“What can go wrong will go wrong,” stated scientist Edward Murphy many years ago.
Even with Murphy’s Law fully in effect, the scrappy Reds continue to find a way to stay in contention in the National League Central.
Reds Nation was excited about the return of young hurler Edison Volquez after a brief stay on the DL with back spasms.
Much to the chagrin of Reds fans starved for a return to the playoffs, Volquez lasted just one inning before being forced to exit with numbness in the pinky and ring fingers of his pitching hand.
This setback was just the latest in a string of injuries that have made manager Dusty Baker’s job this season very difficult.
An early season injury to starting third sacker Edwin Encarnacion was the first misfortune.
This was followed by slugging sensation Joey Votto’s mysterious condition that caused him to miss a number of games and finally landed him on the DL. In addition, All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips is battling a hairline fracture of his thumb.
Despite the rash of injuries, the Reds have been resilient. Monday’s 5-3 victory in St. Louis against the Cardinals was another example of the determination that this youthful squad has to win.
With the early exit of Volquez, the bullpen was called upon to shut down one of the National League’s toughest offenses. The relief staff passed this test with flying colors, throwing eight innings of two-hit ball.
Mike Lincoln pitched three innings, Daniel Ray Herrera worked two, and Nick Masset, Arthur Rhodes, and Francisco Cordero pitched one inning each.
Lincoln’s efforts earned him the victory, and Cordero collected his 14th save.
Laynce Nix was the hitting hero with a two-run double in the fourth that gave the Reds a 3-2 lead. He is just one of a cast of little-known players that just keep getting the job done.
Many are expecting the Reds to begin their annual June swoon, but this year’s edition of Redlegs may not stop running until they at least make the race for the playoffs an interesting one.