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Game 20: Reds @ Cardinals

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Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, Apr 22, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT
Busch Stadium

Edinson Volquez vs Kyle McClellan

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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And so, with the wind at their backs and a song in their hearts, the heroes marched westward in confrontational defiance. Or something. As I said earlier, I ain't too happy with the way our Reds played the past few weeks. A 2-5 homestand against the Pirates and Diamondbacks is not going to cut it, no siree, Bob. But no time for that now, we have some baseball to play against a real team.

The Cardinals have kept pace with the Reds thus far, as both teams enter tonight's Titanic Struggle with matching 10-9 records. Not only is 1st place on the line, but our hopes of a Wire-to-Wire season as well. To ensure victory, the Reds have called upon Edinson Volquez to take the hill. I'm sure we are all familiar with his tales of woe and redemption so far this season, so I'll spare you the details. He faces Kyle McClellan, who was a reliever for a few years before taking on the starter's role this season. He also shares his name with a below-average Civil War general. Let's hope McClellan's performance tonight resembles the ol' General's at Antietam. In the "embarrassing display of tactical incompetence" way, not the "tens of thousands of men killed" way.