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Game 79 Thread: Cardinals at Reds

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St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Jul 4, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Brad Thompson vs Micah Owings

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2009 - Brad Thompson 2-4 4.69 1.27 15 12

2009 - Micah Owings 5-8 4.63 1.55 50 42

Last night was a tough loss, making it especially hard to come back and play a day game today. Once again, I really wish Johnny Cueto or Aaron Harang were pitching this series.

That's not to say that Micah Owings is a bad pitcher, but his inconsistency can be dangerous against a team like the Cardinals, who have a way of making mistakes turn into runs quickly (right, Albert?). Once again, the Reds really need a big start from their pitcher. I guess that's what it's like living with an anemic offense.

The last time the Reds faced Brad Thompson, he threw 5 innings, allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs in a Cardinals 5-2 win. It was Thompson's first start of the season, a role that he's held down since then, posting a 4.86 ERA over 6 starts. As you can see, he doesn't strike out many, but he also doesn't walk many either. That means we should see a lot of balls put in play today. Hopefully they're falling in for the Reds.

Enjoy a safe and fun 4th today, everybody! I don't want to hear any stories about your trip to the emergency room this evening.