Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
Chicago (NL) 4
W: B. Arroyo (5-4)
L: S. Feldman (4-4)
S: A. Chapman (11)
–The Cubs took a quick 3-0 lead, and you won’t be surprised to discover that Joey Votto got the Reds going with a fourth-inning homer. On the night, Votto was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He’s now hit in twelve consecutive games.
–Later in that five-run fourth inning, Ryan Hanigan slammed a three-run homer to give the Reds a lead they would not relinquish.
–Brandon Phillips put the game away in the eighth with a two-run homer on a 3-2 count, after fouling off five pitches in a row. BP was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. That’s an 11-game hitting streak for Phillips.
–Zack Cozart had two hits.
–Bronson Arroyo was not particularly sharp (none of Cincinnati’s four pitchers tonight were very sharp, frankly), but Arroyo does get credit for a “quality start,” whatever that means. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings to collect his fifth win.
–Jonathan Broxton struggled again tonight, giving up a run on two hits in the eighth inning. The run allowed the Cubs to cut the margin to one, but fortunately, Phillips’ homer later that inning gave Cincinnati a little cushion before the Chapmania began.
–Fourth straight win for the mighty Redlegs, and twelve wins in fifteen games. Cincinnati is now 12 games over .500. They didn’t reach 12 over for the first time last year until July 15. We’re ahead of schedule, gang!
–The Reds have won 18 of 23 against the Cubs dating back to the beginning of last season.
–Homer Bailey will face our old friend Travis Wood tomorrow.
The Reds look to continue their winning ways and inch closer to the top of the division by starting a 3-game series with the last place Chicago Cubs. Now that the Astros are gone from the league and division, perhaps adding that “last place” description is no longer necessary but implied.
Bronson Arroyo will take to the mound for the good guys where hopefully he’ll have everything working tonight and spin his mojo. Arroyo has pitched 14.1 innings over his last 2 starts in which he has not allowed an earned run. He is 2-0 in those starts. Let’s add 7 more innings and another win to that total, shall we Redlegs!?
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The Chicago Cubs come to town for a three game series in much the same way that the Reds left them in Chicago earlier this month. The Reds left Wrigley on May 5th after pushing the Cubs losing streak to 4 games. The Cubs are in the midst of another 4-game losing streak, fresh off a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sandwiched in between the losing streaks, the Cubs went 7-4 against the Rangers, Cardinals, Nationals, and Mets. The wins temporarily catapaulted the Cubbies into 4th place until the road trip into Pittsburgh. The Cubs stand just a half game out of last place in the NL Central.
WHERE TO WATCH
According to the Reds twitter feed, there is limited ticket availability at the stadium this weekend. Seats for Friday and Sunday are sold out, with standing room only tickets now available. Tickets still remain for Saturday’s game.
On TV, Friday’s and Saturday’s game is available nationally on WGN. In the Cincinnati market, all three games will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio. For those of you in the Chicago television market, Sunday’s game will be on CSN.
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Games Played on 5/23/2013
Minor League Player of the Day: There were a lot of hits (mostly singles) and a couple of good starter pitcher performances last night, but I’m going to go with the frequently unsung bullpen heroes for today’s MLPotD. Pat Doyle pitched 3 shutout innings over the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings of the Bakersfield Blaze game. He allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4.
Louisville 10 – Pawtucket 0
Tony Cingrani made his first AAA start since being optioned back to the minors. It is his 4th AAA start overall, and he still has not allowed a run in 19.1 innings this year. Despite throwing 5 shutout innings (2 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts), Cingrani was not pleased with the number of walks he allowed. Unfortunately, the game story makes no mention of how much he threw fastballs versus other pitches.
The Bats offense pounded out 13 singles and 4 doubles in route to the victory. Josh Fellhauer was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, a run scored and 4 RBI. Felix Perez was 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Billy Hamilton was 2-for-6 with his 24th stolen base of the year and 2 runs scored.
Chattanooga 5 – Pensacola 3
Chad Rogers allowed just 1 unearned run over 6 innings of 3-hit baseball. He walked a batter and struck out 3.
Pensacola pounded out 14 hits, as every regular had at least one hit, but had just three runs to show for it. Twelve of the hits were singles to go along with a double and a Travis Mattair solo homerun. Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart (2-for-5, R) has been on base in 9 consecutive games.
Bakersfield 4 – Stockton 3 in 11 innings
Jon Moscot went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 6. Kyle Lotzkar made his first high-A appearance of the season and allowed a run over 2 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out 4. Pat Doyle pitched 3 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. El’Hajj Muhammad was credited with the win after pitching a perfect 11th inning.
Marquez Smith went 2-for-4 with a double and a 2-run homerun. Yovan Gonzalez (2-for-5) was the only other Blaze player with two hits. Steve Selsky’s only hit was a game winning walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.
Dayton 7 – West Michigan 6
Drew Cisco allowed 5 runs on 11 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Joe Terry was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI. Joe Hudson was 1-for-2 with 2 walks, a double, and two runs scored. Tanner Rahier (1-for-4) hit his 5th homerun of the season.
It was Dayton’s 6th win in their last 7 games.
Good stuff by Jerry Crasnick, on our guy Joey Votto.
Sheesh, I love this guy. You Reds fans need to understand that you have the opportunity to watch a genius bat, and he’s wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. I get the idea that most fans don’t realize what we have. We’re getting to watch this guy up close, every day. It’s an honor and a privilege, and you’ll tell your grandchildren about it one day.
Votto definitely cranks it up to 11, every single game.
Games Played on 5/22/2013
Minor League Player of the Day: Jesse Winker (.313/.416/.537) hit a go-ahead 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning for the Dayton Dragons. Winker was named the Midwest League Player of the Week for the week ending May 19th.
Louisville had the day off. Manny Parra tweeted yesterday that the team has moved his rehab assignment from Pensacola to Louisville.
Pensacola also had the day off.
There were no games played in Bakersfield either. Kyle Lotzkar, who had been playing with Pensacola, was activated from the temporary inactive list and sent down to High-A Bakersfield.
Dayton 6 – West Michigan 4
Pedro Diaz allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on 4 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. Diaz also struck out four batters. Diaz pitched 3 batters into the 6th inning without retiring a batter (error, single, single.) Alejandro Chacin came on in relief and walked in the Whitecaps 4th and final run before retiring the side.
Chacin, Joey Housey, and Sean Lucas then each pitched a perfect inning to finish out the game.
Tannier Rahier (1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI) gave the Dragons an early 2-0 lead with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning.
The speed of Junior Arias (1-for-4, 2 SB, 2 R) led to two runs to tie it at 4-4 in the 7th inning. Arias stole 2nd base. Two batters later with Joe Hudson on 2nd base, Arias took off for third base. The throw went into left field, allowing both Arias and Hudson to score.
One inning later, with a runner on base, Jesse Winker (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) hit his 7th homerun of the season to send Dragons fans home happy. The hits extend Winker’s hitting streak to 6 games. The homerun is Winker’s 4th in his last 8 games.
Seth Mejias-Brean (2-for-4, 2B) also had a pair of hits in the game. His May slash line is up to .315/.358/.466.