Saturday, July 5, 2008

Fogg keeps Reds in game for 3rd Straight Win over the Nat's

Josh Fogg, making his first start sense being recalled from AAA Louisville threw a pretty good game tonight to help the Reds win their third straight against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ballpark sending over 37,000 fans home happy. Fogg had pretty good numbers and held the Nat's to just one run over six innings in what was in my opinion his best start of the season. If you can get this kind of start from your number five pitcher a little more often it's gotta help.

Cordero trying to get his 18th save, and third in a row, let the Nationals tie the game at 2-2 in the ninth. Cordero had to face three straight former Reds in Dmitri Young, Austin Kearns, and Aaron Boone. Boone laid down a prefect bunt after Young walked and Kearns singled, to move another former Red, Felipe Lopez, to third. Lopez pitch ran for Young and scored the tying run on a long drive off the bat of Jesus Flores. Griffey made an excellent play on the ball to save another run from scoring. This run set the table for the Reds ninth inning come back.

Jerry Hairston got his third hit of the night leading off the home half of the ninth. Hairston continues to amaze me time and time again with his bat, his speed and his defense. Jay Bruce struck out on a ball in the dirt to finish off an off night at the plate going 0-5. Jay does have enough AB's to be in the Rookie of the Year race now and he did make an outstanding play to steal a home run off the bat of Austin Kearns. After the Bruce strike out, Brandon Phillips came to the plate and allowed Marty to shout his favorite quote "And this one belongs to the Reds" by singling sharply to left to score Hairston from second. This sets the table for a four game sweep on Sunday afternoon if the Reds can win and I like their chances with Edinson Volquez on the mound looking for his 11th win on the season.

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