Saturday, May 19, 2012

Reds beat Yankees despite struggles

Bailey Pitched well as Reds win 6-5

The Cincinnati Reds (20-19) beat the New York Yankees (21-19) in what was a very weird and often frustrating game for the Reds. The Reds struck out 15 times, but still managed to score six runs to the Yankees five. The bullpen took over for Homer Bailey after a strong 6.1 innings and promptly let the Yankees back into the game but never gave it away. Sean Marshall MIGHT have lost his closer role with this afternoon's performance as there is growing speculation that Aroldis Chapman will move into that role, allowing Marshall to move into the setup role where is has thrived throughout his career.

For more analysis on today's game, here is the Good, Bad, and Notables.

The Good
- Homer Bailey pitched a very strong 6.1 innings, while picking up his 2nd win of the season. He allowed 3 earned runs and struck out 7.
- Aroldis Chapman still carries a perfect 0.00 ERA on the season. He struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.
- Joey Votto hit his 7th home run of the season. It was a 3-run shot.
-Brandon Phillips, Chris Heisey, and Mike Costanzo all had RBI's.

The Bad
- The Reds struckout 15 times! Catcher Devin Mesoraco was the only player to not record one.
- Sean Marshall might have pitched his way out of the closers role. He allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs while only recording 1 out.
- Jay Bruce struck out 3 times in the game, going hit less for the game

The Notables  
- Mike Costanzo picked up his first major league hit
- Jose Arredondo came in to clean up the mess that Marshall had left and picked up the first save of his career.
- If you are a fan of a classic pitchers duel, tune into the 1:05 game tomorrow as both teams throw out the aces. Johnny Cueto will lead the Reds against C.C Sabathia and the Yankees in the rubber match of the series.

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