As if hitting three home runs on Wednesday wasn’t enough, the Reds answered their own call by blasting six — yes, six — home runs against a very good Nationals’ pitching staff.
The story of the night was the way Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier, among others, helped themselves to the tune of 19 hits and 15 runs. Cozart had a career night with two home runs, the most he’s ever hit in one game, and a career-high five RBIs to go along with it. Although Cozart has struggled out of the gate, having a night like this one would surely boost his confidence going into the next game. There’s no doubt he has a slick glove, but the Reds are counting on him to produce more at the plate this year. Tonight, he did just that.
Not to be outdone, however, Frazier had himself a two home run and three RBI night. This is Frazier’s second career multi-homer game. Interestingly enough, this is the first time in Reds’ franchise history that both the shortstop and third baseman had multi-homers in the same game. Right now, Frazier is batting at a .438 clip for this young season and if he continues to hit the way he is right now, Frazier will be among the talks of the MVP race.
The Reds’ offense was stellar tonight as Shin-Soo Choo hit his second home run of the season as well. Choo has been an absolute outstanding addition for the Reds. Not only is he getting on base, he’s also making great plays out in center field as well — something that Reds’ fans have been and will be watching throughout the season.
To top it off for the Reds’ batting tonight, Xavier Paul chipped in during a seven-run seventh inning when he belted his first career grand slam. Although, he most likely will not see a lot of playing time because of an already crowded outfield, Paul has been a great addition to the Reds as a bat off the bench.
Overshadowed by the offensive output, I would be amiss if I did not mention yet another stellar performance by a Reds’ starting pitcher: Homer Bailey. All spring training long, Reds’ fans have wondered if this was the year that Bailey would become less of a thrower and more as a pitcher. Tonight, he continued his success from late last season into this season when Bailey pitched six innings and allowed two hits, three walks, no runs and six strike outs. While it’s too early to determine if Bailey has truly turned the corner in his career, he certainly got off on the right foot tonight against a tough Nationals’ lineup.
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