Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rookies fuel late-inning charge to help Reds overwhelm Dodgers 8-2

Dusty Baker and the Reds (44-35) used a late-inning surge to race past the host Dodgers (44-37), 8-2, Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Cincinnati scored all of their eight runs in the sixth inning or later including five of them in the last two frames alone. By doing so, they took full advantage of the absences of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier from the Los Angeles lineup and managed to maintain their lead in the NL Central.

Here's a recap of the good, the bad, and the notables from Chavez Ravine:

The Good:
- Homer Bailey turned in nice outing for his team. The right-hander limited the Dodgers to five hits and two runs over eight innings of work. He struck out seven and walked just one. He surrendered both runs during the first two innings and was lights out from that point on.
- Todd Frazier had himself a really good night. The rookie drove in three runs (27) on the strength of a three-hit showing. One of those hits was his fifth triple of the season. He also scored a pair of runs as well.
- Fellow rookie Devin Mesoraco had a huge game too. Mez also knocked in three runs (12) while going 2-5 at the dish including his sixth double of the year.
- Zack Cozart was a perfect 2-2 before being forced to leave the game after being hit in the head with a Chad Billingsley fastball. Cozart appears okay after the scary incident as the Reds rookie shortstop was in good spirits in the clubhouse after the game. “I feel fine,” Cozart said. “I saw the docs. I’m going to be monitored through the night. Obviously, I have a little headache. I took the tests. It went well. I think tomorrow everything should be OK.”
- Cincy was 7-16 with RISP. Frazier and Mesoraco combined to go 5-6 alone.
- Aroldis Chapman fanned two while pitching a scoreless ninth.
- Jay Bruce smacked a couple of singles and recorded an outfield assist. He drew a base on balls and crossed the plate on two occasions as well.
- The Reds doubled up the Dodgers on hits, 12-6, and quadrupled them in runs, 8-2.

The Bad:
- These late-night benders to stay up and watch the Reds are really taking a toll on my sleep reserves. Thank God there's a national holiday on Wednesday to help in the rehab process.
- Reds hitters were retired via strikes on 11 different occasions.
- Drew Stubbs failed to reach base in five plate appearances en route to recording the dreaded hat trick (three Ks). He was the only CIN position player without at least one hit.
- Miguel Cairo struck out three times too, but did manage to pickup an RBI single in the ninth.

The Notables:
- The announced attendance was 34,493.
- The Reds have now won 8 of their past 11 games versus LAD and are 6-1 in their past seven at Dodger Stadium.
- Mat Latos was named National League Player of the Week on Monday. He joins Jay Bruce (4/23-4/29) as the second Red to earn POTW honors this year.
- Up next: The two clubs will partake in another late-night affair on Tuesday as Cincy marches out the recently-snubbed Johnny Cueto (9-4, 2.26) to oppose LA's Chris Capuano (9-3, 2.69). The first pitch is set to be uncorked at approximately 10:10et.
- Fast fact of the night: The Reds have used just five starting pitchers in their rotation all season long. The Miami Marlins are the only other MLB team who can make that claim as well.

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