Cincinnati Reds On Fire; Start the Season 3-0
Like a coyote with a rocket strapped to his back, the Cincinatti Reds on fire, out to a 3-0 start after sweeping the Phillies on Thursday. On the back of some productive batting that lead to an 8-run fourth-inning, the Reds put the Phillies away 10-6 in Cincinatti.
The game was pretty quiet through the first two innings, with neither team able to get anyone across the plate. In the third, however, a bobbled ball by Jay Bruce would set up a score by Charlie Morton and putting the Phillies on the board first. The Reds answered back after a pitch by Morton was lined into left center by Scott Schebler, scoring Tucker Barnhart who narrowly avoided the tag at the plate.
Cinncinatti’s Heavy Bats in the 4th
The glimmer of hope for the Philadelphia Phillies started with Cedric Hunters’ first major league home run in the fourth. However, that hope would be short-lived. In the bottom of the same inning, on a 3-1 delivery from Morton, Bruce would redeem his third inning blunder with a 3 run blast of his own.
The Reds’ bats wouldn’t stop there. Reliever Daniel Stumpf would give little relief. Eugenio Suarez took a two-out full-count pitch for a ride recording his first career grand slam and extending the Reds lead to 6. Bruce then tacked on another RBI with a single to center field in an 8 run fourth-inning onslaught.
Ryan Howard homered in the fifth, but was the only firepower the Phillies could muster. Once again, cue Jay Bruce. For the second time this season and in the game, Jay Bruce let loose a bomb that only the Philadelphia outfielders could watch, this time in left-centerfield. It was his 210th career home run in a 5 RBI game.
Carlos Ruiz’s home run in the the top of the 8th would be the last fireworks either team would see, as the Cincinnati Reds cruised to their third win of the season, while the Phillies dropped to 0-3. Robert Stephenson picked up the win in a 5 inning performance and Charlie Morton received the loss.
Cincinnati Reds On Fire, But Still a Long Way to Go
“The best kind of memory in this game is a short one,” replied Jay Bruce when asked about his error that would give the Phillies the first run of the game. However, he and the Cincinnati Reds proved that baseball is a nine inning game and as of the start of the 2016 season, one they’re pretty good at. That’s something they need not forget as they continue through a grueling 162 game season. With the Cincinnati Reds on fire, fans are wondering how long it will last.