“It’s like watching a pre-season football game.” – Chris Welsh, 6th inning
Reds win by an extra point.
Homer Bailey made his tenth start tonight and went 5 innings. He threw 102 pitches which matched his high mark of season. It’s the fourth time he’s given up 2 or fewer runs. Bailey didn’t pitch that well in the early innings, with the Brewers hitting the ball hard. But as the game wore on, Bailey mixed his pitches and located them with effect. He’s learning how to get batters out without his top velocity fastball. Bailey walked five and struck out five.
Blake Wood entered the game to pitch the 6th inning. He didn’t record an out and gave up five runs. In his defense, the first four hits off him were soft. The last one wasn’t. His ERA went from 3.69 to 4.53. Michael Lorenzen came in to relieve Wood and was anything but sharp. He gave up a couple more soft hits and a walk to load the bases. The Brewers then scored two runs on a wild pitch and ground ball out.
Wandy Peralta, pitching for the third game in a row the first time in his career, retired the Brewers in order in the 7th. Raisel Iglesias worked out of trouble in the 8th and gave up a solo homer in the 9th before closing the door.
When you score 10 runs, there are a lot of offensive heroes. Zack Cozart hit his 15th home run of the season. He had two other hits and a walk. Eugenio Suarez had three singles and two walks. Suarez’s on-base percentage is .368. He should be leading off.
Joey Votto had a single (16 game hitting streak) and three walks. He leads the majors in OBP and OPS. Tucker Barnhart blasted a homer to deep CF to give the Reds an insurance run in the top of the 7th. Jesse Winker had a double and a single. He’d make a good leadoff hitter, too. Billy Hamilton had two walks.
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.