Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bailey Brilliant in Reds' 6-4 Win

Bailey grounded the Astros on Tuesday
The Reds (75-80) snapped a 4-game losing skid on Tuesday by slipping by the visiting Astros (53-101) 6-4 at Great American Ball Park. Homer Bailey stole the show on the mound, and at the plate, en route to earning his ninth victory of the year.

Here's the good, the bad, the notables and the Hard Hat recipient for the season's last home game under the GABP lights:

The Good:
-The Redlegs win a one-run game.
-Bailey. The Texas native allowed just two runs on six hits through seven innings of work. He also showed his team's struggling offense a thing or two at the dish as evidenced by his 3 for 3 peformance.
-Not to be outdone by a pitcher, Jay Bruce sprayed three singles around the yard and drove in two.
-Dave Sappelt and Juan Francisco collected two hits a piece.
-Devin Mesoraco kicked off the scoring with a two-run blast in the second -- number two of his big league career.
-Brandon Phillips crushed his sixth homer in eight games to give Cincy a two-run lead in the eighth. The Gold Glove second basemen has 18 for the season now.
-Every starter had at least one hit with the exception of Drew Stubbs.

The Bad:
-The bullpen tried their best to squander the lead, but luckily the boys in Red held on.-Joey Votto is in a bit of a funk. Before his single in the eighth, he had gone without a hit in 14 straight at-bats.
-Stubbs IS hitless in his last four games (0 for 11) and continues to build upon his season strikeout total. The wiry center fielder picked up two more on Tuesday to bump his total for '11 to a league-leading 200. If the season ended today, Stubbs would rank fourth all-time for the most K's in a single-season.

Notables:
-Cincinnati leads the season series 8-6.
-Houston had previously won four out of five against the Reds.

The Hard Hat:
-Without question this award goes to Homer Bailey for his stellar, all-around good play.

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