Kaboom! That is the only word that can accurately describe the offensive explosion put on by the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park in their 11-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Of course, the main story of the night was former MLB MVP Joey Votto going off for three Homeruns, or as our twitter account, @riverfrontabll, likes to put it, Bazooka Blasts. He drove in four runs in the effort as well.
But let’s not forget the effort of the other men on the field, and those who started the game but could not finish. If you did not get to watch or listen last night, the fact that the Reds were without Billy Hamilton, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips for the majority of the game, and still scored 7 more runs that Votto provided was huge.
Jay Bruce had an RBI double before being thrown out of the game for “arguing” a called third strike. Check for yourself.
Phillips had to leave the game with what was being reported during the game as a strained groin, and Billy Hamilton was unavailable before the game because of a wrist injury that he has been suffering from since the series in Cleveland.
Todd Frazier was able to add a Homerun of his own just after Votto hit is first of three. Oh, and let us not forget that Zack Cozart drove in a Bazooka Blast of his own. Five Homeruns for the Reds Tuesday night.
Overall the pitching was alright, too. Anthony DeSclafani went 6 1/3 innings pitched and was only held accountable for two runs. The bullpen, a collection of Manny Parra, Ryan Mattheus and Nate Adcock came in and shut down the Phillies offense yet again.
Overall it was a good night and maybe things can continue.