The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
The big star tonight was Devin Mesoraco. The Golem clobbered a grand slam in the 6th inning to give the Reds the lead. Honorable mentions to Drew Stubbs, who toasted a pop tart of his own in the 7th to go along with a single and a stolen base, and Homer Bailey, who pitched six strong allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out six.
Homer and Randall Delgado matched each other pitch for pitch through the first three, but the Reds were able to scratch a crooked one in the 4th. Chris Heisey knocked a one-out single and then Todd Frazier doubled him home. 1-0 Redlegs.
The Braves answered in the top of the 5th when Homer made really his only mistake of the game, giving up a two-run smashazoid to Michael Bourn. He's like six scoops of double-fudge awesomecream right now though, so I'm not gonna blame Homer for that. Dude pitched lights out otherwise.
The Reds turned it around in the 6th when Delgado walked Phillips to lead off the inning. After Jay Bruce hit a hard liner right at the 1B, Heisey collected his second single of the game to put runners at 1st and 3rd. Todd Frazier walked to load them up, and Kris Medlen was called upon to stop the bleeding. Apparently, he didn't get that in this metaphor more blood would be a bad thing, and he promptly gave up the grand piano to Mesoraco. Blood everywhere.
Juan Francisco, El Nino Destructor exacted some revenge in the 7th, smacking a homer of his own. But Drew Stubbs got the run back in the bottom half to make it 6-3 Redlegs.
Francisco was 2-14 in the four game series, and naturally, those two hits were home runs. If nothing else, he's a fascinating baseball player.
The win tonight finishes off the four-game sweep, which is the first time the Reds have swept a four-game series in, like, a really long time or something like that.
Jay Bruce was 0-4 with 2 Ks. This slump is sucking some big fat honky apples, but at least he has the good sense to do it when the rest of the team is hitting well enough to win six straight. For the win streak, Bruce is 1-24.
The Rockies come to town this weekend for three and then it's on to Pittsburgh for three before they get a day off. Grab a snack fellas, you gots some more sweepin' to do!