The Reds won in their final at-bat for the fourth game in a row

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The Reds improved to 4-0 after taking down the Cardinals on Friday night. They took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly. Aroldis Chapman set down the Cardinals with little trouble in the ninth inning to nail down the win for his second save of the season.

With the win, the Reds became the first team since 1912 to win each of their first four games in their final at-bat, Joel Luckhaupt pointed out on Twitter. Here’s how the first three went down:

  • Game 1 vs. PIT: Todd Frazier clubs a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Chapman gets the save for a 5-2 win
  • Game 2 vs. PIT: Joey Votto hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th for a 5-4 win
  • Game 3 vs. PIT: Frazier scores the winning run on Gregory Polanco’s error in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win

In Friday’s game against the Cardinals, Votto continued to hit well, swatting a pair of two-run home runs. Billy Hamilton walked twice and stole his seventh base of the season, making him 7-for-7 on the season.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”