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Reds end losing streak

Posted By Dave Allen On Apr 20 2010 @ 11:24 pm In Cincinnati Reds | No Comments

The Reds ended their five-game losing streak with a big 11-9 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Great American Ball Park. One thing’s for sure. Don’t root for this team if you’ve got a weak heart. The Reds scored in their final at-bat to get the win yet again. All six Reds wins have come when they’ve scored runs in their final at-bat. Reds starting pitchers still do not have a victory.

Tuesday’s game started with Homer Bailey struggling again to throw strikes. Two walks in the 1st helped the Dodgers put three on the board on a two-out three-run double by Casey Blake. But the Reds sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd and scored six runs to take a 6-3 lead to the 3rd. The Reds added runs in the 3rd and 4th innings and held a 9-3 lead in the 5th.

Bailey made it into the 6th inning when he ran out of gas and the Dodgers scored twice more off of him. On came Daniel Ray Herrera to get the Reds out of the inning and Bailey was set to become the first Reds starter this year to get a victory. Alas, it was not meant to be. Nick Masset came on to pitch the 8th, and couldn’t get two outs before LA tied it up. It’s another managerial move that will be questioned in the end. Arthur Rhodes came on an inning earlier to get Logan Ondrusek out of a 2-on, 1-out jam and was left in to start the 8th. He got Blake DeWitt to ground out to short to start the inning, but on came Masset. Four batters later, Matt Kemp hits a 3-run bomb to right-center and the Dodgers had come all the way back to 9-9. Mike Lincoln came on in a double switch with Paul Janish to get the final out of the inning.

The addition of Janish proved to be just what was needed. A pair of walks by Ramon Troncoso brought Janish to the plate with 2-on and 2-out and the so-called light hitting shortstop hit a solid single to left to get the Reds back on top. Janish has hits in three of his last four games and is 4-for-his-last-10 at the plate. He got caught in a rundown rounding first base too far, but then Ronnie Belliard dropped the ball in the rundown when Ramon Hernandez broke for home. The Reds scored two on the play and had an 11-9 lead. Francisco Cordero closed it out in the 9th.

There’s still turmoil in Reds country. Fans are happy with the win and the end of the 5-game losing streak. The Reds troubles still remain. The starting pitching is not where it needs to be. Granted, Bailey left with a 9-5 lead, but he threw 110 pitches in 5.1 innings and gave up 5 runs, 8 hits and 3 walks. The relievers couldn’t hold the lead late. The bats were fantastic with 11 runs, 11 hits and only 3 strikeouts.

Fans would surely like to see a big lead turn into an easy win for the Reds, but it’s not happening… yet. Scott Rolen said on the Reds Live show afterward that Cincinnati still has confidence. “We played pretty well on the road,” said Rolen, “and we came up short in two games that maybe we could’ve had in Pittsburgh. We’re not pressing or feeling a lot of pressure. We have a big mountain ahead of us, without a doubt. But we came out and we swung the bats well. We played well tonight and got a win.” It’s interesting that the Reds are 6-4 with Rolen in the lineup and 0-4 without him.

Reds fans will check out Aaron Harang (0-2, 7.88) on Wednesday night and see if he can come through against Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 1.20).

NOTES… Reds starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has been suspended 50 games for violation of Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Tuesday. Volquez issued a statement through his agent, saying he had taken medication for “a common medical issue and (to) start a family. I was not trying in any way to gain an advantage in my baseball career. I am embarrassed by this whole situation and apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates, and the entire Reds Organization for being a distraction and for causing them any difficulty. I simply want to accept the consequences, learn from the mistake, and continue to strive to be the best person and baseball player I can be.” He will be suspended without pay beginning tomorrow, but will not miss any playing time as he is not expected to return from Tommy John surgery until late July at the earliest. The 50 games of the suspension are the Reds next 50 games. Volquez is at the Reds spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Under the rules, he is still able to work out at the complex while serving his suspension… The Reds finally won a game with new TV play-by-play man Paul Keels at the mic. They were previously 0-4 with Keels announcing.

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