The Cincinnati Reds started the season in their first series of the year scoring 11 runs in their first 3 games. Friday night the Reds bats came alive in a 15-0 drudging of the Washington Nationals.
The Reds were led by Zach Cozart and Todd Frazier, who had one of the best games of his young career. Cozart went 2-4 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI while Frazier went 4-5 with 2 HR’s and 4 RBI. The Reds recorded 19 hits, six of those hits were home runs, one of the biggest hits was Xavier Paul’s grand slam in the seventh. For the first time this season the Reds scored more runs than runners they left on base.
This game was the game all Reds fans have been waiting for since our heartbreaking loss in game 5. This run was a certified ass kicking. No offense to the Nationals, I have nothing against you but the Reds needed to get some frustration out.
The unsung hero of this game has to be Homer Bailey, I don’t know where he found his control and command at but man are Reds fans glad he did. Bailey went 6 innings, allowed two hits, no runs and struck out six. Homer has been on fire since his no hitter last season. Dusty and Brian Price kept Homer under 100 pitches tonight, with the lead they had it was safe to pull him so no complaints from me or any other Reds fans. It’s to early in the season to go a complete game.
Quick stats, Joey Votto has finally brought his BA up to .276, Frazier leads the Reds in BA with .471. On a down note Bruce is still under performing batting .167 but expect him to turn it around.
The Reds return tomorrow to GABP for a 1:10 game, if you go to the game don’t be that drunk that runs on the field and stick around for the Collegiate classic after the game and watch the Bearcats take on the Louisville Cardinals.