The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Not the bullpen.
Homer Bailey gets the nod today. Coming off of his 126 pitch CG, he didn't have his best stuff (be it due to fatigue, the weather, the cheesesteak he ate before the game, all, both, neither, either, or none of the above), but he still managed to shut down the Phillies offense. Bailey threw 7 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Good job, Homes.
Honorable Mentions are due to Jay Bruce (HR), Joey Votto (2 for 4...yawn), Todd Frazier (2 for 4, RBI), and Xavier Paul (1 for 1, 2 BB). A hat tip, too, to Neftali Soto, who got his first career PA today (a sharp grounder to 3B).
- Jay Bruce is hot. Red hot. White hot. Inside-of-a-microwaved-hot-pocket hot. He led off the Top of the 2nd with a solo HR to dead CF off a low fastball from Pettibone, his 5th of the season. Reds led, 1-0.
- In the Top of the 6th, Joey Votto led off with a single, and he advanced to 2B on a throwing error on Domonic Brown two batters later after Jay Bruce popped out to LF. That was fortunate, as Todd Frazier then doubled to RF, and Votto came around to score. Reds led, 2-0.
- After Homer Bailey exited after 7 scoreless innings, Jonathan Broxton came in for the Bottom of the 8th and wasn't exactly stellar. He retired the first two batters of the inning despite badly missing his spots, but Ben Revere reached on an infield single when he beat Broxton to 1B on a grounder to Votto. Revere then stole 2B, Michael Young walked, and Sean Marshall was brought in to face Chase Utley (who was 4 5 for 16 in his career off of Marshall). Utley flared a single to LF, and Revere scored. Reds led, 2-1.
- Unfortunately, the 9th inning. Aroldis Chapman was brought in to face offensive juggernauts Delmon Young, Erik Kratz, and Freddie Galvis; he retired exactly none of them. Young walked, and Cliff Lee came in to pinch run (and was picked off). Kratz then hit a HR far, flipped his bat twice as far, and Galvis followed with another, and that was that. Blown save. Kabloowee. Reds lose, 3-2.
- Sean Marshall recorded 1 out today while throwing just 2 pitches. This is the third time in his last four outings where he has retired just one batter, and it's also the third time in his last four outings he's thrown less than 6 pitches. Either he's not healthy (in which case he should be on the DL), or he's being massively underused.
- That FanGraph is about as cool as an Erik Kratz bat flip.
- Homer Bailey is still just 2-3 on the season after 9 starts. The Reds scored 7 and 6 runs respectively in his two wins; they've scored just 7 runs combined in the other 7 starts. Sorry, Homie.
- I'm not completely sure, but I think how I feel right now is how Cubs fans feel 24/7/365.
- Next Up: the New York Met-Voles at 7:10 PM tomorrow night at Citi Field.
- Back to back blown saves by Aroldis? There's something wrong with this picture.