The Cincinnati Reds remained, dare I say, en fuego, Thursday evening by completing the four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Once again, they came from behind to win 6-3 and again hold the second highest scoring team to 3 runs or less. In the four game series, the Cincinnati Reds allowed a grand total of 8 runs and are now 6 games (yeah, that’s right, it’s true, 6 games) above .500 at 25-19.
This time it was Homer Bailey that turned in the quality start. This is starting to get contagious for the Cincinnati Reds. Bailey went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-3.
The big blast for the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday came from rookie catcher, Devin Mesoraco, who came through with his first big league grand slam in 6 inning. Althought the Reds added two more runs, really the grand slam was the only hit they needed to ring up another win.
As a team, the Cincinnati Reds were able to pound out 10 hits with 4 players coming up with 2 hits a piece.
Oddly, Logan Ondrusek was brought in to finish the game. He made it interesting, but was able to get out of the inning and pick up his 2nd save of the season by holding the Braves scoreless in the 9th.
With the St. Louis Cardinals losing Thursday night, the Cincinnati Reds have moved into first place by .5 game. I am going to officially declare that the Reds are, in fact, ready for prime time. Put them in the prime time slot. Heck, put them on Thurday nights. They are ready to play.
The Colorado Rockies come to the Queen City to begin a three-game series with the Reds on Friday. Johnny Cueto will take the mound to hopefully continue the dominant performances that we’ve seen for the last 6 games.