Hannahan goes deep
Reds reserve 3B Jack Hannahan has waited a long time to clear the fences in a game. It finally came on Wednesday in a 6-0 victory over the Cubs. In the sixth inning when the lead was only 3-0, Hannahan connected on a Jeff Samardzija slider for a three-run homer to right field. It was Hannahan’s first homer since July 20, 2012, for the Indians.
Teammates in the dugout were very happy for Hannahan, who had the ball and two lineup cards at his locker as mementos.
“[My] last three years, I’ve hit homers on Opening Day and to come in and finally play in a hitter friendly ballpark and look up in September, I see the goose egg in the home run column,” Hannahan said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get one. Pinch-hitting is more about looking for fastballs to hit. I’ve been more reacting to off-speed. That’s kind of what I’ve been working on and it paid off for me today.”
Hannahan had never notched a pinch-hit homer before in his career. But he had also rarely pinch-hit before this season.
“I’ve been in the American League. It doesn’t usually come around too much,” Hannahan said. “A lot of this is all new to me, being in the National League for the first time. I’m getting ready in the fifth inning. You can try to read Dusty’s mind but you never really know if a scenario is going to happen, or double switches. It’s been different with the pinch-hitting or going to play defense late.”
Click here for the full wrap up on the game and the importance of finishing with a 7-3 home stand.
Quick postgame notes:
*Mike Leake has a new career-high in victories as he improved to 13-6 with a 3.35 ERA.
*It was the 16th shutout of the season for the Reds pitching staff, which was second to only the Pirates’ 19 in the NL.
*Zack Cozart’s 15-game hitting streak was snapped with a 0-for-4 day.
*The Reds finished the season series vs. the Cubs 14-5.
*Todd Frazier hit a second-inning double, giving him a career high 27 for the season.