Saturday, July 21, 2012

A trio of Reds go solo to upend Brewers

The Reds (53-40) used a trio of solo homers and a fantastic start by Homer Bailey on Friday night to take the series opener over the Brewers (44-48), 3-1. The victory marked the 9th in the past 11 games for Dusty Baker's bunch and secured their stranglehold on first place for at least another day. They also improve their record to 3-2 without Joey Votto in the lineup, which hopefully means that they will be alright until he returns.

And now a look at the good, the bad and the notables from the contest:
The Good:
+ Bailey (9-6) continues to dominant in the month of July. He limited the Brewers to six hits and a run over eight frames while striking out ten in this outing. He's a perfect 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA this month. Oh, and his identical twin, Christian Bale, is also having a good month with the The Dark Knight Rises currently raking in huge bucks at the theatres.
+ Aroldis Chapman nailed down the victory and his 16th save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth. A whopping 25 of his last 31 outs have come via strike out. Insane.
+ Zack Cozart broke out of a 1-21 slump with three hits including a double (22) and a solo homer (10).
+ Scott Rolen (4) and Jay Bruce (23) also added solo homers to the cause. Rolen doubled in another plate appearance as well.
+ Cincy wins on Friday for the seventh time in their past eight tries and does so without the services of their best player (Votto).

The Bad:
- The crew was 0-6 with RISP.
- Drew Stubbs went hitless in four trips to the plate including a pair of punchouts. His season average stands at .220, his OBP at .292. But yet he still continues to bat leadoff. Huh?
- Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick posted 0-4 nights too.
- Norichika Aoki broke up the shutout with a run-scoring double in the top of the eighth.

The Notables:
+ CIN leads the season series, 5-2.
+ Cincinnati has won 15 of the last 21 games between the two at GABP.
+ The win marked the first for Bailey in 11 lifetime starts versus MIL. He was previously 0-5.
+ The flags at GABP were flown at half-mast in honor of the victims of Thursday night's theater shooting in Colorado. The flags will remain at half-mast for the duration of the weekend.
+ Up next: Game two of the series takes place Saturday night starting at 7:10et. Dusty Baker trots out veteran Bronson Arroyo (4-6, 4.03) to oppose Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo (8-6, 3.59).
+ The first 20,000 fans in attendance on Saturday receive a Reds Soft-Sided Cooler, presented by Hebrew National.

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