Final R H E
Milwaukee Brewers (52-36)
1 7 0
Cincinnati Reds (44-42)
0 2 0
W: Matt Garza (6-5)   L: Homer Bailey (8-5)
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The Good

Much like Mat Latos in San Diego the other day, Homer Bailey pitched very, very well–and got zero run support. Homer’s line today: 8.0 IP, 7 H, 1R, 4 BB, 8 K. In Homer’s previous 8 starts heading into today, his ERA was 3.38, xFIP: 3.22, K/9: 8.10 and BB/9: 2.36. This is more like the Homer Bailey we expected this year.

Jumbo Diaz pitched a clean ninth.

Jay Bruce started two relay plays that resulted in outs at the plate, keeping the Reds in the game. As always, the defense shines.

 

The Bad

None of the above was enough.

The Ugly

This Offense. It’s offensive. The Reds have been shut out 3 times this week.

Not so random thoughts …

The Reds could really have jump-started things with a sweep of the Brewers, but all is not lost. I’ll take a series win tomorrow and some serious beating up of the Cubs over the following 4 days. If the Reds can cut a couple of more games off this lead by the All Star break, that would be ideal.

As Joey’s quad continues to betray him, it’s going to be interesting to see what the front office’s timeline is for putting the former MVP on the DL. Do they make a trade for another bat that can plug the hole in the offense while Votto rests and hope a few weeks of convalescence can get Votto healthy in time for a September run? Second, what are the Reds willing to give up to bring in a bat that can make a difference, if anything?

One thing is sure: the Reds cannot sit and wait too much longer. This offense is killing any chance of a prolonged winning streak.