Homers, lots of homers for Homer
Lots and lots of home runs — six in fact and 19 hits total — gave the Reds a 15-0 rout of the Nationals. Click here for the full game story.
No. 3 star: Homer Bailey (6 ip, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 pitches/56 strikes) Bailey said he didn’t feel all that strong but he was ultimately effective. Four of his K’s were called — two of them were 95 mph heaters that froze Ryan Zimmerman to begin the second inning and Ian Desmond to end the fourth.
“Homer wasn’t that sharp tonight but was able to get out of trouble,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
No. 2 star: Zack Cozart: (2-for-4, two home runs, career-best 5 RBIs) Not a bad to get off of the 0-for-11 schneid through the first three games. Cozart followed Todd Frazier in the second innings for back-to-back homers on the first pitch and returned in the third with a three-run shot. Then there was his sac fly in the fifth inning.
“For me personally, you don’t want to think about it – starting 0-for-11 – because it’s such a long season,” Cozart said. “But you’re going to think about it. I was just going up there trying to get a hit and ran into one. I can’t hit them as far as Fraz obviously, so I just try to get them over the wall.”
No. 1 star: For the second game in a row, I’m going with Todd Frazier (4-for-5, two homers, 4 RBIs). Frazier hit a monster 437-foot solo shot to the upper deck bleachers in the second inning for the game’s first homer. Who knew that five more in the game would follow? Frazier added a two-run shot to right field in the seven-run seventh.
“When you get into a groove hitting wise, it seems like nothing can get you out,” Frazier said. “Whatever you’re doing – swinging with one hand or do something silly, it still feels like you’re going to hit the ball hard.”
*Xavier Paul pinch-hit with two outs in the seventh and added the first grand slam of his career.
*The single-team record for homers in a game at Great American Ball Park is seven, done three times by the Reds – the most recently in 2011.
*Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a 1-2 pitch from Dan Haren in the second inning. Choo already has three HBPs through four games.
*Manny Parra made his Reds debut with two scoreless innings. He also went 1-for-2 at the plate.
*Reds pitchers had seven strikeouts in this game, bringing the season total to 43 — a franchise record through the first four games of the season.
*At Triple-A Louisville, Billy Hamilton had three steals vs. Toledo but exited the game in the fourth inning after diving back to second base on a pickoff throw. Louisville did not detail the injury but said Hamilton was day-to-day.