Home runs filled the air last night at Great American Ball Park as the Cincinnati Reds drilled the San Diego Padres 13-1.
Led by Miguel Cairo and Ryan Hanigan who each hit two, the Reds exploded for seven home runs, the highest output of the season. In fact you would need to go back to the 4th of July last season to see that amount. That game Drew Stubbs crushed three and Paul Janish blasted two as the Reds beat the Cubbies at Wrigley Field 14-3.
The Reds started early as they greeted Padres’ starter and loser Tim Stauffer, (7-9) with two balls leaving the yard in a three-run first inning. Joey Votto hit his 19th of the year, a solo shot, and Cairo hit his first of the night following a walk to Jay Bruce.
It was the first game in 16 years that Cairo had hit more than one home run.
That proved to be all the run support starter Homer Bailey, (7-5) needed. He went seven strong innings allowing only six hits, one earned run, a walk and seven strikeouts as he turned in his seventh quality start in 14 attempts.
Jay Bruce matched his career high by belting his 25th homer in the third inning. In his last six games he has hit 4 HR, 12 RBI, with four runs scored and a .476 BA.
Rookie Todd Frazier also smacked his fourth homer of the season in the second inning.
Even though the Reds are on their second longest winning streak (4 games) of the season, they are not making up much ground because the league leading Milwaukee Brewers refuse to lose, keeping them at a 10 game disadvantage.
The Reds have managed to put a little distance between themselves and the fast-fading Pittsburgh Pirates. They are two games up on the Bucs and trail the second place St. Louis Cardinals by five games.
Cincinnati will bring the brooms today in search of a sweep against the Padres at 1:10 ET. Hard-luck southpaw Dontrelle Willis, (0-2) who should be sporting a 6-0 record will face lefty Wade LeBlanc, (0-2).
The Reds have an off day on Monday and fly to Washington to take on the Nationals in a three game set starting Tuesday.