CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce certainly needed a game like the one he had on Monday, and so did the Reds. Both emerged from a hitting quagmire during a9-6 victory over the Brewers.
Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run with three walks, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. Since hitting a grand slam last Tuesday at Miller Park, he had been in an 0-for-14 stretch with nine strikeouts that ended in the second inning. After falling into an 0-2 hole, Bruce lifted a 1-2 pitch high into the sky for the homer to right field off Jimmy Nelson.
“My slider was pretty good overall, but I left one in the middle for Bruce,” said Nelson, who had 21 innings this season before he allowed his first homer.
Cincinnati Reds Jay Bruce would send nine to the plate and score two more runs in the inning. Bruce drew a five-pitch walk in the third inning and scored and worked a walk in the fourth inning following a 1-2 count. In the sixth inning against lefty Neal Cotts, he drove a http://www.redsmerchandise.com/jay-bruce-jersey-8.html 3-1 pitch for a sacrifice fly to center field.
Phil Ervin, Cincinnati’s No. 9 prospect, led off Class A Advanced Daytona’s 9-1 win over Dunedin on Monday night with a blast that landed in the left field bleachers. He then added another home run in the sixth.
Ervin finished 2-for-5 on the night and now has six homers on the season, along with a .343 batting average in 19 games.
The 22-year-old outfielder is only one home run shy of his 2014 total, which took him 132 games to reach. Ervin had a .237/.305/.376 slash line at Class A Dayton last season.
Bruce, who tied Vada Pinson for 10th in franchise history with his 186th career homer, acknowledged there was still work to be done with his swing.
“I felt like I got myself in a good position to make the Cincinnati Reds Authentic Jay Bruce Home White Cool Base Jersey right move on the ball,” Bruce said. “That’s all I can control. I can’t control hits. I can’t control results. But I like to try and control the amount of times I put myself in position to be successful. Tonight was one of those nights. … It’s not ever something you have figured out or down.”
“I don’t know if it’s just that last year I was coming off wrist surgery and the strength wasn’t there and now I’m getting it back,” Ervin told MiLB.com. “I’ve always had power, it’s just started to come back. I don’t want to blame last year on the wrist surgery. It felt fine, I don’t want to use that as an excuse for the year I had last year.”
The Reds’ 2013 first-round pick has displayed his power in 2015, evidenced by his .686 slugging percentage in the Florida State League.
“Everybody told me it’s a pitchers’ league, so the fact that I am doing well gives me confidence,” Jay Bruce Authentic Jersey told MiLB.com. “It feels good that I am doing good in a pitchers’ league.”
“You try just to allow yourself time to make the right decision on swinging. Things get out of whack from time to time,” Cincinnati Reds Authentic Jay Bruce Road Grey Cool Base Jersey said. “You have to go back and hit your checkpoints and make sure you’re doing everything you can to get into that good position. I figured I wouldn’t hit .160 all year.”
Bruce is hitting .175 with four homers and Cincinnati Reds Authentic Jay Bruce Alternate Red Cool Base Jersey 12 RBIs after 19 games this season, following a rough 2014. Last season, he batted .217 with 18 homers and 66 RBIs.
“It’s nice for Jay Bruce Jersey to have such good at-bats,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He took some tough pitches too. He had the big sacrifice fly for the third RBI and just looked very comfortable at the plate, not expanding early and making those guys earn it by throwing the ball over the plate.”