CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 6: Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to propel Cincinnati to a 4-2 win over Milwaukee. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Final: Reds 4 Brewers 2
What slump? Jay Bruce snapped a career-high 0-for-26 with a 2-run HR off Will Smith, to break 8th inning tie, as the Reds took take 2 of 3 over the Brewers with a 4-2 win Sunday.
*Reds six games back...lead season series over Brewers 7-3, outscoring 47-28.
*That is a big, big win.....imagine had they blown 2-0 lead and lost series?
*Big swing game: Would have been 8 back with loss, instead 6 back with win.
*Brewers have lost 5 of 6.
*Reds 29-23 vs .500+ teams, 16-19 vs losing teams.
*Bruce has been crushing the ball into tough luck.
*Bruce's 48th HR vs LHP the last 5 years, most in the majors/1st HR Smith has allowed to LHB in 62 plate appearances this year.
*Mat Latos: 8 IN, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 96 pitches.
*Last 3 starts for Latos: 22 IN, 10 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 12 K....1.63 ERA.
*Jonathan Broxton, not Aroldis a Chapman, pitched 9th for 6th save?
*Chapman was not in bullpen.
*32nd time Reds have allowed 2 runs or less, in 88 games.
*After being shutout 3 last 5 games, Reds scored 2 in 1st.
*Love seeing Todd Frazier/Brandon Phillips taking pitches other way for 1B in 1st.
*Mat Latos took no-hitter 1 out into 5th before Aramis Ramirez singled and was gunned down by Billy Hamilton trying for double.
*3 OF assists last two days for Reds. Billy has 5 for season.
*How many rookies have won a Gold Glove?
*Phillips made a heck of an over shoulder catch in shallow CF. Cozart made an excellent play, charing grounder in 9th to get Segura.
*Game to game you continue to see advantage Reds have on defense compared to their opponents.
*3 hit day for Mesoraco (5th season).
*2 hits Frazier, Phillips....BP had a big 2-out BB in 8th to get Bruce to place.
*Frazier eads the team in hits (96). He collected his 26th multi-hit game and has multiple hits in three of his last four games.
*Ramon Santiago hit what appeared could be a HR/Inside Park HR, on ball to RF. But replay showed fan interfered with RF Logan Schafer...call out.
*I will continue to say it...having umps put on headsets and not turning on mic to explain call to crowd is dumb.
*MLB can change the home plate/catcher rule in season, but can't figure out how to use wireless and use NFL like explanations to crowds?
*Mic on belt. Button. On. Talk. Off. Go back to baseball.
*Jim Day had to call NY to offer explanation to TV audience? Way to keep up with the times MLB. Can you imagine NFL making sideline reporters call NY to offer explanation to audience?
*Would think MLB would be embarrassed that a TV broadcaster would have to call them to offer explanation to TV audience. It's 2014. #Reds
*Why did the fan not get ejected? GABP security guard called 700 WLW Extra Innings and said new MLB rule this year: Umpire discretion to eject fan or not....fan was not ejected.
*Why did a 60+ year old guy have a glove a a game?
*B1: 1st & 3rd, 1 out, Bruce RBI FC, 1-0 Reds. Devin Mesoraco RBI 1B, Ludwick out 3rd, 2-0 Reds.
*T6: Scooter Gennett RBI groundout, 2-1 Reds.
*T8: Rickie Weeks PH RBI 1B, after 2 out double by Schafer, 2-2.
*B8: Jay Bruce 2-run HR, 4-2 Reds.
Chapman felt something in hamstring in outfield pregame. Not available as precaution. Could be back tomorrow, if needed. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 6, 2014
MLB rule book on fan interference HERE
3.16 When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference.
APPROVED RULING: If spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball, the umpire shall declare the batter out.
Email explanation from MLB
Subject: REPLAY REVIEW ALERT - Crew Chief Review - MIL/CIN - B2 - Fan Interference Ruled In Play (OVERTURNED)
We have a Crew Chief Review in the MIL/CIN game. B2, one out, no runners on base. CIN Ramon Santiago hits a fly ball to RF that is ruled in play. The Crew Chief initiates a review to determine if a fan interfered with the ball. After review, the Replay Official rules that a fan interfered with the play and that MIL RF Logan Schafer would have caught the ball. The call is OVERTURNED. The batter/runner is out. Two outs, no runners on base.
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 6: A fan interferes with an attempt by Logan Schafer #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers to catch a long ball hit by Ramon Santiago #7 of the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park on July 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Santiago thought he had scored an inside-the-park home run but was ruled out after the play was reviewed. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 6: Second baseman Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds makes a catch running back into center field off a hit from Khris Davis #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning at Great American Ball Park on July 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)