|Cincinnati Reds (3-6)
|St. Louis Cardinals (5-4)
|W: M. Leake (1-1) L: S. Miller (0-2)|
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It’s All a Happy Dance Today
Let’s just have a round of applause for Billy Hamilton, shall we? That was an amazing performance today. He reached base in four out of five trips to the plate, had a triple, two steals, and scored two runs — one of which it’s fair to say he created entirely on his own.
On any other day, Mike Leake would have gotten the first mention here. Eight shutout innings, four hits. 100 pitches exactly. Great day for Mike Leake.
Devin Mesoraco also continued his great, late start. He was 2-4 today with his first homer of the years.
All the position reached base today except Todd Frazier, and Frazier has been so good this year, we’ll just assume he knew he could relax a little today.
Three double plays made the game seem extra smooth.
Not so random thoughts …
Today, we saw what this team will be like if it’s good. Excellent pitching, great defense, and an aggressive team that can score enough to win. This team is not going to be an offensive juggernaut, but as we’ve already seen, the pitching will be good. The Reds scored four runs today without getting much from their three biggest offensive threats. Think about that for a minute.
These first two series against the Cards have been rough, but they have been very hard fought and exciting. it’s nice to come out on the right side of the equation today.
Yes, I am overly exuberant. It’s been a rough start to the season and the Reds are still only 3-6, but there’s an off day tomorrow. A new series starts against Tampa Bay in Cincy on Friday. The Reds have had some rough luck this season, but I think it’s time to turn it around. You know how it goes. They won today. If they win on Friday, that’s two in a row. If they win the day after that, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.
Smile. Today was a good day.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.