Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Wood (4-1)
LP: Saunders (1-3)
–Travis Wood is a revelation. Six and a third tonight, and Wood gave up just 4 hits and 1 run, while striking out six. His ERA is 2.51. I just can’t believe that.
–Don’t look now, but Jay Bruce is heating up. Finally. He had a couple more hits tonight, including another homer (again, off a lefty). I’m so glad to see the power returning for young Jay.
–Ramon Hernandez keeps doing what he’s been doing all season. Tonight, he went 2-5 with a big three-run homer.
–Drew Stubbs went 2-5 with two RBI and a run scored. As soon as there were rumors of Stubbs being sent to AAA, he started playing much better.
–Paul Janish batted four times and reached base twice.
–Bill Bray and Jordan Smith were bad out of the bullpen. Especially Bray. Paging Aroldis Chapman.
–Sweep! The Reds couldn’t have started this west coast road trip any better. That’s six wins in a row, and the Reds have upped their August record to 12-4. That’s getting it done, Reds fans. Cincinnati now leads the Central by a season-high 3.5 games.
–Don’t look now, but the Reds haven’t lost a game since the St. Louis debacle, while the Cardinals haven’t even been able to tread water. I give all the credit to Brandon Phillips, whose comments during the Cards series clearly motivated the Reds to play better.
–No position on the field, with the exception of first base, has been as consistently good as Cincinnati’s catching tandem. Hernandez gets a huge share of the credit for that.
–This was Cincinnati’s fifth road sweep of the season. No team in MLB has more.
–How big a turnaround has the 2010 season been? Well, the Reds are 70-51 now. This time last year, they were 51-70. Stark contrast, no?
–Let’s go play the Dodgers. The Reds have lost 12 straight at Chavez Ravine. That streak ends this year.