The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Homer Bailey messed around and nearly threw a Homer Bailey against the San Francisco Giants.
Instead, Bailey was forced to settle for a complete game 3-hitter, as his bid for a 3rd career no-hitter was broken up after 6.2 IP, but Bailey was every bit as filthy on the mound as in his previous history-making no-no's. He struck out 7, allowed just 3 singles, walked one, and wrapped things up in a tidy 107 pitches. If Homer can keep even a semblance of this up, the Reds have the best rotation in baseball and I don't care who throws a FanGraphs stat at me to argue that. Props on the trophy, Homie.
Honorable Mentions are due to: Todd Frazier, who went 2 for 4 with a run scored; Billy Hamilton, who had a double and an RBI; Brayan Pena, who went 2 for 4 with a triple (A NERTY TRIPLE!) and an RBI; and Skip Schumaker, who went 2 for 4 with a great catch in the field, an RBI, home cooked cheese grits, and a run scored.
- Schumaker piled a heapin' serving of those cheese grits on his plate and singled up the middle in the Top of the 3rd, the first hit off Tim Hudson to that point. After Zack Cozart struck out and a sac bunt from Bailey moved Skip to 2B, Hamilton smacked a double to right-center that scored Rooster Cogburn. Reds led, 1-0.
- Bailey cruised through the first two-thirds of the game having done nothing more than walk a guy, but the Giants finally entered the box score with two outs in the Bottom of the 7th. Buster Posey broke up the no-no with a single to RF, Pablo Sandoval followed with a bloop hit to CF, but Bailey got out of the jam by striking out Mike Morse looking to end the threat.
- The Reds gave Homer some insurance runs in the Top of the 9th thanks in large part to a mini-meltdown from former Red Jeremy Affeldt. Todd Frazier singled to lead off the 9th and end Hudson's evening, and he moved to 2B after Affeldt was called for a balk. Frazier went to 3B when Joey Votto hit a laser to LF that was un-clutch and selfishly hit so hard that Frazier could not score, but both eventually came in to touch the plate after a sac fly, a hit batter, and a pair of infield singles from Brayan Pena and Skip Shoe. Bailey closed the door in the Bottom of the 9th, and that was that. Reds win, 4-0!
- According to Mark Sheldon, this is the first time the Giants have been swept in a 4-game series at AT&T Park. By anyone.
- In odd, mid-June parallel notes, the Los Angeles Dodgers are beating up on the St. Louis Cardinals today, and if the score holds, the Dodgers will move into a semi-tie for 1st place in the NL West with the Giants and the Reds will tie the Cardinals for 2nd in the NL Central. The Giants have played two fewer games than the Dodgers and would therefore have the better win percentage, but they'd be comparable games over .500. It would create quite the Karl Hungus regarding the NL Wild Card, too, as all four mentioned teams and the Washington Nationals would be within a half-game of the playoff spots.
- Jay Bruce's hit streak ended at 9, and his multi-hit game streak ended at 4. Still, Jay's managed to creep his OBP up to .335 on the season, and he's about to hit eleventy-four dingers in a week the way streaky Jay always does.
- At 43-38, the Reds are a season-high five games over the .500 mark, and are doing their best to destroy the.haters that gave up on the season a month ago.
- RIP Bobby Womack tunes.