Recently, I opined that the Cincinnati Reds were “not ready for prime time” as a leader of the Central Division. After taking two with the New York Yankees and then two with the Atlanta Braves, (both teams were picked by many to represent their respective leagues in the World Series) I’m still not quite ready to label them ready for prime time. I am, however, ready to declare them ready for the “Jay Leno timeslot.”
The Cincinnati Reds used the long ball again Tuesday evening to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 4-3. The Reds have slugged 7 home runs against a quality Braves’ pitching staff in the first two games.
Tuesday night’s hero at the plate was Brandon Phillips. He went deep twice and drove in 3 of the 4 runs to give the Cincinnati Reds all the run support they needed to bring home their fourth victory in a row. They are now 4 games over .500 for the first time in the 2012 season with a 23-19. Heck, this is the first time since June of 2011 season that the Reds are that far above .500.
Mat Latos (3-2) turned in a masterful performance for the Cincinnati Reds. He went 7 innings, gave up 2 runs on 5 hits to pick up the win. Aroldis Chapman, the Cuban Missile, came on to work the 9th and picked up his 2nd save in as many chances. He still boasts a 0.00 ERA and struck out another 2 batters. There is no doubt who the closer is for the Reds now. Thank you Dusty Baker.
What is impressive for me in regards to this winning streak is the opponents in the streak. It’s one thing to win 4 in a row against the lower tier teams, but this has come against the Yankees, at Yankee stadium, and the Braves.
The Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves will continue their series on Wednesday when Bronson Arroyo takes the mound to see if he can continue the winning streak.