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Reds Stumble But Keep Best Record in Baseball

Updated on August 5, 2012

Reds Stumble But Keep Best Record in Baseball

by Robb Hoff

August 5, 2012

It's hopefully a sign of things to come: 121,030 fans in Great American Ball Park for a three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

No doubt Reds fans would like to continue to see home games average more than 40,000 in the seats so the Reds can boost their buyers' chance every trade deadline and offseason. The more money in, the more money out has been the motto so far for the Reds under the ownership of Bob Castellini.

The biggest beneficiaries of that Castellini largesse so far -- first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips -- were missed Sunday as the Reds coughed one up to the Pirates and failed to produce another sweep.

The Reds maintain their hold on the best record in Major League Baseball despite the loss and still have a 4-1/2-game lead over the second-place Pirates in the N.L. Central division.

This latest homestand ends with the Reds posting a 5-2 record completely without Votto and minus Phillips for five of those games. With Phillips likely back in the lineup tomorrow and Votto's return looming another week or so away, the horizon looks even brighter for the Reds for their 2012 push to the post-season once their star players show they can stay healthy for the rest of the season.


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