Game 73, 2012: Favorite Reds Win All Summer

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Jay Bruce clobbered his 17th home run of the season off Marco Estrada, who had lights out (12 K’s) stuff. This was culminated by Bronson Arroyo throwing 7-innings of no-hit ball. I started to think about the last time the Reds threw a no-hitter. I started getting into every pitch. Then Arroyo walked a guy. Then a double took away the no-hitter after 7 and 1/3. Then the Reds lost the lead in a matter of moments.

But the Reds were destined to win this one. Any time the Reds play at home and get a big home run from Bruce, along with a quality pitching performance and win, I’m extremely happy. And we’re at that part of the summer where baseball takes center stage. This is when you want your team to at least peak for the primary time. The days are long and hot, so you might as well mark the calendar date with as many W’s as you can.

Drew Stubbs absolutely crushed a pitch in the bottom of the 8th inning off John Axford. The Reds would win 4-3 after Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the 9th. He did the Cuban Missile Crawl.

The Reds were alone in first for at least another night.