Friday, April 22, 2011

How About This Subject Line - Reds, Leake, Steal Final Game of Series, 7-4

While you're all taking in my cleverness in the title (which is probably the catch line of just about every other blog posting and, obviously, the Reds didn't steal anything, as they are the far superior team) that's not a bad-looking shirt but $20 seems a little high. That's, apparently, what Cardinals fans plan on wearing this weekend, though they're not going to see Leake. I suppose he'll be hanging around the dugout, so, if they're lucky maybe the ones close by can yell something clever at him. It had better be pretty good though, as he's close to the tunnel to the locker room, they're not going to get many shots at it.

Speaking of Leake, the Reds Rocket is working on its segues, after refusing to break to streak of first inning runs allowed to the opposition, he was pretty solid. He went 7 and allowed just three runs to improve to 3-0 on the season. Arroyo is wondering what the deal is, he pitched just as well and the offense was facing Ian Kennedy, not Daniel Hudson, and they didn't bother to get him any runs. Though, Hudson did most of the heavy lifting in the 1st when he could find the strike zone. Votto went deep and he, Philips and Hernandez had three hits apiece. And for those of you keeping track, Jonny Gomes' walk total is up to 16, though his OPS dropping under 1.000 for the first time in a while (.996). Jay Bruce even got on base twice to get his OBS over .300. Now that's worthy $50 million over the next 7 years. We're just kidding Jay, I'm pretty sure you'll figure it out and stop striking out every other at bat.

Aside from Leake, Ondrusek threw a scoreless 8th and Coco did his best to make a four-run game interesting. He allowed a bomb to Steve Drew and then brought the tying run to the plate but fortunately the potential tying run was in the form of Russell Branyon. That's not going to get it done. Now the team is ready to go and beat on the small red birds that live a couple of towns over. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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