The Cincinnati Reds busted out the bats today, winning 12-2, after being a little frustrated in the two previous losses to the San Diego Padres this weekend.
Oh, and they also moved one game within clinching (not clenching) first place. Unfortunately, the stupid Cardinals managed to hold off the equally stupid Cubs, preventing the Reds from spraying each other with champagne for the first time since 1995.
Joey Votto, he who should be MVP, started things off in the first inning with his 37th home run. He would end up contributing a total of 3 RBI for the day, going 2 for 4. The other offensive star was Chris Heisey, starting in place of a banged up Jay Bruce. Heisey went 2 for 4, as well, with a homer of his own and a total of 4 RBI.
The rest of the offense got in on the act during the 8th inning, when the Padres bullpen imploded. The Reds batted around and scored 6 times to put the game out of reach.
Homer Bailey picked up his 4th win, pitching 7 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6. Logan Ondrusek and Francisco Cordero shut down the Padres for the rest of the game and dropped the Padres to second place, a half game behind the San Francisco Giants.
Cincinnati will have a day off tomorrow before starting the final home stand. The team could clinch the division, though, if the Cardinals manage to lose against the Pirates.