Negron’s hustle double

In a 7-5 Reds win over the Cubs on Wednesday, the big inning was the bottom of the fourth. It started when Kristopher Negron hit a single through the middle towards left-center field. Negron never slowed and ran to second base with a double. A small play at the time, it proved big when Negron scored on a Skip Schumaker single. Cincinnati would send nine to the plate and score four runs.

“It was a hustle double,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He never broke stride from what I saw. I thought he was thinking double the entire way. That’s how you do it. Even a base hit directly in front of the left fielder, you go hard until the outfielders make you stop. It’s a great habit, a great thing to do. Of course, it’s a great Pete Rose trademark right there to make the outfielder stop you. In that case, they weren’t able to stop Kris and it ended up being a really important play for us.”

Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos is also impressed with Negron.

“He also turned a really good double play [in the first inning],” Latos said. “He also made a nice dive at third on a left-handed hitter and he’s playing up. I like the way the guy plays. It’s about all I can say. When he does get a chance to be in the lineup on a consistent basis, he hasn’t let anybody down. Sure, he’s going to have his 1-for-4, 0-for-4, 0-for-3, everybody has that. But he takes full advantage of it. I like it. I like the way he plays. He’s scrappy. He knows the game real well and he’s a dirty player, I like it.”

Negron, who started at third base for the second-straight game, is batting .273 in 31 games since his July 10 call-up. Over his last 10 games, he’s batting .333 (9-for-27) with one homer and three RBIs.

*Devin Mesoraco had two hits and a HBP to snap his 0-for-11 streak and 1-for-32 stretch.

*Billy Hamilton stole his 50th bases of the season, becoming only the ninth player in Reds history to achieve the feat. Manny Randhawa wrote about Hamilton’s steal on Reds.com.

*Chris Heisey hit a pinch-hit, leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth. It was Heisey’s third pinch-hit homer of the season and the ninth of his career.

2 Comments

That’s why we need to sign Latos long term. Gives credit where it is due. Holds himself to the highest standard and expects the same of his teammates. We need guys like him to push each other. His attitude reminds me of Greg Maddux.

Wonder if Negron could play left field? Speed in the outfield and speed on the bases.

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