Civil Rights Game Saturday

This has to be a 10-best day of the year in Cincinnati. It’s in the mid-to-high 70s with a nice breeze and not too humid. It should be a perfect night for a game.

Saturday lineup vs. STL

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Leake 1

*In his last eight games, Jonny Gomes has raised his batting average from .167 to its current .281 entering tonight. Gomes is 14-for-30 (.467) in the stretch with hits in seven of the games. I can’t recall if he’s ever beaten out two infield hits in one game like he did Friday night. You could tell he was supremely pumped up once he legged out that hit to the shortstop in the ninth inning.

*I forgot to mention in my story last night that Albert Pujols’ homer in the third inning ended the Reds’ pitching staff’s 21 scoreless innings streak. 

*For current Reds players, there hasn’t been a lot of success in a small sample vs. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. They’re 9-for-49 (.184). Brandon Phillips is 3-for-16 (.188). Ramon Hernandez is 2-for-5 (.400). Jay Bruce and Orlando Cabrera are the only batters with one homer each against Wainwright.

More to come later…

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