Apr 18, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Marmol (49) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds Win 6-4: Thank You, Carlos Marmol and Hector Rondon


As Chris Welsh said, this one was gift wrapped with a blue bow, courtesy of the Cubs and in particularl, Carlos Marmol and Hector Rondon. All you got to do is look at what each did today.

Marmol: 3 batters faced, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 runs allowed
Rondon: 3 inherited runners, 3 inherited runs scored

Entering the top of the 8th, the Cubs held a 4-2 lead. After the bullpen combo of Marmol and Rondon were done, the Reds turned that two-run deficit into a two-run lead at 6-4, Good Guys.

In checking the Reds portion of the boxscore, the top half of the order did the bulk of the damage/received the most gifts in this one.

Cincinnati AB R H RBI BB SO
Choo, CF 4 2 1 1 1 1
Cozart, SS 3 1 1 1 2 0
Votto, 1B 4 1 2 0 1 0
Phillips, 2B 4 1 0 0 0 2
Bruce, RF 5 1 1 1 0 1
Frazier, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0
Paul, LF 2 0 1 0 2 0
Miller, C, C 2 0 0 0 1 1
b-Hannahan, PH 0 0 0 1 1 0
Broxton, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chapman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cingrani, P 2 0 0 0 0 1
a-Lutz, D, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ondrusek, P 0 0 0 0 0 0
c-Mesoraco, PH-C 0 0 0 1 0 0

a-Popped out for Cingrani in the 7th. b-Walked for Miller, C in the 8th. c-Hit a sacrifice fly for Ondrusek in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Votto (4, Samardzija), Paul (3, Samardzija).
HR: Choo (5, 1st inning off Samardzija, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Choo 4; Paul 2; Votto 3; Cozart; Bruce.
RBI: Choo (13), Cozart (14), Bruce (14), Frazier (21), Hannahan (4), Mesoraco (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bruce; Cingrani; Choo.
SF: Frazier; Mesoraco.
GIDP: Miller, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Frazier-Phillips-Votto).

Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO
Cingrani 6 3 4 4 1 5
Ondrusek(W, 2-0) 1 0 0 0 0 0
Broxton, J(H, 4) 1 0 0 0 0 1
Chapman(S, 7) 1 0 0 0 1 0

Outside of the two home runs Tony Cingrani served to Alfonso Soriano, he was once again…um, Tony Cingrani. Not the strikeout total we’ve been seeing, but the end result is. Cincy is now 3-1 in games in which Cingrani starts.

Apr 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chapman celebrates with Mesoraco after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

As horrendous as Aroldis Chapman looked yesterday, he looked a little better today. Still not what we have seen from him earlier this season. 19 pitches, 10 strikes, 1 walk with an average fastball velocity of 97.30 according to BrooksBaseball.net. These past two games, Chappy has been throwing that slider a little, too. He tossed as many today (5) as he did yesterday. The difference was the 32 pitches yesterday.

Maybe this is similar to the stint he had in June last season. Better now rather than later.

Another day game tomorrow with a 2:20 PM ET start. The Reds go for the sweep with Mat Latos on the mound. The Cubs look to fend off that sweep with Edwin Jackson taking the hill for Chicago.

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