The Reds lost a tight one tonight, 6-5 to the Royals in 11 innings. The Reds couldn't get the big hit when they needed it - a rarity for this team this year. The Reds jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 4 innings, but the Royals rallied back with three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Somehow, Yuniesky Betancourt was the offensive star for the Royals, collecting three big hits on the night. His double in the fifth plated the Royals first run. His homer in the sixth gave the Royals their first lead. Then he singled in the winning run in the eleventh to cap off the scoring. If tonight's not the greatest night Betancourt will ever have on a baseball field, I'll be stunned.
For the Reds, Bronson Arroyo struck out 4 and walked 3 while giving up 6 hits in 7 innings. He threw 108 pitches. Logan Ondrusek, Francisco Cordero, and Daniel Ray Herrera each worked a 1-2-3 inning before Micah Owings surrendered the go-ahead run in the 11th. At the plate, Scott Rolen had four singles and Jay Bruce doubled and homered. Joey Votto's 0 for 5 night hurt, especially the fly out with runners on the corners and just one out in the eleventh. Tomorrow's a new day.