Bruce has big HR again
The Three Stars following the Reds’ 2-1 win over the Phillies:
No. 3 star: Kyle Kendrick, PHI — 6 ip, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 91 pitches/61 strikes. One mistake to Jay Bruce cost Kendrick the game. See below for the details.
“Bruce was swinging at changeups all night,” Kendrick said. “He’s a good hitter, he could have been sitting soft, I don’t know. He put a good swing on it and got it out.”
No. 2 star: Mat Latos — 7 ip, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 100 pitches/63 strikes. Latos had retired 10 of his first 11 before pitching himself into a bases loaded jam with a double, a hit batter and a walk. A four-pitch walk to Domonic Brown forced home a run. A break on a short-hopped snag by Drew Stubbs that was ruled an out, and then a double play, saved Latos.
Latos was asked about pitching in very humid conditions.
“I weighed my jersey after the game,” he said. “It was 2.8 pounds, just my jersey alone through seven innings. I changed my shirt three times. It was pretty bad.”
No. 1 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-3, two-run HR. Bruce did it again as he hit his third homer in three games and fourth in the last five. In his five-game hitting streak, he has 10 RBIs – which has accounted for more than half of the Reds’ 19 runs scored in that span. In 22 games since a two-game benching in Chicago last month, Bruce is batting .345 (29-for-84) with 10 homers and 24 RBIs.
“Honestly, I’m just doing what I can,” said Bruce, who hit Kyle Kendrick’s 2-1 changeup for tonight’s game-winner. “I don’t think about it too much. I’m glad I could help. Mat did great tonight. He deserved that [win] so it was good.”
Bruce also made a nice running catch into the right field corner in the second inning to rob Nate Schierholtz of a RBI hit.
News and notes:
*Latos’ six-game hitting streak came to an end.
*Aroldis Chapman converted his NL leading 35th save, and No. 27 in a row.
*Todd Frazier drew an eighth-inning walk to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 27-straight games.