Five notes from Reds’ 5-4 win over Cubs last night in 13 innings, a game that took four hours and 35 minutes.
1. The Reds are now 7-1 on the current homestand after sweeping the Phillies, taking three of four from the Marlins and now taking the first of three with the Cubs. They are 11-3 at home and 2-5 on the road.
2. After going without a homer for 90 at-bats, Jay Bruce finally broke through with his first long ball of the season. Even better, Bruce tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the 13th with a two-run double. He has 11 RBI on the year, despite just the one home run.
3. Reds starter Mike Leake gave up just two earned runs in seven innings. Over his last two starts, Leake has allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings. Over the last eight games, Reds starters have an ERA of 1.61. The team has received eight quality starts in the last nine games. Tony Cingrani makes his second career MLB start tonight.
4. On the health front, Johnny Cueto played soft toss without pain from distances up to 75 feet on Monday. Sean Marshall, on the DL since April 10 with shoulder tendinitis, pitched a 1-2-3 inning at Louisville last night. And the x-rays were negative on Jonathan Broxton’s pitching hand after the reliever was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz.
5. Give it up for the bench. Xavier Paul singled to lead off the 13th and has three hits in his last six at-bats. Meanwhile, Jack Hannahan’s triple tied the game at 2-2. He’s hitting .368.