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Reds Win! Reds Win!


Hold the presses the Reds have won a game! Not just any game but a come from behind, extra innings game. Game 1 in Texas was a

must win and that didn’t happen. Game 2 tonight was beyond a must win, a team this depressed needed a win badly and they got it.

The 11th inning proved to be the breakthrough the Reds needed. The winning runs came from a surprise bat at the hands of catcher Devin Mesoraco who secured a 6-4 win for the Reds.

One of the NL’s best pitchers took the mound for the Reds tonight in Mike Leake. Leake has been incredible in the last 10 starts for the Reds. Mike Leake went 7 innings giving up 3 hits, 4 runs although only one was earned.

Leake gave up 4 runs but three of those runs were scored off of three errors by the Reds defense. At that point of the game things were looking pretty down for the Reds.

The offense for Cincinnati played very well tonight. Shin Soo Choo came up big in the first and ended the Reds 22 inning scoreless with a home run to center field. From there the Reds offense struck again in the 3rd when Brandon Phillips drove in Joey Votto.

Cincinnati scored two more in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. In the sixth though that changed when Nelson Cruz hit a ground rule double scoring Elvis Andrus and tying the game at 4.

From the sixth on there was no more run scoring until the 11th when Mesoraco went yard and sent the Reds into the bottom of the 11th with the lead but the ball in Aroldis Chapman’s hand.

Chapman came through in the clutch winning the game and sending the Reds off into the night as winners.

Not to mention the fact that the offense game though after being stagnant for the last 22 innings.

I’m looking past the bad managing tonight from Dusty because this was a much needed win. Hopefully this well start a Reds turn around before the All-Star break.

The Reds return to the Ballpark at Arlington tomorrow where Mat Latos will be facing Yu Darvish.

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