The Reds kicked some ass and continued their winning streak tonight. Their sixth consecutive win came over the Marlins, 3-9.
Tom Shearn got his major league debut with the start today. He went seven innings, allowing three runs (earned) on four hits and two walks. One starts and one win: that's getting off on the right foot.
Gary Majewski took over in the eighth, giving up zero runs on one hit. He even struck a guy out. The other Trade guy, Bill Bray, finished out the game, giving up zero runs on zero hits and a walk. And he struck out two. What the heck is up with all this competent relief pitching? It's like I don't even recognize my own team anymore.
Ryan Jorgensen, the lucky recipient of the backup pitcher spot since Javier Valentí was the lucky recipient of the starting spot since David Ross was the not-so-lucky guys to go on the DL, started today. Jogensen's start didn't just spell the LLM, but also took advantage of the fact that's he's been Shearn's regular catcher in Louisville. Convenient. Even more convenient: the grand slam he hit in the first inning. Yippee!
Brandon Phillips had a homer in the second inning, a two-run dealy to bring the Reds' lead to eight. Edwin Encarnación took his turn in the third inning, a solo shot that brought the score to where it would stay for the rest of the game 9-3.
The win brought the Reds record to 60-70. Not an awesome record overall, but they're the hottest team in the baseball at the moment. It's awesomely fun to watch, and I hate that they have another day off tomorrow. How many freaking Mondays will this team take off this month??
But when they get back to it on Tuesday, they're scheduled to play two against the Pirates. Why they aren't making up the game tomorrow instead, I don't know, but the Lizard versus Tom Gorzelanny for one of those two.