Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
W: H. Bailey (1-0)
L: D. Haren (0-1)
–15 Runs on 19 hits including 6 home runs. That is a good night at the ol’ ballpark. 11 players had at least on hit.
–Homer Bailey picked up right where he left off last year. 6 IP, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 runs. That is a good day at the office. Over his last 25 IP (incl NLCS): 1run, 7 H, 32 K, 5 W (h/t Chris Garber)
–Zack Cozart had two of the aforementioned homers. That would have been the best offensive night except…
–Todd Frazier was 4 for 5 today with two home runs.
–Joey Votto was among those who got right today. 3 hits in his first three at bats. We knew it was going to come, but still great to see.
–Jay Bruce also had a pair of doubles, one of which was nearly his first home run. Easily his best game of the year.
–Manny Parra went two innings and gathered a hit for himself. J.J. Hover pitched the final frame in fine fashion.The bullpen is now rested.
–The Reds have now clinched a .500 home stand. Everyone of us would have taken that against these two clubs. Still two games to go. Let’s get greedy.
–So, I guess we know which of these two teams is better, don’t we? Okay, maybe not, but the Reds have come out of the gate playing very well against a couple of really good teams.
–I can’t get over Shin-Soo Choo. His OBP right now is .500 and it’s not like they’ve been playing the Astros. So nice to have a leadoff hitter who can get on base.
–I was very glad to see Devin Mesoraco come into the game and get a hit in his first at bat of the season. We’re told Devin is starting tomorrow. I love Hanigan, but I hope Mesoraco starts to take the reins this year. His ceiling is so high.
–If he had pitched one more inning,Manny Parra would have gotten a save. In related news, saves are stupid.
–With each passing day, I find myself getting more excited about this team. I really do think they are an excellent group.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.