|Cincinnati Reds (36-47)||8||10||0|
|Colorado Rockies (49-37)||1||10||0|
|W: Homer Bailey (1-2) L: Kyle Freeland (8-7)|
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Now that was what the Reds expected to see when Homer Bailey returned from the DL two weeks ago. Although he was far from perfect, the right-hander was the story of the night on Tuesday evening, as his third start of the season went much, much better than the first two.
Bailey cut his ERA from 27.00 to 12.66 by allowing only one run in six strong innings of work. He struck out three and did not walk a batter for this first time this year. Additionally, he kept the ball out of the air, generating seven ground-ball outs against only two fly-outs.
He did give up eight hits, but they were all singles, which helped him limit the damage. Bailey got touched up for a run in the first inning on back-to-back-to-back singles, but he escaped with a double play. The fourth inning brought more trouble, as he allowed a pair of singles to begin the frame; however, Bailey again worked out of a jam by retiring the next three hitters. Aside from those two innings, it was fairly smooth sailing for the 31-year-old and a nice step forward overall.
The Reds’ bullpen held the Colorado offense at bay for the remainder of the game.
Wandy Peralta was the first reliever used, firing a 1-2-3 seventh inning and striking out two.
Michael Lorenzen tossed a scoreless eighth, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Pitching for the first time since he was brought back from Triple-A Louisville, Asher Wojciechowski finished the Rockies off with a scoreless ninth. The right-hander struck out two.
The Reds’ offense had a big night against Rockies pitching on Independence Day.
Scott Schebler led the charge, going 3-for-4 with a double and his 21st home run of the season, a 110.5 mph laser into the bullpen in right field. Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza — statistically the worst two hitters in the Cincinnati lineup — also had big days at the plate. Hamilton singled in his first two plate appearances, drove home two runs, and drew a walk. Peraza also picked up a pair of hits and knocked in two, including a loooong solo home run (445 feet), his fourth of the season.
For a second straight night, the Reds got out to an early lead when Adam Duvall roped an RBI double to right-center field in the top of the first inning against Rockies starter Kyle Freeland. They added to the lead in the second inning on a two-run single by Hamilton and tacked on another in the third on a single by Peraza.
The remainder of the runs were scored via the long ball. Peraza launched his in the sixth, Schebler’s bomb came in the eighth, and Cincinnati Reds legend Scooter Gennett added a two-run, pinch-hit dinger in the eighth.
— Reds pitchers had zero walks tonight. That’s always good to see.
— Gennett has already tied his career-high in home runs with 14. That came last year in 542 plate appearances. His home run tonight came in his 208th plate appearance. Legendary.
— Tucker Barnhart just continues to impress with his defense. Tonight, the Cincinnati catcher picked off Alexi Amarista at first base on a quick, perfect strike to Joey Votto.
— Peraza has now gone 44 days without walking. In fact, the last time he walked was the last time I wrote a recap for Redleg Nation back on May 21. Fortunately, he made up for it in other ways tonight.
— Votto went 0-for-5 at the plate tonight, marking only the seventh time in 83 games that he hasn’t reached base safely.
The Reds and Rockies will meet for game three of the series on Wednesday, with a pair of Opening Day starting pitchers squaring off. Scott Feldman (3.78 ERA, 4.08 xFIP) will look to continue his run of nice starts as he faces Jon Gray (3.93 ERA, 3.65 xFIP), who will be making his second start since being activated from the disabled list. First pitch is set for 8:40 p.m. ET.
Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.