It’s been a very, very long time since the Cincinnati Reds had as good a homestand as they just had this past week. With the finale going to the Reds 2-1 against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds finished their 10-game homestand, 8 and 2.
The last time the Cincinnati Reds posted an 8 win record in an 8-game or more homestand was in 1975 as that Big Red Machine went 8-1. For me, any sentence that involves these Reds with those Reds is a good sentence.
The Cincinnati Reds started the 10-game stretch by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in their 3-game series. Then Joey Votto went on the DL and the Reds split the 4-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds got their Votto-less legs under them and completed the sweep of the Brewers on Sunday.
The win Sunday came mainly through the work of the ace, Johnny Cueto. He matched a career high in wins with his 12th against 5 losses. Cueto went 7 innings, scattered 8 hits, struck out 9 and allowed the 1 earned run for the game. Cueto lowered his ERA to an amazing 2.23 with the win. He has a 1.93 ERA pitching in GABP. Speaking of GABP, Sunday’s game broke the record string of games with at least 1 homerun at 74. Neither team was able to reach the seats. The Reds scored on a sacrifice fly and a single. The Brewers scored their lone run with a single. That would be two, officially, games the Cincinnati Reds have won by playing small ball since the break. That is something they simply must do to remain in contention.
The Cincinnati Reds needed every one of those wins during the homestand to stay a half game ahead of the equally hot Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds are now sitting at 55-40 as they go on the road to start a series with the lowly Houston Astros.