Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Homer Bailey. Our starting pitching got just the jolt it needed with the return of Bailey to the lineup. Homer threw six innings, allowing only one run and one walk. He struck out seven and gave up just four hits. Honorable mentions go to Jay Bruce, Ryan Hanigan, and Fred Lewis.
- In the second inning, Jay Bruce singled with one out, and Jonny Gomes walked. Ryan Hanigan lined a single to right and Bruce came around to score. Gomes went to third, and Dusty decided to bring him in with a suicide squeeze. However, the pitch from Brett Myers was far outside and there was nothing Paul Janish could do but dive at it. Gomes was tagged out at the plate. Reds lead, 1-0.
- In the fourth inning, Joey Votto kept his base-reaching streak alive by hitting a single. One out later, Jay Bruce doubled and there were runners on second and third. Despite his batting average, Brett Myers decided to intentionally walk Jonny Gomes, but Ryan Hanigan made him rue that decision with a single to left. Votto and Bruce scored. Reds lead, 3-0.
- Chris Heisey, filling in for Drew Stubbs, showed he could be a leadoff hitter too in the fifth inning. He dropped a bunt, then stole second base, then came around to score on Edgar Renteria's single. Reds lead, 4-0.
- In the sixth inning, the Astros were finally able to get to Homer Bailey. With one out, Jason Bourgeois singled, then stole second base like it had been produced from the sweat and labor of the proletariat. Hunter Pence then hit a double and the Astros were on the board. Reds lead, 4-1.
- The Reds answered in the bottom of the inning. Jonny Gomes showed there's more to him than just walks and pop flies by hitting a double. He tagged and went to third on Ryan Hanigan's fly ball to the outfield. Paul Janish hit a fly ball to center, too, and Gomes tagged and scored on that one. Then Fred Lewis pinch hit for Homer Bailey and got his fist hit as a Red - a home run. Enerio Del Rosario and got Chris Heisey to ground out to Matt "The Syndrome" Downs. Reds lead, 6-1.
- If Homer Bailey brought some stability to the rotation, the bullpen seemed pretty shaky. Logan Ondrusek started the seventh by striking out Bill Hall, who was then thrown out of the game. But Clint Barmes singled, and one out later, Matt "The Syndrome" Downs singled. With two outs and runners on first and second, Dusty turned to Aroldis Chapman. The Cinco de Mayo enthusiast was wild, walking Michael Bourn and Jason Bourgeois, scoring Barmes. Then Hunter Pence singled, scoring Bourn and Downs. Bill Bray replaced Chapman, and allowed a double steal, but Paul Janish made a nifty play on Brett Wallace's grounder to third to end the inning. Reds lead, 6-4.
- Jay Bruce homered off of Nelson Figueroa to start the eighth inning. One out later, Ryan Hanigan and Paul Janish both singled, and pinch hitter Drew Stubbs hit a double, scoring Hanigan. Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Janish to tag and score, and Edgar Renteria singled to bring in Stubbs. Reds win, 10-4.
- Fred Lewis joined Jeremy Hermida as players whose first hit as a Red this year was a home run.
- This was only the second time Brett Myers had not thrown six innings in a start for Houston. The Reds also chased him after 5 2/3 innings last Sept. 30.
- The Reds won consecutive games for the first time since Apr. 11 and 12 against San Diego.
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|WP: Homer Bailey (1 - 0)
LP: Brett Myers (1 - 2)