Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reds Hide in the Tall Grass Until the 9th, Win, 3-2

The Reds were a pretty disappointing bunch in innings 1-8 yesterday. They had no idea what to do with the underwhelming Astros' staff, picking up only one hit, a Valaika triple on a ball Pence needs to catch, since he's a major league outfielder. But, they knew what they were doing - waiting for Brandon Lyon. As opposed to the "lion" spelling, lyons spelled with a 'y' and and 'o' are meek and ineffective. The low-level government employees of the jungle. He walked Stubbs to begin the 9th, which is almost always a good decision. Then gave up four consecutive hits to Heisey, Votto, Phillips and Bruce for the winner. Pretty exciting win, as you can tell by everyone running around in the picture accompanying this post.

Wood had one suspect inning but was otherwise good, albeit, wild. He walked 4 over his 6 frames but only allowed the 2 runs and struck out 7. As the readers have come to expect, I was wrong about Bailey's 5/10 start, as he's pitching right now. So, with Cueto's return this weekend, Dusty has a big decision as to who to keep in the rotation - Wood or Leake. Leake has been overall better but not by much and it's nice to have the occasional left-hander in the rotation. So, we'll have to wait and see what the toothpick foresees. Reds intend on taking the series today. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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