After trailing the entire game and looking like they were unable to push runs the entire day, the Reds were able to rally — scoring twice in the eighth and ninth innings to tie the game. You have to absolutely admire this team’s ability to not give up when they get down. Even when things aren’t going great early in the game, you can never count the Reds out this year. They have too much power and hitting ability for this team to ever be counted out for good.
Although the Reds were able to come back Saturday, there are some things to take away from this game. The way Shin-Soo Choo has been playing, he has been easily become a fan favorite in the Queen City. The hustle Choo provides on every play, as well as his ability to get on base, has been something Reds’ fans have been looking for in a lead-off hitter for a long time. Not only that, but he’s also given the Reds a chance to win ball games by hitting home runs (hit his third Saturday) and he’s been steadily improving in the outfield.
Another plus has been the play of Todd Fraizer. For someone to fill in the shoes that Scott Rolen left behind at third base is no easy feat. So far, Frazier has been absolutely remarkable. This season, Frazier has hit a blistering .500 (11 hits in 22 at-bats) with three home runs and eight RBIs. While he won’t continue hitting .500 the entire season, Frazier is continually becoming more and more reliable at the plate.
Although the Reds set a new club pitching record, with 44 strikeouts in the first five games, Mike Leake did not bring his best stuff in this match up. Leake went six innings and allowed six hits, four runs, four walks, struck out four and gave two big time home runs to the Nationals. Hopefully, for the Reds and their fans alike, he will find his groove the rest of the season or he will be pitching somewhere else.
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