Laynce Nix and Brandon Phillips answered the bell last night. And then it rained. And then it rained some more. The game last night didn’t wrap up until after midnight so thank God for coffee.
But the Reds got a win that probably meant as much to their fans as any has this year. They got to over .500 with the victory and Daniel Ray Herrera picked up the first victory of his MLB career, going 3 innings scoreless after the rain delay in relief of Aaron Harang.
Jay Bruce had a nice night at the plate as well. He hit a ball to the wall in right center field that looked like it was gone; and would have been on a humid night for a 3-run homer. Instead Nate Mclouth made a great play to take away extra bases in the first inning. Bruce then had good at bats to walk twice and singled and scored in the bottom of the 8th inning, an inning in which the Reds iced the game and batted around.
In the end, it was a 7-2 victory that few saw come to a finish. Most of the fans had filtered out of the park. But this win could be a spark for the Reds as they’ll be getting back Joey Votto and Edwin Encarnacion in the near future.