|Milwaukee Brewers (21-11)
|Cincinnati Reds (15-16)
|W: S. LeCure (1-1) L: T. Thornburg (3-1) S: none|
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Who’s your daddy? Todd Frazier, that’s who. There may be no such thing as CLUTCH, but there is such a thing as timely hitting–and the Reds got that today.
Brayan Pena continues to make Walt Jocketty look smart, homering and tomahawking a ball into RF in the 7th. His bat has simply been MONEY lately.
Pitching. It’s what’s for dinner. Both starting and relief pitching continue to provide the necessary sustenance to keep this team relevant until they can get healthy. Manny Parra sure must be an enigma to the Milwaukee Brewers. When he pitched for them from 2007-2012, he couldn’t get anybody out. Against them today, he got everybody out in the 8th. Jonathan Broxton used a timely double play to smooth out the 9th. Sam LeCure showed some LeGrit in the 10th after giving up a leadoff double.
Zack Cozart had 2 hits. Baby steps
Chris Heisey had a hit, a walk and scored the winning run from first base.
Not so timely hitting. The Reds’ best opportunity came in the bottom of the 6th, when after a one-out double by Votto, a walk to Phillips and a single to load the bases by Heisey—Todd Fraizer first-pitch, check-swinged his way into a double-play to end a promising inning almost as quickly as it developed. But, hang in there, Todd. Your moment is a about to arrive.
The very next inning, the Reds had runners on first and third with one out, but neither Jay Bruce—in a pinch hitting role—nor Skip Schumaker, could get anything done.
Skip Shumaker went 0-5 today in his first start.
Not so random thoughts …
It seems like every time the Reds get someone back from injury, they lose someone else. Today, it was Jay Bruce’s turn, with what has been described at “knee soreness.” Then, Pena pulled something taking off for second in the seventh.
Tucker Barhart, you’re up, buddy.
My Knob Creek Player of the Game: Brandon Phillips. Manager Ron Roenicke played the matchup game against Brandon and Brandon made him pay, setting the stage for Todd’s game-winning rocket.
Three out of four against the team with the best record in Baseball. Still, this team has got to find a way to get healthy. Hopefully, Bruce and/or Pena aren’t headed to the DL. By next weekend, Aroldis Chapman could be pitching again for the Cincinnati Reds. That’s just flat amazing.
On my way to Boston Tuesday night for my first ever trip to Fenway. Homer Bailey and the Green Monster. I cannot wait.