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Straily cuts down eight, allows two runs
Dan Straily pitched a career high eight innings and gave up only two runs on three hits while striking out eight batters as the outfield complimented his effort with great team defense. The win ups Straily’s stats to 12-8 with a 3.81 ERA and ties a five game winning streak for the Reds.
“I’m the benefactor of that success with great defense and the very-well-put-together scouting reports I receive before each start,” Straily said. “Good things happen when you let the guys hit the baseball. I want contact. I want the weakest contact possible, and I want it right at somebody. I know that’s asking for a lot. That’s just what I’ve learned over my years.”
The Reds (62-82, 5th NL Central) have the opportunity to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers (64-81, 4th NL Central) tonight at The Great American Ballpark. Taking the mound for the Reds will send out rookie Tim Adleman (2-3, 3.88 ERA) while the Brewers will send out Junior Guerra (8-3, 2.96 ERA). For Guerra, it will be his third start after being shelved for a month on the DL.
Rookie Stephenson strikes down nine
The New York Mets (72-66, 2nd NL East) came into Cinci and stuck to a game plan that was executed flawlessly as they blanked the Reds 5-0 on a lazy labor day extended weekend. Matt Reynolds and Kelly Johnson slammed solo homers before a three run seventh inning closing the door on the Reds. Bartolo Colon went six scoreless innings for the Mets, who inched to a half game closer to the second wild card spot.
“Colon was really rolling good. He really was,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We saw a real masterful pitcher pitch a great game. I saw him when he was a hard-throwing guy when he was throwing 100 [mph]. You can teach a lot of pitchers how to pitch by being able to manage less stuff with really good command and movement.”
Rookie Robert Stephenson gave up two earned runs and five hits with one walk over 5 1/3 innings, while striking out nine batters.
Cinci Looks to repeat today
The Cincinnati Reds still have a little fight left in them after posting (thus far) the seventh worst record in the Majors at 54-71. So going up against the powerhouse Texas Rangers, SP Dan Straily pitched over six innings of perfect ball to lead the way to a 3-0 blanking of Texas.
“I have a pretty good history with a lot of those guys,” said Straily. “Sometimes, when you have enough history with people, you want to make sure you’re not doing the same thing repeatedly over and over. We had backup plans if they started to hit certain pitches. We never really had to go to those. Tucker [Barnhart, catcher] did a great job. We were in synch the whole night.”