Votto comes through
Who else could have saved the Reds like Joey Votto on Thursday?
In a 7-5 win, Votto was massive with a 4-for-5, three RBI game. His seventh-inning home run was the game-winner and it was huge for the Reds.
- It helped prevent a Toronto sweep.
- It saved Johnny Cueto after he blew a 4-0 lead.
- It helped the Reds take advantage of losses by the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs. They picked up a game and are now only 3 1/2 games out in the NL Central despite a 35-36 record.
- It also stopped a four-game losing streak.
“I was running out of material,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s the hardest thing about losing, talking after losing.”
During his long ball, there were a smattering of cheers among the 15,329 fans at Rogers Centre for Votto, the hometown guy. Many were probably aware of his personal issues that were revealed on Tuesday.
“I always want to play well, definitely in front of family and friends I wanted to play well,” Votto said. “But had I had that big game tonight and we would have lost, it would have been really disappointing to left here swept. Getting the ‘W’ was far more important.”
Votto admitted life wasn’t back to normal yet, but it was getting there.
“The beautiful thing about baseball is there’s always a new day and always a game, one after another,” Votto said. “It kind of parallels life sometimes. Every single day, you always get a new one. It’s nice feeling good without having to think of the problems I’ve been having. Yesterday was a good step and today was an even better step.”
- I’m off this weekend while the Reds are in Cleveland.
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