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Reds: Homer returns to form, Pena delivers in a pinch



Catching on
The Reds had 2 catchers hit HR's last night and have three catheters with at least a HR this year. 12 ML teams have a total of 2 HR's from the catcher position this year.
MLB rank of Reds catchers:
BA .369 (1)
OBP .416 (1)
SLG .612 (1)
OPS 1.028 (1)
HR 5 (4th)
RBI 17 (6th)
TB 63 (1)

Zack Attack
Cozart's last 11 games: .308/.357, 3 2B, 3B, HR

BP=grinding halt to offense
17 games batting 3rd
.229-.236-.357-.493 in 72 plate appearances
1 BB, 14 K, 3 RBI, 4 R

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1: Brayan Pena #29 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammate Chris Heisey #28 after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Milwaukee 8-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Final: Reds 8 Brewers 3 Boxscore
*Attendance: 16,779
*Reds pull within 6.5 games of Brewers.
*Offense: 12 H, 8 BB, 8 R, every starter w/ AB had at least 1 hit.
*Reds sent 11 batters to plate and scored 5 runs in 8th to break 3-3 tie. Video.
*Pena PH 2-run HR 8th broke tie...Cozart started w/ 2-strike 1B.
*HR from each Reds catcher. Last time?
*Catchers began day #1 MLB BA, OBP, SLG, OPS.
*Reds beat up a Brewers bullpen (5 runs) that had been outstanding this season.
*Bailey: 8 strong innings for W. 3 runs vs 20-8 team that he had career 5.63 ERA against. I will take it. You should as well. 5 H, 1 R 1st 2 innings.
*Billy Hamilton left game after injuring knuckles on glove hand on diving catch to start game.
*Carlos Gomez went over the wall to rob Votto of HR in first inning, 2x in career!
*SB: Frazier, Heisey.
*Cozart 3 straight 2 hit games.
*Heisey replaced Hamilton: 2 for 4, R, BB.
*Bruce 3 BB, 5th multi-BB game of year, 6 all of 2013....OBP .371.
*At some point Price will realize what everyone else already knows. Phillips is not and will never be a legit #3 hitter. 1 for 4.
*T2: Segura RBI 1B, 1-0 Brewers.
B5: Tucker Barnhart 1st ML HR, 1-1. They are dancing in the streets of Brownsburg,
B6: Todd Frazier 2-run HR, funky/one hand/end of bat job, 3-1 Reds.
T7: Gomez 2-out, 2 RBI 2B, 3-3...trouble with 2-out 1B & infield 1B.
B8: Cozart 1B, Pena HR, 5-3, Frazier BB with bases loaded, 6-3, Ludwick 2-out, 2 RBI 1B, 8-3 Reds.
Missed chance:
B7: 3-3,  Heisey 1B, Votto BB, 0 outs Phillips sac bunt to 2nd/3rd, IBB, Frazier pop up,  Ludwick.



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