The Cincinnati Reds entered their series against the St. Louis Cardinals
just a 1/2 game behind them in the NL Central. Despite a ninth inning
effort, Aaron Harang and the Reds were defeated 4-3 by the Cardinals on
Friday stretching the distance from first to 1 1/2 games. Over the next two
days, Mike "Godzilla" Leake and Bronson Arroyo led the Reds to back-to-back
victories and placed their team at the top of the NL Central.
After being caged and shackled (pictured above) prior to the game, Mike
"Godzilla" Leake was released just before the first pitch of the 2010 Civil
Rights Game on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Leake threw six
innings, allowed only two runs on four hits, and
received his fourth win of the season as the Reds beat the Cardinals 4-3.
"We have the
potential to have a quality start every outing. That's how good our pitching
Leake said through an interpreter who speaks Godzillanese.
"(The atmosphere) was a little preview of what it would be like (to be in
With first place on the line, the Reds gave the ball to Bronson Arroyo on
Sunday. Arroyo pitched his first complete game of the season allowing two
runs on seven hits. Arroyo threw the Reds' third complete game in the past
five as the Reds
defeated the Cardinals 7-2. Reds' starters are 7-1 with a 1.88 ERA
during their last eight games while the Reds' offense is hitting .297 over
the past twelve games.
some exciting things happening around here,"
said Arroyo. "If
you can push it into June or July, that's when you open up some eyes and let
people know this team's for real."
The last time the Reds were the sole owners of first place was on April 17,
"We have a long way
to go. We're not going to the playoffs today. But I'd rather be in this
position than the position we've been in the past,"
said Reds' manager Dusty Baker.
"We just have to go play. If we keep getting good pitching, good defense and
timely hitting, we'll see where it takes us. You have to enjoy the moment as
well and not worry about where we've been three years ago or where we might
be two weeks from now. There's nothing you can control except now."
Whack Reds attended the 2010 CRG and took a few photos. We sat in section
101 next to the Reds' bullpen. Please excuse our obsession with Mike
Next up for the Reds are the
Milwaukee Brewers. Johnny Cueto (2-1, 4.07) will face Yovani Gallardo
(4-2, 3.06) on Monday at 7:10 pm.