San Diego 1
W: H. Bailey (6-10)
L: J. Stults (8-10)
S: A. Chapman (25)
— Homer Bailey pitched an excellent 8.1 innings without giving up an earned run or walk. He had seven strikeouts. Joey Votto’s error in the ninth inning likely cost him a complete game shutout.
— Brandon Phillips broke out of his prolonged slump with a home run and two other singles. Joey Votto had two RBI. Chris Heisey had two hits and an RBI. Zack Cozart had his second consecutive two-hit game. The Reds finally broke through with some timely hitting.
— Heisey made a great play in left field.
— Our long (Redleg) national nightmare is over.
— Joey Votto’s twelfth error of the year. Get in front of the darned ground balls.
— Todd Frazier hasn’t had a hit since the Carter Administration. Well, OK, since the first game of the Dodgers series. Same thing.
— More base running blunders. Derrick Robinson out stealing third with no outs and Votto at the plate. Jay Bruce picked off first.
— Homer Bailey is the Reds’ best starting pitcher. If you’re a slave to win-loss records and ERA, you may not agree. But if you look at the stuff pitchers actually control, Homer is on top. Mat Latos is close behind, but if the Reds were in a one-game must-win situation, Homer is the pitcher I’d choose.
— That said, the Reds entire starting rotation has been real and spectacular.
— Depending on the outcome of the St. Louis/Pittsburgh game tonight, the Reds may be only 5 games out of first place. That’s a minor miracle considering The Horror of this week.
— Bring on the Cardinals.
TOP GAME THREAD COMMENTS
— vegastypo: Reds interested in Javier Lopez of the Giants, per MLB Channel. I sure hope he can hit clean-up.
— kywhi: The sad reality is that the only beat reporters who can get by with asking the types of questions we would all like answered work in mega markets like New York, Chicago, LA and a very few others. Though none would want to admit it, it’s a fact of life that reporters in small markets can be shut out to the point they lose their jobs by asking questions that bother the powers-that-be.
— Baseclogger: On the bright side, the Reds broke their first-pitch slump today with Cozart’s bunt single. Proving that every 60th or 70th time the Reds swing at a first pitch, something good happens — as long as the “swing” is actually a bunt.
— pinson343: 97 mph fastball followed by a slider for the K. Homer putting on a clinic. Hope he can go at least 8.
— Redleg75: What’s with all the Reds running around the bases? The announcers are talking about these things called “runs”.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.