Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….
WP: Bailey (2-2)
LP: Sanchez (9-8)
S: Cordero (32)
–It was a triumphant return for Homer Bailey: six shutout innings pitched, only three hits allowed, four strikeouts, no walks. Homer was in command all day. Just an excellent outing for the young guy.
–The offense wasn’t good; no Red had more than one hit. Miguel Cairo had the big blow, a two-run homer in the sixth that provided the margin of victory.
–CoCo, blah, blah, blah.
–Reds sweep the Marlins; a great bounce-back from the St. Louis debacle. If the Cubs can hold on and beat the Cards, Cincinnati will be alone in first place, a game ahead of the whiners.
Wait…what? I thought the season was over after the Cardinals series?
–Jim Edmonds got his first hit as a Red, a double in the eighth inning.
–Everytime this team hits a low point, they bounce back almost immediately with some great play. You have to give Dusty Baker credit for that.
–Mike Leake flew out as a pinch hitter.
–Joey Votto was ejected in the first inning. I’d love to know what he said under his breath, because Votto did nothing to show up the umpire. Edmonds replaced him at first base.
–Orlando Cabrera served as bat boy today. He and Paul Janish just switched roles temporarily!
–Okay, the road trip we’ve all been dreading begins after tomorrow’s off-day. I’ll let ESPN fill you in on the sordid details:
Over the last five seasons, the Reds are 16-35 on the West Coast, where they’ve had seasons scuttled. LA has been an especially bad time — Cincinnati has dropped its last 12 at Dodger Stadium since 2006.
I’m worried. Very worried.
But I’m happy right now!