Chris Heisey and the Reds themselves were going through a slump. Since June 5, they’ve had only one game in which they brought home more than two runs. Heisey himself was hitting only .173 since June 12. The Reds are two game behind the Brewers in the chase for the top spot in the NL Central, and they need to come out of this inter-league play series in decent shape. Their 10-2 win over the Yankees is a good way to get back on track.
Heisey began his day with a leadoff homerun, the first of his career, and ended it by taking a curtain call while the 41,367 fans at the Great American Ball Park chanted his name, after finishing with three home runs. He is only the third Reds player (Pete Rose and Jay Bruce are the others) to hit three home runs from the lead-off spot.
The Reds (39-37) have a day off as they travel to Baltimore before a three game series against the Orioles and then the Rays to finish their Inter League games.