Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: H. Bailey (3-0)
L: C. Zambrano (4-2)
S: F. Cordero (8)
–The Reds were down 4-0 in the sixth, the weather was frigid, no one was hitting, and Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano was cruising along. All of a sudden, the dam burst. The Reds sent 12 batters to the plate in the sixth, and nine straight reached base. In all, Cincinnati scored seven runs, and the game was effectively over. That was a fun inning.
–Jay Bruce was the only Red with two hits, one of which was a double. Scott Rolen also doubled.
–Jonny Gomes was only 1-4, but he hit a long, opposite-field homer that capped the scoring in the sixth inning, and really busted the game wide open. I was happy to see that from the big guy, and so were his teammates, who mobbed him in the dugout.
–From the “Credit Where It Is Due” department: Edgar Renteria made two excellent defensive plays at shortstop tonight.–I confess being nervous about Francisco Cordero pitching for his fourth consecutive game, but he was great in the ninth to nail down the save.
–Redlegs keep rolling! The Reds have now won 10 out of 12, and they maintain the 1.5 game lead in the NL Central.
–You know, Homer Bailey looked really good at times, but struggled at other times. He walked the bases loaded and struck out the side in the first; you don’t see that often. Then he settled down before hitting a rough spot in the fifth. In all, he pitched six innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits, striking out four and walking three.
–In that crazy seventh inning, Miguel Cairo entered as a pinch hitter. With all the fireworks, he batted twice in the inning, and saw 12 pitches. He didn’t swing at a single one. One walk, one strikeout.
–Drew Stubbs has been on base at least twice in nine straight games (he had one hit and one walk tonight). That’s an excellent leadoff hitter, friends and neighbors. (Oh, and he also gunned down Alfonso Soriano at the plate.)
–Gomes 2 RBI tonight were the first two runs he’s driven in during the month of May. It was his first homer since April 17.
–After finishing the game, Cordero didn’t yell at anyone in the opposing dugout. Which was nice.
–Reds are halfway to a sweep of this series. Need some good work tomorrow by Edinson Volquez. Keep your fingers crossed.