Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

St. Louis 7
Cincinnati 1

W: J. Westbrook (1-0)
L: H. Bailey (0-1)


–Three hits? Really?

–Homer Bailey surrendered three homers in the first inning, and the Reds never recovered from that 4-0 hole. Bailey actually settled down and pitched fairly well after that (5.2 innings, 4 runs, 6 hits, 5 K, 3 BB), but the damage was done. We’ve seen this from Bailey before, no?

–This kinda looks like the same old Jose Arredondo to me (three runs on two hits and two walks in a third of an inning). I thought he was supposed to be better this year? Maybe he has mono?

–Mama said there’d be days like this. Only the fourth game of the season, however. Keep calm and carry on.

–On the other hand, I’m done with urging patience when it comes to Homer Bailey. Say what you will about him. Defending him for the last few years has exhausted me.

–Brandon Phillips pulled a hamstring running bases, and left the game. He was replaced by Wilson Valdez, which only serves to remind us how thin Cincinnati’s bench is these days.

For what it’s worth, BP’s injury didn’t appear to be serious. We’ll find out more soon, I hope.

–Bill Bray looked pretty darn healthy. It’s time to get Aroldis Chapman out of the bullpen and back in the rotation.

–Attendance was just shy of 17,000. I thought they might get 25,000 or so for a Cardinals series, despite it being mid-week. I was wrong.



–Okay, it was a bad performance, no question about it. Let’s not overreact, though. Take a deep breath, Reds fans. I haven’t looked it up, but I’m pretty sure teams have recovered from a 2-2 start to make the playoffs.

–I hadn’t wanted to bring him out this early in the season, but the Reds looked pretty darn bad today. Hence: the return of Milton!

Milton, the goat with braces!