Win streak at 4
If there is ever a week that underscores why getting too depressed over a Reds losing streak or too giddy from a win streak — it’s this one. The team returned home from Pittsburgh in the pits after losing five in a row.
Through four games on the 10-game homestand, they’ve won four-straight. And Thursday’s 11-1 win over the Marlins gave them 22 runs in two games.
“It’s crazy how baseball is,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We go through little ruts on the road. We started off so hot. On the road, we don’t do anything. Then we come back and it’s just crazy. And we’re only 15-16 games in. It’s already been a cycle of good and bad. It’s just a matter of keeping that even keel and understanding you can do that if you concentrate.”
The Reds were fortunate to get the Phillies when they were struggling and the Marlins are now 3-13. But they are taking advantage of what’s in front of them, which is mandatory during stretches like this.
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No. 3 star: Shin-Soo Choo, 2-for-4, two runs, one RBI — Choo had the first hit off of Jose Fernandez, a two-out single in the third inning. Choo scored on a wild pitch to Joey Votto and added a RBI double to left field in the four-run fouth. He has reached safely in all 15 games he’s played.
No. 2 star: Todd Frazier, 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs — Frazier pounded a 421-foot home run to center field in the sixth to help turn the game into a rout. He leads the club with five homers.
No. 1 star: Tony Cingrani, 5 ip, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 102 pitches/65 strikes. Not bad for a first big league start. Did Cingrani run up his pitch count early and not locate all that well at times? Sure. But he also made pitches when he had to. Miami was 0-for-8 RISP against him.
“He was as good as advertised,” shortstop Zack Cozart said. “We’ve seen him pitch before. He has that fastball. It seems like they never get a good swing on it. They know it’s coming and they can’t really do anything with it. When you have a good fastball, you’re going to be successful. He pitched well.”
*Cozart has a four-game hitting streak after his 2-for-4, two RBI game.
*During the homestand, Reds pitchers have a 1.25 ERA. (5 ER, 36 innings). Opponents are batting .157 in the four games.