Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Homer Struggles, Reds Lose

The Redlegs (30-24) were back home after an off-day on Monday to take on the second place Pirates (28-26). Homer Bailey took the ball matched up against righty A.J. Burnett, who in his last time out against the Reds pitched pretty well. It was a game that saw the teams offense come out in the first inning and score two runs early on a Votto single and a Bruce sacrifice fly. The offense mustered two runs later in the game, but it was not enough as the Pirates defeated the Redlegs 8-4.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the notables from Tuesday nights affair.

The Good:
- Rookie Zack Cozart had a nice day at the plate recording three hits in his five plate appearances. Cozart struck out twice and scored two of the four runs.
- Does Joey Votto ever have a bad day at the plate? He sure didn't in tonights game as he was 2-for-4 in the game extending his hit streak to eleven games. Votto also added two RBI.
- Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier each added an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
- Alfredo Simon, Jose Arredondo, and Sean Marshall each had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. They combined for a total of four innings pitched allowing two hits while striking out four.

The Bad:
- First and foremost, Homer Bailey. Bailey lasted only three innings giving up six runs on eight hits. Bailey was tagged with the loss as the team couldn't come back from the four run deficit Homer left them with.
- J.J. Hoover did not have a great outing from the bullpen. In two innings gave up two runs on two hits.
- As a team there were eleven runners left on base compared to the Pirates five. The Reds had opportunities but could not come through when it mattered.
- Brandon Phillips most notably had the roughest night when it came to offense. Phillips was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.

The Notables:
- There was a crowd of 19,906 in attendance. It was a cool 67 degrees at game time.
- The St. Louis Cardinals lost keeping them at three games back, and in third place. The Pirates on the other hand gained a game with the win putting them in second place at two games back.
- Up next: The two teams meet again for the second game of a three game series as ace Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.54) takes the ball matched up against Brad Lincoln (3-0, 1.04). The game time is set for 7:10.

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