Johnny Cueto was the first pitcher to reach 17 wins this season. He did it by working 7.0 innings, giving up 2 runs (earned) on 4 hits and a walk. After that, Jonathan Broxton put in a hitless inning, followed by Aroldis Chapman doing the same for his 33rd save of the year. That’s 25 successful save conversions in a row for Chapman.
The second inning saw Scott Rolen putting his wisdom and patience to good use, driving up the pitch count in a single at bat by 15 pitches before eventually drawing the walk. Combined with singles from Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, and Ryan Hanigan, the Reds scored 3 runs that inning.
As if that weren’t enough, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Frazier hooked up again in the eighth inning to put a couple more runs on the board. Phillips, Frazier, Heisey, and Hanigan each had 2-hit games.
The win ensures a win of the series and opens up the possibility of the sweep this afternoon. It brings the Reds’ record to 79-52, which is the best record there is in baseball today. The series capper will feature Mat Latos (RHP, 10-4, 3.84 ERA) taking on Patrick Corbin (LHP, 5-5, 3.91 ERA). First pitch at 3:40 p.m. EDT.