Bernadina move paid off
There sure was a lot of hemming and hawing on social media before the Reds played the D-backs on Friday. Much of it concerned the start of struggling hitter Roger Bernadina. It wasn’t just that Bernadina was playing with a .146 average, he was playing first base for the first time ever in a game and starting over both Brayan Pena and Donald Lutz. I admit to also being highly skeptical as well.
Manager Bryan Price was playing the sample size that Bernadina had against Bronson Arroyo. Credit Price here because it worked. While Devin Mesoraco’s two homers, including a grand slam, were the featured act in a 6-4 victory, Bernadina had two hits, a RBI and a run scored. He hit a single to load the bases before Mesoraco’s grand slam in the second inning and hit a rocket of a RBI double high off the center field wall in the sixth.
Lifetime vs. Arroyo, Bernadina is 9-for-13. People often hate when small sample sizes are mentioned, but it definitely worked on Friday.