Not a bad weekend for the Reds, anytime you can take 2 of 3 three from the division leader you are doing your job. I finally got to Cincinnati yesterday to see my first live game this season. It happened to be the one the Reds dropped to the Cardinals, but it was still a great afternoon of baseball. After taking the first two games of this series it was fun to see fans at the park with the brooms in hand, almost getting to help clean the stadium. Joey Votto benched all weekend with the flu bug came in to pitch hit and blasted his fourth home run of the season. Quickly becoming another fan favorite, Adam Rosales also hit his very first Major League home run. Jay Bruce slammed his team high tenth home run. They still weren't done as the biggest shots came in the bottom of the ninth as Jerry Hairston started the inning with a home run to get the Reds back to within a run. This set the table for the biggest hit of the game. Micha Owings blasted a pitch hit home run to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Owings, tipped his cap on the top step of the dugout to a standing ovation.
The Reds would give up a tenth inning run to St. Louis and build a rally in the bottom of the tenth but come up just short leaving the bases loaded as Paul Janish fouled out to end. The biggest out in that inning was Jerrry Hairston not being able to lay down a bunt with runners on first and second with no outs.
I do think the Reds have sent word that they will never give up and yes that they can play with anyone in the National League. They are not headed to Arizona for a three game series starting tonight. Bronson Arroyo again looking to bounce back from a very poor outing will take the hill for the Reds.