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Reds grand slam Cubs, move above .500 for first time this season.



CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Joey Votto #19 (L-R), Todd Frazier #21 and Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds wait for teammate Devin Mesoraco #39 at home plate after Mesoraco hit a grand slam scoring the three during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Final: Reds 6 Cubs 1 
Chris Heisey snapped an 0 for 16 skid with a pinch-hit, 2-out single in the 9th,  Billy Hamilton brought him home with the go-ahead run (7 pitch AB), then Devin Mesoraco iced it with a grand slam. The Reds move above .500 for the first time this season (38-37). They are now within 7.5 games of Milwaukee as Brewers lost to Nationals 3-0.....and 2.5 out of Wild Card.
Starting pitcher
*Alfredo Simon got a no-decision, but was outstanding again: 7 IN, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 111 pitches/77 strikes, drops ERA to 2.92. 13th quality start in 15 starts.
Jonathan Broxton, 8th: K. To those that insist on placing value on pitcher's W-L record, he got the win.
Logan Ondrusek, 9th: 1-2-3
1st time in 267 days Reds have been above .500 (September 29, final game regular season).
*Reds 13-8 in June.
*Have won 3 in a row, 6 of 8, 9 of 12 and 11 of 16.
*On May 29 the Reds were shutout by Arizona's Josh Collmenter. He faced the minimum 27 batters that day. Reds dropped season low six games under .500 (23-29). The Reds have gone 15-8 since then.
*Reds have won 18 of last 20 at Wrigley.
*20th time Reds pitching has allowed 1 run or less (17-3). 
*Big run innings lately: 5 Monday, 4 Saturday, 8 Friday, 7 last Wednesday.
*Billy Hamilton extended hit streak to 11...turned a grounder into OF into 1st inning 2B.
*Hamilton collected 2 hits, Frazier 3 hits.
*Reds did not manage a hit in innings 4-5-6-7-8.
*Mesoraco took 95 mph fastball off forearm in 1st inning/stayed in game, took one in the upper arm, took a foul ball of his hand, then took a back swing off his arm. 
*Mesoraco: 2 BB, 2 HBP, grand slam......#13.....4 HR in last 4 games.
*Mesoraco 13 HR in 146 AB....1 every 11.2 AB.....only better rate in a full season for Reds: Kevin Mitchell, 10.3, 1994. His HR/AB rate would lead MLB if he had enough AB to qualify.
*Mesoraco began night: 2 for 24 (.083),0 HR, 0 RBI in cleanup spot. 
*Mesoraco reaches 100 career RBI.
*RBI in June: Frazier 17, Hamilton 14, Phillips 13, Mesoraco 13.
*Skip Schumaker started for Brandon Phillips (heel) at 2B.
*Todd Frazier picked up 200th RBI of his career.
*Billy Hamilton caught stealing for 9th time? From Jeff: of 15 players in MLB with 15 or more steals, Hamilton's SB success rate of 77.5% ranks 14th.
*Reds have scored 1st in 9 of last 12 games.
*Joey Votto has not homered in 50 AB since coming off the DL and in 63 AB overall (May 10).
*Chris Heisey delivered PH single in 9th, breaking 0 for 16, first hit since June 1.
*Heisey PH this year: 6 for 21 (.286), HR, 6 RBI.
*Heisey in other AB's: 21 for 104 (.202), HR, 2 RBI. 
*Hits last 8 games: 9, 8, 10, 10, 8, 14, 13, 19=91
*Runs last 8 games: 6, 4, 11, 9, 3, 11, 6, 13=63
Missed chances: 
*Reds stranded Frazier at 3rd base, after 0 outs in 1st (Votto-Bruce-Ludwick).
*Frazier out at 2nd on attempted double, then with 2-outs, 2nd/3rd Top 3rd, Ludwick flied out. 
T1: Hamilton double, scored on Frazier 3B, 1-0 Reds.
B6: Anthony Rizzo HR on a pitch that was at least 18 inches off the plate, 1-1.
T9: Chris Heisey 2-out PH 1B, stole 2B, Billy Hamilton RBI 1B, 2-1 Reds.
T9: Mesoracao grand slam, 6-1 Reds


CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 23: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds follows through on an RBI triple scoring Billy Hamilton during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Taking in Wrigley
Middletown's Kyle Schwarber was at Wrigley Monday night.
He was the 4th overall pick by the Cubs in this month's draft.


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