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Astros get a preview of the next four years for their franchise. Reds win, 7-3.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Homer Bailey.  It's not that we've shifted into full-on pitcher's bias.  It's just that the pitching has been really good lately.  In his second start of the season, Bailey went seven full innings, allowing just five hits.  He walked none, allowed no runs, and struck out five.  He even got a hit and scored a run.  Honorable mentions go to Miguel Cairo and Joey Votto.

Key Plays

  • Brett Myers, human scum though he may be, is generally a pretty good pitcher.  Tonight though, he did not have his stuff.  He walked Drew Stubbs and Edgar Renteria to start the game, and then Joey Votto pulled a double to right field.  Stubbs scored.  Brandon Phillips grounded out to shortstop, but it was enough to advance the runners and Renteria scored.  Then Jay Bruce hit a long home run.  Reds lead, 4-0.
  • The first two runners reached base in the second inning as well.  Homer Bailey and Drew Stubbs both singled, and after Edgar Renteria struck out, Joey Votto doubled again.  Both Bailey and Stubbs scored.  Clearly, the day off helped refresh Joey and brought him back to his slugging ways.  Reds lead, 6-0.
  • As is their wont, the Reds slowed up a bit after getting the big early lead.  Finally in the seventh inning, they got a bit more offense.  Sergio Escalona replaced Myers and walked Jay Bruce.  Then familiar face Enerio Del Rosario entered the game and gave up an infield single to Jonny Gomes and hit Miguel Cairo with a pitch.  With the bases loaded and no outs, Ryan Hanigan singled to bring in Bruce, but then Homer Bailey struck out, Drew Stubbs grounded into a force at home, and Edgar Renteria struck out, too.  Only one run scored.  Reds lead, 7-0.
  • Homer Bailey left after seven inning to thunderous game thread applause.  Aroldis Chapman came on in relief, and looked downright bad.  He walked Humberto Quintero, hit pinch hitter Matt Downs with a pitch, walked Michael Bourn to load the bases, then walked Angel Sanchez to force in a run.  Nick Masset came in to stop the bleeding, but first gave up a single to Hunter Pence.  Downs and Bourn scored.  Reds win, 7-3.

Other Notes

  • This was the first time Homer Bailey had pitched in Houston.
  • Reds starters have not allowed a run in their last 23 innings pitched.
  • Aroldis Chapman has 15 strikeouts, and 16 walks.  He's pitched 12.2 innings this year.  In 13.1 innings last year, he had 19 strikeouts and 5 walks.