Crazy, crazy game
An 8-7 loss to the Cardinals prevented a sweep but the Reds gave 27,664 fans a lot to enjoy…just not a win.
Too many highlights to catch them all…
Micah Owings 9th inning homer on a 3-2 pitch that tied the game and sent into extras — that got the crowd going.
Joey Votto — ravaged by the flu since Wednesday and homers in the bottom of the seventh during his first at-bat in his return after entering in a double switch.
Hot hitting Jay Bruce has homered in four of his last five games and has an 11-game hitting streak. Bruce’s big two-run shot came at a big moment, a half inning after the Cardinals had just taken a 4-1 lead.
Adam Rosales continues to win hearts and minds among Reds fans. Rosales, who snapped a 0-for-18 skid on Friday, hit his first big league homer and sprinted around the bases like his hair was on fire. (Fox Sports Ohio timed him at 15 seconds) The fans gave him a nice ovation when he returned later for his next plate appearance and walked. He also hustled to first base for that.
The Reds didn’t get the sweep but they are only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals. That’s a great place to be considering the alternative. With all the injuries and a shorthanded bench, the Reds could have easily dropped three in a row and fell to 6 1/2 games out. That would have been a little demoralizing.
After running off a career-high 16 scoreless innings over his last two stellar starts, Edinson Volquez had a so-so day. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs and six hits. He walked three guys and all of them scored, including two in the seventh inning. Two other mistakes were particularly costly. His first one was as a fielder on Colby Rasmus’ first inning sacrfice bunt. Volquez threw the ball away, which allowed a run to score.
Volquez also made a mistake to the really wrong guy when the game was tied 4-4 in the fifth. Ryan Hanigan set up outside when Volquez left a 1-0 fastball over the plate or “right down Broaaaaadwaaay” as Jeff Brantley would say. Pujols mashed it a mile for a homer to center field. Until that long ball, Pujols was 0-for-11 in the series.
“Foremost is we were in line to get a sweep,” Dusty Baker said. “We could have been a half a game out instead of 2 ½ games right now. That’s why it was so big. We’ll be around for a long time.”
Bruce on Owings:
“It’s like what you do in your backyard – 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. It’s crazy. It was a huge spot to do that. Joey and I were jumping around. It was awesome.”
To you: What did you think? You like what the Reds have done the past week?
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