Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 11 innings
Chicago (NL) 4
W: J. Hoover (3-5)
L: E. Sanchez (0-1)
S: A. Chapman (29)
–Brandon Phillips went 3-6, scored a run and drove in another run. BP was the only Red with more than one hit.
–In many ways, JJ Hoover was the star of this game. Hoover pitched 2.1 innings in the 8th, 9th, and 10th, and allowed just one hit and no runs. He kept the Cubs in check long enough to give the Reds a chance to win this game.
–The rest of the bullpen was pretty good too. Sam LeCure, Manny Parra, and Aroldis Chapman were perfect.
–Joey Votto doubled, walked, and scored two runs. Shin-Soo Choo drove in two runs with a single in the 11th inning that won the game.
–Homer Bailey wasn’t great (for the second straight start since I declared him to be an ace): 6 innings, four runs allowed on six hits and three walks.
–So, after the worst stretch of the season (culminating in the beat-down delivered by St. Louis), it appears that the Reds are on a roll again: six wins in their last seven games. It couldn’t come at a better time. Is there a chance this team can get back into the division race?
–Happy 26th birthday, JJ Hoover!
–Hoover was magnificent tonight. Hoover hasn’t allowed a run in 21 games, covering 24.2 innings. Where are all the morons who were calling for Hoover to be released in May?
–The good ol’ Cubbies: good for what ails ya’.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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