PHILADELPHIA -- During the previous two years, as their rebuild mode was in full swing, the Reds made some unpopular trades that saw them part with their stars. This season, some of those deals are flourishing -- resulting in more than a few home runs.
Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler went deep during the Reds 5-2 victory over the Phillies on Friday. Duvall came to Cincinnati from the Giants in a trade for pitcher Mike Leake. Schebler, along with Jose Peraza, arrived from the Dodgers in the three-way trade that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox.
"It's just cool to back up a trade like that and make it worthwhile, I guess, and maybe prove some people wrong in the journey," Schebler said.
In the first inning, Duvall slugged an 0-1 pitch from Aaron Nola for a solo homer to left field to make it a 2-0 game. Leading off the second, Schebler tattooed a 2-1 Nola pitch for a homer to center field.
Schebler is second in the National League with 14 homers. Along with Duvall (11 homers), Joey Votto (12) and Eugenio Suarez (10), Cincinnati is the only club in the Majors that has four players with double-digit homers. The foursome's 47 homers are tied with one club's total entering the night and ahead of four others.
"It's kind of fun because you push each other, you challenge each other," Schebler said. "It's fun to compete, even against your own teammates. I think it's a good thing. You're in here, kind of pushing each other. You work a little harder, and you get that camaraderie from it. Hopefully we continue to do that over the whole season."
In another under-the-radar deal, Suarez came to the Reds from the Tigers for pitcher Alfredo Simon.
Not to be forgotten in Friday's offense is Peraza, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run single on the ground through the left side.
Duvall has homered in two straight games following 15 games without clearing the fences. He is also enjoying the production coming from half of the everyday eight in the lineup.
"We joke around about it. But I didn't know that we were the only team with four guys who are over 10," Duvall said. "I think we're starting to swing it collectively as a group pretty well. Hopefully we can keep that going."
In May, the Reds are second in the Majors in batting and fifth in on-base percentage. Even when the club was struggling with its starting pitching and playing catchup, the lineup was producing.
Over the past 10 games, the Reds have scored 58 runs, with eight of the games seeing them score at least five runs. Schebler has four homers and seven RBIs over his past six games. Suarez, who had two hits on Friday, is batting .367 (11-for-30) with three homers in his past nine games. Votto, who was 0-for-4 vs. the Phillies and saw his reaching-safely streak end at 27 games, is batting .337 with six homers in his 28 games since April 24.
"Guys aren't chasing homers, they're chasing hard contact," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's certainly nice when the end result is a home run. However, when you get conscientious of hitting homers, it can really affect things. Right now, hard contact is what all of our guys are chasing, and the results have been really good."