Cincinnati Reds Move to Within 5 of Clinching

By Jeff Gray

The Cincinnati Reds finally came through with a win in Miami on Sunday as they defeated the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings.  The win saved the Reds from being swept and moved the magic number for clinching the division to 5 games.

Mat Latos threw a wonderful game, but didn’t figure in the win when all was said and done.  Just like his last outing, it took extra innings to decide this contest.  Latos went 7 innings, allowed 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out 8.  He still sits at 12-4 with a 3.76 ERA.  More importantly is Latos has a 4-1 record in his last 10 starts and an ERA of 2.83.

The bullpen took over from there and pitched 3 and a third shutout baseball, allowing only 1 hit while striking out 6 batters.  Logan Ondrusek (4-2) picked up the win while Jonathan Broxton picked up another save for the Reds.

At the plate, it took 17 hits for the Cincinnati Reds to get the 5 runs.  Ryan Ludwick found his swing and went 3-6 including the game winning single in the 11th.  Notably for the Reds was Didi Gregorius.  He went 3-6, getting his first RBI and multiple hit game in the show.  Dioner Navarro also went 3-6 and showed why GM Walt Jocketty is one of the best in the business at making important low profile deals during the season.

There were still problems for the Cincinnati Reds in the victory.  Even though they hit often, they didn’t hit well when they needed it.  The Reds went 4-21 with RISP and left a total of 14 runners on.  That simply must improve.

One situation really got to me as to their inability to do the simple things.  Here’s the situation – bottom of the 10th, first and third, one out with Brandon Phillips at the plate.  With the Marlins playing back all that Phillips had to do was lay down a bunt and the Reds would have won.  What he did was ground into an inning ending double play.

It’s this kind of thing that will cost the Cincinnati Reds dearly in the playoffs.  Just do the little things and you will win.

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