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Homer Bailey returns to form as the Reds beat Milwaukee 7-4

The right-hander strikes out 11 in only his 3rd start back from Tommy John surgery.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Even though he had 6 rehab starts in Louisville, it was understood that Homer Bailey would be spending his first few starts with the Reds this season getting his sea legs back under him as he faced major league hitters for the first time since last May. This was even more evident as he continued to shake off the rust in starts against San Diego and St. Louis in his much-awaited return to the Reds. Ol' Hoss came back to form in a huge way tonight to the tune of 6 shutout innings, 3 hits, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts to shut down Milwaukee. Even though he may still have things to work out the rest of this season, it was awesome to see the Homer Bailey of 2012 and 2013 that we all know and love.

Honorable mentions go to: Adam Duvall for going 3 for 4 and smacking his 27th home run of the season; Brandon Phillips for continuing his hot streak in going 3 for 5 with a double and 1 RBI; Billy Hamilton for going 1 for 4 with a walk and 3 stolen bases; Joey Votto, for having another Votto-like night by going 2 for 4 with a walk and scoring 2 runs; and Michael Lorenzen for striking out 2 in a scoreless inning of relief.

Key Plays

  • The Reds were able to get things going early. After Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart were retired to start the first, Joey Votto did a Joey Votto thing and worked a 9-pitch walk. Adam Duvall was hit in the ribs on the next pitch and then Brandon Phillips loaded the bases with a line-drive single to left field. That would bring up Scott Schebler, who would ride a 6-pitch AB to a RBI walk to put the Reds on the board. Eugenio would strike out on a pitch about 6 inches off the plate to end the inning, but the Reds lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds were able to get on the board again in the 3rd inning. After Joey Votto grounded out to begin the inning, Adam Duvall responded by smacking his 27th dinger of the season with a solo shot to left-center. Brandon Phillips would then come up and collect his second hit of the evening with a single to right field. After a Schebler strike-out and a stolen base by Phillips, Eugenio Suarez would poke a single into right field to score Phillips. Tucker Barnhart would fly out to end the inning. Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Homer Bailey was absolutely cruising until the 5th inning, where he ran into just a little bit of trouble, allowing the first two batters to reach by walking Chris Carter and giving up a single to Hernan Perez. However, he would continue to deal by getting Kirik Neiuwenhuis to strike out, Martin Maldonado to pop out to 2nd, and Andy Wilkins to strike out to strand both runners.
  • The Reds were able to add to their lead in the top of the 7th. After Cozart grounded out to 3rd to start the inning, Joey Votto took the first pitch he saw and lined it into right field for a single. Adam Duvall then followed him up with a single to left and his third hit of the evening. Brandon Phillips decided that he wanted to continue this hit parade by hitting a ground rule double to right field that would score Votto. The Brewers decided to walk Schebler to load the bases, which brought Eugenio Suarez up to reach on an error and score Duvall from third. After Tucker Barnhart grounded into a force out to the pitcher, Ivan De Jesus, Jr. smoked a single into left to score two more. Billy Hamilton would strike out to end the inning, but not before the Reds would increase their lead to 7-0.
  • The shutout wouldn't last forever, though, as Ross Ohlendorf was brought in for the 8th and gave up a solo dinger to Ramon Flores to cut the lead to 7-1.
  • The Brewers would cut into the lead even further in the 9th inning. After Keyvius Sampson got Jake Elmore to line out to start the inning, Scooter Gennett would reach on a rare error by Zack Cozart. Chris Carter would then walk to put runners on first and second. After striking out Hernan Perez, Sampson would give up a 3-run dinger to Manny Pina to reduce the lead to 7-4. Raisel Iglesias would come in and induce a fly-out. Reds win, 7-4.
Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes
  • Billy Hamilton stole his 51st base tonight. He is now only 6 away from tying his career high at 57.
  • I don't know everything about baseball, but this seems like a thing that is good:
  • Dan Straily (7-6, 3.76) will look to continue his impressive run in the second half as he will face off against Zach Davies (9-4, 3.58) tomorrow night at 7:10 PM ET.
  • Tunes.