|Cleveland Indians (57-58)||0||5||3|
|Cincinnati Reds (59-56)
|W: H. Bailey (9-5) L: T.J. House (1-3)|
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Tonight’s recap is courtesy of the Reds Connect Zone behind third base. All hail technology.
Todd Fraizer’s play at the first base line started a 3-6 double play that got Homer Bailey out of a shaky first inning.
In the bottom of the 1st, Billy Hamilton singled, Jay Bruce then hit a ball deep into the SS hole, pulling the first baseman off the bag. Hamilton barely slowed down as he rounded second, forcing a wild throw that went into the seats, plating the first run. A moment later, Ryan Ludwick would single to left field just out of the reach of the SS, scoring Bruce from third.
Homer’s good again. He has been for awhile, if you’ve been keeping track. You are keeping track, aren’t you?
His line tonight: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
Reds got their third run as Bailey raced home ahead of a Billy Hamilton inside-the-park ho…..
…. whoa. Just threw up my internal stop sign. Call me the Steve Smith of the blogosphere. As Hamilton was being tagged out a mere 100 ft away from our seats, my son Zack said “I want Mark Berry back. Billy couldn’t have scored on that if he was Usain Bolt.”
And there’s the rub. As noted a few days ago, Bryan Price is more than happy pushing the envelope with a team that finds runs hard to come by. He’s not waiting for hits. Tonight was a perfect example as Hamilton pushed the envelope in the first—and scored; then Smith & Co. pushed it again and prematurely ended the inning.
The Indian’s first baseman Santana had a bad night. He “Charlie-Browned” an infield can of corn, then in the 8th “Ole’d” a one-hopper from Chisenhall, who made a terrible throw.
Not so random thoughts …
Kris Negron. Again. 2-4 with 2 singles. Have you been hating on Kris Negron? Repent.
According to Lance McAlister, Manny Parra has not given up a run since May 19th. He didn’t give up one tonight, either.
Homer Bailey has a 1.62 ERA over his last 7 starts.
Have the Reds responded to Bryan Price’s recent tongue-lashing? Hard to say. But something is going on. What it is ain’t exactly clear. Know what I mean?
Reds win. I was there. And that’s enough.