Reds 7, Cubs 1
Before the game yesterday, much of the talk around Reds Country centered around the the team already assuring themselves of a winning road trip. The trip would be considered successful no matter what happened in the finale against the Cubs. However true that might have been, I was very happy to see that the team was not happy with just a winning road trip. The Reds wanted to win the game…and the series…against a team that many people believe will win win the NL Central. The game was set up to be a pitcher’s duel, with Aaron Harang going up against Carlos Zambrano.
Harang held up his end of the deal, going seven innings while allowing seven hits and one unearned run. Zambrano was not quite as sharp, also pitching seven innings but gave up four runs, three of which were earned. The Cubs bullpen allowed the Reds to pull away, scoring one in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Reds pen was lights-out again. David Weathers pitched a scoreless eighth. Nick Masset did the same in the ninth.
Offensively, the Reds banged out thirteen hits. The star was Joey Votto. He was 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homerun. His batting average is now at .373. Willy Taveras, Chris Dickerson and Ramon Hernandez each had two hits.
The Reds won all three series on the road trip and return home tonight to host the Atlanta Braves. I will have the series preview posted a little later.