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Game 31: Reds vs. Astros

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Houston Astros
@ Cincinnati Reds

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Brett Myers vs Homer Bailey

Sunny. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Here's what I'm hoping will become an instant piece of classic baseball wisdom: "Thank Tuesday's rain for Thursday baseball." The meteorologists have conspired to give us a day game on Cinco de Mayo. In order, I can only assume, to provide a little extra cover to start the day-drinking just barely on the right side of noon. Get your party started by throwing a baseball at a pinata and clocking your speed. 65? K/m per hour? OK.

I mentioned that the Reds need to rip off a series of wins to get back on track and feeling like the playoff team they were as recently as the first two weeks of the season. They took it to heart yesterday, producing a win that was frustrating, exciting and kind of felt like a rip-off. Any means necessary to get safely above .500 and all up in the Cards' grill. Rip off a win from a department store if you need to.

Today we welcome Homer Bailey back to the starting rotation. Good to see him again. We're all hoping he'll be a key ingredient in the tonic that sets the starting rotation right. Homer allowed just one earned run in 16.2 innings during his rehab stint in Louisville, striking out 14 and walking only 4. Despite making his major league debut in 2007, Bailey has managed to pay a visit to Louisville every season since. He may be comfortable in a Bats uniform, but he's now a member of the Reds rotation. He turned a mere 25 on Tuesday. He can give himself a nice silver anniversary present by burying that closer talk once and for all.

¡Viva los rojos!

15 - 15


Won 1