I didn't see the game today, but what a win! After dropping the first two in the weekend series against the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers, the Reds win big. The highlight, of course, was a grand slam by pitcher Michael Lorenzen, the second such homer in two weeks by a Reds pitcher. (Anthony DeSclafani did it last week, becoming the first Reds player to hit a slam since the 1950s!)
June could be called "Reds Ascending." They finish the month at 14-11, the first month of the season in which they've recorded a winning record. Reds batters hit .281, leading the majors.
The key in recent weeks, apart from the hitting, has been the fact that starting pitching has begun to take hold. Starters are staying in games longer, taking the load off of our excellent bullpen.
I'm excited to see what July brings. If the Reds can win tomorrow's game, they'll split the weekend series. I'd take that, for sure.
It's been two years since I've been to a game in Cincy. I hope to find some time to make it to Great American Ball Park before the season ends. Go, Reds!
[I'm the pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]