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May 9, 2012

The Daily Brief: Settling in at leadoff

Last Game
The Milwaukee Brewers evened the series against the Cincinnati Reds at a game apiece, winning 8-3, thanks to Homer Bailey’s inability to finish off batters with two strikes. Bailey lasted just 3 2/3 innings, but allowed 6 runs. The game also saw the end of the scoreless innings streak by the Reds’ bullpen. For the offense, Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his 10th home run, a 2-run shot. Scott Rolen drove in the Reds other run.

Next Game
The Reds will go for the series win against the Brewers this afternoon at 1:10pm EDT. And they’ve got an excellent shot, since they’ll be sending out their best starter, Johnny Cueto. Zach Greinke will go for the Brewers.

A New Leadoff Hitter in Town
Zack Cozart has been the leadoff hitter for the Reds for 14 games now, and he’s feeling more comfortable in the role.

After starting out slow, Cozart has taken off. After last night, he has a 6-game hitting streak. During that streak, he’s 8-for-23 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. In his first 8 games at leadoff, he went 5-for-34.

“Guys aren’t pitching me that much different than they were in the 2 hole,” he said. “But it’s an adjustment. You go up your first at-bat and you’re trying to see some pitches for the guys behind you. A lot of these pitchers I’ve never faced, so I’m going up trying to learn how they’re going to throw me. It’s been a little adjustment. I feel comfortable.

“But before the last four or five games I wasn’t getting any hits.”

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Should the Reds manage to win today, it will be manager Dusty Baker’s 1,500th as a major league manager. His record is currently 1499-1380.