Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle…

WP: H. Bailey (1-0)
LP: B. Myers (1-2)

– Welcome back Homer.  In his first start of the season, Bailey pitched 6 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk.  Bailey struck out 7.  He threw 95 pitches over his 6 innings of work, with a ratio of  62 strikes/32 balls.  Not bad.  Let’s hope this is the start of our rotation woes being straightened out.

– Jay Bruce went 3-4 with a single, double, homerun, and 3 runs scored.  If the Reds had sent him down earlier in the year, I am confident he would have gone 4-4 today.

– Ryan Hanigan collected 3 hits in 4 at-bats and also drove in 3 RBI. 

– Jonny “Walker” Gomes reached base 3 times and went 1-2 overall.  He doubled and scored a run.

– Joey Votto extended his on-base streak by going 1-5.

– Hopefully this is the version of Nick Massett we will see from here on.  Massett pitched a perfect 8th inning, striking out 2.

– Reds pinch hitters were perfect on the day.  Fred Lewis homered in the bottom of the 6th pinch hitting for Homer Bailey.  Drew Stubbs came in to bat for Nick Massett in the 8th inning and doubled to deep left, driving in a run.

– Logan Ondrusek and Aroldis Chapman did everything they could to blow today’s game.  Ondrusek allowed 2 runs on 2 hits.  Logan left the game after retiring 2 outs in the 7th with runners on.  Chapman then walked the next two batters to force in a run and then surrendered a single to Pence that scored 2 more runs.  Chapman allowed a run on a hit and 2 walks without retiring a batter in the 7th inning.  Luckily Bill Bray was able to come on and get the Reds out of the jam and strand 2 runners.

– I don’t know how long it has been.  A few days?  A week?  But it feels like a month since the Reds were able to get a good lead early and have a starting pitcher perform well like Bailey and the Reds did today.  Too bad the bullpen had to make things a little uncomfortable.

– We took 2 out of 3.  That’s a positive.  The win also gets the Reds back above the .500 mark.

– The Reds will now look to take care of business against the Cubs.  I hate the Cubs!  I’m pretty sure Chad has become a closet Cubs fan since he’s been in Chicago…

– Also, we have seen too much of that stinking goat lately and not enough of these (Someone needs to get us a Bailey one.  I was hoping we had one when I decided to add this)……..

Jay Bruce