No question the Reds offense has been sputtering. For 8.2 innings today, it wasn’t even thinking about igniting. I don’t know if such a fuel exists which could ignite the team today. Yes, it was frustrating, but we know that at anytime, these bats have a propensity to unleash.
For those first 8.2 innings, you had to feel for Reds starter Mat Latos. In his seven innings of work, he only surrendered three hits, one of which was a third-inning homer off the bat of Carlos Gomez. And his outing was extremely economical as he only threw 89 pitches.
That last 0.1 inning? The bats were unleashed.
Jay Bruce didn’t take long either. On the first pitch he saw from Axford, he pushed a single through the shift. The stage was set for Dioner Navarro. And it was a nine-pitch fight between Navarro and Axford. Navarro had taken a couple fastballs and hit them well, but were pulled foul. That injected even more excitement into the Reds crowd.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Navarro chopped at a pitch that found grass out in right-center. With two outs, Bruce was running on contact…and scored the winning run.
Something about GABP does not agree with Axford. Today was his ninth game at GABP. His numbers: 0-3, 9.00 ERA, 2 saves.
The win enabled a Reds series win (and a 3-3 record in its final homestand) and help the St. Louis Cardinals. Is that even necessary?
With today’s attendance of 23,411, Great American Ball Park was the baseball home to a total of 2,347,251 fans, second most in GABP history. They fell only 8,008 short of the GABP record of 2,355,259 set in the inaugural season of 2003.
Some things to look for in the final six games of the regular season…
1. Johnny Cueto will be going for his 20th win next Sunday againt the Pirates. He kind of likes PNC Park (10 G, 7-2, 2.18 ERA, 0.970 WHIP).
2. Mat Latos will be looking to set a career-tying high in wins as he pursues in 14th (since he was “denied” today) in his next start which should be the first game of the Cardinals series on Monday.
3. With 2 RBI, Jay Bruce will have 100 for the first time in his career. He has already set a career high with 98.