Monday, April 9, 2012

Bailey, Reds Offense Struggle



The Cincinnati Reds (2-2) and the St. Louis Cardinals (4-1) have one of the best rivalries in all of baseball. The two teams met tonight for game one of a three game series here in early April. Homer Bailey took the ball for the Reds matched up against righty Jake Westbrook for the Cardinals. It was a game that saw the Cardinals defeat the Reds by a score of 7-1. Not many bright spots for the Reds, but nonetheless, let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from the affair between the two teams:

The Good
- Not many bright spots for the Reds, but at the plate Phillips, Cozart, and Bruce all collected one hit. 
- Bill Bray and Alfredo Simon each had a scoreless outing on the mound. They pitched a combined three innings while striking out five. 

The Bad
- Homer Bailey in 5.2 innings of work gave up four runs (all in the first). All four runs came on three home runs. After the first inning he settled down and gave up no runs after that. 
- Chris Heisey had a rough night on the bases credited with a pick off and caught stealing. 
- Jose Arredondo in a third of an inning gave up three runs. 
- Brandon Phillips left the game after he scored the Reds only run in the 5th inning for precautionary reasons with cramping in his left hamstring. 
- The Reds were only able to manage one run on three hits throughout the game. 

The Notables
- There was a crowd of 16,909 on hand to see the Reds battle the Cardinals. Would have expected a higher turnout for a rivalry game. 
- With the Cardinals win the Reds drop to .500 and 1.5 games behind the Cardinals in the standings. 
- Mike Leake makes his first start of the season tomorrow in game number two of the series as he matches up against RHP Kyle Lohse (1-0, 1.23). The game has a scheduled start of 7:10pm EST. 

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