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.