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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Pirates 3, Reds 2

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Le sigh.

Two slaps in the face for the price of one.
Two slaps in the face for the price of one.
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game:

Homer Bailey took the role as hard-luck loser this afternoon after pitching a fantastic 6 1/3 until unraveling in the seventh inning. Bailey struck out twelve batters, earning the GABP crowd the right to cry in their pans of La Rosa's pizza. All three runs were earned, but it's not his fault the Reds didn't score more than 4 runs today.

Honorable mention goes to Shin-Soo Choo for getting on base three times and not ruining any important late-inning rallies.

Key Plays

  • Homer Bailey's second inning started after Garret Jones continued the theme of Pirtates hitting solo home runs in this series.
  • The Reds bounced back in the fifth inning after a wild pitch brought in Zack Cozart following a beautiful sac bunt by Homer Bailey.
  • In the seventh inning, as mentioned above, Homer fell apart after giving up a one out double to Michael McKenry. One hundred and fifteen (!) pitches in, Jordy Mercer batted in McKenry. Then, one hundred and twenty (!!) pitches in, Jose Tabata drove in Mercer. That was all the Pirates needed.
  • The Reds did their best to show some late inning heroics after Chris Heisey walked to bring Joey Votto to the plate with the bases loaded. Votto hit into a double play and Brandon Phillips bounced into a ground out soon after. What began as a rally ended in a whimper.
  • The Reds didn't score many runs. It is Sunday. In this instance, correlation may equal causation.
Fan Graph where you can actually see "THE SAD" begin:

<iframe src="http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=livewins&num=0&h=450&w=450&date=2013-07-21&team=Reds&dh=0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width = "450" style="border:1px solid black;"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size:9pt;">Source: <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/livewins.aspx?date=2013-07-21&team=Reds&dh=0&season=2013">FanGraphs</a></span>

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