Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reds three-game winning streak snapped as Giants avoid sweep

Bailey's start was wasted as the Reds lost in the ninth.
The Reds (9-10) and the Giants (10-9) were back at it Thursday afternoon, with Cincinnati looking to sweep San Francisco back to the west coast. Homer Bailey put together another quality start for the Redlegs, but the Giants rallied in the top of the ninth to beat the Reds by a score of 6-5. The team drops back below .500 again with the loss.

Let's look at the good, the bad and the notables from the deflating loss:

The Good
-Bailey struck out six over 6.1 innings, allowing three total runs, just two earned, on seven hits and two walks. He also helped himself, driving in a run with an RBI single in the second inning.
-Big Logan Ondrusek hurled 1.2 perfect innings with two strikeouts.
-Jay #Bruuuuuce was 3-4, with two RBI, which came on a two-run home run. He raised his batting average to .268 on the season.
-Scott Rolen hit his second homer in as many games, a solo shot while pinch-hitting for Bailey in the bottom of the seventh.
-Brandon Phillips had two hits and two runs scored, while Drew Stubbs also collected two more hits including a double.

The Bad
-Zack Cozart continues to cool off since his hot start, going 0-5 on the day. He is now batting .264.
-Chris Heisey did not help his cause for starting, finishing 0-4 as well, while Ryan Ludwick got a pinch-hit knock in the eighth.
-Joey Votto went 1-5, striking out twice, including for the final out of the game.
-Sean Marshall (0-2) blew his first save for the Reds and took the loss, giving up a three-run homer to Angel Pagan in the top of the ninth, ballooning his ERA to 6.14.

Notables
-The loss snaps a season long three-game winning streak for the Reds.
-Bailey drew the ire of some fans and the concern of others who thought he might be injured, by jogging to first after bunting into a double play in the fourth inning. He responded throwing back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth.
-Bruce broke a homerless streak of 58 at-bats with his sixth-inning dinger.
-Marty Brennaman may or may not be infatuated with Lady Gaga, but he made several mentions of her in today's radio broadcast.
-17,317 fans were disappointed at Great American Ball Park.

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