Our Cincinnati Redlegs really excercised some demons in what has been a house of horrors our whole life–playing ball in Houston. Maybe its just that the Astros are going to be that bad this season. Or maybe the Reds; who scored just 10 runs all series long while missing Jay Bruce for the final 3 games are built the right way.
Bronson Arroyo improved to a perfect 3-0 on the season. Not bad for a guy who was set to start the season on the DL with carpal tunnel. Edwin Encarnacion got not one but two 2-out RBI hits. The Reds did not commit an error. Joey Votto doubled with the bases loaded off the left center field wall to put the Reds ahead to stay. Francisco Cordero came in to save his 5th game in 5 chances.
Right now, it’s just about stockpiling wins. Sure, they don’t have enough offense. Yes, they win games ugly. But there is a glimmer of hope. If they can continue to overachieve–and if you watch this team that is what you’ll see they are clearly doing–then possibly the owner Bob Castellini will go out and get us a big bat or two. That might be all that keeps this team from being very good. They lack the firepower offensively to score in bunches. But the piery n is there and it is keeping them in games every night right now.
The next 5 games are going to be a true test, and more glaring; the next three in Chicago. The Reds are a half game out of first place but they’re about to find out if they can hang with the big boys. They face Rich Harden, Ted Lilly, and Carlos Zambrano. It could be another low scoring couple of days for the Reds offense unless something strange happens, which seems to happen somewhere in this game every day.