Reds remain undefeated after 8-2 victory over Astros.

Posted: April 5, 2011 by ciftuation in Sports
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Cincinnati-The Cincinnati Reds got a stong pitching performance from starter Mike Leake and the Reds improve to 4-0. All four victories have come against their NL Central rivals.  The win makes the Reds (and Phillies loss) the only undefeated team remaining in the NL.

Despite early injuries to pitchers Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey, and Bronson Arroyo dealing with mononucleosis, the Reds have come out of the gates hot. The win gives a young Reds team confidence after last seasons early exit from the playoffs which included a no-hitter by Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay and ultimately a sweep by the Phillies over the Reds.

The Reds scored three in the first inning, two in the second inning and never looked back.  Leake was impressive, giving up only three hits in six innings while striking out four Houston batters.

Houston pitcher J.A. Happ had control problems, issuing five walks and seven hits to Cincinnati hitters. Joey Votto’s RBI double and Clay Heisley’s RBI single gave the Reds a 7-0 advantage after the fourth inning.

The Astros fall to 0-4 to open the season and will likely pitch Nelson Figueroa tomorrow night. The Reds will pitch Edison Volquez.  Volquez who struggled in his opening day start against the Brewers will be looking to redeem himself against the Astros.

Notes. The Red have not opened the season 4-0 since 1990..Cincinnati 2b Brandon Phillips left the game in the fifth inning after a head first slide at home in the previous inning.

 

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Comments
  1. finaJ says:

    Astros blow…

  2. Brad says:

    The so called “experts” that said the Cardinals would win the Central in 2010 based on the strenght of Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are picking the Brewers for 2011. I just have to laugh. What more do the Reds have to do to prove themselves a legitimate contender? They have great hitting. They have superlative defense. They have good pitching. Now, they have the experience of reaching the postseason. If anything, the Reds will walk away with the division this year and make a serious run in the postseason. reaching the postseason. If anything, the Reds wil walk away with the division this year and make a serious run in the postseason

  3. Ronald Marist says:

    IFirst I must thank Brad for telling me about this article. Never knew the site existed but does appear to be pretty new. I could not agree with Brad any less. The Cincinnati Reds left no doubt they are the team to beat in the National League Central. They have outstanding hitting and a very good pitching staff. This is only the first series of the season, but if Milwaukee is going to be a serious contender it will have to do better against the Reds.

  4. ksteets says:

    Thanks Brad and Ronald for stopping by. We appreciate the hits.

    • Brad says:

      ksteets, we are both big time Reds fans. I was searching for Reds articles and your sure came up. Neither of us play fantasy sports so we’re just kind of ignoring those postings. Writer seems a bit cocky too. Otherwise, like I said I came here for the Reds but found myself reading the other stuff as well. Golf, baseball, basketball, football, movies, and music. Roll with it. I brought my buddy Ronald over and you seed he’s a happy camper too. Keep up the great work!

  5. Leslie says:

    I’d watch out for the Pirates this year. Understandably they haven’t done anything in the last two decades and their pitching staff is minor league quality. But, their ineup has a lot of young talent/potential and they could make a run. They may be this year’s version of last year’s Reds team.

  6. Bastian says:

    I would like to thank you a lot for your job you have made in writing this blog post. I am hoping the same perfect work by you in the future too.

  7. Ronald Marist says:

    And yet another victory!!! Volquez may not seem like an ace but I’ve seen him pitch extremely well before. He can be an ace. You gotta build this guy up. He struggles in two starts, you don’t throw him under the bus. The team, management, media, and fans need to let this guy know that we have his back and show our confidence that he will come around. His teammates essentially made that statement last night when they scored the 12 runs. Brad pointed out to me after the game last night that the Reds scored 43 runs in four games. Whoever imagined they roils begin this season averaging 10.3 runs per game! Our pitching doesn’t need to be great to win games when your offense is scoring like that. Edinson WILL be fine. He will be dominant down the road this season and the Reds WILL keep winning!!!!!!!!

  8. Laree says:

    Don’t paint the devil on the wall

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