Bruce comes through

This is one of those games where few will remember the journey and most will leave thinking about the destination. Jay Bruce’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Reds a thriller of a 3-0 walk-off win over the Mets Tuesday.

Before the bottom of the ninth, Cincinnati was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and stranded 14 — one shy of the season high. Lots and lots of missed chances but they got the one when it was needed the most.

Click here to read the complete game story on MLB.com.

Click below for postgame video from Dusty Baker:

 

The Three Stars:

No. 3 star: Ryan Hanigan — 2-for-3. Hanigan had a two-out double and a two-out single in the game that went for naught. His bigger play came in the eighth on a nice strike-out, caught-stealing double play to end the Mets’ eighth inning vs. Sean Marshall. At that point, it wouldn’t have taken much for a breakthrough in a 0-0 tie.

No. 2 star: Mat Latos — 7 ip, 5 H, 2 BB (1 int), 4 K, 104 pitches/71 strikes. Latos escaped a fourth-inning jam but was otherwise pretty strong throughout. He has allowed one run over his last three starts. He is 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA over his last 10 starts.

“I pitched pretty well,” Latos said. “I was able to locate the fastball down and got lucky a few times. I just continued to do what I’ve been trying to do all season – get down in the zone and attack hitters.”

No. 1 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-5, double, 3-run HR, 3 RBIs. Bruce, who has been in a profound funk of late and not hitting well since Joey Votto went down, now has two homers in his last two games. It could be a sign he’s trending upward once again. His long ball tonight came on a 1-2 pitch (95 mph fastball) from lefty Josh Edgin.

“He hit a homer the other day in Chicago off a left-hander,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “When he starts hitting balls hard off of left-handers, it means you’re staying in there. Hitting balls to left field is about as perfect a ball you can hit. That was real big for us.”

News and notes:

*Bruce has four career walk-off homers and a team leading 23 homers for the season.

*There was some nice defense tonight. Brandon Phillips robbed Chris Young of a RBI hit and saved Latos in the fourth with a leaping catch of a liner. In the top of the ninth, Drew Stubbs bailed out Jose Arredondo by catching a tailing, sinking ball to shallow center field while on the run. The definitely saved two runs.

*The Reds are 20-8 without Joey Votto.

*And there is this from the Reds: With Sun’s 9-0 win at Chi and tonight’s 3-0 win vs NYM, the Reds have produced consecutive shutout victories for the first time since Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey threw complete games at Pit on 5/11 and 5/12, 2010…haven’t had 3 consecutive shutout wins since 6/21-6/23, 1963 vs Hou (3-0 by Jim Maloney CG, 3-0 by John Tsitouris CG, 4-0 by Bob Purkey CG).

3 Comments

Magic Number sits at 41 to win the division.
Curt

Just finished Tom Browning’s book about his career – this team reminds me of the ’90 team. But gloriosky! Could they have gotten a two-out hit last night before the ninth inning? I’m surprised Dusty doesn’t start the night chewing a redwood so he’ll have a toothpick left for the late innings. I can’t remember being so frustrated by a **winning** team! And yet – they have a magic number!

This team may not be good with runners in scoring position, but they are great at winning and that’s all that matters in the end. I like the redwood comment maxblue! GO REDS!!! Let’s trim that magic number tonight!

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