Bats Power Cincinnati Reds Over Miami Marlins
The Cincinnati Reds‘ win streak continues on. A day after sweeping a three-game series against a Philadelphia Phillies team that can’t find runs or hits, Cincinnati combined for 12 hits. They cruised to victory 11-1 over the Miami Marlins, and have now won four straight games.
Cincinnati’s bats were on fire tonight as they punished Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez. Before tonight’s game, Fernandez gave up only one run in two starts, but the Reds didn’t care. Fernandez had his shortest outing of the year, only lasting four innings. He gave up six hits, walked four, and allowed five earned runs.
Hitting has not been an issue for the Reds this season. They are batting .261 as a team and slugging .423. For the second straight night, the bats came alive and the Reds have scored eleven runs.
Reds have scored at least 11 runs in consecutive games for first time since May 28-29, 2010 vs Hou here at GABP (12-2, 15-6 wins).
— Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2013
Unlike other teams, the Reds have found earlier hitting success. Center fielder Shin-Soo Choo has been crucial to the success. So far this season, Choo has 20 hits and eight RBIs in 58 plate appearances. The hitting has propelled the Reds to early-season success and a current four-game win streak. You usually win games when you have double-digit hits in a game, and the Reds have capitalized on their run scoring opportunities.
Cincinnati plays Miami again tomorrow and expect the runs and hits to pile on like the last two nights. Fernandez has been Miami’s best pitcher so far, and the Reds got to him early.