Teaching hitters how to handle those situations has been an ongoing process, especially for a Reds team with many younger hitters.
"You have to get to a level of relaxation and comfort first, that's No. 1," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday. "You have to realize that the pitcher is in trouble and not you. Everybody didn't come up knowing.
In the previous three games, Cincinnati left 28 runners stranded on base. Only one player, Joey Votto with 38 RBIs, is ranked the top 10 in that category in the league, although Jay Bruce is right behind Votto with 37 RBIs.
"Over the years since I've been here, I've tried to tell the guys the same thing that was told to me. The RBI man is a big man," Baker said. "Everybody talks about on-base percentage, which is important. But even more important is when you get them out there, how many RBI men are around?
"You have to have a theory, a plan and a thought process if you're going to be a true RBI man."