JOEY VOTTO AND
SCOTT ROLEN HELP THE REDS' THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK COME TO AN END
STOP SKID, BEAT A'S IN TEN
JOEY VOTTO AND SCOTT
ROLEN HELP THE REDS' THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK COME TO AN END
After being swept by the worst
team in the AL West and losing seven of their last nine games, the
Cincinnati Reds needed a win, bad. They slid 1.5 games behind the St. Louis
Cardinals and despite quality pitching against Seattle, their top notch
offense had gone stale.
Joey Votto doubled in Brandon Phillips during the first inning of Monday's
game against the Oakland A's, but after that the Reds allowed another
mediocre pitcher to appear as a Cy Young candidate. After the first inning,
Gio Gonzales settled in for Oakland and pitched seven innings allowing just
one run on four hits while striking out nine. With 96 pitches, Mike
"Godzilla" Leake kept his team in the game hurling six innings (1ER, 5H) and
rebounded nicely after his first major league loss on
June 16 against the Dodgers.
During the top of the ninth
inning with the game tied at one, Jay Bruce came off the bench to drive in a
run with two outs. Leading off the bottom of the ninth, Kevin Kouzmanoff
drilled the first pitch he saw from Reds' closer Francisco Cordero into the
right-field seats of Oakland Coliseum tying the game at two. It was
Cordero's fifth blown save this season in 22 chances. Cordero finished the
inning without any further damage ant sent the game into extras.
Something then woke up the Reds' offense. Ramon Hernandez led off the tenth
inning with a homerun off the left-field foul pole. Brandon Phillips
followed with a single and Paul Janish bunted him to second. Joey Votto and
Scott Rolen then hit their fifteenth homeruns of the season, back-to-back.
"It seems like when your bats are sick, everybody's bats are sick,"
Dusty Baker said.
"When your bats get well, it seems like everybody's bats get well at the
Just to make the game interesting, Dusty Baker sent Francisco Cordero back
to the mound in the bottom of the tenth with a comfortable 6-2 lead. The
Shaky Cordero walked the first two batters he faced and was quickly yanked.
Danny Herrera replaced Cordero and retired one, but allowed a run to score
before rookie Jordan Smith took over. With one out, Smith got Kevin
Kouzmanoff to groundout to Paul Janish as Conor Jackson scored from third.
Smith then struck out Jack Cust to end the game as the Reds
defeated the A's 6-4.
Jordan Smith received his first major league save and for the second time
this season, Francisco Cordero blew a save while receiving the win.
Bronson Arroyo (6-3, 4.53) will face Dallas Braden (4-6, 3.78) and the
Athletics at 10:05pm on Tuesday.
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