Perfect road trip, adios Marty’s hair

Marty Brennaman will soon be bald because of a pledge he made. Brennaman said he would shave his head if the Reds won 10 in a row. That happened Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Rockies.

The win total is 17 out of the last 19 games. Cincinnati is an NL best 61-40 and could have the best record in baseball depending on what the Yankees do tonight vs. Boston. The Reds have a three-game lead on the Pirates, who lost its game at Houston.

Click here to read the game story.

Here are the Three Stars:

No. 3 star: Zack Cozart — 2-for-5, triple, two runs scored. Cozart led off with a triple in the third inning and led off with a single in the fifth and scored both times.

No. 2 star: Drew Stubbs — 2-for-3, HR, sac fly, 3 RBIs. Stubbs finished the road trip batting .407 (11-for-27) with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

No. 1 star: Mat Latos — 8 ip, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K, 117 pitches/79 strikes. After giving up a two-run homer to Josh Rutledge in the first inning, Latos had no issues.

“Other than that first inning two-run homer, he was lights out the rest of the game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

“It’s a lot of pressure coming into the game knowing that we had won nine in a row. But I attacked and went after them,” Latos said.

News and notes:

*Brandon Phillips left the game in the fifth inning with a cramp in his left calf. It was considered a precaution but it’ll have to be wait and see if he plays on Monday. Click here for the story.

*Chris Heisey had a nice day with a leadoff triple in the second inning and a one-out double in the eighth. Heisey scored in both innings.

*Jay Bruce hit home run No. 20 in the fifth inning to chase Rockies starter Jonathan Sanchez from the game.

*Click here to read more about Marty Brennaman and his impending loss of hair.


“I’m always talking about the perfect road trip, finally had one. It’s been a long time. I can’t remember the last perfect road trip. The guys responded well.” — Dusty Baker


Can Dusty get a star? For as much grief as he gets, this team is playing great baseball, and Dusty seems to be pushing all the right buttons lately. I haven’t been a big Dusty supporter over the years, but the team wins, and Dusty deserves some credit for that!

I agree. Dusty can drive me crazy, but if I dish it for win they lose then I am saying he is doing great now when they are winning.

Mark, what do you think about the Choo rumors?

I agree as well. Dusty does some things that really make me scratch my head. But he does a good job of managing people and situations. He is a players coach and the players love him. The Reds really have a ton of chemistry in that club house. That is the #1 reason they are playing as well as they are.

Strange turn of events – I’d completely given up on Stubbs and looked for the Reds to trade him. Then he carries the team for a week and I don’t know what to think. I know it’s the Astros and Rockies, but they’re in the majors, too. So what to think?

29 hours left to do something stupid.

In my world, that’s plenty of time!

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