Cincinnati Sweeps in Oakland

Jay Bruce got the big hit yesterday that helped the Reds earn a much-needed sweep in Oakland. Bruce totaled three hits on the day, the second game in a row in which he collected three hits and finished the series 7 for 10. The hot streak took his average to a season high .282 and has risen his line-drive rate to 22.9% on the season.

Johnny Cueto improved to 7-2 by throwing seven shut out innings.

The Reds remain a game behind the Cardinals who snuck by the Blue Jays last night 1-0, and have an off day today. They return home for a weekend three-game set against the Indians where they’ve got to find a way to continue to play good baseball.

Help is on the way, they just need to continue staying within striking distance of the Cardinals on a nightly basis.

After starting the west coast trip 0-3 in Seattle, I think you have to take this split of the trip with a smile. Oakland has been a mini house of horrors for this franchise in the past.

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