Reds stay up late, win again in Florida

14 04 2010

Three in a row for the Reds, and if the season ended today, the Reds would claim the wild card berth.  After aiting all winter, though, no one wants to end the season after eight games.

Star of the game:

I waffled back and forth on this one, and then thought of coping out with an “it was a team effort” kind of thing.  Instead, I bestow Joey Votto and his 3-3 performance from the eighth inning on with the honor over an equally deserving Micah Owings.

Votto scored an insurance run in the eighth after a lead off double, gave the Reds a good chance to win in the tenth with another lead-off double, and finally laced a single over a leaping Hanley Ramirez to drive Chris Dickerson in from second for the eventual game winning run in the eleventh.

While the offense was worrisome in the opening week, the bullpen has now become something of a question mark for the Reds.  After a stellar spring, Logan Ondrusek blew another game, this time giving up a lead off single in the eight.  He recovered to K the next two batters he faced, then walked Ronny Paulino on four pitches.  Cody Ross then exacted more revenge on the Reds by hitting a three run home run.  Ondrusek could not get the final out and was eventually replaced by Danny Ray Herrera.

Finally, my lament at the loss of Wladimir Balentien was premature.  He cleared waivers and should now man LF in Louisville until he can prove that he’s a better choice than Laynce Nix.  That should be done by Tuesday.

So, now that I’ve done this for a week or so, would you like to see more?  Would you like to see the losses done too?  For me, it’s an entertaining way to show off some Reds cards and presents me with a challenge of finding more.  This won’t be all this blog has in store in the future, I promise.  But I’m always curious as to what readers would like to see.

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