Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Alonso Confident Big Night Will Lead to Free Boat Trips and Strip Club VIP Seats, Reds 8-6

Dusty was cognizant of the importance of Y. Alonso's first trip back to Miami as major leaguer, so he gave Votto a rest and let the young first baseman have the start tonight versus the Fish. Alonso took the first pitch he saw from Ricky Nolasco over the fence for his second big league homer. He added two more hits, the second of which ended up deciding the game when his liner to center drove in the seventh and eighth Reds runs of the night. He went 3 for 4, drove in 4 and pushed his small sample size average up to .448. Pretty solid numbers for the man without a position.

Cueto didn't like the mound and showed his displeasure by walking 6 over 5. He actually left trailing, which is very unusual this season. LeCure and Masset did their best to push the Marlins lead as high as they could but the Reds got to Nunez in the 9th. After Votto reappeared and drew a walk and Phillips singled, Sappelt drove in the first two runs of his big league career with a double to left. Bruce walked then Alonso had his big hit. Earlier in the night, Bruce hit his 27th bomb of the season. Lots of hits tonight, Sappelt matched Alonso's 3, Phillips, Cairo and Stubbs had 2. They even stole 3 bases (Stubbs 2 (32 on the year) and Phillips).

Pretty alright night for the Reds who won their third of four with all wins featuring 9th inning rallys. The wins should keep coming with the hurricane-required doubleheader tomorrow. Bailey first, followed by Arroyo. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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