The Cincinnati Reds are trying desperately to stop the bleeding in the early weeks of the season. With their lineup off to a slow start and key injuries to their pitching staff, they are trying to avoid the pitfalls of the second half of an often-used cliche about losing the division in April (even though teams cannot win the division in that first month, or so the saying goes).
In a tightly contested divisional game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds (6-9 record) had Joey Votto up to bat against ace Francisco Liriano with one man on. Rather than work a walk and raise the blood pressure of the men in the Reds announcing booth, Votto turned on one and sent it to the seats to pad Cincinnati’s lead.
Liriano surrendered nine home runs in 2013, and exactly zero of them came from left-handed hitters. That makes this shot from Votto that much more impressive. The Reds went on to defeat the Pirates 4-0.