Sunday, July 8, 2012

Reds sneak past host Padres, 6-5

Todd Frazier continues to produce

Saturday's have been real kind to the Cincinnati Reds lately. The Reds entered last night's tilt against the Padres as winners of six of their last seven games played on Saturday, and made it seven out of eight by night's end. The Reds (46-38) edged out the host Padres (34-52), 6-5, due in part to receiving yet another quality start from one of their starts -- this time by right-hander Homer Bailey.

Here's a full recap of the good, bad and notables from PETCO Park:

The Good:
- Bailey delivered the 10th straight quality start by a Reds pitcher by tossing 6.2 innings of seven-hit, four-run (2 ER) ball. He did not walk a batter, but struck out eight to help lift his season record to 7-6. Bailey also helped himself by smacking a run-scoring double in the fifth.
- Chris Heisey was the man of the hour, offensively, after going 2-4 with a homer (3), two RBI and two runs scored.
- Todd Frazier collected a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored. One of those hits was his 13th double of the year.
- Drew Stubbs led off the scoring by clubbing his ninth homer of 2012 in the top of the first. He would later add another RBI on a fielder's choice.
- Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth to record his 10th save. He fanned all three batters he faced, each off of 100+ MPH fastballs.
- The win guarantees at least a split of the series and puts them in a position to have a winning road trip. They're currently sitting at 5-5.

The Bad:
- Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce were both 0-4 with a K.
- Cincinnati was actually outhit by the home squad, 11-9.
- Defensively, the boys in red committed two miscues (Bailey, Bruce).

The Notables:
- Actor Charlie Sheen threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.
- The streak of 10 quality starts by Reds starting pitchers is the longest such streak since 1994 (also 10 in a row).
- Bailey is now 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his last six road starts.
- Former Reds Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal combined to go 1-8 with four Ks.
- The Pirates won so the Reds still remain one game behind for the division lead.
- Up next: The Redlegs conclude the 11-game road trip, and 4-game set, with a 4:05et start time on Sunday. Ace Johnny Cueto (9-5, 2.35) tries for the third time to notch his 10th win opposite of SD's Jason Marquis (3-8, 5.74).

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