Hello, good old Reds fans. The baseball boys of Cincinnati took to the turf today for a titanic tilt with the beer-swilling Brew-boys from cheese country. Wily righty Keyvius Sampson climbed the hill for the boys in Red today. Often a reliever, the Reds found promoting him to starter was the “Keyvius” to victory today.
After Sampson exited, it was up to the relief core to fill the remaining 4 1/3 innings. And they did so admirably with four fine fellows combining with the young Sampson to twirl a dazzling shutout of the Milwaukee club. A shutout that owes something to the arm in the outfield, as well. Mr. Selsky, who spent most of the year on the farm in Louisville one hopped a perfect pea to the catcher Barnhart, nabbing the speedy Villar as easy as rabbit munches clover.
On the lumber-wielding side of the ledger, the Redlegs jumped out to a three run lead in the first inning via a walk and several singles, some of the infield inclination. The offense would go quiet for the rest of the contest, but the first inning scoring foray was enough to propel the home team to victory and extend their winning streak to four games.
A recent slump had no doubt left many local fans wondering if the quality play they’d seen since the second half began was but an illusion. Rest assured, readers, the second-half surge continues and while the wishbone C won’t be found in the playoffs this year, the play down the stretch at least allows you all to dream of October baseball in the not-so-distant future. For this team, the second half is a gentle spring day and songbirds sing the sweet sounds of victory.