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After going 13 games without playing a team with a winning record, the Redlegs (65-41) played host to one on Friday in the likes of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates (60-45). The Reds entered the weekend series 3.5 games up on the Buccos and looked to put some seperation between themselves and the upstarts from The Steel City.
Well, thanks to a huge night by Mat Latos, the Reds did just that. The tall right-hander was instrumental in securing a 3-0 victory and thus, increased Cincy's division lead to 4.5 games.
Chris Heisey got the home team on the board in the bottom of the second on a inside-the-park home run, his fourth of the campaign. Latos would later add to the lead after he uncorked his first career homer off Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez (7-10), a 2-run shot. That proved to be more than enough as Dusty Baker's club surged to their 21st win in their past 24th game.
Here's a recap of all the good, the bad, and the notables from the series opene...
BEST OF MAXIM
Don't be fooled by the team's hot
play as of late. Veteran Scott Rolen
knows there's a long way still to go.
Let me first begin by saying that I consider myself to be as optimistic as they come. That is, I choose to look at the glass half-full and always opt to look at things in a positive light. With that in mind, I also consider myself to be relatively realistic...
In the first game of the showdown between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mat Latos dominated from both sides of the plate.
Latos went 7 1/3 … [visit site to read more]
8/3 Game Review
Louisville lost 3-1. Box Score
Denis Phipps went 1-4 with a double.
Neftali Soto went 1-4 with a double.
Chris Valaika went 2-3 with a double, walk and a run.
Felix Perez went 1-2 with a double, walk and RBI.
Corky Miller went 1-3.
Pedro Villarreal allowed 2 earned (3 total) in 6 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts.
Kanekoa Texeira threw a perfect inning with...
Mat Latos pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and hit a two-run homer Friday night as the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds opened a three-game series against their closest pursuers with a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chris Heisey hustled for an inside-the-park home run and Aroldis Chapman closed out the win that gave the Reds a 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates...
Tony Cingrani leads all Reds minor leaguers
in several pitching categories
While the big club has been pancaking opponents at will lately, the Reds minor league players have been hard at work too. Especially the guys appearing on one or more of the following organizational leaderboards.
Here's a look at the top performers by category this season. The team they...
CINCINNATI -- As so often opens in a keenly-contested, hot-button baseball series, one small thing can grow and bloat and explode into something big.
There is that possibility this weekend during the Cincinnati Reds-Pittsburgh Pirates series, a three-game argument for supremacy in the National League Central.
All was calm and all was bright for the Reds with two outs in the ninth...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds won their fifth straight game, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
The Reds have won 15 of 16 and opened a 5-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
It was 4-all when Rolen led off the eighth with a line drive off the right-center field wall, beating...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and Johnny Cueto overcame a pair of rare long balls to pitch into the eighth inning Thursday and lead the surging Cincinnati Reds to their 13th win in 14 games, 9-4 over the San Diego Padres.
Scott Rolen had three hits, Frazier had three RBIs and Jay Bruce drove in two runs, helping push the Reds to 23 games over .500 (64-41) for...
Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has been ejected in the second inning against Cincinnati after both benches were warned following the second Pirates batter to be hit by a pitch in two nights.
Pitching with a 2-1 lead Saturday night, Reds starter Mike Leake plunked Josh Harrison with two outs and nobody on base. Harrison and Leake had a brief verbal altercation, prompting plate umpire...
Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman has his white poofy locks shaved off after losing his bet about the Reds winning 10 games in … [visit site to read more]
Final: Reds 3, Pirates 0
WP: Mat Latos (10-3, 3.94 ERA)
LP: Wandy Rodriguez (7-10, 3.82 ERA)
SV: Aroldis Chapman (24, 1.37 ERA)
The Reds capitalized on two mistakes by Rodriguez, and that was enough as the Pirates’ offense was nonexistent with only one base runner made it to third base.
Chris Heisey hit an inside-the-park homer in the second inning to give the Reds a 1-0 lead....
Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Cincinnati Reds won their fifth straight game, 5-4 over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.
The Reds have won 15 of 16 and opened a 5 1/2-game lead over Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
It was 4-all when Rolen led off the eighth with a line drive off the right-center field wall, beating the relay with...
It was another frustrating night in Cincinnati for the Pirates, as they came up short in both the beanball/intimidation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it battle as well as, you know, the game itself. The Bucs are in danger of being swept in the weekend series, and they now trail the Reds by 5.5 games. Their wild-card edge for the second spot is also down to just 2.5 over the Cardinals...
Busy day yesterday on here. If you missed the Podcast check it out. A new post in the Barajas Bombs series is up. And of course, the recap from last night’s game. Now, a few words about what happened last night. I said in the Podcast that this series is about more than winning and [...]