Sunday, August 26, 2012

Reds Still Hold Healthy Division Lead, Despite Crushing 8-2 Loss to Cardinals

Homer Bailey gave up 9 hits and 5 earned runs in today's crushing loss to the division Rival St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati pitching suffered all night, giving up 17 hits and 8 runs total, a deficit that was too much for the Reds to overcome.

Today's loss means St. Louis has taken 2 out of 3 from the Reds and have inched their way to 6 games back in the NL Central.

The Good
- Chris Heisey went 1 for 4 at the plate, but with an RBI, he's not hitting an impressive .275 in limited playing time.
- Ryan Ludwick also drove in an RBI in the 6th, going 1 for 3.
- Sam LeCure threw 1 inning of relief, giving up no runs and 1 hit. His ERA is now 3.30.

The Bad
- Homer Bailey struggled all day long, giving up 9 hits in 6 innings, 5 earned runs, including a HR.
- Despite getting 7 hits, not impressive but not bad, the Reds only managed to push 2 runs across the plate. The offense struggled to get guys off of first base all day long.
- The Reds left 10 men on base. Zack Cozart and Brandon Phillips both leaving on 2 each. The clubs was 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
- Todd Frazier had an uncharacteristic day, failing to get a hit in 3 at bats.
- Sean Marshall only pitched 2/3rds of an inning, but managed to give up 4 runs on 2 hits.

The Notables
- Despite losing 2 out of 3, the Reds still hold a commanding lead in the division.
- 31,564 showed up at Great American to catch today's game, an impressive crowd considering what the gate numbers usually are this late in the season.
- It was 88 degrees, partly cloudy with a slight varying wind at first pitch.
- The next time the Reds will meet the Cardinals will be Oct 1st through the 3rd, in St. Louis. This will be the final series, and possibly the defining series of the season.
- The Redlegs are 25 games over .500, and still hold the largest division lead in the National League.
- The team will now travel to Arizona to take on the 64-63 Diamondbacks for a three game series, they then have an off day Thursday before heading to Houston to take on the Astros for a three game weekend series.
- Bronson Arroyo (10-7 3.87 ERA) will take the mound for the Redlegs tomorrow night. The game begins  at 9:40 PM EST.

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