The Reds bats came to life in spectacular fashion Wednesday night as they pounded Philadelphia pitching for 11 runs and 15 hits, while sweeping the Phillies for the first time since the 90’s. Five players had multi-hit games for the home team: Zack Cozart (3), Mike Leake (3), Brandon Phillips (2), Jay Bruce (2) and Devin Mesoraco(2).
Todd Frazier and Cozart homered in the same game for the second time this season.
The Reds began their mission on starter John Lannan, who looked alot worse than he is. At the end of two innings the Reds were up 5-0.
Mike Leake pitched a beautiful game to shake off the early season cobwebs. He went seven strong innings, allowed just three hits, no runs, no walks and he struck out seven. He left the rout with a lead of 11-0 after throwing only 81 pitches. Dusty Baker brought in rookie Justin Freeman who was tagged for a pinch hit, two-run homer by Freddy Galvis in his first work (2/3 inning) in MLB.
The streaky Reds who entered this series on a size five losing skid which matched the longest streak by them in 2012, begin a four game series with the Miami Marlins tonight. The Reds will start rookie Tony Cingrani who will be making his MLB debut as a starter. He was just called up, and at the time of this writing it is not clear who went down.
Cingrani will face off tonight against right-hander Jose Fernandez (0-0, 0.82). The Marlins are off to an horrendous start being 9.5 back after only 15 games into the season.