Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reds Win 10th Straight, Sweep Rockies.

The Red Hot Redlegs have won their 10th straight game, and swept their 3rd series in a row with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Mat Latos was off to a rocky start to begin the game, giving up two runs in the first, but came back with 7 strong innings after that. His line was 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO and 1 HR, lowering his ERA to a 4.17 on the season. The offense also showed up big time today, including a Drew Stubbs homer to take the lead early in the game, and a monstrous upper deck shot by Jay Bruce. 

The Good
- Other than a solid Latos effort, the only other Reds pitcher to take the mound was Sam LeCure. Despite giving up 2 hits and walking a batter, LeCure managed to finish the game without giving up any runs and giving Aroldis Chapman a much deserved day off.
- Ryan Hanigan had a big day, hitting two doubles in 4 at bats, improving his average to .277.
- Miguel Cairo got a rare start at first base, getting an pair of RBIs on a single late in the game, and a sacrifice fly.
- Drew Stubbs continues to hammer the ball. he had a Home Run, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs and a walk. His Batting Average is now finally above .230
- Chris Heisey and Zack Cozart both hit triples and both crossing the plate twice.
- Jay Bruce had a massive solo shot to the right field upper deck of Coors Field. Hopefully that was what he needs to come out of his slump. Bruce is now hitting .242.

The Bad
- Not much bad at all on the mound outside of the rocky first inning pitched by Mat Latos, but he  recovered to throw an 8 inning, 117 pitch effort. It's almost unfair to list him here.
- Offensively, everyone contributed today except Todd Frazier, who had an uncharacteristic day today, going 0 for 5 at the plate, striking out 3 times and leaving 3 men on base.

The Notables
- 29,430 showed up to Coors Field to take in the game today. A decent sized crowd to see the struggling Rockies.
- A 90 degree partly cloudy day with wind coming into Centerfield didn't stop the Reds offense.
- The Reds have won 10 straight and swept 3 straight series. A loss to the Astros moves the Pirates to 3 games behind the Reds. St. Louis lost in extras to the Cubs, leaving them 7.5 games back.
- Today's win means that the Reds share the best record in the National League with the Washington Nationals. Both teams are 61-40.
- Homer Bailey's great memory had him recalling comments by Reds radioman Marty Brennaman from earlier in the season. Marty said that if this team won 10 straight during the season he'd shave his head. When reminded of his daring promise, Marty said that he's a man of his word.
- The Reds head back home tomorrow to begin a short home stand, beginning4 game series against the San Diego Padres before the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates come to town for three games.
- Tomorrow's game features Mike Leake (4-6 4.12 ERA, 78 SO) going up against former Red Edinson Volquez (6-7 3.30 ERA, 117 SO). First pitch is at 7:10 PM EST.

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