Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds  (8-10)
8 15 1
Chicago Cubs  (5-12)
2 11 1
W: Bailey (1-1) L: Villanueva (1-4)
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Positives

With the victory, the Reds have two series wins in a row. Combined with the Pirates’ loss to Milwaukee, the Reds move ahead of Pittsburgh into third place of the NL Central.

The Reds bats got going the second time through the order against Cubs SP Carlos Villanueva. In the fourth inning, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Zack Cozart had back-to-back-to-back doubles. Homer Bailey finished the rally with a nice AB, fouling off several pitches and laying off an outside slider to hit a grounder just between the 3B and SS. In the fifth, it was Jay  Bruce, Frazier and Ryan Ludwick with two out hits, scoring two runs. And Marty, all five of those clutch RBI were scored clutch with two outs and runners in scoring position. So clutch.

Devin Mesoraco continued his hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-4 plus a walk. The Hot Mes is hitting .515/.553/.970. Jay Bruce had a homer and double, scoring two runs. Zack Cozart broke out of his slump with a home run, a key double that was also nearly a homer, and a single, knocking in three runs. He also made several excellent defensive plays,  showing tremendous concentration to make a play on a pop-up that floated into the Cubs dugout area. It recorded the third out of the sixth inning with runners at second and third

Homer Bailey threw six shutout innings to record his first quality start of the season. He scattered six hits while striking out eight Cubs. Sam LeCure entered the game with bases loaded in the seventh inning and induced an inning-ending double play. Sean Mmmarshall pitched a healthy inning.

Tip of the cap to Jeff Brantley who said before the game “It’s gonna be a Bailey and Bruce afternoon.”

Negatives

Brandon Phillips swung at every pitch thrown in his general direction, including about ten out of the strike zone. The only plate appearances when he didn’t go after multiple pitches outside the strike zone were when he made an out on the first pitch. Why does any pitcher ever throw him a strike? If BP is hurt, as some suggest, he could at least go through the motion of considering the possibility of contemplating the remote chance of drawing a lousy, stinking walk. DatDude went 0-for-5.

Manny Parra didn’t pitch well today. Silver lining – with an eight-run lead it was the perfect time for a bad parrformance.

Not so random thoughts

Homer Bailey didn’t have his A-plus stuff today. The Texan struggled with getting his fastball over and walked three Cubs hitters.

Top game thread comments

CP: The Reds ‘ #1 and #3 hitters have BB% of 4.9% and 2.8%, respectively. Different year, same issues.

DoubleNoHitter: Homer has a nasty splitter today. If he spots his fastball, he’s gonna have him a pretty nice game.

Eric NYC: Everyone around here has always been very high on Mes and we’ve all been optimistic about what he could do. Obviously none of us anticipated THIS, but could he seriously be a .300+ major league hitter regularly? How huge would that be from the catcher position?

CharlotteNCRedsFan: Looks like Carlos will be able to maintain his ERA.

YorktownRed: Sub-Parra today.

Pinson343: I’m really puzzled that Parra was still in there to pitch to Olt. Olt has already hit 3 HRs this season off LHed pitchers. And Parra did groove a fast ball on 3-1. Could have been 8-5. The one out Parra did get was a pitch in the dirt to Castro that should have been ball 4.