Third Bat of Brados says "Not Today" - Reds win 3-2

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of doubles by Frazier, a homer by Brandon Phillips, and a stellar Bailey start get the Reds the win.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips has been moderately beleaguered so far this year, and it was quite a dinger to go 1-4 in the game. The Reds need a .270/.330/.440 stretch from him without Votto or a healthy Bruce, and this is at least a start.

Honorable mentions to Todd Frazier (2-4 with 2 doubles), Brayan Pena (3-4 with a double) and Billy Hamilton (1-4 with a double). Homer Bailey's 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 6K performance is also worth a fair amount of dap.

Key Plays

  • The Reds were eager to draw blood, and Todd Frazier batting second meant a one-out double in the first. Brandon Phillips followed that with a home run, but that musta killed the rally because those were the only two runs, putting the Reds up 2-0.
  • In the second, the Reds had Brayan Pena on 3rd with one out. Unfortunately, the two batters after him were Zack Cozart and Homer Bailey, so no run to be had.
  • Justin Turner led off the fifth by being his Annoying Little Self, getting a double. A Butera grounder brought Turner to third, and Mesoraco let the ball slip through his wickets to allow Turner to score, making it 2-1 Reds.
  • However, the next half-inning saw a leadoff double by Frazier. BP moved him to third with a grounder, and a Kershaw wild pitch got Todd to Pull a Turner. Reds up 3-1.
  • Homer gave up a dinger in the 7th to Puig. Dingers! Reds up 3-2, where it would stay.
Fangraph of tenseness


Source: FanGraphs

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