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Game Notes, Leake, and St. Louis Preview

REDS WIN! Finally, after four straight losses our boys in red managed to bring home a 7-4 victory over the D’Backs on Thursday. Thanks to a solo home run by Joey Votto, some fortunate walks, RBIs brought in by Hernandez and Janish, and some great defensive plays, especially by Phillips and Gomes, we finally saw the guys play sort of like they played in the beginning of the season. Lately, we’ve been seeing a little bit of a lack of emotion with our guys, and although I’m not sure why, I think the fans have a lot to do with it. In the past two games I’ve attended (yesterday and today) there was a world of difference between the energy at GABP.

Mike Leake, Cincinnati’s own Charlie-Sheeneqsue Wild Thing, pitched beautifully today. Although I would have liked to have seen more K’s, Leake allowed 3 runs in 7 innings, keeping the D’Backs down and giving our offense a chance to shine. Is it a coincidence that the last game the Reds won was also pitched by Leake? Clearly, this kid is talented and thankfully, the fans were mostly able to keep their opinions about his personal life and his pitching talent separate.

The Reds leave tonight for a six day road trip beginning with our division rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, then to Milwaukee to face the Brew Crew. The Reds and the Cardinals have one of the most intense rivalries in the National League and there is a lot of speculation as to how the mood between the two teams will be, especially since last season’s comments by Brandon Phillips which caused the two teams to get into a brawl in August, and by the incorrect reports of Jonny Gomes’ attitude toward Adam Wainwright in Spring Training. Rivalries like this one are among the most exciting in Major League Baseball and with the Reds and the Cards being currently tied for first place, this will be an awesome series to watch.  Tomorrow, we’ll see our starter with the most strikeouts and the highest ERA, Edinson Volquez, face Kyle McClellan in a game that will surely be as emotionally charged and intense as they come.

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