|Ã‚Â Cincinnati RedsÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (24-29)||6||11||1|
|Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Aridzona DiamondbacksÃ‚Â Ã‚Â (23-34)||4||7||1|
|Ã‚Â W: Ã‚Â Leake (3-4) Ã‚Â Ã‚Â L: Arroyo (4-4)|
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Devin Mesoraco took flight in the second inning, launching a curveball into the left field seats. Due toÃ‚Â the three batters prior to him reached base, the Reds took a 4-1 lead. This was his second career grand slam, his firstÃ‚Â coming in 2012. He crushed a solo shot in theÃ‚Â top of 9, giving the Reds some much needed breathing room.
Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â flashed some serious leather tonight. HeÃ‚Â had a webgem in the bottom of the second whenÃ‚Â he stole a hit from Martin Prado. Phillips momentum was taking him away from first and he was still able to throw a strike to Bernadina. In the sixth, Phillips prevented the Diamondbacks from tying the game at 5 byÃ‚Â snaggingÃ‚Â a groud ball in shallow right field andÃ‚Â gettingÃ‚Â the runner at first.
St. LouisÃ‚Â got crushed by the Giants.
Roger Bernadina had two hits tonight, including one ball that was hitÃ‚Â off the centerfield wall that would have been a sure home run at GABP. He was promptly thrown out trying to steal third on the very next pitch.
Sam LeCure gave up an double to AJ Pollock, but was able to work out of the inning by striking out Paul Ã‚Â Goldschmidt looking.
Todd Frazier had a tough defensive fourth inning. Frazier almost had two errorsÃ‚Â in the fourth [this was a very strange series of scoring decisions: the first ball was initially scoredÃ‚Â a double, then it was an error, finally it was a double, again], but air mailed a throw to first that would have ended the inning. This throwing error resulted in a run crossing the plate. It was aÃ‚Â toughÃ‚Â inningÃ‚Â for Father Todd.
At the dish, however, Frazier was great, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He is quietly having an impressive year, posting a line of .271/.344/.484
A tough night for Mike Leake. Four runs through six. This is a good Diamondbacks club: seven of their starters have an OPB north of .300. Not terrible, but not a good night. Its what you expect when you send out your number four against a solidÃ‚Â hitting team.
Not so random thoughts
That was fun.Ã‚Â I know this is the overly emotionally invested fan in me that makes every week feel like a season, but it feels great to jump out to a lead early and hang on to win. The Diamondbacks are a solid hitting team and Arroyo turned in a good performance after the second inning. No, its not a win over Clayton Kershaw, but every good team needs small wins like these.