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Reds Keep "Woo-ing"
September 12, 2012KentuckySports.co
The Cincinnati Reds have now tied a season best 29 games over the .500 mark with a 5-3 victory over the Pirates from Pittsburgh. WOOOOOOOO! (Sorry, that is for all those who went or watched the game on T.V.)
Like last night, the Pirates were the first ones to draw blood against the Reds. Alex Pressley hit his ninth home run of the year off of Reds' starter, Mike Leake, in the very first inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
But the Reds wasted little time tying the game up--as Brandon Phillips took the first pitch he saw from Kevin Correia and launched it over the right field wall to tie the game up at one a piece.
In the bottom of the second Brandon Phillips gave the Reds the lead with an RBI double, allowing Dioner Navarro to score. Then, with Drew Stubbs batting, Correia uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Mike Leake to score, and then Brandon Phillips scored on the throwing error by catcher, Michael McKenry, when he threw to the home plate covering Correia.
The score would remain the same until the seventh inning until pinch-hitter, Gabby Sanchez, hit a two-run home run to draw the Pirates within one at 4-3.
But, the Reds would not give up that lead and even added a little insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Scott Rolen hit a solo homer to make it a 5-3 game.
It was then up to Jonathon Broxton to close it out--and he did just that. Broxton worked around a lead off single to notch his first save as a Red, and 24th overall this year.
This was a game where Mike Leake needed to go deep into the ballgame to give the bullpen some rest--and did so in fine fashion. In his seven innings of work, Leake gave up nine hits, three runs a walk and three strike outs. This was definitely a game where the Reds bullpen needed a day off, after going eight innings last night in the five hour, 14 inning marathon last night. Credit goes Ondrusek, Marshall and Broxton for coming up big to shut down the Pirates and help Leake pick up his eighth win of the the year.
That's all for me, folks. The Reds magic number is now down to 11 (hmm...sounds familiar. Barry Larkin maybe?) . If the Cardinals lose tonight, the magic number will be down to 10. Remember, it's any combination of a Reds' WIN, or a Cardinals LOSS. So keep hoping the Reds win and the Cardinals lose because that means the magic number continually gets lower and lower. For all Reds, Wildcat and any useless thing that comes to mind, come follow me on twitter @stieneKYSCO