Sunday, May 27, 2012

Reds outslug the Rockies in a record-setting affair in Cincinnati

Votto rips one of nine homers hit
between the Reds and Rockies on Sunday
Sunday's affair between the Redlegs and Rockies featured a pitching matchup that pitted youth in 24-year old Mat Latos and experience in 49-year old Jamie Moyer. What transpired, however, is a record-breaking barrage of homers by the two clubs--nine in all to set a new all-time GABP record for most longballs drilled in a single game. And although the Rockies (17-29) may have slugged majority of those (5), they didn't out pace the red-hot Redlegs (27-20) where it mattered most as Cincy took the game (and the series), 7-5, on a blistering Sunday on the banks of the Ohio.

Here's the good, the bad and the notables from the homestand/series finale:

The Good:
- Latos earned his fourth victory of the year despite giving up five solo bombs accounting for all five of his earned runs and hits allowed in 7.1 IP. He did manage to strikeout three while allowing no walks.
- Brandon Phillips picked up three RBI (23) on his fifth homer of the year in the home half of the third. He also smacked a single.
- Joey Votto notched two hits as well including his eighth homer of the year in the first. He's now batting .325.
- Jay Bruce (11) and Todd Frazier (5) got in on the longball-parade with a solo blast of their own.
- Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save after tossing 1.2 innings of hitless and scoreless relief. Yes, his ERA still reads "0.00".
- The win caps off a very successful 7-game homestand in which sees the team notch a 6-1 record. The Reds have now won eight of their last nine.
- They stay undefeated on Sunday's this season (8-0) and improve to 13-3 in series finales.

The Bad:
- Latos gave up a whopping five home runs. Luckily, they all came with no Rockies on base.
- Drew Stubbs failed to record a hit in four trips to the plate. He has just one hit in his last 11 at-bats.
- Cincy grounded into three twin killings.
- It was a tough day to be an ice cream helmet sundae. Reports of fatal melting and sticky fingers ran amuck the GABP corridors.

The Notables:
- A nice-sized crowd of 29,368 labored through a hot, 90-degree today to watch the Reds come away victorious.
- The first 8,000 kids 14 and younger received a pair of binoculars, presented by Tire Discounters.
- Former Red and future Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. visited the Reds clubhouse before the game along with sons Trey and Tevin.
- The Reds are now 8-1-3 in their last 13 series'.
- The two teams won't hook up again until Cincinnati pays a visit to Coors Field in late-July.
- Up next: Dusty Baker's squad heads north to Pittsburgh for a 3-game set against the Buccos beginning at 1:35pm ET on Monday (Memorial Day). Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 3.22) gets the nod opposite of the Pirates' James McDonald (3-2, 2.51).

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