Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reds win home finale on a Navarro walk-off triple

Bruuuuuce appears to be levitating.
With the only thing left to achieve in the regular season being the #1 seed, the Reds (94-62) looked to claim a series victory over the Brewers (80-76) in an afternoon affair, which also happened to be the last regular season home game of 2012. Don't worry though. There will be playoff baseball in the Queen City.

The recently, very reliable Mat Latos toed the rubber for Cincinnati while being opposed by rookie right-hander Wily Peralta from Milwaukee. Both pitchers were strong as the offenses stalled for both teams, with the only early breakthrough coming on a Carlos Gomez solo home run off Latos. Latos pitched well enough to earn the victory, but received zero run support in the effort.

Todd Frazier was not ready to go quietly though, hitting a game-tying solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It was his first since August 21st. Jay Bruce followed him with a single before being driven in on Dioner Navarro's walk-off triple to give the Reds a 2-1 victory.

Take a gander at the good, the bad, and the notables:

The Good
-Latos gave seven innings of one-run baseball on a hit, a walk, and three strikeouts. With the no-decision, his record is 13-4, with a 3.52 ERA.
-Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton each threw a scoreless inning. Broxton got the win, moving his record to 3-1, with a 2.14 ERA.
-The home run for Frazier was his 19th on the season and his 65th RBI.
-Navarro is hitting .279/.297/.459, following his 11th RBI of the season on the game-winner. It would have made sense to use a picture of the team celebrating the walk-off win, but the picture above almost looks like Bruce is levitating and it is kind of freaky.

The Bad
-Cincinnati managed just three hits before Frazier's shot, the subsequent single by Bruce and walk-off triple by Navarro.
-Brandon Phillips continues to slump, going 0-for-4 on the day.
-The Reds were 0-for-2 with RISP, and left five men on base.

-On a cloudy, 69-degree day, the Reds had 23,411 fans show up, pushing their overall 2012 attendance to 2,347,251 which is the most it's been since 2003.
-According to John Fay on Twitter, Dusty Baker said, "I feel better than I did before," and plans to be with the team in St. Louis.

Up Next
The Redlegs will travel to the Steel City to face the heartbroken Pittsburgh Pirates who could well be on their way to a 20th consecutive losing season. It's quite surprising since they battled the Reds for first place into early August before a major collapse. Homer Bailey (12-10, 3.92) will face Pirates ace A.J. Burnett (16-8, 3.53) in the series opener at 7:05pm.

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