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September 21, 2012

Game 150: Reds 5, Cubs 3

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W: Cueto (18-9) L: Corpas (0-2) S: Simon (1)


Didi Gregorius drives in Denis Phipps to break the shut-out and give the Reds the lead.

Remember when Johnny Cueto became the first National League pitcher to get his 17th win? Yeah, that was the last time Cueto got a victory, 4 starts ago. But finally, on his 4th try, he picked up his 18th victory.

Cueto wasn’t Cueto, but he was pitching against the Chicago Cubs, so it didn’t matter. Over 6 innings, Cueto allowed no runs on 5 hits with a season-high of 4 walks. He struck out 2. But thanks to the offense finally coming through in the top of the 7th, he was able to get the win.

That top of the 7th inning was the only time the Reds scored. The lack of runs could’ve been due to the minor league line-up the Reds were using, but again, it was the Cubs. And in the 7th, the lineup they scored 5, which was one more than they needed.

With runners on 1st and 3rd, Didi Gregorius singled to right to break the scoreless tie. Then Joey Votto pinch-hit for Cueto and laced the 2nd pitch he saw into left field to drive in another run. Xavier Paul and Henry Rodriguez finished out the scoring with hits of their own.

The bullpen was shaky, with Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek, and Alfredo Simon all allowing runs. Considering the small number of runs the bullpen’s been allowing lately, it was kind of nice for them to allow some when the team had a big lead.

In the end, the 5-run deficit the Cubs faced was too much to overcome. The Reds won by a score of 5-3, sweeping the series and lowering their magic number to 2. Should the St. Louis Cardinals lose to the Cubs tomorrow and the Reds defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Reds will clinch the division. Bronson Arroyo will go against Joe Blanton at 7:10pm.

September 21, 2012

Reds’ Baker to miss at least 3 games for health reasons

Last Game
The Reds clinched a playoff berth yesterday when they swept the Cubs. Johnny Cueto broke his losing streak by pitching 6.0 innings and allowing 0 runs on 5 hits. He also walked 4, which isn’t very good, but I like the shut-out part.

Next Game
Tonight the Reds return home to host the Dodgers. Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 12-8, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound against Joe Blanton (RHP, 1-4, 6.07 ERA). Like Cueto yesterday, Arroyo today is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing his last time out. First pitch at 7:10 p.m.

The Cardinals play a day game tomorrow in Chicago. If they lose, the Reds will be playing to clinch the division tomorrow night. I wonder if tickets are going to be scarce this weekend.

Dusty Baker walks across the outfieldBaker undergoing further tests
Dusty Baker missed Wednesday night’s game to go to the hospital for chest X-rays. He thought he might have pneumonia.

He apparently did not, but stayed in the hospital anyway to have an irregular heartbeat checked out. No official word yet on the test results, but according to Reds.com, Walt Jocketty saw him in the hospital:

“He looked good, very good. He was in good spirits. He seemed to be feeling good,” Jocketty said.

Bench coach Chris Speier filled in for Baker Wednesday and yesterday, and apparently will today as well. Baker does plan to be on-hand, just in case the team celebrates clinching the division. John Fay says not to expect any champagne showers, though:

The Reds didn’t whoop it up at all after the game, despite clinching at least a Wild Card spot….I’m guessing the celebration for clinching the National League Central will be a lot more subdued than in 2010.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
One for the heartbreaking file: with their loss last nigth, the Pirates are under .500 for the first time since May 29 when they were 24-25. Poor Pirates. I really enjoyed seeing them as a legitimate contender this season.