Stubbs slams the Reds to victory

The Reds are 2-2 after back-to-back thrilling victories. On Thursday, they got their first win of the season thanks to a walkoff home run by Jonny Gomes. Last night, it was Drew Stubbs who provided the heroics with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning. Francisco Cordero made it interesting in the ninth, but the Reds held on for the win.

Homer Bailey started and struggled with his control, but kept his team in the game. I am not worried about Bailey at this point. I will be concerned if today’s starter, Aaron Harang, gets roughed up again.

The issue of swinging at pitches early in the count when it could benefit you and the team to see a few reared its ugly head again last night. Brandon Phillips led off the bottom of the seventh against Cubs youngster Justin Berg. Phillips took a hack at the first pitch and grounded out. After Scott Rolen flied out, Jay Bruce swung at the second pitch of his at-bat and lined out.

That being said, a win is a win. Phillips certainly did his part in the ninth by making a spectacular play on a slow roller that deflected off Cordero’s glove. Some shaky defense on the left side of the infield helped contribute to the drama in the ninth, but the Reds got it done.

A win is a win.

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