on the board. And in the 9th, he homered for his 4th straight game. The man is on fire right now, and I’m hoping it either continues or has time to start up again for the playoffs.
The Reds lost, but so did the St. Louis Cardinals, dropping the Reds’ magic number to 17.
Cincinnati has today off before Houston comes to town to start a 3-game series on Friday.