Reds ready to close out Brewers

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.

Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for tonight’s game so be sure to grab a friend and your tickets and get out and support your Cincinnati Reds tonight!

 

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Reds blank Rangers

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.”

Reds 4The Rangers have dropped three straight games but are still in control of the AL West.

“We haven’t gotten the hits when the team has needed them the most,” Rangers DH Carlos Beltran said. “You go through that where you’re not getting the results. We are going through a little funk.”

The rubber match takes place tonight at 6:10.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Cincinnati Reds over the Rangers.

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Reds fall apart in game four

The Oakland Athletics lost the first two games against the Reds by a combined two runs.  Game three, played last night at the Great American Ballpark ended up being a disastrous 6-1 loss, allowing the Athletics to keep from breaking a futility record of a winless road-trip consisting of eight or more games.  The seven previous losses came on the road.

“Each and every game that you go through a losing streak like that, there’s just a little more urgency,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “There should be. But it’s miserable going home every night. You can’t even enjoy your evening when you’re in a losing streak like that.”

The Reds hit the road for a series against the Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and closing out the trip with a two game series at Globe Life Park against the Rangers before returning home to take on the San Diego Padres in a four game series.

Ticket for all upcoming series’ are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Cincinnati Reds!

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Losing streak continues

These are tough times for the Atlanta Braves.  After enduring a two game losing streak on the road, they come back and drop the opening series game against the Atlanta Braves.  What is worse is, the score was 1-0 off a wild pitch.

The Reds will meet the Braves again tonight at 6:10.  Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today!

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Byrd happy to be flying with the Reds

The trade that sent Marlon Byrd from the Phillies to the Reds could be viewed by the outside world as a step into the nether regions of the NL Central.  Don’t expect that to come from the mouth of Byrd himself.

“I’m coming to a team that’s ready to win and I get to hit in THIS lineup,” said the 37-year-old 14-year veteran. “And I love it in the NL Central, a great division. And the Reds have amazing fans. There are positives all around,” Byrd told Fox Sports.

“We have two through seven capable of hitting 30 home runs, each guy,” he said. ” (Brandon) Phillips has done it, (Joey) Votto has done it, Jay Bruce has done it, Todd Frazier was at 29 last year, I’ve hit 25, (Devin) Mesoraco got 25 last year.”

Spring Training opens March 3rd where they will be taking on the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona.

“It’s not tough to be a leader when you are a veteran guy and you’ve been around,” Byrd said. “First you want to come in and fit in and be a piece of the puzzle.”

Let the pieces fall where they may, but you have to get your tickets now to see it all take place!

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Reds excited at Iglesias prospects

The Cincinnati Reds have been pleased with the production of Raisel Iglesias who wowed fans in the Arizona Fall League with only seven innings pitched in which he struck out seven, walked three and allowed one.

The 24-year old Iglesias, who immigrated from Cuba with his brother in November 2013 was signed by the Reds seven-year $27 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus.

(I saw) four pitches with command — that spells out starting pitcher, especially when it’s plus-stuff across the board. He was 93-97, so the velocity is there,” Manager Bryan Price told Rosecrans. “The action on his fastball is there, much better changeup than I anticipated seeing and two quality breaking balls and a good feel.

Be sure to catch the Reds when they open Spring Training which opens March 3rd at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.  Get your tickets now!

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