THE REDS ARE
THE REDS ARE 50-41
It took the Reds
114 games to notch their 50th win last season on August 13 and it placed
them fourteen games below the .500 mark. While owning first place in the NL
Central, the Reds won their 50th game of this season against the Colorado
Rockies on Friday night
in front of 37,188 eager Reds fans. Unlike 2009, the Reds accomplished
fifty wins only 91 games into the season and the .500 mark is nine games
Searching for their first postseason berth since a one-game playoff against
the Mets in 1999, and their first winning season since 2000 (85-77), the
Reds will determine their own "dustiny" during the final 71 games of 2010.
With the anticipated return of Edinson Volquez to their rotation against the
Rockies on Saturday and 56% of their season behind them, the Reds will have
the easiest remaining schedule according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The
combined won-lost record of the Reds' outstanding opponents is a .464
percentage and the Cardinals .473 percentage is the second easiest in
baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are currently 28 games behind the New York
Yankees and own last place in the NL East. Their .541 won-lost percentage of
future competitors is the toughest in the league. Ouch.
Going into Friday the Reds led the National League in hitting (.272), runs
scored (437), RBI (423), and shared the top NL spot in defense (.990) with
the Padres. Their pitching ERA (4.19) was ranked 11th in the NL.
Along with the Reds' 50th win on Friday night in between MC Hammer concerts,
Bronson Arroyo received his tenth. Arroyo pitched seven innings and allowed
two runs on five hits. Arroyo's counterpart Jason Hammel struck out a
career-high ten batters during his outing (7IP, 8H) for the Rockies, but
allowed all three of the Reds' earned runs and received the loss (7-4).
Brandon Phillips snapped a 1-19 skid by going 3-4 with two runs scored and
Orlando Cabrera went 2-4 as he drove in Phillips both times he reached.
“I really felt the crowd was what helped win this game,”
“Maybe they came to see the Reds, maybe they came to see MC Hammer. It
doesn’t matter, because they were out there.”
Arthur Rhodes entered Friday's game during the eighth inning after Arroyo
allowed two runners to reach base without recording an out. Rhodes walked
Ryan Spilborghs to load the bases, but retired Dexter Fowler on a pop-out
and struck out Jonathan Herrera and Carlos Gonzales
to end the inning. Francisco Cordero closed out the game receiving his
25th save as the Reds
defeated the Rockies 3-2.
Edinson Volquez (0-0,
0.00) will face Jorge De La Rosa (3-1, 4.94) and the Rockies at 7:10pm on
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