Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reds Rebound

Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds showed they were as resilient as they were last year. Remember last year, when the Reds lost crushing games only to bounce back and thrive. On Sunday, the Reds blew a five run lead, and a one run lead to the Arizona Diamondbacks. So, the question was would the Reds would go into a tailspin? The answer was no.

Yesterday the Reds played the San Diego Padres with the chance to get back on track. It didn't start too well. Reds starter Edinson Volquez had first inning problems again. He gave up two runs. But after getting bailed out by the defense, a great catch by Chris Heisey and a double play, Volquez settled down. He set down eleven Padres in a row at one point.

But this was a team victory. Padres Ace Mat Latos kept the Reds in check. But along came Jonny Gomes. In the fourth inning, Gomes' patience at the plate is beginning to pay off. Because Gomes slugged a Latos curveball. Going, going, Gomes. In the fifth, Chirs Heisey blasted a two run homer. Reds lead 3-2.

It then was left to the bullpen and defense to hold the lead. Reds relievers Jordan Smith and Bill Bray held the Padres at bay until the ninth for Francisco Cordero. The eighth was all about pitching and defense. With a man on second and none out, Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia tried to bunt. Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez grabbed the bunt and threw it to Scott Rolen at third. Out. Bill Bray came on and battled Padres Jorge Cantu. He struck him out and Denorfia tried to steal second. Hernandez gunned him down. Strike 'em out, throw 'em out. Closer Francisco Cordero was sharp. Excellent fast ball and slider. Yes, the first batter got on but it was bloop single. Cordero was money for the rest of inning. Game over. Reds win.

It was a solid victory. Here's the official story with video.

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