If you'd told me before the game that the Reds' starter would allow three hits over seven innings, strike out 13 batters and we wouldn't manage a hit with anyone in scoring position all afternoon, I would have left the house and spent the afternoon at the mall. We clearly didn't have a hope in hell. But, yet, here the team is, flying out of Cincinnati having completed the sweep of the four-game series on the road, and pushed their overall record above .500. Home-runs from Welington Castillo and David Peralta provided the bulk of the offense, and the D-backs also took advantage of the Reds momentarily being possessed by the Bad News Bears.
Chase Anderson, meanwhile, tossed 6.2 shutout innings. They weren't dominant to say the least - he only struck out two, allowing five hits and three walks - but he got the big plays when needed. None perhaps bigger than when we were one up in the fifth, with the Reds having two on, one out and the pitcher up. Paul Goldschmidt was charging in, but the pitcher swung, firing a laser line-drive. Fortunately, it found Goldie's glove and he ran back to double the runner off first, and end the inning. It was that kind of day, but in the end, it's a six-hit shutout for Anderson, Addison Reed and Mark Reynolds, and we tie our season high of one game above .500.
thunderpumpkin87 will be along in a bit with his second consecutive winning recap!