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.
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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