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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Reds Try Bowling Over Cardinals In A Sweep

The Reds not only made up a suspended game from Friday night on Saturday.  They made up family bowling night that was caused by a rainout the previous Friday.

The Reds Community Fund held a Brandon Phillips Bowling Bash at Super Bowl in Erlanger, Kentucky.

"There were no bowling injuries," Bryan Price said.

The press asked Price if asked the pitchers to bowl with their non-throwing hand.
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Price laughed, "These guys don't have to be in bubble wrap. We had the race between Brayan Pena and Simon last year. These are professional athletes. They should be able to run a sprint without hurting themselves."

The Reds are looking for these:

1) Four-game winning streak over the Cardinals - the first since April 19 - July 15, 2012
2) First series sweep (3-game) of the Cardinals since July 13 - July 15, 2012
3) First four-game series sweep of the Cardinals since May 5 - May 8, 2003
4) Even the season series at 8-8.  The last time the Reds won the season series was 2011

The Cardinals are 2-8 in their last 10 games and start the game Sunday with a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central.

Manager Mike Matheny who has had to run 100 unique lineups to the field this season due to slumps and injuries.

“Not going for a record there," Matheny said. "I’d like to throw the same lineup out there every day. We’ve got to get something going. Just looking hitter to hitter to see who’s in a good spot right now. Garcia’s taking good at-bats. He’s in a good place. Trying to get Jhonny (Peralta) some rest. That will pay off with an off-day tomorrow.”

The Cardinals are not in a panic mode.

“That’s the challenge … to stay even-keeled," Matheny said. "We’re not going to go out searching for rough patches. But they’re going to be there. I see a group of guys who walked off the field yesterday like they’d been kicked in the gut. It’s not like we say it’s not a big deal. It is a big deal. This is our job. We take our jobs very serious. Our job is to win games. But we do have to stop and take a breath and look at the check points: are we competing? Are we working? Are we focused on doing the little things right? We’ve just got to each do our part.”

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