Ken Griffey Jr. is glad the commotion over his 500th home run is behind him. Now he hopes the slump that followed it is done as well.
Griffey went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs Thursday to lead the Reds to a 9-3 rout in the series opener. He had been batting .177 (8-for-45) with no homers and one RBI since hitting his 500th homer against St. Louis on June 12.
His shot off Wes Obermueller in the fifth Thursday, his 20th homer of the season, traveled 415 feet into the right-field stands.
“It’s just a sigh of relief after the traveling circus,” Griffey said. “I was going up there swinging like I had no clue. But mainly it was just me swinging at some bad pitches and not being patient. But that’s everybody when things are going bad, you’re just not being real selective at the plate.”
The Brewers were coming off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. Thursday’s loss dropped them into a third-place tie with the Reds in the NL Central.