Skyrockets in flight, afternoon delight….., so to speak, for the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The Reds finally got their bats going and won the final game to avoid an embarrassing sweep in the series with the St. Louis Cardinals in an afternoon thriller at Great American Ball Park.
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds’ Ace, started the game and gave the Reds five solid innings. With the exception of the 3rd inning, Cueto kept the Cardinals at bay. Cueto wasn’t as dominant as he was in the season opener, but battled all day. He didn’t figure in the win or loss and his ERA balooned to 2.25.
Aroldis Chapman came in the 8th and picked up the win, his second of the year. He faced 7 batters and fanned 5. That gives him 10 strike outs in only 5 innings of work for the season. There is no doubt that the work he put in during the off season is paying great dividends for the flame throwing left hander.
The Cincinnati Reds had battled back and entered the home half of the 9th tied 3-3. Joey Votto led off with a double, his fourth hit of the game. Ryan Ludwick was intentionally walked. After Jay Bruce struck out, the Cardinals went to Fernando Salas. He gave up the single to Heisey that ended the game for the Reds.
Hopefully the Cincinnati Reds have found a groove at the plate. They banged out 14 hits in the finale as a team. Reds fans are really hopeful that Votto has successfully come out of his brief two game slump.
The six-game opening homestand left the Reds at 3-3. There were some good moments and clearly many areas in which they need to improve.
They open on the road Thursday, April 12 against the Washington Nationals.