Reds start second half with a bang
The Reds and Cardinals returned from the All-Star break with the most entertaining games I have seen in a long time. It was a seesaw battle, if you will (and I really hope you will), with the Redlegs winning in #WalkOffShawty fashion.
Both starters pitched well. Johnny Cueto was better and turned in another quality start. The Reds ace went seven innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned).
Tony La Russa managed like it was the seventh game of the World Series, using Johnny Wholestaff out of the bullpen. Dusty Baker made some questionable decisions as well.
Chris Heisey blasted two home runs. He also took one away, going above the wall on a long blast by Albert Pujols in the first inning.
The Reds were very aggressive on the base paths, looking to tag up on just about any ball hit into the air. Zack Cozart went from first to second on a fly out to right field. Yes, right field. Joey Votto advanced from first to second on a pop out to the catcher a couple of steps behind home plate. Yes, the catcher.
Cozart singled with one out in the ninth. One out later, Brandon Phillips hit a screamer over the wall in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Cozart and giving the Reds a 6-5 win. Obviously, Phillips was ecstatic going around the bases and celebrating with his teammates at home plate. I am sure the Cardinals will have a problem with the Reds being happy with the victory.
Today should be fun. Chris Carpenter will face Bronson Arroyo. I dare Crypenter to throw at Phillips.