Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: H. Bailey (2-3)
L: R. Nolasco (2-5)
–Homer Bailey pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits. Homer struck out ten and didn’t walk a batter. Nice performance.
–Joey Votto reached base four times: 3-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Zack Cozart had two hits, including a double, and scored twice. Brandon Phillips was 2-4 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBI.
–Xavier Paul had the big hit, a bases-clearing double.
–Wow, a win on the road. Those have been rare this year. Cincinnati’s road record improved to a robust 7-10.
More impressively, the Reds have won four in a row, eight of ten, and the good guys are now a season-high seven games over .500 at 23-16. That’s the second best record in the National League.
–Homer Bailey’s final pitch of the game (his 125th) was a 97 mph fastball.
–I really think Homer has turned a corner within the last twelve months. It’s exciting to watch.