Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bruuuuuuuuuuce to the Rescue

The Reds (83-54) faced off at home against the Phillies (65-71) on Tuesday night, a team that the Reds seem to struggle against year in and year out. Anytime the guys face the Phils, there always seems to be something going wrong. It appeared that was going to be the case again tonight as the Phillies, Kyle Kendrick, was rolling right along getting batters out left and right. It was a big two run home run off the bat of Jay Bruce that helped lead the team to a 2-1 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from Tuesday nights affair:

The Good:
+ Jay Bruce provided the big blow in the bottom of the 7th inning as he hit a line drive shot out to right field that landed two rows into the right field seats. It was all the offense the guys would need on this night behind the solid pitching of Mat Latos.
+ Speaking of Mat Latos, he provided an extremely solid start. He pitched a real solid seven innings only giving up one run and earning his 12th victory of the year. Latos has turned into a really dependable top of the rotation starter.
+ When the team acquired Broxton, I think this exactly what they had in mind. A game that could be shortened to anywhere from six to seven innings. Seven innings was all the Reds needed on this night at the ballyard as Broxton and Aroldis Chapman came in and shut down the opposition in the eighth and ninth innings respectively.
+ Big win! Magic number now at 18.

The Bad:
- Big opportunities at times during the game that were missed. That seems to be the story at times throughout this year but the team continues to win and different guys still contribute when it matters. Cannot miss those opportunities during the playoffs.
- Along the lines with the missed opportunities, the team was 0-for-6 with RISP.
- Wilson Valdez had an 0-for-4 night at the plate.
- Rookie of the Year candidate Todd Frazier was 0-for-3 with the bat tonight.

The Notables:
- Joey Votto was activated prior to the game. He was not in the starting lineup for Tuesday nights game, but it is expected he will be playing in tomorrows 12:35 series finale.
- Up next: Reds and Phillies will be back at it again tomorrow afternoon at 12:35pm EST. It will be Mike Leake on the mound for the Reds opposite Roy Halladay.

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