Sweep of Phils no easy feat
Following a five-game losing streak, the Reds notched an impressive three-game sweep of the Phillies. The suspended game was completed in nine minutes for a 1-0 win, following by a full-on rout in an 11-2 win in the finale. Click here for the full game story on MLB.com.
Your Three Stars of the night:
No. 3 star: Jay Bruce: 2-for-4, two RBIs. Bruce gets extra credit for also having the bases-loaded RBI single for the walk-off win in the conclusion of the suspended game.
“You ride the ups and minimize the downs, as an individual and as a team. We do a good job of that,” Bruce said. “Mike pitched a great game. It was nice to see that out of him.”
No. 2 star: Zack Cozart: 3-for-5, double, HR, two RBIs. Cozart just missed a homer in the bottom of the first inning with a double off of the top of the wall (upheld by replay). In the fifth, his two-run homer to left field went 422-feet and in the upper deck of the left field bleachers.
No. 1 star: Mike Leake: 7 ip, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 7 K, 81 pitches/58 strikes. Also, 3-for-4 with his first career triple and three runs scored. He is the first Reds pitcher to score at least 3 runs in a game since Danny Jackson scored 4 runs on 9/4/88 vs Cubs.
“I needed the good performance rather than the hits, but it definitely helped,” Leake said.
*How tough have the Phillies been on the Reds? This tough: the last series sweep they earned from the Phillies was in 1996, when they swept a pair of four-game series in Cincinnati and Philadelphia. The last three-game series sweep was in 1995. The Reds haven’t won ANY series from the Phillies since taking two of three at GABP June 28-30, 2010.
*The Reds starters — Arroyo, Bailey and Leake allowed two runs over 23 innings. Leake/Bailey had a combined 15 scoreless.
*The last triple by a Reds pitcher was by Dontrelle Willis on 8/9/11 vs. Colorado.
*Todd Frazier has four homers this season, as his drive to right field started the five-run second inning. It was his first homer since April 5 vs. the Nationals.
*Devin Mesoraco was 2-for-4 with two doubles — the first time he’s had two doubles in a game in the Majors.
*Derrick Robinson notched his first RBI in the second inning with a single to right field that scored Leake.