View Full Version : 8/7-8/10: Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

08-07-2008, 02:47 PM
Reds (reds.com) Vs. Astros (astros.com)

Roy Oswalt, RHP (8-8, 4.74) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=400061) Josh Fogg, RHP (2-3, 7.57) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=150319)

Astros: Oswalt seems to be back to normal following his second start off the DL. He gave up four runs on six hits in a comeback win against the Mets in his last outing, but Cooper said he pitched better than his numbers showed. Oswalt said he feels better, although it still takes him a bit to get warm. Oswalt is 20-1 with a 2.61 ERA all-time against Cincinnati, the lone loss coming in 2006.

Reds: Fogg gave up three earned runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings after recovering from a shaky first inning. He worked out of jams in the second and third innings and had a much better outing that his previous one when he was shelled in an 11-0 loss. This time after being in line for a win, the bullpen blew a two-run lead as Cincinnati went on to a 10-6 loss to the Nationals.

Randy Wolf, LHP (7-10, 4.60) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=150116) Johnny Cueto, RHP (7-11, 5.00) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=456501)

Astros: Wolf looked much more effective in his second outing for Houston, tossing five shutout innings in which he struck out seven and walked three. Wolf is 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA lifetime against Cincinnati. He won his only game against the Reds this season, allowing two runs on four hits in seven innings, striking out nine.

Reds: Cueto got roughed up early before settling down on Sunday in Washington, D.C. He struck out the first two batters he faced, but a Lastings Milledge homer sparked a four-run first inning, all the Nationals would need in a 4-1 win over the Reds. Cueto struck out four and walked one, throwing 86 pitches -- 53 for strikes -- over his six-inning start.

Brian Moehler, RHP (7-4, 4.01) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=119215) Bronson Arroyo, RHP (10-8, 5.55) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=276520)

Astros: Moehler pitched five shutout frames in his last outing, earning the win after the game was called because of inclement weather. Moehler allowed four hits, did not issue a walk and struck out four. The right-hander has allowed two runs over his last two outings, totaling 13 2/3 innings. He hasn't lost since July 4. He last faced the Reds on July 29, when he nearly pitched a complete game. Instead, he settled for giving up two runs over 8 2/3 frames in his strongest outing of the year.

Reds: Arroyo had his best outing since the Fourth of July in holding the Brewers to one run over six innings in his last start. At times, he looked dominant. Mixing his pitches masterfully, Arroyo gave up four hits, struck out six and walked a pair. His 111 pitches included 72 strikes, which is the kind of strike-to-ball ratio any pitcher can live with. He displayed pinpoint control, something that highlighted his work a season ago but that has eluded the righty time and again this season. But on a team that says it's not giving up on the season, Arroyo pitched as if something were at stake. Can he duplicate it against the Astros?

Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (6-4, 3.98) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=434643) Edinson Volquez, RHP (13-5, 2.93) (http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=450172)

Astros: Rodriguez has had two subpar outings in a row after allowing six runs over five innings in a loss to the Cubs. The lefty has allowed 12 runs over his last two starts and cited command issues as a reason for his troubles. Rodriguez last faced the Reds on July 30 at Minute Maid Park, taking the loss after yielding six runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Reds: Volquez has lost command of his fastball, and that has turned him from a dominating pitcher into an ordinary one. His work against the Brewers in his last outing highlighted the caliber of his recent work. Volquez piled up a high pitch count early. He would have been well over the 100-pitch mark had he lasted longer than five innings. As it was, he threw 96 pitches; 36 of them were balls. In his past four starts, he's given up a combined 19 runs in 21 1/3 innings. That's not the statistical line for success -- no matter how much offensive support a pitcher gets from his teammates.

08-08-2008, 11:48 AM
Great game by Roy yesterday.

08-08-2008, 04:05 PM
roy is making the reds his biaatch