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Reds Win Crucial Game in St. Louis

Bronson Arroyo had a bad game last night.  The Reds other hot starter, Johnny Cueto took the mound tonight.  The Reds two best starters couldn't possibly have consecutive bad games, right?  Wrong.  Cueto looked terrible tonight.  He may as well have thrown his breaking balls right into the outfield the way the Cardinals were teeing off on them.  Cueto gave up eight earned runs on ten hits tonight against the surging Cardinals offense.  The Reds took the game by a final score of 9-8, but it wasn't easy.

I think the Reds upper management has been reading this blog.  Last night, I wrote that it was imperative something be done about the bullpen.  Mike Lincoln was place on the DL.  Not the best way for him to leave, but at least he isn't pitching at the moment.  Carlos Fisher was sent down to the minors, while bringing up Logan Ondrusek and Enerio Del Rosario.  Del Rosario pitched a bit tonight and was not excellent, but he had inherited a few runners from Cueto.

Nick Masset is starting to return to 2009 form, pitching one inning, giving up no runs with a strikeout.  Arthur Rhodes looked perfect as usual, getting two strikeouts tonight with no runs allowed.  And Cordero chalked up his 16th save of the season.

The story tonight was offense.  In a game with pitiful pitching on both sides, the brightest spots came from Joey Votto and Scott Rolen.  After missing six games with a sore neck, Votto showed no signs of rust, going 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored and a home run.  Rolen is still surprising, going 3 for 5 with two homers.  Rolen was responsible for four of Cincinnati's nine runs.

The Cards had no shortage of offense, either.  Colby Rasmus was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.  John Jay also went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.  Both Rasmus and Jay took advantage of Cueto's pitching with a home run each.

The end result was a 9-8 Cincinnati win, which puts the Reds in first place, one game ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central.  Most importantly, the Reds assured themselves they wouldn't be swept.  The worst-case scenario in this series for the Reds is a loss tomorrow night, which would still leave them in a tie for first.  Let's hope recent call up Sam LeCure can help give the Reds a two game lead with a win, though.

     - Mike Zimmerman

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