Reds 6, Brewers 5
Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips were both out with the flu. Alex Gonzalez was still out with the oblique injury. Edwin Encarnacion is on the disabled list. The Reds were down four starters – the entire infield.
With a makeshift lineup, the Reds were able to battle and hang on for a 6-5 win. Micah Owings started and got the win. He also had an RBI triple and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Check out the video of the triple. What the heck was Ryan Braun doing?
Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes and Francisco Cordero combined to shutout the Brewers for the final three innings. Cordero notched his eighth save.
Offensively, the Reds collected nine hits. Ramon Hernandez and Paul Janish each had two. Willy Taveras and Jay Bruce each hit solo homeruns.
It was a good win, especially after getting hammered on Wednesday night. The Cardinals come to town tonight to begin a weekend series. A big weekend series.
I like the fact that Dusty Baker met with Chris Dickerson to discuss Laynce Nix being in the lineup. I just hope a similar meeting with Laynce Nix took place a week ago to discuss why he wasn’t getting more playing time.
Here are several Reds’ reactions to the Manny Ramirez news. Having young children myself, the one that sticks with me is Dusty Baker’s comments. “… Especially when your kids ask you questions you don’t have the answer to,” Baker said. “We certainly can’t afford too many more heroes to fall.”