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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cincinnati Reds & Bengals Updates

Cincinnati Reds Notes:

- Someone explain to me how the Cincinnati Reds can allow 38 runs in 5 games and still somehow be able to go an almost respectable 2-3 in those 5 games. Coming into Thursday night's game the Reds had allowed 38, yes, thirty eight runs in just five games. To top it off, one of those games was a 9-1 win meaning that 37 runs had been scored on Cincinnati pitching in just 4 of those games.

- While the Reds pitching has not been anything to get excited about, the hitting has. The Reds scored 23 runs in the 3-game homestand against Florida and had a nice come-from-behind win against Dontrelle Willis and the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. After falling behind in tonight's (TH) game by a 6-2 margin, the Reds bats have come alive and Cincinnati leads 7-6 in the bottom of the 6th.

- Coming into Thursday night's game @ Milwaukee, Reds 2B Brandon Phillips, who was acquired from the Indians in early April for a player to be named or cash, was batting .346 with 7 RBI in 9 games. With a 2-3 start to the night including a HR and 2 RBI, Phillips is now 10-28 (.357) with 3 doubles a HR and 9 RBI in 10 games. This puts him on pace for over 120 RBI this season. While we all know that B-Phil won't drive in 120 runs this year (we do know that, right?), the deal looks like it was a good one for Phillips and the Reds as well.

- Dave Williams, the guy that the Reds got when they sent Sean Casey to Pittsburgh, is terrible. Williams has now allowed 12 runs in his last 6 IP counting Thursday night's game. Meanwhile Scott Hatteberg is putting up Sean Casey-like numbers at 1B for a fraction of the cost, but Reds fans still miss The Mayor.

Cincinnati Bengals Notes:

ESPN.com is reporting that the Bengals extend Johnson with monster deal, locking up their Pro Bowl WR through 2011. The flashy receiver who never shies from attention caught 97 balls for 1432 yds and 9 TD in 2005.

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