Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 5
Pittsburgh 0
WP: Bailey (2-1)
LP: Duke (1-6)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Wow. Just…wow. Are you kidding me? Homer Bailey follows up yesterday’s one-hitter by Johnny Cueto in dazzling fashion, spinning a four-hit complete game shutout. Bailey struck out 6, walked none and — get this — threw only 90 pitches!

Are you kidding me? That didn’t actually happen, did it?

–Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs each had two hits, including a double for BP and a 2-run homer for Stubbs. Ryan Hanigan doubled and knocked in a run, but he was robbed of a hit in the 9th inning and that caused his OBP to drop below .500.

–Joey Votto homered in the first, a two-run blast of the sort that we’ve come to expect from Mr. Vottomatic.

NEGATIVES
–None whatsoever.

ETC.
–SWEEP! I cannot believe it. Yes, this is the crappy Pirates…but these same crappy Pirates swept the Reds last month. Fun stuff.

–That’s five wins in a row, seven wins in the last nine games, twelve of sixteen. The Reds are four games over .500 and in second place as they head into a weekend series vs. the first-place Cardinals.

–That was Homer Bailey’s first complete game. It was the first time the Reds have had back-to-back complete-game shutouts since June 9-10, 1989, when Jose Rijo and Tom Browning did it against the Dodgers.

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53 Responses

  1. TC

    “How do you like me now?”

    -Dusty Baker (not really, but he should say it)

  2. Glenn

    I’m excited! Even if it was the Pirates. I’d have been out of my mind if the pitching had been this good against the Cards.

  3. The Mad Hatter

    The talk last night was Cueto’s 93 game score. Bailey just had an 85, which is good enough for a top 10 this season. It’s good to see this team pitching and hitting well.

  4. jdarts

    I know it’s the Pirates but I stated last night and I’ll say it again, I’m wondering if Bryan Price’s imprint is starting to be felt by this staff. This run(regardless that it’s the Pirates or not)has been amazing. The numbers in the past 3 games are just staggering.

  5. David

    Bailey simply owns the Pirates. Check out his career line against the Bucs:

    5 GS, 34.1 IP, 5-0, 1.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a 25:13 K:BB ratio.

  6. Greg Dafler

    May ERA for the starters:

    Cueto 1.80 ERA
    Leake 2.77 ERA
    Arroyo 3.21 ERA
    Harang 3.55 ERA
    Bailey 4.12 ERA

    2 starts for each except Bailey has 3 starts.

  7. Jared

    Pretty fun time right now. Especially since everyone else around here is a Cubs fan.

  8. Mark in cc.

    Think Stubbs caught Heiseyitus. Sounded a little more motivated today.

  9. Greg Dafler

    Like Cueto last night, today’s game was Bailey’s first career CG shutout.

    This is just the 3rd start of Bailey’s career where he hasn’t walked a batter.

  10. LVW

    Whenever Votto homers I like to say Votto bing Votto boom!

  11. msmith05

    I think Stubbs shot was a solo shot not a 2 run job, and resting th bullpen for 3 full days is like a all star break for them. Good job Redlegs, pitch first hit second and win always

  12. Greg Dafler

    @David: 4 of those starts against Pittsburgh were last year from Aug 23rd on.

    He also had some dominate starts against good teams late last year:
    7 ip and 1 R against the Cardinals
    7 shutout innings against Florida
    8 shutout innings against the Dodgers

    His final 9 starts last year:
    4 against Pittsburgh (25.1ip, 6 runs, 2.13era, 1.38whip, 6.8 k/9)
    5 against LAD, COL, CHC, FLA, STL (33ip, 5 runs, 1.36era, 1.27whip, 9.3 k/9)

  13. eastcoast redsfan

    I had to give a final exam today so missed the game … not sure if this was talked about at the time but I’m curious — How many times has BP been picked off and how many steals does he have for the year?

  14. pinson343

    @Greg Dafler: It seems to me that Homer is a lot more comfortable against weak-hitting teams, although I know he pitched well against everyone late last year.

    This year I expected him to pitch well against San Diego (he won with 8 Ks and only 1 BB) and today. But it doesn’t matter. The important point is that he CAN pitch well against good lineups, with the same approach that he took today.

    Once he realizes that, he’s a good ML pitcher, maybe a very good one.

  15. pinson343

    @eastcoast redsfan:
    BP has 3 stolen bases and been caught 4 times. Some of those “caught stealing” numbers include getting picked off, because when you try to go to second on a pickoff and get caught, it’s recorded as both a “caught stealing” and a “picked off.” Whereas when you dive back into first and are out, it’s just a “picked off” (I think).

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong on this, I’ve never read it or heard it, just seen it in the box scores.

    It’s hard to find someone’s number for “picked off” but even if you have it, thanks to this odd accounting you don’t know how many pickoffs are also counted as caught stealing.

  16. Python Curtus

    Anyone know when was the last time the Reds had back-to-back complete game shut outs? I’m going to look it up. It’s been at least 20 years, hasn’t it?

  17. pinson343

    Chad, whatever you do, don’t put up a post on how close the Reds are to the Cardinals, our WC standing, whatever.

    Instead put up a post that the recent win streak is a fluke and you can’t stand to be a fan of this team anymore. That ought to be good for a sweep of the Cardinals.

  18. Glenn

    AS for Price’s fingerprints being on this. Well, all five starters ARE coming off their best starts of the year this week. Price must be doing something right.

  19. pinson343

    There are so many things to like right now.

    Above all, of course, the starting rotation. But a lot else. Stubbs seems comfortable in the number 7 spot. Masset looks back on track. Hanigan is great so far. Hitting in the number 8 slot is difficult. You have to be patient and accept walks sometimes but jump on a strike. He’s doing it.

    Bruce has become a hitter – no longer a pull-happy overeager slugger, and Votto is showing that last year was not a fluke.

    And Rhodes is the MAN.

  20. pinson343

    @Python Curtus: Chad said it in his post: “It was the first time the Reds have had back-to-back complete-game shutouts since June 9-10, 1989, when Jose Rijo and Tom Browning did it against the Dodgers.”

    One of the few bright spots of 1989, I might add.

  21. jdarts


    Python Curtus:

    Anyone know when was the last time the Reds had back-to-back complete game shut outs? I’m going to look it up. It’s been at least 20 years, hasn’t it?

    </blockquoteThe back-to-back complete game shutouts are the first for the Reds since Jose Rijo and Tom Browning did it on June 9-10, 1989 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

  22. Truman48

    Great job Reds. Happy to see the Redlegs playing so well!

  23. pinson343

    After video/audio review. The Pirates’ broadcasters sounded totally depressed. They were talking just before the game about how bad Homer’s numbers are, expecting he’d take a beating.

    They got upset when BP was dancing off second in the first inning, imploring Duke to step off the mound. He didn’t, and hung a pitch to Joey.

    By the end of the game they were saying: “What we need is to play the Cubs.”

  24. pinson343

    Stubbs looked great motoring home from first on Hanigan’s double in the corner. There were no outs, but there was no question about his being sent.

    Nice pick by BP (and Votto) on the 4-6-3 in the 8th. And nice leap over spikes by Cabrera.

  25. Steve

    Stubbs is fast.

    Incredible stats about Homer: ZERO 3-ball counts all day, and only FOUR 2-ball counts all day.

    So, if you were forced to choose between the two, which of the two starts – Cueto or Bailey – was better?

  26. Y-City Jim

    @jdarts: One has to consider it. I thought Pole did a good job but Pryce certainly has some guys going where they haven’t been before. Imagine once he gets his hands on Volquez!

  27. CarolinaReds

    Who is this Reds team…I can’t even complain about Dusty much this year…I might start paying more attention should we be above .500 at June 1!!

  28. BJ Ruble

    If I am not mistaken, but I think Homer has been a consistently slow starter over his pro career. As the season goes on, he will continue to improve. However, it would be awfully hard to improve over today’s performance!!

  29. Truman48

    @35 Let’s hope he does continue to improve!

  30. TheNatural

    @mike: I’d look into what it’d take to acquire Choo from Cleveland, which would obviously not be a package headlined by Harang 🙂

    The Reds have about $10-$11 million to play with in the offseason after arbitration raises and assuming they decline most of the options on the table. However, there isn’t a premiere free agent LF to go after besides Crawford, and he is going to be out of our price range and in all honesty, not worth the $ he will get for a 29 year old that’s reliant on his legs for his worth. All the other LF throughout MLB are either firmly entrenched on their teams or too old for the Reds to bother with….except for one player for the Reds-East that I won’t bother mentioning.

  31. TheNatural

    Or ask KC what they’d want in exchange for Alex Gordon, and then stick him in left. But of course this kind of thinking is too outside-the-box for the Reds’ “brain”trust

  32. Steve

    Jayson Werth of the Phillies may be a free agent at the end of the year.

    I’d love to see his bat between Votto and Bruce. He can play a good OF, too.

  33. TheNatural

    He’s 32 years old though and will be looking for at least 4 years as the top RF on the market and 2nd best OF in general. His age and price range both seem to max him out of the Reds’ grasp.

  34. earl

    Checking out stats from other clubs…ALEX GONZALES HAS 10 JACKS? Wha ha?

    I knew he was playing OK, but c’mon. I know they are always touting the AL East as being a cut above everything in baseball, but if that guy has 10 HRs at this point, it can’t be that great.

  35. TheNatural

    @earl: His OBP is still under .300…his HR/FB% is 6 percentage points above his highest season and almost 10 percentage points above his career average. He still isn’t a good hitter. The abnormality is that a much-more-normal amount of his flyballs are going over the fence, and that will most likely regress to his career norms.

  36. mike

    Re: post #38-43.
    good analysis. Steve: Werth is real good…..but only if the Reds could get him for 1-2 year deal.
    earl: I’ve had big wtf thoughts with Gonzo. It’s not just 10 jacks. 13 doubles and a 3B! Could he run faster than your grandmother with a walker when he was a Red??????
    The Natural….sweat…pointing out how it is VERY, VERY, VERY likely that Gonzo will go silent for a large portion of the season

  37. mike

    I don’t know how many of you have the MLB (Network)/station where Sean Casey is a regular “analyst” but….while I was so up-n-down with Casey as a Red the guy really gives props to the Reds (when they win).
    I loved Casey when we traded for him but he never fullfilled his potential I thought. But he is SOOO pro Reds on the MLB “Network” (station) that I like him better as an announcer than a player…hell, even if he doesn’t articulate the downsides of Francisco despite mentioning him as a top prospect EVERY DAY!!!!

    Quick….can you name 10 Reds 1B better than Casey? (well that’s a cheap shot…of course you can’t) but maybe 8?

    Perez, Klu, Beckley, Votto, Driessen and Mccormick are the easy ones……AND????

  38. mike

    #1 play on ESPN web gems….Philips’s video game like play that lead to a DP.
    You know ….the guy is just sick on defense.

  39. littleleo1

    @mike: I agree with your comment on Casey.. He is sooo pro Red. But you know its good to hear some good comments on our team on national TV. We get that now on the MLB Network thanks to the “Cincinnati connection” on the air . It is so good to hear about all the teams including Cincinnati .. not just the Red Sox and Yankees .. I am really enjoying the MLB Network …

  40. pinson343


    mike:

    Re: post #38-43.
    I’ve had big wtf thoughts with Gonzo. It’s not just 10 jacks. 13 doubles and a 3B! Could he run faster than your grandmother with a walker when he was a Red??????
    The Natural….sweat…pointing out how it is VERY, VERY, VERY likely that Gonzo will go silent for a large portion of the season

    Reply

    Let’s recall that Gonzo injured his knee as a Red, it took the Reds training staff 6 months or so to figure out it was a fracture, and a while longer to figure out he needed surgery. Then at the start of 2009 WJ opted for no rehab for him, and Dusty marched him out there every day , stiff and with no timing, until he injured his hamstring. He was rushed back from that, etc.

    Oh wait, I made this same statement the other nite.

    Gonzo obviously won’t continue his current pace, but I don’t buy an analysis that his bat will “go silent for a long portion of the season.” He pulls fly balls along the LF line. Those HRs count.

  41. pinson343


    mike:

    #1 play on ESPN web gems….Philips’s video game like play that lead to a DP.
    You know ….the guy is just sick on defense.

    Reply

    Absolutely love BP’s defense. That was easily top play of the day.

  42. mike

    @pinson343: no doubt…..few have hands that quick. Nasty hop that jumps up and he snared it.

    Every year BP’s been on the team I go through the same thing….His OBP is mediocre……he swings at lots of bat pitches and I get down on him. Then wammo, I’m reminded that he’s one of the top 2-3 defensive 2B in the game and that even if his offense is average he a monster on D

  43. mike

    @mike: one other thing. Last year, because of BP’s D I thought the Reds should extend his contract. He is always among the top 5 2B in the game.
    Sure sure, he’s no #4 hitter but that isn’t his fault…and with his random power he’s no #2 hitter……he’d be great at 5-6 but that has nothing to do with his overall value as a player

    WAR
    5.1 2007 (3rd among MLB 2B)
    2.9 2008 (9th)
    3.0 2009 (11th)
    .5 2010 (15th, tied with Rosales)

    but now I think his best years are past.
    mike

  44. mike

    @littleleo1: Agreed it is really nice that the Reds get some attention because of Casey.
    I just wish that he (and the other announcers) would learn that when they mention Francisco every single night that he’s got major holes in his game. They mention him like he’s the 2nd coming of ARod and it just isn’t true. Some of the best pure power in the minors but that’s it. He destined to be a platoon DH.