Don’t look now, but the Reds are in fourth place. It doesn’t mean much, but it puts an exclamation point on how well they’ve played in this second half (and also how bad they played in the first).
Ken Griffey had a monster series. He hit two homers on Friday and then added his 33rd today. This afternoon’s homer was his 534th career homer, allowing him to tie up Jimmie Foxx for 13th all time. Congrats once again Grif.
Also key to the Reds sweep was some quality pitching. In all, the Reds only gave up five runs over the weekend. Aaron Harang improved to 9-11 on Friday with seven quality innings. On Saturday, the Reds needed extra frames to win, but their pitching kept them in the game. Eric Milton had one of his best starts of the season as he went eight and gave up only six hits. This afternoon it was Luke Hudson and four reliever who combined to give up only eight hits and two runs. Hudson evened out his record to 6-6.
The Reds are now six games below .500, a mark I thought was completely out of reach at the All Star break. We get to play spoiler this week as we head to Houston. Hopefully we won’t have to face Roy Oswalt (he owns us, I’m willing to admit it). He threw on Saturday, so we might just miss him.
Please, let’s miss him.