Lots to like in a 12-4 win

The Reds scored, and kept scoring. That was likely a big relief for many fans that watched Sunday’s 12-4 Reds win that avoided a three-game series sweep to the Rays. I will have more on how the offense’s perking up on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Items of note:

*Tony Cingrani pitched 6 1/3 innings with 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. His streak of not allowing five hits in a game in start to begin his career is at 21.

“You guys are keeping the stats. I’m just doing it,” Cingrani said.

*The third inning featured five runs and six hits — season highs for one inning. It was the first time the Reds batted around this season as 10 men batted. The game’s 13 hits and 12 runs were also season highs.

*The Reds’ eighth run of the game shouldn’t go unnoticed because it came on a heads-up play by Jay Bruce after his fifth inning double. On a Ryan Ludwick fly out to right field, Bruce tagged up and drew a threw to second base. It bounced off of the SS Yunel Escobar’s glove and 2B Logan Forsythe’s leg and trickle into the outfield. Bruce alertly took third base and scored on a Devin Mesoraco sacrifice fly.

*Speaking of Bruce, this was the first four-walk game of his career.

*PH Chris Heisey’s grand slam in the eighth was the first pinch-hit grand slam for the Reds since Xavier Paul on 4/15/13 vs. the Nationals. It was also the first grand slam of Heisey’s career. Somehow, the Reds retrieved the ball for him.

“It’s my first one in over four years in the big leagues. It’s nice to get that one off my back,” Heisey said.

*Ben Zobrist hit a pair of two-run homers in the game for Tampa Bay. He became first opponent to homer from each side of the plate against the Reds since the Giants’ Randy Winn did 8/30/08 at Great American Ball Park off Ramon Ramirez and Bill Bray.

*It was the third straight series where the Reds won on the getaway day to avoid the sweep.


I still say Hamilton should not be a switch hitter. He’s not comfortable batting left handed. I think he’ll be a .270 hitter batting strictly right handed.

I think it’s time Heisey got another chance. Sit Ludwick down. He’s an average fielder at best and he’s not hitting. Time to move on.

Gack! A breakout win, and the only comments are tweaking complaints. I get it . Lots of things to criticize – but let’s celebrate one of the 45 games they’re going to win this year! (Jus’ kiddin’). Seriously, the foundation of a good or even great year is evident these first two weeks. Great starting pitching and good to better than good defense. The base running has looked bad but a lot of that is just pressing. The situational hitting has been poor. Okay – let’s see if they can work on that and make it better. Then we can stop managing the team and sit back and enjoy. Like maybe, starting tonight! Go Reds!

I wish I could be like you, Maxblue. I really do. I just don’t see them improving the situational hitting and base running. It hasn’t improved in two plus years. The starting pitching has been very good with the the exception of Bailey. I’ll give you that. The defense is good as well.

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