Thursday was a big day for Jay Bruce in more reasons than one.
For starters, the day marked Bruce's 27th birthday. However, it also marked his first home run of the 2014 season, as you can clearly see in the MLB.com video shown above.
Bruce's blast gave the Reds an early two-run lead in the first inning. Unfortunately, Cincinnati couldn't maintain the lead as they eventually fell, 7-6.
Next up for Bruce and the Reds is a date with the Mets in New York.