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.

Quote:

“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

7 Comments

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.
Curt

In my world, that’s plenty of time!

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