Good and Bad from 4-0 Win over Bucs

You have to take the bad along with the good. It gives all balance. So much for my attempt at sounding philosophical, but there were very good things and very bad things from last night’s 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Good
1. Our buddy here on BRM, Travis Freakin’ Wood. All the kid does is pitch. He won’t overpower you. You just can’t hit him. His line: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
2. Chris Heisey. With Drew Stubbs not even coming close to hitting a pitch, Heisey started in center for the second consecutive game. Is this a sign from Dusty? And did someone throw a piano on his back as he was making his inside-the-park homer? For the game, Heisey was 2-3.
3. Russ Springer. 41 years old and hurls a inning and allows only a hit. Springer got a K, too.

The Bad
1. No Votto. Joey was rested after he tweaked his wrist on a swing against the Braves on Sunday. All the Reds can do is rest him.
2. Orlando Cabrera. On OC’s last at-bat, he came out of the batter’s box and immediately reached for his left side. Cabrera went to the end of the dugout bench and was in obvious discomfort. The DL is highly likely. We’ve seen the Reds “get by” without Votto and Scott Rolen, let’s see how they react to this.

The best news, the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4. The Reds reclaim first place in the NL Central.

Game Notes:
It’s nice to plug Miguel Cairo in at first. Another hit and two more RBI for Cairo in the first…The pitching combo of Wood and Springer only allowed 4 base runners (3 hits and 1 BB). Arthur Rhodes pitched a perfect 9th…For the game, the Reds pitchers threw 128 pitches 89 for strikes (69.5%)…Tonight’s probables are Mike Leake (7-2, 3.57 ERA) v. Paul Maholm (6-9, 4.52 ERA). Game time is 7:05 PM ET.

Tags: Arthur Rhodes Baseball Chris Heisey Cincinnati Reds Drew Stubbs Dusty Baker Houston Astros Joey Votto Miguel Cairo Mike Leake Orlando Cabrera Pittsburgh Pirates Russ Springer St Louis Cardinals Travis Wood

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