Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: H. Bailey (8-7)
L: J. Chacin (11-11)
S: F. Cordero (32)
–All positives for everyone tonight. Which is great, because it has been a long week and I’m exhausted, and I couldn’t bear another losing recap.
–Homer Bailey was great: seven and two-thirds innings, six hits allowed, one run, six strikeouts. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Homer changing speeds and moving the ball around as well as he did tonight. Just a superlative performance.
–Ryan Hanigan was 2-4 with 2 RBI, coming on a huge 2-run single in the sixth that gave the Reds a lead the would never relinquish.
–Francisco Cordero was great again, picking up his 32nd save. That makes 322 saves for his career, more than any pitcher from the Dominican Republic ever. Yeah, it’s kind of a made-up stat, but pretty cool nonetheless.
Even better, that was Cordero’s 15th straight save conversion since the All-Star break. He hasn’t been great this season, but he has been pretty good, and he’s an all-around stand-up guy. I think we’re going to miss CoCo next year, even if we aren’t going to miss the strain his contract places on the Reds’ budget.
–Before tonight, the Reds had lost ten straight in Colorado. I hadn’t realized that.