Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bailey's Gem leads Reds to Victory

The Cincinnati Reds (89-59) traveled to Chicago Tuesday night to take on the Cubbies for the first of a three game series. Mathematically, the Redlegs have got the chance to clinch the NL Central Division here in Chicago during this series. They moved one step closer to that shaving the magic number down to 4 with a 3-1 victory in game one as Homer Bailey took the ball for the team.

The offense remained silent until the 6th inning as former Red Justin Germano walked the bases loaded. Ryan Hanigan stepped to the plate with one out and delivered in a big way as he cleared the bases with a three RBI double. That was all they would need as Homer pitched himself a gem as he bids for the fourth spot in the playoff rotation.

Let's see how it all played out with the good, the bad, and the notables:

The Good:
+ Homer Bailey had a stellar outing (7.1 ip, 4 hits, 1 er, 2 bb, 4 so) earning his 12th victory of the season.
+ Ryan Hanigan provided the only offense of the game with the three RBI double in the 6th inning. That puts his RBI total at 23 for the season.
+ The bullpen duo of Sean Marshall (0.2 ip) and Jonathan Broxton (1.0 ip) nailed down the victory in the 8th and 9th innings respectively. Broxton earned the save, his 26th of the year.
+ The magic number now sits at 4!

The Bad:
- The offense as a whole did not show up tonight. Outside of the Hanigan double in the 6th the team managed just three hits, coming off the bats of Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, and Jay Bruce.
- The team as a whole with RISP was 1-for-10 (.100 avg).
- Brandon Phillips had a rough night at the plate and on the bases. Phillips was 0-for-3 at the plate and had a caught stealing on the bases. His caught stealing occurred in the 1st inning as he was trying to steal third and got thrown out. Votto followed that up with a double which would have given the team an early 1-0 lead.
- Ryan Ludwick also had a rough night as he was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

The Notables:
+ The Reds have still got the chance to clinch in Chicago if they win the final two games and the Cardinals would lose their final two games to the Astros.
+ The game was played in front of what was a small crowd in Chicago standards with chilly weather with the temperature at 58 degrees.
+ Up next: The two teams are back at it again with another 8:05 pm EST start time. Mike Leake (8-9, 4.69) takes the ball opposite lefty Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.06).

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