After a disappointing
loss to the Phillies on Tuesday that included the end of Arthur Rhodes' 33
scoreless appearances streak, the Reds beat Roy Halladay as they took the
series from the Phillies on Wednesday. Joey Votto attempted to rescue his
club with a game-tying three-run homer during the bottom of the ninth inning
on Tuesday, but Arthur Rhodes failed to retire any of the four batters he
faced in the tenth as he allowed three runs. Mike Leake allowed six runs on
seven hits during his six innings of work as the Reds
lost to the Phillies 9-6.
Wednesday afternoon, the Reds were seeking redemption. Riding the momentum
created the previous night at GABP, the Reds scored four runs off Roy
Halladay during his eight innings of work. Halladay allowed thirteen hits
and struck out ten, but Jay Bruce's two-run shot in the eighth was enough to
put the Reds
permanently up 4-3.
After defeating last year's National League Champs two out of three games
and leaving town for their roughest road trip of the season thus far against
Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia; the Reds continued their grit against
the Cubs on Thursday. Travis Wood pitched two-hit scoreless ball through
seven innings during his major league debut, but left during the eighth
after walking the first two batters he faced. Nick Masset came in for Wood
and quickly allowed both inherited runners to score tying the game at two.
During the tenth inning, Drew Stubbs hit a fielder's choice scoring Miguel
Cairo from third base. The run scored easily as Jay Bruce broke up the
double play attempt by taking out Starlin Castro at second base. Closer
Francisco Cordero allowed two men to reach base in the bottom of the tenth,
but ended the game inducing a 6-4-3 double play. The Reds
beat the Cubs 3-2.
Whack Reds will be traveling to Chicago early Friday morning to witness
Bronson Arroyo pitch against Ryan Dempster at Wrigley. We will also be
rooting on Johnny Cueto as he faces Randy Wells on Saturday. Expect a full
report from Chicago and don't worry, unlike Mike McConnell, we won't be
staying there. Go Reds!