While the Cincinnati Reds are still comfortably cruising toward the NL Central title and the Miami Marlins occupy the East cellar, the teams have undergone a bit of a role reversal this weekend.
A little numbness wasn’t going to keep Carlos Lee out of the lineup.
Although the Cincinnati Reds are running away with the NL Central, there are some growing concerns for Dusty Baker’s club. Their offense is suddenly sputtering, and ace Johnny Cueto seems like he’s hit a wall.
The Cincinnati Reds’ push toward the playoffs was slowed Friday by a last-place team and a rookie who earned his first National League victory.
The reeling Miami Marlins faced the Houston Astros in Marlins Park for the first time since manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended for his comments on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Better late than never, Marlins bats exploded Saturday to give the team it’s first win of the 2012 season. Giancarlo Stanton led Miami out of its early slump, getting three hits and driving in three runs, and the Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3.
Jay Bruce homered and drove in a pair of runs, and Johnny Cueto dominated in his first opening-day start, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday before one of their biggest crowds.
The Miami Marlins have opened their brand new stadium, Thursday, they will look for their first win of the season on the road in Cincinnati.
Actor Josh Hutcherson, who stars in the box-office hit “The Hunger Games,” will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Miami Marlins-Cincinnati Reds game April 7.
Joey Votto homered in each game of a doubleheader, and Bronson Arroyo pitched eight scoreless innings in the nightcap, leading Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night for a split of the twinbill.