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Arroyo, Bullpen and Phillips get Reds back on winning track against Rockies


CINCINNATI, OHIO-The Reds are celebrating their 1990 championship season this weekend by bringing back the players and coaches from that team that shocked the baseball world by sweeping the ‘Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and the entire Oakland A’s team to win the World Series.

MC Hammer performed for the Reds fans (

MC Hammer and his entourage (

The evening kicked off with MC Hammer performing before the game in the right-field entertainment stage. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This” was the Reds’ theme song in 1990 which played in the locker room after a win. I remember it well, because I was covering the Reds in those days as well.

As part of the celebration, Norm Charlton and Randy Myers, part of the “Nasty Boys” bullpen, which is the reason the team picked MC Hammer’s song, threw out ceremonial first pitches.

Leadoff batter Brandon Phillips got the Reds rolling (

Now to the Reds win over Colorado.

Brandon Phillips had three hits and Arthur Rhodes pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the eighth inning Friday night, as the Reds held off the Colorado Rockies, 3-2.

The Reds are finally playing a home game in July. They haven’t played a game at home since June 30. They had lost five of the last six games on the recently completed road trip to Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

Bronson Arroyo at 10-4, is slowly becoming the ace of the Reds starting staff, was cruising along until Miguel Olivo hit a first-pitch solo homer leading off the eight inning to cut the Reds lead to 3-2.

Olivo’s home run was caught by a fan in the first row of the left-field bleachers, which looked like fan interference as Reds LF Jonny Gomes went back to the wall to make a play.

Reds manager Dusty Baker asked for a review to see if the fan interfered. Plate umpire Tom Hallion upheld the call after a review that took 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Arthur Rhodes came on in relief of Arroyo in the eighth and walked pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs to load the bases. The 40-year-old lefty then got Dexter Fowler on a shallow fly ball to right-field; struck out Jonathan Herrera and Carlos Gonzalez as the raucous crowd of 37,188 stood with approval.

Francisco Cordero gave up a walk in the ninth inning before gaining his 25th save in 31 tries.

The losing pitcher was Jason Hammel (7-4) who struck out a career-high 10 batters. His only mistake was not keeping the speedy Brandon Phillips off base who stole scored two runs and stole a base.

The win over Colorado is surprising for the Reds. Since 2007, the Reds are 4-16 against Rockies.

Also by winning, the Reds ended their 23-inning scoreless streak which happened in the nightmarish Philadelphia series.

SOUNDS FROM REDS POST-GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 223 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Important to end 23 inning scoreless streak (

45 224 Brandon Phillips Reds 2B Where the Reds be without Arthur Rhodes (

45 225 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP At 40 how long will he play (

45 226 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP Team is not dead losing 4 in a row (

45 227 Arthur Rhodes Reds LHP He was pumped up in the 8th inning (

45 229 Francisco Cordero Reds closer Does Arthur Rhodes surprise him at 40 (

45 232 Francisco Cordero Reds closer He was pumped in the 9th inning (



* Bronson Arroyo earned the win and has won 5 of his last 6 starts. It was his 3rd straight quality start.

* Orlando Cabrera’s RBI-ground out snapped a 23-straight inning scoreless streak for the Reds. The longest streak since September 21-25, 2003.

* The Reds snapped a 9-game losing streak to the Rockies and a 6-game losing streak at Great American Ball Park against the Rockies.

* Scott Rolen stole his first base of the season in the 8th inning.


* Jason Hammel took the loss, snapping a career-high 6-game winning streak.

* Jason Hammel struck out 10 batters, setting a new career high. His old mark was a high of 8, six times, most recently against San Francisco on July 4, 2010.

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