Homer Bailey hasn't had the best of luck against the Milwaukee Brewers throughout his young career. Heading into today's game, he was 1-7 with 6.03 ERA in 13 career starts.
His lucked seemed to be heading in the right direction after Bailey went eight innings allowing three hits and a single earned run while striking out eight in the Cincinnati Reds 9-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
"For some reason, this team's usually done pretty well against me," Bailey said. "Since we see these guys so many times, I'm starting to get a better feel for it."
Homer didn't have to do it all today. The Reds offense collected ten hits on the afternoon, all singles.
After a scoreless first inning, the Reds poured it on in the second inning. Leading off the inning, Jay Bruce singled to left, it should have been an indication of what was to come. The Reds rallied off three more consecutive singles to get a 2-0 lead. After Bailey popped out, Shin-Soo Choo walked and Cesar Izturis lined out. With Joey Votto up, a passed ball allowed Jack Hannahan to score. After Votto was intentionally walked Brandon Phillips stayed hot with the bases loaded a knocked in two with a single to left. After the dust settled, it was 5-0.
That wasn't the only big inning for the Redlegs. After three straight scoreless innings, the Reds piled on four more runs in the fifth. Chris Heisey and Ryan Hanigan both collected run scoring singles.
"Just a bunch of hits from a bunch of good at-bats," Hanigan said. "If we can keep having at-bats like that, I think the offense will get going. I don't think we've really clicked, top to bottom of the order, offensively, and it was nice today to put up the big number there offensively."
Bailey's only blemish came in the bottom half of the inning when he allowed a solo home run off the bat of Khris Davis.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta only lasted four and two-thirds innings allowing eight hits and seven earned runs.
Cincinnati went 5-2 on the short road trip and will now begin a seven-game home stand against Arizona and then Milwaukee.
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