|Los Angeles Dodgers (35-33)
|Cincinnati Reds (31-34)
|W: A. Simon (9-3) L: Z. Greinke (8-3) S: Chapman (10)|
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Todd Frazier delivered his 14 HR of the season in the bottom of the 1st, quickly answering the 1-0 lead the Dodgers were spotted at the top of the inning. Leather was on display again at Great American Ball Park. That most definitely helped the starting pitching, which was impressive for the second game in a row (8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K). Reds starters have walked zero batters in the last two contests. Joey Votto was 2-3 with a walk. Second double in a many days for the returning Votto. Is the power back? Today’s left fielder du jour—Skip Schumaker–had two hits in four ABs, the second a double to deep center in the 8th that eventually scored the Reds’ 4th run.
Brandon Phillips left the game early with a finger injury he incurred turning the double play. He never leave a game early. Needless to say, this team doesn’t need any more injuries.
Not so random thoughts …
Jay Bruce went 0-4 today, but Jay’s slash line for his last 11 games coming into this afternoon? .306 / .381 / .556.
When it looked like the Reds offense had gone napping for the afternoon, they rose up and added 2 important runs. That hasn’t been happening all year long. It’s now happened two days in a row. Reds beat a very good pitcher today. They did it with pitching, defense and timely hitting. More of that, please.
Read this about Johnny Cueto and be glad he wears Cincinnati red.
Now, it’s off to Milwaukee to rough up Bernie Brewer and his minions.