Reds Split Doubleheader With Florida Marlins to Win Series

By Cliff Eastham

The Cincinnati Reds lost the first game of a weather-related doubleheader against the Florida Marlins, 6-5 yesterday at Sun Life Stadium (or whatever they call it now).

Hurricane Irene had created thoughts about possible evacuations on Thursday, causing the Marlins to move the Thursday game to Wednesday night.

In the nightcap, Bronson Arroyo (8-10) held the Fish in check with a six-hit shutout through eight and had to hide his eyes as closer Coco Cordero nearly blew it in the ninth. The Reds hung on to pull out a 3-2 victory giving Arroyo his first win since June 25.

Cincinnati is now just two games below .500 and just three behind the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.

Cliff Notes:

1) Dusty Baker continued his seemingly unaccountable player management. Yonder Alonso had a 3 H, 4 RBI game on Tuesday and was held out of the lineup in both games of the twin bill. Puzzling.

2) The Reds were able to hold their heads above water, going 5-4 in the recent road trip. They begin a seven game home stand Friday as the Washington Nationals come to play a 3-game set. The Philadelphia Phillies wrap up the week with a 4-game series starting on Monday.

3) The attendance for the second game of the DH was 22,505. That many people in a yard that huge looks like a box of BB’s rolling around in a boxcar.

4) Keep your eyes open for something happening with Ramon Hernandez soon. He was put on waivers and the Giants are just one of several who may try to claim him.


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