Ludwick tears up Padres again

The Three Stars from the Reds 6-4 victory…their 12th in 13 games and 19 out of 22.

No. 3 star: Jonathan Broxton — 1 ip, 1 K — In his Reds debut, Broxton worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and hit speeds of 95 and 96 mph. He got a standing ovation after he retired the side in order. He hadn’t pitched since July 24 for the Royals.

“I had a lot of adrenaline out there,” Broxton said. “I don’t know how much longer that can go, but especially for the first day, I had a lot of adrenaline.”

No. 2 star: Chase Headley, SD — 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs. Headley hit a two-run homer off of Bronson Arroyo in the top of the first inning for 2-0 San Diego lead. It was the first of two times the Reds had to respond to a deficit.

No. 1 star: Ryan Ludwick — 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs. It was the second-straight one-homer, four RBI game for Ludwick. He hit a two-run shot in the  first inning, a two-out RBI single in the fifth for the go-ahead run and a two-out RBI single in the seventh for insurance.

In his last 35 games since June 14, when he came in with a .201 average for the season, Ludwick is batting .339 (41-for-121) with 11 homers and 29 RBIs. He’s raised his overall average to .264 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs. In the series alone, he is 6-for-11 with two homers and 10 RBIs.

“I’ve found my stroke,” Ludwick said.

You think?

Click here for the game story and more on Ludwick.

News and notes:

*Wilson Valdez left the game in the fifth with a stiff neck. Valdez had been filling in for Brandon Phillips (left calf), who was not available. That makes for thin ranks on the bench. Miguel Cairo replaced Valdez.

“He had a stiff neck to start the night,” Dusty Baker said of Valdez. “He’s been champing at the bit to play more. Brandon wasn’t available tonight. Valdez when he slid into second, it made it worse. He was walking around out there and couldn’t turn his neck to his right or left. He was in bad shape. Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow. If not, we’ll have to do something else.”


Injuries are starting to happen now for the Reds but they are still winning.

Let’s review: the Reds are 22 games over .500, with the best record in the majors. In late April / early May, we were arguing if it was still too ‘early’ to hit the panic button. Now we know. Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? I’ve found myself wondering if in the last week of the season, with Pittsburgh breathing down their necks, the Reds shuffle their rotation so Cueto’s available for the one-game wild-card playoff, or if they go for it. And I’ve had a premonition: Scotty Rolen, World Series MVP. Don’t ask me how or why.

Ludwick’s RBI in the 7th was with one out, but ya, the dude is scorching. Max, this is why I always say you play 9 innings, and you play 162 games. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Man, i never thought I would say this, but I am now a huge fan of Ryan Ludwick! To see the way he has battled all year through the early struggles to become what he has become,is just awesome! Dude was nervous as all hell before the trade deadline because every year he has to make a new home! Take your jacket off Ryan, I think your going to be here for a little while! Credit to Walt and Dusty for believing in this guy all along. STAY HOT REDS….HOW ABOUT ANOTHER 10 GAME WIN STREAK!?!?

I know it won’t happen, but I sure would love to see Redmond make a random spot today so that we can go into the Pittsburgh series with Cueto then Latos back to back.

I love the Broxton trade! In the long run, Walt probably overpaid. But so what? Broxton will help us win the NL Central, and help us get to the World Series. The guy keeps hitters banging the ball into the ground, not into the air—-which is all-important in GABP.

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