Monday, September 24, 2012

Reds Lose to Dodgers in Prime Time, 5-3

Homer Bailey made it through 6.2 innings Sunday night, but not after giving up 2 homers and a total of 5 runs. A deficit the Reds couldn't come back from.

Clayton Kershaw seemed to have the Reds number this evening, including working himself out of a two out, bases loaded jam with 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto at the plate.

The Good
- JJ Hoover continues to prove he was a good acquisition from Atlanta, pitching 1 inning, giving up no runs, 1 hit and recorded a strikeout.
- Denis Phipps got a start in right field and managed to get himself his first two RBI's and first home run of his career in one swing of the bat.
- Drew Stubbs managed to get on base twice, once with a hit and once with a walk.
- While Wilson Valdez does have trouble batting his way on base with a .197 average, he found another way to get on today by walking twice.
- Joey Votto managed to get on base in much of the same way with 3 BB.

The Bad
- Homer Bailey continues to fail to impress at home in Cincinnati. He gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, including 2 homers and walked 2 in 6.2 innings of work...a deficit that the Reds offense just couldn't overcome.
- While Drew Stubbs did manage to make it to first base twice, he never advanced further than that, getting caught stealing once and picked off.
- Joey Votto, while previously mentioned, did get on base via 3 walks, he also managed to strike out twice. Including once with the bases juiced.

The Notables
- 32,392 came out to Great American tonight to see the Reds on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
- A cool 61 degree night with a slight wind had the fall feeling of playoff baseball.
- The Reds are 10 games above the second place Cardinals in the NL Central, although it means little since the Reds have clinched the division.
- The Reds are only .004 of a point away from the #1 seed Washington Nationals. The Reds sport a 92-61 record, while the Nats are 92-60. Nearly identical.
- Meanwhile the current 3rd seed San Francisco Giants are 3 games behind the Reds and Nationals.
- The Reds have an off day tomorrow before taking on the Brewers for a three game series at home, the Reds final series at home of the Regular season.
- Tuesday's action kicked off at 7:10 PM EST with Mike Fiers (9-8 3.38 ERA, 117 SO) taking on Mike Leake (8-9 4.73 ERA, 113 SO)

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