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Why you gotta drive so fast? We're not that Latos the game. Reds Win 4-3.

"All these solo home runs are killing our rallies."  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
"All these solo home runs are killing our rallies." (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips cleaned up like a number four batter should. @DatDudeBP went 2-4 with two home runs and three RBI propelling the Reds in front of the Braves. With Jay Bruce's recent struggles, BP has clearly become the logical choice to hit directly behind Joey Votto.

Honorable mentions go to: Mat Latos for going seven dominating innings in what may be his best start to date in a Reds uniform; Zack Cozart who contributed to the cause with a solo shot; and Aroldis Chapman for being Aroldis Chapman.

Key Plays

  • The game got off to an unspectacular start as Michael Bourn hit the first of his two home runs in the game during the first inning.
  • The Reds answered the call in the bottom half of the first when they took the lead after Brandon Phillips' two-run shot.
  • Zack Cozart hit a home run of his own in the third while the Braves responded in the fourth with an RBI double by Jason Heyward.
  • Like a Simon and Garfunkel album, the game's scoring bookended on homers by Brandon Phillips and Michael Bourn.
  • Chapman closed the door without giving up a run or receiving a citation for speeding. Thus, the Reds won. By the way, Fangraphs should really start pointing out when Chapman enters the game:
  • Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • This is my first recap thread. I wish the title was more clever. I wish I was more clever. I wish I was a little bit taller . . .
  • During the post game Reds Live Show on Fox Sports Ohio, someone threw a dime at Jim Day.
  • H/T to Joe Reedy, but every pitch Chapman threw in the ninth was faster than the speed he was arrested for on Monday morning.