Thursday, May 3, 2012

Reds rally late, walk off to upend the Cubs in extras

Rolen drove in the winning run with a sac fly.
Thursday's day game was the finale of what became a two-game series against Chicago due to the rainout Tuesday. The Reds (12-12) sent Homer Bailey to the mound on his birthday to face off against Cubs' (9-16) starter Ryan Dempster, who just so happened to be celebrating a birthday as well. Bailey made a quality start, but Dempster stifled the Reds' bats for eight innings allowing no runs on just three hits. Cincinnati however extended the game into extra innings, scoring three runs in the ninth, before walking off with the 4-3 win in the 10th inning.

Here's the good, the bad, and the notables following a bout with the loveable losers who lost:

The Good:
-Bailey's quality start consisted of giving up three earned runs on nine hits over six innings. He also struck out four and walked just one.
-Jose Arredondo and Aroldis Chapman each threw a perfect inning of relief with Chapman striking out two.
-Sean Marshall, in the ninth, and Logan Ondrusek, in the 10th, held the Cubs scoreless with Ondrusek (2-0) earning the win.
-Zack Cozart and Scott Rolen made just one plate appearance a piece, but they proved huge as Cozart got a pinch-hit single, then moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher trying to throw Chris Heisey out on the next play. Rolen, also as a pinch hitter, followed that up with a heroic sacrifice fly which brought Cozart home for the win.
-Joey Votto was 2-3 with a double and a run scored.
-Ryan Ludwick went 1-3 and recorded the only other official RBI for the team.

The Bad
-Bailey made three mistakes which turned into three solo home runs for the Cubs.
-No one else but Jay Bruce and the above mentioned players, was able to muster a hit.
-Dempster made the Reds looks absolutely awful allowing just three hits in the first eight innings, a night after Jeff Samardzija held them to three hits as well.
-The Reds went just 1-6 with runners in scoring position.

The Notables
-According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Thursday was the first time in major league history that two pitchers, sharing a birthday, faced off against each other on their birthday. Bailey turned 26, while Dempster turned 35.
-The Reds moved back to .500 (12-12) and finished the homestand with five wins and three losses.
-23,288 showed up to the Business Man's Special and enjoyed the game, which took 3:03 to play, on a nice 83-degree day.
-Miguel Cairo will begin his rehab assignment tonight with the Dayton Dragons.
-The Redlegs will travel to the Steel City to take on the Pirates starting Friday at 7:05pm EST. Mike Leake will be given some extra rest, as Johnny Cueto (3-0, 1.39) will start Friday against Kevin Correia (1-1, 2.42).

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