CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 7: Storm clouds blanket the sky over Great American Ball Park as Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs fields a ground ball in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds as on July 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Chicago 9-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Billy Hamilton delivered a 2-out RBI single to snap a 5th inning tie, then added an 8th inning bases loaded triple, on the way to career high four RBI as the Reds beat the Cubs 9-3 Monday night.
*Jay Bruce's much debated debut at 1B included an error that allowed a run, but a HR that produced 2 runs. The Reds first HR from the 1B position since May 10.
*The Brewers lost 3-2 to the Phillies, and have dropped 6 of 7.
*Reds within 5 games of Brewers for first time since May 9….54 games ago.
*Reds have won 4 of 5 since SD sweep.
*Reds have won 11 of their last 16 games and 23 of the last 36.
*Reds are 20-8 against the Cubs last two seasons and 6-3 this season
*Reds 20-9 vs the Cubs, Pirates and Brewers this season.
*Reds three games above .500 at home (22-19) for the first time all season
*Reds 46-42 overall, 17-19 vs losing teams.
*Reds were back to old tricks, scoring first and then piling on runs...2 run 5th, 2 run 7th and 3 run 8th.
*It would not be a homestand without a rain delay...21-minutes.
*Jay Bruce HR back-to-back games.
*Bruce’s 49 homers vs LHP last 5 years are the most by any batter in MLB.
*Bruce 6th Red to start game 1B this year: Votto, Pena, Frazier, Bernadina, Soto.
*Billy Hamilton BB in 1st inning, first BB since June 17, span of 19 games.
*Hamilton's 14th BB in 83 games/329 plate appearances....vs 63 K.
*Billy leads team with .349 BA w/RISP.
*2 hits: Hamilton, Frazier, Bruce. Frazier has multi-hit games 4 last 5.
*7 Reds had hits, 7 Reds scored, 5 Reds w/ RBI.....5 of 10 w/RISP.
*Schumaker's 2nd OF assist of year/gunned down runner at plate. Reds OF has assists in three straight games.
*Cubs Chris Coghlan had 4 hits.
*Mike Leake: 7 IN, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR, 113 pitches. (7-7 3.42). No idea why Bryan Price allowed him to face LHB Anthony Rizzo in the 7th.
*Leake now 8-2 career vs Cubs.
*Jonatahn Broxton, 8th: H, K...ERA now 0.62. No runs allowed 28 of 30 appearances.
*Sam LeCure, 9th: H, K. 1st appearance in 7 days.
B1: Brandon Phillips SF RBI, 1-0 Reds
T5: Error Bruce, 1-1.
B5: Billy Hamilton 2-out RBI 1B, 2-1 Reds
B5: Todd Frazier 2-out RBI 1B, 3-1 Reds
B6: Devin Mesoraco RBI 2B, 4-1 Reds
T7: Anthony Rizzo 2-run HR, 4-3 Reds
B7: Bruce 2-run HR, 6-3 Reds
B8: Hamilton 3-run triple, 9-3 Reds
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 7: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs gets back to first base as Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds takes the throw for a pick-off attempt at Great American Ball Park on July 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Chicago 9-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Not to get off topic here, but Great American Ballpark is rather pretty lady tonight pic.twitter.com/hlaioRUM95— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 8, 2014