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.