Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Red alert! Bailey struggles as Reds fall

Bailey just didn't bring his 'A' game this time around

You can't win 'em all, right? That's precisely what the Reds (15-14) must be thinking after falling to the Brewers (13-17), 8-3, on Tuesday. Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (2-3) muffled the Cincinnati offense over his six, fine innings of work. Meanwhile, his counterpart Homer Bailey was less than superb in this one -- dropping his third game in four decisions this season.

The loss sets up a pivotal rubber match on Wednesday that could mean the difference between a series win (and successful road trip) or not.

Here's a look at the good, the bad and some notables from game two of the series:

The Good:
- Jay Bruce continues to look like the second-best hitter in the league this year behind LA's Matt Kemp. The right fielder went 2-4 with a HR (10) and two RBI (23). He's currently hitting .306 on the campaign.
- Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart both had two-hit games as well. Phillips also scored two of the Reds' three runs.
- Joey Votto ripped his 14th double and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
- Alfredo Simon tossed a scoreless eighth to help lower his season ERA to 2.31.
- Todd Frazier came off the bench and did what he always does in pinch-hit situations, he delivered a hit.

The Bad:
- Bailey was very Bailey-esque. After coming off two quality starts in his last two outings, the right-hander backtracked by laying an egg on Tuesday. He allowed six hits, six runs (all earned) and three walks in just 3 2/3 IP. Consistency is non-existent with the former 2004 first round draft pick.
- The bullpen's streak of eight straight games without allowing a run came to an end. It wasn't all bad though as they permitted just two in 4 1/3 innings of work.
- Drew Stubbs had a woeful night at the dish. The speedster was hitless in five at-bats including three strikeotus.
- Devin Mesoraco and Ryan Ludwick also had unsuccessful nights at the plate. They were a combined 0-7 with two Ks.
- Reds pitchers showed a bout of wildness as evidenced by their two hit batsmen and one wild pitch.
- They miss a chance to guarantee a winning road trip and put pressure on themselves to come through in the series finale.

The Notables:
- A paid crowd of 28,108 took in the action at spacious Miller Park.
- Milwaukee announced the contract extensions of GM Doug Melvin and skipper Ron Roenicke before the game.
- Up next: Both clubs will eye a series victory in Wednesday's series finale. The Reds will send ace Johnny Cueto (4-0, 1.31) to the hill to counter the Brewers' Zack Greinke (3-1, 4.11). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm ET.

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