A pair of solo shots from Jay Bruce helped lift the Cincinnati Reds over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers last night in a victory of 3-2. Bruce has been struggling lately, hitting just .211 in his last 10 games, but he broke out of that slump tonight in grand fashion. Bruce leads the Reds in home runs and they will need him to get hot and stay hot as they approach October.
Homer Bailey and Clayton Kershaw dueled for seven strong innings each, but neither was able to shut the other team down for good, leaving it to the bullpens to hash things out in the late innings. Ryan Hanigan had the game-winning walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.
The Reds are in a dead heat with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates for control of the NL Central, so every game in September is of extreme importance for all three teams. Of those three teams, the Reds are the hottest right now, going 7-3 in their last 10, but with all three teams jostling within three games of one another on a daily basis, things can change in a hurry within just a day or two.
The NL Central is by far baseball’s most exciting race right now, and it looks like it will stay that way down the stretch. It is more than likely that two teams from the division will end up in the playoffs, so regardless what happens we have more exciting baseball to look forward to in October.