Thursday, June 16, 2011

Welcome to Broom Town, Reds 7-2

Reds completed the sweep of the Dodger yesterday and a rare successful west coast swing. With the 3 taken from Los Angeles, the Reds complete the trip at a very solid 5-2. Though, to be fair, the Dodgers aren't very good at baseball so the victories were expected.

Rolen had the biggest of the offensive games yesterday, dropping to a knee and banging out three hits, two doubles. He seems limber and full of life, no more need for the Hoveround to and from the dugout. Tom Kruse, founder of Hoverround, found his guest pass revoked. Fred Lewis had a couple of extra base hits as well, doubles, and Hanigan drove in a couple with two singles. Pretty nice game with the bats. Peter Billingsly (you know, Ralphie from A Christmas Story) still resembles an effective pitcher, he just throws too many cutters and doesn't get people out very well any more. Maybe that means he is an ineffective pitcher. I'm no expert on these things.

Wood's line is misleading. He threw about 150 pitches to get through 6. He walked 5 and the run that scored in the first was a result of an Ethier double and three straight walks. But I guess that's what announcers are always saying shows maturity in starting pitchers - going out there without your best stuff and giving the team an opportunity to win. I'm sure Chris Welch said that about 15 times yesterday. So, we can deem it a success. He now has more wins than losses (5-4) but still an ERA over 5. Also, continuing with the negative, Renteria made his 7th and 8th errors yesterday. He's only appeared in 35 games. Not great. At least he's making up for it with the bat .231/.315/.259. That slugging percentage is especially impressive very Willie Bloomquist-esque. But enough of the negative. The Reds are playing very well and are prepped to unload on the AL East beginning tomorrow. Dusty enjoys his day off to take care of some yard work. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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