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Reds Wallop Latest Version of Lovable Losers

Updated on August 17, 2012

Reds Wallop Latest Version of Lovable Losers

by Robb Hoff

August 17, 2012

The Cincinnati Reds formula for success -- decent starting pitching and the long ball -- worked well enough Friday night for another win, rocketing the Reds to 25 games over the .500 mark and preserving their six-game lead in the N.L. Central division.

Fortunately for the Reds, they faced the lowly Chicago Cubs, who look more and more like the Lovable Losers of yore in the way they manage to be comically inept in just about all facets of the game.

The Reds relied upon the power hitters in their lineup to account for the runs that made the difference for another victory.

Reds right-fielder Jay Bruce continued his blistering pace as he belted his fourth homer in the past five games. Left-fielder Ryan Ludwick clubbed his second shot in as many games, and N.L. Rookie-of-the-Year frontrunner Todd Frazier popped his second blast in the last three games.

The Reds continue their winning ways without star Joey Votto and got enough of an outing from starter Bronson Arroyo to keep the game at hand until the Reds bats started to take over.

The Reds play a double-header against the Cubs tomorrow with ace Johnny Cueto looking for a National League best 16th victory and career minor-leaguer Todd Redmond set to make his major league debut in the nightcap.


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