The Short Version: Homer Bailey delivered his strongest start of the season — seven shutout innings — and five different Reds drove in runs, powered by home runs from Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart.
|Cincinnati Reds (67-91)||6||10||0|
|Milwaukee Brewers (83-75)||0||4||1|
|W: Bailey (6-9) L: Woodruff (2-3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Homer Bailey delivered his best outing of the season in his final outing of 2017: seven shutout innings, four hits allowed against a club that was technically still in the playoff hunt as the night began. It’s the first time Homer has gone seven innings since 2014.
–After Joey Votto homered in the first inning — his 36th of the season — the Reds took a 1-0 lead into the top of the third inning. That was a fun inning.
Tucker Barnhart led off with a long home run into the second deck in right field, his seventh longball of the season. Bailey followed with a double, and he advanced to third on a Billy Hamilton groundout. Then the Reds collected four straight singles — by Votto, Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, and Scott Schebler — making it a 5-0 lead. An Adam Duvall sac fly made it 6-0, then Barnhart grounded out to end the frame.
–Votto had two hits and a walk, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Scooter had a hit, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI.
–If you can believe it, Jesse Winker got an at-bat! He pinch-hit for Michael Lorenzen in the top of the ninth. He doubled, of course.
–Lorenzen pitched a perfect — and dominant — eighth inning. Kevin Shackelford pitched a scoreless ninth.
–Cozart left the game in the bottom of the third with right quad tightness. Have we seen the last of Zack in a Reds uniform?
–For everyone who thought the Reds might not win another game the rest of the year, you can rest easy. Heck, the Reds may not lose another game the rest of 2017.
–Fingers crossed that Homer Bailey is back. A healthy and effective Homer could be very important for the Reds rotation next year.
–Votto’s solo homer in the initial frame was Cincinnati’s 110th first-inning run of the season. That’s tied with Milwaukee for the second best mark in the National League. (Miami has scored 120.)
–Four games remaining…