Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 11 innings
W: L. Ondrusek (4-2)
L: C. Zambrano (7-10)
S: J. Broxton (2)
–Ryan Ludwick singled in the game-winning run in the eleventh inning. Ludwick 2 RBI) had three hits; Dioner Navarro and Didi Gregorius also had three hits, plus an RBI each.
–Todd Frazier had two hits. Joey Votto had two hits and two walks, because of course he did.
–Sam LeCure was outstanding out of the bullpen once again, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Jonathan Broxton was pretty effective in the bottom of the eleventh, though he did walk a batter. With two outs and the tying run on base, Broxton and Miami’s John Buck engaged in an epic at-bat. It ended with a blast to deep center field. Drew Stubbs made a nice play to corral it for the final out. It was scary; that ball would have been a homer in every single park in America, methinks.
–Nice win for the Reds, though it was more exciting than it should have been. Oh well…magic number drops to five!
–At times, Mat Latos was very effective, but his final line was just okay: 7.2. innings, 4 runs allowed on seven hits and three walks (with 8 strikeouts).
–Reds tied their season-high with 17 hits today.
–Y’know, Zack Cozart has been great this season, but it may not be long before Didi Gregorius causes a shortstop controversy.
–Perhaps the best part of today’s win is that our old friend Carlos Zambrano took the loss.
–It was good to see Austin Kearns today. Is it possible that Kearns is only 32?
–Off-day tomorrow, then the Reds begin a series with the Cubs.
–I feel dirty saying this, but…go Dodgers. Let’s get that Cincinnati magic number down to 4. Current magic number:
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