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After starting 0-5 with a 7.10 ERA and looking worse than even those numbers appear a glimmer of hope shined through in New York City today. While Leake didn’t factor in the decision he did pitch 6 strong innings giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, with only 1 earned run (Two were unearned on Joey Votto’s throwing error). You could see Leake’s confidence finally starting to grow as the game went on, he was hitting his spots and keeping the ball down. On the offensive side Leake was an early bright spot against the lefty Johan Santana with two singles. and a run. The big blow in this game game in the 8th inning when Todd Frazier hit his 3rd home run of the season and 2nd of the night to make the score 6-3. Frazier broke out of a mini slump going 2-4 with 3 RBI. Getting Frazier going is key for the Reds as he will be the primary replacement for Scott Rolen while he is on the DL, although he doesn’t have to produce much to be better than Rolen. Overall a big win against a solid pitcher and team. It’s always good to get the first win of a series and the Reds look like they could be on their way to winning another one in New York.
In the Avengers Captain America is a symbol of hope and optimism, never giving up and always believing there is a way to win. He is a team player to a fault and will do anything for his country (I mean anything have you seen the Captain America movie? He flies a plane into the ocean and lives!). Much like Captain America Jay Bruce has been a symbol of hope and optimism for the Reds for almost 5 years now. Jay is a country boy born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and was drafted 12th overall in 2005 by the Reds. I still remember after he was drafted that he was being touted as the next perennial slugger and he was going to be the saving grace to the organization (I mean with a nickname like Bruce Almighty you can tell the expectation were high). When Bruce finally debuted in the majors 2008 he went on a 6 game tear that only a few major league players have ever done. Bruce reached base in his first 6 plate appearances and had a slugging percentage of 1.000 an unheard of number. Since that time Bruce has been a staple in the lineup and has been a model player for the Reds. He is still a symbol of hope for the Reds and its faithful and always gives them optimism when he steps to the plate. Whenever he gets a hit or has a nice play BRUUUUUUUCCCCCEEEE!!! echoes through Great American Ballpark. Jay Bruce is a player that the fans love and unite behind, one who has been faithful and dedicated and one who at any moment can turn hope and optimism into jubilation and celebration with one crack of the bat.
The Mat Latos that the Reds and their fans have been waiting for after trading 4 players for him before the season has finally arrived. Latos struck out 11 batters in 6 innings of work while only allowing 2 hits as the Reds shut out the Pirates 5-0. The only trouble that Latos got into was in the first inning when he got out of a bases loaded jam after fights some wildness. After that he cruised to his second victory in as many starts which is a welcome sign for the Reds as it seems as if all the starters are starting to find their groove. On the offensive side the Reds continue to be hot using the long ball as their primary weapon. They got a solo shot in the second from Todd Frazier and a two run shot in the third by Drew Stubbs. Drew Stubbs has been on a nice run this week hitting .313 (5-16) with 4 runs, 2 HR, and 3 RBI while raising his batting average to .262. Getting production from Drew Stubbs could be huge for the Reds because he can disrupt a game with his speed. Getting him on in front of guys like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce could result in big numbers being put on the board due to him distracting pitchers. Even today in the first inning we saw Stubbs force a throw to first that was wild allowing him to advance all the way to third and then score on the Votto single. Stubbs stresses defenses causing mistakes in fielding and in pitch selection and that is why he is one of the key players for the Reds this season if they want to make the playoffs. Overall it was another solid win that pushed the team back over .500 and gave them a two games to one series victory over the Pirates. Next up is the Brewers in Milwaukee tomorrow at 8:10 p.m.
Check Back tomorrow for my reaction to the game and the next installment of the Reds’ Avengers!