Reds run themselves off the bases, lose 2-1 to the Pirates

It's tough to tell how well a game is played when you don't have any audio or video to back it up, but for a 2-1 game, this one looks like a real stinker.

  • If the story of the day is not Homer Bailey, it has to be among the main plot points.  Some might say that it's just the Pirates, but last time I checked they were a team the Reds lost to 9 times last year in 15 games.  Bailey has now struck out 6 batters in 4 innings this Spring while only allowing 2 base runners (1 hit, 1 walk).  The ball is now in Micah Owings' court.
  • The bullpen looked pretty good, with solid outings from Mike Lincoln, Ron Flores, and Daniel Ray Herrera.  Aaron Fultz gave up a hit and two walks, allowing a run in the 6th.  That can't help his chances of joining a bullpen that really only has one open spot up for play.  Josh Roenicke was hurt by a catcher's interference that extended the inning in the 8th and ultimately led to the winning run for the Pirates.
  • The offense didn't do much today.  Brandon Phillips doubled in the fourth and was brought around on a ground out and sac fly by Edwin Encarnacion and Jonny Gomes respectively for the Reds only run.
  • Laynce Nix, Kevin Barker, and Paul Janish each added doubles as well, not that it mattered much.
  • Team Havoc continues to drive me bonkers.  They made three more outs on the base paths today, two on steal attempts and Janish was thrown out at home plate in the 8th.  The base running mistakes are starting to get laughable.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game goes to Homer Bailey.  He takes home a 50lb bag of venison and a tub of Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce.

The Reds are now 3-3 on the Spring.  Tomorrow they try to avenge their 16-5 loss to the Red Sox.

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