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05-01-2009, 12:52 AM
Reds Vs. Pirates
Home Team: Pirates hosting Reds for 3 games

Friday, May 1 PNC Park | 7:05 PM ET

Bronson Arroyo, RHP (3-1, 6.48) Zach Duke, LHP (3-1, 2.43)

Scouting Report:
Reds: Arroyo struggled Saturday afternoon while earning his first loss of the season. He allowed nine runs on nine hits, including two home runs, walked three and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to Atlanta. He also hit a batter. Arroyo threw 102 pitches, 60 for strikes. The nine hits tied a season-high. Arroyo allowed six of the nine runs in the first two innings before settling down. He pitched three consecutive hitless innings until Yunel Escobar's two-run home run brought an abrupt end to his day.

Pirates: Duke nearly had his second complete game of the season in his last start, but had to be pulled with one out in the ninth after throwing 114 pitches. Still, it was another gem for the lefty, who has been dominant in three of his four outings this year. Take away one shaky start and Duke has limited opponents to just two earned runs in 23 2/3 innings. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of 32 hitters he faced in his last outing, a sure sign of his sharp fastball command. Duke is 2-2 with a 4.05 ERA in five career starts against the Reds.

Saturday, May 2 PNC Park | 7:05 PM ET

Micah Owings, RHP (1-2, 3.78) Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (2-2, 3.24)

Scouting Report:
Reds: Owings earned his first victory as a Red by allowing just one earned run on six hits in seven strong innings Sunday against Atlanta. He walked three and struck out six in a 102-pitch effort. Owings' only run allowed was a solo home run by David Ross. He allowed just three hits and six baserunners through six innings before running out of gas in the seventh. Owings, who was leading Reds pinch-hitters in RBI and pinch-hits, also went 2-for-3 with a double. The outing might've cooled the debate over the Reds' fifth-starter spot for now.

Pirates: Ohlendorf has pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts, both wins, and has continued a trend of dominant starting pitching from the Pirates. Ohlendorf can sometimes have the tendency to take too much time and overthink on the mound, which has gotten him into trouble at times. But if he can maintain a quickened tempo, his fastball command and slider are usually quite sharp. In his last outing, Ohlendorf recorded only three outs outside the infield. He has allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 career innings against Cincinnati.

Sunday, May 3 Tickets PNC Park | 1:35 PM ET

Johnny Cueto, RHP (1-1, 2.19) Jeff Karstens, RHP (1-0, 5.40)

Scouting Report:
Reds: A great effort by Johnny Cueto was for naught as the Reds had their hands full with nemesis Roy Oswalt during a 4-1 loss to the Astros on Monday where he got a no-decision. On the heels of his seven scoreless at Chicago on April 22, Cueto allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings vs. Houston. Showing more aggressiveness in the strike zone lately, Cueto allowed no walks in the April 16 game and just one against Houston. He used only 98 pitches in his most recent start. On April 11 vs. the Pirates, Cueto wasn't as effective during a 10-2 loss. He gave up four earned runs and eight hits over six innings with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Pirates: As a pitcher that relies heavily on location, Karstens struggled in his last start against the Brewers on Monday. The right-hander took the mound with a 2-0 lead and served up home runs in each of the first three innings before leaving the game trailing 5-2 in the fifth inning. Karstens worked in the 89-91 mph range with his fastball, but left far too many pitches over the plate and finished with a no-decision. This will be the first time Karstens faces the Reds this season.

05-01-2009, 12:58 AM
dont forget to vote

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05-01-2009, 02:08 PM
I can feel it Brandon is breaking out of the slump tonight. We will take 2 of 3 from Pitt I think.

05-02-2009, 01:06 AM
A great pitching performance from Arroyo who goes 8 innings and doesn't allow a run then Cordero finished off the game for a 4 to 0 game. Phillips hit an opposite field homerun to put us up 2 to 0, and we scored 2 more in the 9th to go 4 to 0. We scored are first run on an RBI single by Votto after Taveras Doubled, Hairston bunted him over and Votto drove him in. Another good road win hopefully we can keep it up. Phillips is really starting to hit the ball hard so he is close to breaking out I believe.

05-02-2009, 11:15 AM
With a righty on the mound tonight I think Laynce Nix should start in left over Dickerson. He has hit the ball harder then anyone on this team and he deserves to keep starting. Dickerson did have some concerns after his collision with Tejada but even healthy I think Nix should start. He has earned the chance to start.

05-02-2009, 06:50 PM
great performance by Arroyo last night!

05-02-2009, 08:58 PM
Owings gives up 4 runs in the 1st but since then he has only given up 1 and we trail 5 to 3 in the Bottom of the 6th.

05-02-2009, 08:59 PM
Daniel Herrera coming in the game for us with 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd.

05-02-2009, 09:05 PM
He strikes out Morgan to end the inning as we head to the 7th trailing by 2 top of the order coming up.

05-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Taveras a leadoff single

05-02-2009, 09:32 PM
we trail 7 to 3 but we have runners on 1st and 3rd with no body out in the 8th and Hernandez at the plate.

05-02-2009, 09:33 PM
he strikes out Rosales at the plate.

05-02-2009, 09:36 PM
7 to 4 we trail with 2 outs and Rosales at 1st with AGON at the plate.

05-02-2009, 09:56 PM
Taveras a lead off single in the 9th trailing 8 to 4, single by Nix runners on 1st and 3rd Votto coming to the plate with one swing could pull us within 1.

05-02-2009, 09:59 PM
full count on Votto

05-02-2009, 10:00 PM
RBI single by Votto runners on 1st and 3rd tying run coming to the plate in Phillips.

05-02-2009, 10:02 PM
RBI single by Phillips 8 to 6 with the go ahead run coming to the plate in Bruce still 0 outs in the 9th.

05-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Bruce flies out to left Center 1 out.

05-02-2009, 10:05 PM
Down to our final out with Rosales at the plate can we pull off a 9th inning comeback.

05-02-2009, 10:07 PM
Bases loaded for Alex Gonzales a double gives us the lead and a single should tie it.

05-02-2009, 10:09 PM
He strikes out Reds lose 8 to 6 a good rally in the 9th but can't get the big hit in the 9th. Series tied at 1 as we have game 3 tommorrow with Cueto on the hill.

05-03-2009, 02:05 PM
Reds lead 1 to 0 after a Jay Bruce solo homer in the 2nd

05-03-2009, 02:35 PM
Bases loaded for Ramon Hernandez

05-03-2009, 02:38 PM
Hernandez with a 3run single and he's thrown out at 2nd Reds lead 4 to 0

05-03-2009, 03:07 PM
RBI single by Phillips 5 to 0

05-03-2009, 03:27 PM
Cueto through 6 innings only 2 hits given up and retired 10 in a row.

05-03-2009, 04:05 PM
Cueto through 8 innings still leading 5 to 0 I wonder if Dusty will let him try and finish it he is over 100 pitches. He has been pinch hit for so Cueto won't go out for the 9th the line on

Cueto 8 innings 4 hits 9 k's and only 1 Walk GREAT JOB JOHNNY:clap:

05-03-2009, 04:16 PM
Reds win 5 to 0 and move to 13 and 11 on the year big hits a 3 run single by Hernandez that gave us a 4 to 0 lead, Bruce hit his 6th home run of the year and Phillips had 2 hits so hopefully he will start to come around. Next up we visit the Marlins for a 2 game series.

05-04-2009, 12:26 AM
the boy has a bright future ahead of him...