Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mesoraco grand slam propels Reds to four-game sweep, sixth straight win

"Yeah? So What? I hit a grand slam."
A six-game winning streak and a four-game sweep of Atlanta was on the line as Cincinnati took the field Thursday evening. The Reds (25-19) put together another solid game to defeat the Braves (26-20) and moved into a tie for first place.

Homer Bailey went to the mound for the Redlegs, and produced his seventh quality start in nine starts this season. Devin Mesoraco provided the muscle, blasting his first career grand slam in the sixth inning to put the home team ahead for good. The final score was 6-3, putting the Reds in a deadlock with the Cardinals for first place in the Central.

Enjoy the good, the bad, and the notables from a great night at GABP:

The Good
-Bailey (W, 3-3) struck out six and walked one over six strong innings, allowing just two earned runs in his outing. It was one mistake pitch to Michael Bourn, which led to a two-run home run for the visiting team.
-Mesoraco reached base twice with a walk, and the grand salami (2) in the sixth to finish with four RBI, increasing his season total from three to seven with one swing of the bat.
-Drew Stubbs went 2-4 with a solo shot (6) in the seventh. It was his third homer of the series.
-Zack Cozart, Chris Heisey, and Todd Frazier each had two hits, Frazier's being a double to drive in the first run of the game, fresh off his walk-off last night.
-In his more natural set-up role, Sean Marshall threw a scoreless eighth inning.
-Logan Ondrusek shut the door in the ninth, for his second career save.

The Bad
-Every starter, save for the pitcher, reached base at least once except Jay Bruce who was 0-4 with two strikeouts. He's now mired in a 1-31 slump over the last 10 games.
-Bourn, who had two home runs all of last year, hit his third bomb of the series.
-Former Red Juan Francisco hit a homer, and Martin Prado stole two bases.
-There wasn't much bad to this one though, as those things were somewhat of a stretch.

The Notables
-The Reds hadn't swept the Braves in a four game series at home since April of 1980.
-The Reds honored 3B Chipper Jones before the game, who is retiring at the end of the season, by presenting him one of the commemorative bases that were produced for the series.
-Nick Masset, who has been on the DL since before the season started, threw for the first time without issue today.
-23,312 fans made their way down to Great American Ball Park to watch the Reds sweep the Braves.
-The Reds will host the Colorado Rockies for a three-game set, with the first game starting at 7:10pm Friday night. Johnny Cueto (5-1, 1.97) will pitch against Christian Friedrich (1-1, 5.00).

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