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come-from-behind win on Friday
Here's a look at all the good, the bad and notables from the series opener:
+ Brandon Phillips stole the show, offensively, as the second basemen ripped three of the team's seven hits in his four at-bats. One of those knocks was his 14th double of the year. He also scored two runs.
+ Todd Frazier blasted his 10th homer of 2012 (solo in 5th), drew a walk, and scored a pair of runs as well.
+ Ryan Ludwick delivered a run-scoring triple (1) in the bottom of the eighth to help extend the lead at the time to 5-3. He did so on his 34th birthday today.
+ The bullpen combined to toss four innings of one-run ball to help preserve the win. Alfredo Simon hurled two scoreless frames himself to lower his ERA to 1.67. What a steal this guy has turned out to be.
+ Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth to nail down his 12th save. A whopping 12 of his 15 pitches went for strikes.
+ A win over the Redbirds always feels good.
+ Mat Latos certainly wasn't awful, but he wasn't at his best either. The tall right-hander lasted just five innings after succumbing to a rather high pitch count of 97. He scattered four hits, two runs, three walks and fanned five in what was his shortest outing in nearly a month.
+ The top three hitters in the order were a collective 0-11. Drew Stubbs accounted for four of those empty trips to the dish and is now batting a dismal .212 on the campaign. It seems the All-Star Break did little to help the Texas native get back on track.
+ The Reds looked a little rusty on defense at times as Cozart made a couple of mental mistakes and Phillips botched the turn on a potential double play ball that led to a run in the eighth.
+ Cincy was 1-6 with RISP.
+ A soldout crowd of 40,217 showed up to watch the Reds take down the Cards.
+ STL still leads the season series 4-3.
+ The Brewers defeated the Pirates, 10-7, to allow the Reds to reclaim a share of first place.
+ Quote of the night: "It was like Opening Day. It probably should be like that the rest of the year. People are excited. I hope they stay that way until the end." -Dusty Baker on the lively GABP crowd
+ Up next: The bitter rivals partake in round two of the 3-game set with a nationally televised event on FOX beginning at 4:05et on Saturday. Mike Leake (3-6, 4.01) gets the ball for Baker's squad to counter former Red Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.79).
+ The first 20,000 fans through the gates receive a free Reds Lawn Flag, courtesy of Queen City Sausage. So, get there early!