Game 19, 2011: Reds 7, DiamondBacks 4

[Box Score]

The Reds again gave up a run in the 1st inning, but they also struck back with four of their own. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead again for the duration of this game. This was a game that ended what was supposed to be a feasting seven game homestand for the Reds. Instead, this game snapped a four game losing streak and the Reds finished the homestand just 2-5 against the Pirates and DiamondBacks.

Again, the story was the same three guys who have come up big often in the beginning of the season for the Reds. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Ramon Hernandez were the only three Reds with multiple hits, and Votto homered for the third time on the year to raise his average to .418 on the young season.

Who would have guessed that a guy with no stuff like Mike Leake could jump out to 3-0 and a guy with such great stuff like Daniel Hudson would begin this season 0-4?

Top Plays

Joey Votto’s moonshot (3)

Miguel Cairo’s two-run single

Brandon Phillips diving stop


*The Reds begin a big series in St. Louis tonight, which could amount to a blood-orgy of a road trip for them. It finishes in Milwaukee next week.

*My fantasy teams are finally starting to get rolling after big nights last night from Pedro Alvarez, Felix Hernandez, and Mike Stanton. They’re not winning any leagues or anything, but I’m going to be right there in the end.