Screw the wildcard and forget the NL Central; the Cincinnati Reds (29-20)
are currently the best team in the National League after Friday's
15-6 Astro-pounding. Ohhhh yeah.
Sam LeCure made his major league debut against Wandy Rodriguez and the
Houston Astros on Friday. LeCure pitched respectable (6IP, 6H, 2ER, 4BB, 5K)
as his teammates helped him secure his first major league win. The Reds'
offense scored fifteen runs against the unconscious Astros. Brandon Phillips
went 3-6 while driving in three and Drew Sutton went 2-2, driving in four,
with his first career grand slam. Jonny Gomes went 4-4 driving in four runs
and was a double short of the cycle, but could care less:
the way things are going, the last thing Iím worried about is the cycle.
Iíll take a win over the cycle anytime."
The Reds ace in the hole, Edinson Volquez, threw sixty pitches at Great
American Ballpark on Friday. Volquez underwent "Tommy John" surgery on
August 3, 2009. Beginning next week, Volquez will pitch in extended spring
training at the club's complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Volquez will then
continue on a minor league rehab assignment until his
for using performance-enhancing drugs expires on June 14.
"He threw all his pitches. He really looked good."
Aaron Harang (3-5, 5.98) will face Brian Moehler (0-1, 4.42) and the Astros
at 7:10 pm on Saturday.