Mesoraco’s slam wins for Reds
The Reds are rolling with six-straight wins and a 25-19 record. A 6-3 victory over Atlanta made it a four-game series sweep.
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The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Todd Frazier — 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI. Frazier’s RBI double in the fourth inning provided the game’s first run.
No. 2 star: Homer Bailey — 6 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 98 pitches/61 strikes. Save for the Michael Bourn two-run homer with two outs in the fifth, Bailey was strong throughout. He now has a 3-3 record and 4.19 ERA with seven quality starts out of his nine games this season.
“I didn’t really feel good tonight,” Bailey said. “We just had to go out there and make do with what we had.”
No. 1 star: Devin Mesoraco — His grand slam inside the left field foul pole in the bottom of the sixth put the Reds ahead for good. It was the first grand slam of Mesoraco’s short career. He got a long ovation and obliged with a curtain call.
“It stayed true and really didn’t hook at all,” Mesoraco said of his homer. “It’s a pretty good sign for me as a hitter. That’s something I definitely look at. If you’re coming around the ball, those are the ones that are going to hook foul but that was a good swing.”
News and notes:
*The Reds slugged 10 home runs in the series and scored 14 of their 16 runs vs. ATL via the long ball. Yowza.
*Homers have compensated for a lack of RISP-hitting. During the winning streak, the Reds are 7-for-44 (.159) with runners in scoring position. Reverse yowza.
*Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, have gone a combined 5-for-40 (.125) during the win streak. They’re getting picked up by the others, especially younger guys like Mesoraco, Frazier, Cozart, etc.
“It’s been a lot of the young guys coming through, which is what you like,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “It builds their confidence. They feel they belong here and worked hard to get here.“
*Starting pitching has been huge…the rotation is 5-0 during the streak with a 2.41 ERA. (11 runs/41 ip)
*Zack Cozart is 8-for-19 during a five-game hitting streak.
*I know fans might be inclined to complain about the RISP and it’s certainly not a good thing. But during winning streaks like this when all is working out in the end, sometimes it’s better not to look at how the sausage is made. The Reds just got through a 14-game stretch vs. plus .500 clubs with a 9-5 record. That is nothing to sneeze at, for sure.