Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
W: H. Bailey (9-6)
L: M. Estrada (0-4)
S: A. Chapman (16)
–We’ve taken some heat around here for our unflagging support of Homer Bailey. Well, tonight is one of the nights when Bailey showed what we had been hoping so see: eight innings, one run allowed on six hits. He walked none and struck out ten Brewer batters. A beautiful performance.
–Aroldis Chapman was simply dominant in the ninth inning, once again. It’s almost not a “positive” at this point, I’ve become so accustomed to it.
–Zack Cozart went 3-4, with a solo homer in the fourth inning that got the Reds on the board…and actually provided the winning run, as it turned out.
–Jay Bruce looked like he is beginning to get locked in: 2-3 with a walk, a homer, and a double. Scott Rolen also looked pretty good, with a double and a homer. The double was particularly exciting, as Rolen really hustled big-time to stretch what would ordinarily have been a single into a two-base hit.
–Nice win, and a pretty fun game to watch in a lot of ways. The win ensures that the Reds will remain in first place all alone.
–Homer Bailey is now 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA. I expect some of you aren’t satisfied with that. To me, Bailey is showing good progress. I remain a fan.
–All three runs tonight came via solo homer. Classic GAB night.
—Game thread comment of the night, by our friend zippy:
Reds winning percentage without Votto is higher than with. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been keeping this team down.
If ever there were a time for Jay Bruce to go on one of his legendary hot streaks, now is that time. #Reds
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) July 21, 2012
–Okay, Reds get a chance to win the series tomorrow evening. I choose to remain optimistic.