Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: F. Cordero (1-0)
L: M. Dunn (1-1
–With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Reds were down 3-0 and things were looking bleak. As always, the team kept fighting. Fun game, nice win.
–Edgar Renteria got the game-winning walkoff single in the bottom of the tenth to win it.
–Paul Janish had the big hit earlier in the game, a single that tied the game. Soft-J had two hits (including a double), and he’s now at .289/.315/.337 on the season. I’ll take that.
–Brandon Phillips, Miguel Cairo, and Ramon Hernandez all had two hits (one of BP’s was a double). Those guys all contributed to the five consecutive hits by Cincinnati in the eighth inning that tied the game. Cairo and Jonny Gomes knocked in big runs. Outstanding.
–Edinson Volquez gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out four, but walked five. He’s SO close to putting it all together.–Francisco Cordero pitched very well again, pitching the ninth and tenth innings, allowing just one single and no runs to pick up the win.
–Aroldis Chapman lost the strike zone for a few minutes, and he ended up allowing his first two runs of the season.
–The Reds loaded the bases in the bottom of the tenth with no outs. In the blink of an eye, there were two outs and it looked like the Reds were going to blow a golden opportunity. Enter Edgar Renteria, stage left.
—You do not leave a Reds game early.
–Cordero is going to blow some games this season, but let’s all acknowledge that he’s been superb thus far in 2011.
–The Reds got to Josh Johnson for five hits. No one else has done that. That guy can throw a baseball.
–Here’s why I love baseball: go up there and look at the names who were primarily responsible for this win tonight. Janish. Cairo. Hernandez. Renteria. Yaneverknow in baseball. Anyone can be the hero any night. I love it.
–Okay, Reds go for a series win tomorrow afternoon. I always sleep better after nights like these.