Votto on fire, Reds off the schnide
You didn’t really think the Reds would go 0-162, did you? No one did of course, but Thursday’s 8-6 win a stress buster that was needed. I wrote about the need for a fast start yesterday by the Reds and a 0-3 record after the first series wouldn’t have been what they needed.
- Joey Votto, who had another big game with a 3-for-5 day and three-run homer. Votto was 7-for-13 (.538) in the series and seems poised to have a big year. He had a great spring despite being known as a slow starter.
- Bronson Arroyo got off to a slow start but his outing was still solid despite five runs allowed over six innings. I give Arroyo a pass because I’d imagine it’d be tough to pitch after getting a cortisone shot only a few days ago.
- Paul Janish struck out three times but his rolling single up the middle scored two huge insurance runs in the fifth was big. He was strong defensively too and he will important on these days when Alex Gonzalez’s gets precautionary rests.
Some post-game quotes:
“The main thing is we won. That first one is always the toughest to get it seems like. Hopefully we can start rolling from here.”
“It’s real important for your confidence, your mindset and your attitude. I don’t care who you are, as long as I’ve been in this game, every year you start thinking about the Chicago Cubs starting off 0-13. Every time you lose one, the pressure mounts until you get your first one.”
“My mindset personally is more team oriented. Last year, I was concentrating on a lot of personal things trying to get myself established as a Major leaguer. This is totally different. I have a mindset of being a better Cincinnati red and a better team. We have to do better this year.”
“It’s such a huge challenge to make the team and stay worth the Major League team throughout the year. I did it successfully I thought. This year I want to play well because I know I’m an important part of the team. I want to help create wins.”
“Last night it was so frustrating because I had such a good game and it didn’t produce anything. It really reminds you of how humbling this game is. There are going to be times where we all don’t get any hits and somehow come out with a win.”
- And for those who panicked about Francisco Cordero stinking it up in Spring Training, this should serve as a reminder about the meaning of spring performances. Cordero was nasty as he struck out the side for his first save.
“That’s the best I’ve seen him throw and that’s the best his ankle felt,” Baker said. “He was operating all of last year on a bad ankle. In Spring Training, everybody was worried about him because he wasn’t throwing well or hard. He’s getting stronger and better.”
It’s only three games in, but what are your thoughts about the Reds so far?