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05-01-2009, 01:00 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, 01:00 AM
here ya go. i posted ya guys a GT.

05-02-2009, 07:43 AM
When a pitcher starts thinking about having to be perfect because he knows there won't be any support from the team behind him. He starts losing confidence, how many times last year did Duke and Snell pitch well enough to win only to be let down by the rest of the team? It's already happened to Snell twice this year and now to Duke. Hopefully Russel is right and this is a small glitch but when the entire offense goes cold at the same time thats a problem that must be fixed immediately just wish somebody knew how.