The Reds have swept their first 4 game series in two years, beating the Nationals 6-5 at Great American Ball Park. The Reds looked to be in some trouble, in a 3-0 hole until Adam Dunn launched his 22nd home run of the season to tie the game at 3-3.
From there, David Ross actually got a big hit, putting the Reds ahead to stay. Coco Cordero notched his 18th save of the season, allowing newly named All-Star Edison Volquez to pick up his 11th win of the year.
The Reds are now 43-47 and 7 games back of the Wild Card leading St. Louis Cardinals. This does however make it increasingly tough to be ‘absolute sellers’, because some still believe that the Reds can contend with the pitching firepower they have, as well as the thunder in the lineup cards provided by manager Dusty Baker.
I’m of the belief that the Reds played the worst team in Major League Baseball and capitalized on it. The Reds play 2 series on the road coming up at Chicago (the Cubs are nasty), and at Milwaukee. These two series will let us know exactly how for real the Reds are. If the Reds can’t gain ground from these two series, then they need to make some moves for next season and hang up trying to contend with this roster makeup.