Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds  (43-38) 4 8 0
  San Francisco Giants  (46-36) 0 3 1 
 W: Bailey (8-4)       L: Hudson (7-5)
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Positives

Homer Bailey held the Giants hitless through 6.2 innings before Buster Posey lined a clean single into right field. Bailey dominated the Giants in the three-hit shutout, walking one and striking out seven. The 28-year-old Texan had all his pitches dialed in today. The lion had a better chance.

For eight innings, it looked like the shutout would be necessary as the Reds managed just one run off of Tim Hudson, who nearly matched Bailey’s performance. That run scored on a third inning hit by Skip Schumaker, a sac bunt by Bailey and a double by Billy Hamilton.

But the Reds offense put together a big inning in the ninth, adding three insurance runs. Todd Frazier led off with his second hit of the game, then Joey Votto singled. Brandon Phillips, Brayan Peña and Skip Schumaker followed with RBIs.

Zack Cozart made another tremendous defensive play (what a series) in the ninth inning, laying out on a ground ball and firing a strike to first base, nailing Tyler Colvin.

Negatives

Zero.

Not so random thoughts

With the Reds win, they completed the first four-game sweep of the Giants in the history of AT&& Park, where the team has played since the 2000 season. The Reds now have a five-game winning streak and have won six out of seven on the road trip. They are 18-8 in June. At the half-way point of the season, the Reds are 43-38.

The Brewers lost, pulling the Reds within 6.5 games of first place and 5 in the loss column. Milwaukee visits the Reds for a three-game series next weekend.

The Cardinals were losing to the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, which puts the Reds into second place. This was foreseen in this space on Thursday.

Today was Homer Bailey’s seventeenth start of 2014. In his seventeenth start last year Bailey no-hit the Giants at Great American Ball Park on July 3. Only five pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball have thrown three no-hitters, Nolan Ryan, Sandy Koufax, Cy Young, Bob Feller and Larry Corcoran. Only two have thrown one in three straight years, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax.

Seventeen. You know what I mean. Way beyond compare.

Here’s Paul McCartney performing a rockin’ version of “I Saw Her Standing There” (and “Twist and Shout”) with Bruce Springsteen last year. The joy apparent on The Boss’s face is how I feel about the Reds sweep of the Giants.