[Reds 3, Astros 0]
Edison Volquez was dominant last night, holding the Astros to 1 hit in 8 innings, allowing only 1 walk and striking out 6 in a 3-0 Cincinnati win. Francisco Cordero threw a scoreless 9th inning to preserve the shutout and earn his 7th save in as many chances. The win was Volquez’s 3rd of the season. The Reds finished April with an 11-10 record, something that Dusty Baker pointed out was a goal for this team. It was a big win due to the fact that the Astros had won 11 ballgames in a row on the Reds home turf.
The Reds got a pick me up from some unsung heroes. Laynce Nix and Adam Rosales each had good, contributable performances. Rosales made his first start of the season since being called up from AAA Louisville, and he went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI and a walk. Nix had a couple of knocks including a triple. Rosales strikes us as a guy who could be a real good story this season. He could come out of nowhere to hit around .300 in 400 at bats with some pop. We’ll see.
Our boy Jay Bruce singled and stole his first run of the season and scored a run on a Rosales sacrifice fly to give the Reds their final insurance run. The Reds enter an off day today and then head to Pittsburgh to begin a road trip in a place that has been a house of horrors for them.