Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: M. Latos (7-1)
L: R. Delgado (0-1)
S: A. Chapman (19)
–Another very strong start by Mat Latos: 7.2 innings, one run allowed on six hits and two walks. Latos struck out thirteen Diamondbacks, which ties a career-high. Yeah, I’ll take that.
–Jay Bruce continues to destroy the baseball. Today, he was 2-4 with two more doubles.
–Zack Cozart was 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Shin-Soo Choo homered to lead off the game, and walked twice. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
–Manny Parra collected a tough out in the eighth inning to shut down a Diamondbacks rally before it could begin.
–Aroldis Chapman very nearly blew a save for the second consecutive day. Chapman gave up a run, two hits, and hit one batter in an eventful ninth. Ultimately, Chapman retired Willie Bloomquist on a fly ball to center to end the game; Bloomquist, a former Red, represented the winning run.
–Well, the Reds avoided a sweep. That’s something…
–Yes, Manny Parra secured an important out in the eighth inning. Still…please hurry back, Sean Marshall.
–Reds have a day off tomorrow before facing the Athletics in Oakland.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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