The Reds seem to like their one game lead in the Central. The exploded out of the gate tonight. Johnny Cueto struck out the first two batters he faced on the way to a nine-strikeout, no run performance over 6 excellent innings. Offensively, Scott Rolen snapped an 0 for 11 slump with a three-run homer in the first, and Jay Bruce followed with a homer of his own. The Reds cruised from there to an 8-2 victory.
Transaction and Injury Notes
Drew Sutton was called up, taking the spot of Paul Janish who was placed on the bereavement list. Sutton hasn't really done anything noteworthy in Louisville as far as I can tell, but this is just a temporary move.
According to Mark Sheldon, Sam LeCure will get the start tomorrow in what would ordinarily be Homer Bailey's turn in the rotation. LeCure has been excellent for Louisville so far this season. On a staff that includes Aroldis Chapman, Travis Wood, and Matt Maloney, Lecure has been the Bats best pitcher so far this season. That's really saying something.
In the majors, Joey Votto is sitting again due to the stiff neck that kept him out yesterday. Also, Brandon Phillips left the game early tonight due to injury. I wasn't really paying attention, but it didn't sound too serious from what I could tell.
On the Farm
Aroldis Chapman got the ball tonight for Louisville and pitched well. Chapman fanned seven in five scoreless innings. He only threw 90 pitches, which is better than he's been doing, but still a bit inefficient for my taste. Still, it is exciting to think what Chapman can bring to the table when he's ready.
Devin Mesoraco is having another big night down in Lynchburg too. He's 3 for 4 with a walk and hit his tenth home run on the season. He hasn't shown much at the plate until this year. Let's hope he keeps it up, because he's been excellent this season so far. (It's a good thing too, because other than Mesoraco, it seems to me that the talent in the Reds system is either REALLY young or already in AAA - and other than the pitchers, the "top prospects" aren't showing me a whole lot this year.)
Beyond the Upper Deck - Not June 4!
I purchased tickets tonight to see the Reds live on June 4 against the Nationals in DC. There's a chance that it may also be Steven Strasburg's MLB debut, although I read something today suggesting that the Nats are going to wait till mid-June to call him up. That's a real head-scratcher. My seats are in the left field corner, so its not like I'll be right on top of the action if Strasburg is there anyway.