Monday, August 6, 2012

Reds lose to Pirates, 6-2

After taking the first two games in a tension packed 3 game series full of plunkings and ejections, the Reds  dropped their final game 6-2 to AJ Burnett and the Pirates.

Homer Bailey wasn't himself, struggling through 4.2 innings and giving up 4 runs on 9 hits including a 2 run homer in the second inning to Neil Walker.

AJ Burnett dominated the Reds, going 8.2 innings, 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 7. He also managed to pitch an amazing 7th innings, getting through it on only 4 pitches.

The Good
- Drew Stubbs managed to go deep yet again for the Reds, hitting a solo homer in the third inning with 2 out.
- Jay Bruce accounted for the Reds other RBI with a double.
- Alfredo Simon looked great in relief, striking out 5 in three innings, walking no one and only giving up 3 hits.

The Bad
- The Reds offense was stagnant, having only three hits all evening.
- Homer Bailey struggled through his entire outing, it seemed like he was always pitching out of the stretch, an uncharacteristic start for the young righty, who usually dominates the Pirates.
- Six of the Reds starting position players went hitless.

The Notables
- Despite the loss today, the Reds still took the series 2 games to 1, and have increased their lead to 4.5 games up in the National League Central.
- An amazing 38,624 showed up at Great American, the crowd was out in force for the entire series this weekend.
- 86 degrees, a humid ballpark and a strong wind blowing 13 mph towards right field helped 3 homers leave the park, only one of which was off a Redleg bat.
-  The Reds now begin a six game road trip against National League rivals Milwaukee and Chicago.
- The Reds begin said road trip tonight at 8:10 pm at Miller Park. Bronson Arroyo (7-6, 3.87 ERA, 86 SO) will facec Yovani Gallardo (9-8, 3.92 ERA 133 SO).
- Charlie Sheen may be running for mayor. Cincinnati has had worse. He has my vote
- As much as I hate the St. Louis Cardinals, it's hard not to love their powder blue unis.

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