Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
NOT FINAL – SUSPENDED
–Homer Bailey was outstanding: eight shutout innings, two hits, ten strikeouts, no walks. Simply dominant.
–Aroldis Chapman is good.
–Meanwhile, the Reds’ offense only had two hits.
–The game was suspended because of rain just as the Reds were preparing to hit in the bottom of the ninth. The game will resume at 5:30 pm Wednesday, just before the regularly scheduled game.
–Homer was cruising along, had only thrown 88 pitches, and Dusty Baker pulled him for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth. If I were managing, I’d have left him in the game, methinks, but Dusty’s decision there was defensible. No complaints.
–When the game resumes, the Reds will have a chance to win it. If they don’t, and it goes to extra innings, I’d LOVE to see Aroldis Chapman remain on the mound for a second inning of work. It’d almost be like he started the game!
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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