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.

Notes:

*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.

5 Comments

Just as important as the two doubles from Mesoraco was his handling of Leake. Lets not forget that in the post game notes. This kid needs more playing time. Doesn’t have to catch 3-4 games per week but at least 2-3. This team is good and so is Mesoraco.

This sweep was just what our boys needed to boost their confidence. Well done, Cincinnati!

Sweet! Now let’s get a solid performance by Cingrani;
that’l signal we’re truly on a SP roll…

Miami 3-12 (Road: 1-5) 7:10pm ET
Cincinnati 8-7 (Home: 7-2) TV: FSFL, FSOH
MIA: J. Fernandez (0-0, 0.82)
CIN: T. Cingrani (0-0, NA)

Does anyone else think Bruce looks more confident and more selective at the plate? I know this may just be one of his hot streaks, but it feels different – less power, more production. One of these years he’s going to explode with MVP numbers. He reminds me of Dwight Evans in Boston (and then Baltimore) who got better and better at the plate.

I’m surprised nobody mentioned the fact that the Reds pitchers didn’t allow a walk the entire series. That STUNNED me when I saw that.

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