Garrett Jones stayed hot at the plate on Thursday against the Dodgers as he belted a pair of three-run homers to power the Pirates to a 10-6 victory and allowing them to salvage one game of their four-game series. Jones entered the game just 1-for-13 against Joe Blanton, but Jones took him deep twice on this day. He is enjoying the finest offensive season of his career, hitting .283 with 19 homers and 64 RBI. His career-high for home runs is 21 that he set in 2009 and 2010.
Jay Bruce is the most frustrating fantasy player to own in baseball. The highs are off the chart and the lows are long and painful. That said, Bruce’s annual production matches that on the back of his baseball card. Recently, Bruce has been struggling through one of those prolonged slumps that he puts himself in every year, but on Tuesday night he played the role of a hero against the Mets. With no outs and two runners on during a scoreless affair in the ninth inning, Bruce took reliever Josh Edgin deep for a three-run walk-off home run, his 23rd of the season, to clinch a 3-0 victory. Bruce also had a double in the second inning and finished 2 for 5 with three RBI. He has been struggling quite a bit lately, hitting .100 (2 for 20), prior to his game-winning homer against the Mets. He now has driven in five runs with two homers in the past two games for the Reds. Bruce has yet to have the crazy hot streak in 2012 that we have season in past seasons. Maybe, just maybe, we are seeing the beginning of one of those streaks right now.