Cincinnati Reds' Shin-Soo Choo, Jack Hannahan Pound Former Team

By Tyler Curtis


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It’s always a special feeling to contribute in a beat-down of a team you used to play for, especially when that team thought they’d be better off without you.

That’s exactly what Cincinnati Reds‘ Shin-Soo Choo and Jack Hannahan did when they combined to go 5-8 with three RBI and four runs scored in a 13-4 route of the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Choo began his MLB career in 2005 in Seattle, but was traded to Cleveland in 2006 after appearing in just 14 games with the Mariners. Likewise, Hannahan was brought in from Oakland in 2009 to fill in for the injured Adrian Beltre, but stuck around for only 51 games before he was sent to Triple-A Tacoma and eventually traded to Cleveland.

While Hannahan hasn’t been anything more than a reserve since his trade from Seattle, Choo has enjoyed a successful career since the Mariners shipped him to Cleveland, becoming an everyday starter in the Indians outfield. He was traded to Cincinnati before the 2013 season and signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the team.

Choo and Hannahan were a part of a balanced Reds offensive attack that also included big games from Jay Bruce, seldom-used infielder Cesar Izturis and even starting pitcher Mat Latos, who hit a two-RBI double in the fourth inning. Latos also picked up his eighth win of the season, striking out 11 in six innings of work.

The Reds and Mariners will square off Sunday in the rubber match of the series. Cincinnati will send 7-6 Bronson Arroyo to the mound while the Seattle will call on southpaw Joe Saunders.

Tyler is a Seattle Mariners writer for Follow him on Twitter @Teesee5, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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