BP tries, but can’t quite take care of Leake

Losing to the Pirates sure does stink, but whatcha gonna do? This is a team that swept the Reds in Pittsburgh back in April; hopefully fortunately the Reds can TCOB on Wednesday and take took 2 of 3.

Yeah, they came up short, but how about Brandon Phillips’ two-out, two-run double in the 8th to bring the Reds within a run. Can we talk about how money BP has been lately? He has 13 hits in his past 31 at-bats (.419). He has four multi-hit games in his past seven. The league leader in runs has scored at least one run in six of seven games. (He’s got nine runs in those seven games.) And once again he comes alive in the 8th inning, an inning in which he’s hitting .375 (18-for-48) this season. How great would it be for the Reds if August turns out like June (.373 BA) did for BP?

Can we also talk about how money Rolen has been lately? This guy is 12-for-24 over his past six games.

Who’s not hot? Bruce has 11 strikeouts and 5 hits in the past 7 games. (He has 103 strikeouts this season, with 99 hits.) He has struck out 30 times in his past 96 at-bats. .255 is the lowest his average has been since May 10. Hate to sound like a broken record but how about some time off?

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