Three-way tie for first place
A 10-3 wallop of Arizona capped off a nice series for the Reds, who moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NL Central with the Cardinals and Brewers. Cincinnati scored 20 runs and had 38 hits in the series. It was the first sweep while on Pacific time since 2005 against the Padres.
The Reds are six games over .500 at 20-14. After 34 games, they haven’t been in first place this late into a season since they were 36-24 on June 8, 2006.
Each time after games in the clubhouse, the music is loud and the confidence is high. Not since 2006 have I seen the team on this kind of roll. But these younger players seem to be enjoying themselves more. Brandon Phillips, who drove in four RBIs, had a beauty of a quote tonight and it pretty much sums it up.
“Our swagger is real nice right now,” Phillips said. “We’re picking each other up. Our team chemistry is gorgeous. Everybody is rooting for everybody. When one person gets a hit, you see everybody in the dugout going crazy. This is the best team I’ve played. Guys on this team are great. They pick each other up.”