Choo, who’s looking more and more like the best acquisition of the off-season of any team anywhere, was 4-5 on the game, and was involved in 3 of the Reds’ 4 runs. In the first inning, Choo scored the first and only run the Reds would need following a single when Brandon Phillips doubled him in. Then in the fourth, Choo hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year, to make it 2-0. Finally, in the sixth, Choo hit his ninth home run of the year, another solo shot, to score the Reds’ fourth run of the game.
It was an amazing show by Choo yesterday, and for the entire season. The stats he’s accumulating are likely to make him in high demand after 2013 is over, but I hope the Reds can make an offer.
Choo wasn’t the only highlight, though. The Reds pitching staff did shutout the morose Marlins. Mike Leake started and threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, despite allowing nine hits and one walk. After getting into some trouble in the seventh, the bullpen relieved him and the combination of Sean Marshall, Sam LeCure, and Aroldis Chapman secured the shutout and the win.