Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bruce's 2-Run Homer Helps Reds Win in Extras

BP & the Reds say so long to the Cubs
Jay Bruce launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to help send the Reds past the visiting Cubs (65-85) by a score of 8-6 on Thursday.  Needless to say, the GABP crowd of 23,792 went home happy.

Here's the good, the bad, and the beneficiary of the Redlegs Review Hard Hat for Thursday's affair:

The Good:
-Bruce's walkoff slam was his 31st of the year.
-The Reds not only win the 4-game series, but the season series over the Cubs as well (11-7).
-Brandon Phillips homered for the fourth time in as many games to raise his season total to 16. The 30-year old also doubled (35), walked, and scored a couple of runs.
-After getting rocked for four runs in the top of the first, Homer Bailey settled down nicely over the next five innings. The Texan tied a season high with nine punchouts over six frames.
-Drew Stubbs smacked three singles and scored a run, while Chris Heisey picked up a pair of hits, including his 17th homer of the year in the bottom half of the fourth.
-Outside of Cordero, the Reds bullpen combined to toss four innings of no-hit, no-run ball.
-Cincinnati is now riding a modest 3-game winning streak.
-The Reds lift their record in extra innings in '11 to 11-5.

The Bad:
-By going 0 for 3 on Thursday, Paul Janish has just two hits in his last 36 at-bats (both singles). The 28-year old is currently batting a dismal .205 on the season.
-The catching duo of Ramon Hernandez & Ryan Hanigan combined to go 0 for 5.
-Francisco Cordero blew his first save of the season at home and sixth overall. He had previously converted 15/15 since the All-Star Break.
-News broke before the game that Johnny Cueto may not return at all in 2011 after straining his right lat muscle in Wednesday's game.

The Hard Hat:
-For his clutch bomb in extra innings, the Redlegs Review Hard Hat goes to Jay Bruce. Wear it proudly big guy.

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