Reds slug it out to stop losing streak

The Reds returned to Great American Ball Park last night and snapped their five-game losing streak by beating the Dodgers, 11-9.

Nobody has ever questioned the ability of Paul Janish to play defense. He has great range, soft hands and a rocket for an arm. The hesitation to make him an everyday player has always come with his inconsistency as an offensive contributor.

Janish has produced in the limited opportunities he has been given. Last night was no exception as he came off the bench in the bottom of the eighth with two runners on base and the game tied. Janish lined a hit a to left that gave his team the lead. If Janish continues to hit, we could have our first “controversy” of the 2010 season.

I do know that I have been extremely disappointed with Orlando Cabrera’s range so far. On more than one occasion, ground balls that Janish would have gotten to easily have rolled into the outfield.

Other offensive contributors last night include Joey Votto (HR, 3 RBI), Jay Bruce (triple, 1 RBI), Brandon Phillips (HR) and Scott Rolen (3 hits).

Bruce also made an outstanding play in right field to end the eighth inning.

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