Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reds Answer Call for Consistency With Huge Offensive Explosion, 12-4

The night after struggling with Randy Wolf for 7 innings, the Reds offense lit up Yovani Gallardo, one of the better arms in the National League. By the 4th, the offense had already scored 7 and were dealing with Big Frucking Nasty in a mop up role. Not too bad guys. The top of the order exploded, Phillips, Votto and Rolen all had four hits. Cabrera had three. No one left the yard but they did knock out 5 doubles, including two by Ramon Hernandez from the bottom of the order.

The troubling aspect of the dominating victory was the performance by lionesque starting pitcher Volquez. He had trouble, at least according to my boy Cowboy, locating offspeed, was leaving pitches up and they were getting hit. He turned in more innings than last time, 3 and 2/3rd, but by that time had thrown 95 pitches and didn't get to enjoy all of the offense that the starters get about once a month. So, we'll see how he looks and feels next game. I predict he will both look and feel great. If not, Homeboy is making rehab starts and struggling to get through 4 innings at A ball. Maybe he can take Edinson's turn in the rotation.

Hopefully the Reds don't have to see Joe Inglett again today in relief of Narveson. That guy and all 55 mph of heat are filthy. Reds take the series and sole possession of first place. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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