St. Louis 1
WP: Wood (5-2)
LP: Wainwright (17-10)
– After an error in the first inning by Aaron Miles, Jonny Gomes had a huge 2-out double that gave the Reds a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Ã‚Â After the starts the Reds have had against the Cardinals in the last 4 games, it was nice to see the Reds take an early lead on St. Louis.
– Joey Votto went 2-5 with a double, RBI, and a run scored. Ã‚Â The double was about a foot shy of being a homerun. Ã‚Â Of course, it should have been caught had Matt Holliday not done his best impression of Jonny Gomes in left field. Ã‚Â Votto joined Gomes as the only two Reds players with two hits.
– Sporting a new hair cut, Travis Wood was outstanding. Ã‚Â Wood went 7 innings, allowed 5 hits and walked 2. Ã‚Â The only run to score in the game came in the first inning and was unearned. Ã‚Â Of course it was Wood’s bad throw on a pick-off attempt that allowed the runner to advance to 3rd base in the first place and eventually score. Ã‚Â Nonetheless, Wood looked great on the mound today. Ã‚Â He also had 2 sac bunts and hit his first career homerun at the plate.Ã‚Â
– Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless 8th inning. Ã‚Â He did allow his first base runner of his MLB career when he walked a batter on 4 straight pitches. Ã‚Â That allowed Albert Pujols to come up with a runner on. Ã‚Â Chapman then got Pujols to ground into a double play to end the inning. Ã‚Â Chapman threw 15 pitches in the game and 10 of those reached at least 100 mph.
– Coco pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Ã‚Â He did allow a base hit, but he was throwing strikes and the Reds were up 5. Ã‚Â Cordero has been real good of late. Ã‚Â I really like our bullpen heading down the stretch and into the playoffs.
– Brandon “Boo” Phillips had an RBI base hit. Ã‚Â That hit seemed to quiet the Cardinals fans a little. Ã‚Â That and the Reds being up all game seemed to tame the fans today.
– Yonder Alonso got his first career major league hit with a flared double to left field. Ã‚Â The ball ricocheted off of Matt Holliday’s leg andÃ‚Â into the seats.
– Every Reds position player had a base hit today and we scored 5 runs off of Adam Wainwright.
Ã‚Â – One bad pick-off throw by Wood and a bad base running decision by Phillips is about all I can think of. Ã‚Â Those are just nitpicking negatives. Ã‚Â We beat the Cardinals! Ã‚Â That’s all that matters!
– Orlando Cabrera returned to the lineup today. Ã‚Â I did not know whether that should be a positive or a negative. Ã‚Â So I decided to put it here!
– There was some discussion at the start of today’s telecast about the Reds outfielders batting 6th, 7th, and 8th in the batting order. Ã‚Â This begs the question: How much longer will the Reds go with just 3 outfielders?Ã‚Â
– Most of us felt the Reds needed to take at least one in this series. Ã‚Â That means even with a loss in tomorrow’s finale, we are still up 7 in the division. Ã‚Â But hey, let’s win tomorrow against Carpenter and just finish them off. Ã‚Â Whaddya Say!?
– The Reds magic number is now at 21. Ã‚Â A win tomorrow gets us into the teens!