The Cincinnati Reds looked down and out after dropping the first two games of the series against the NL Central leader St. Louis Cardinals, but last night things took a turn in the right direction.
Luckily for the Cincinnati, starter Homer Bailey threw one of, if not his best outing since throwing a no-hitter earlier this year. He went seven and a third innings scattering five hits and no runs.
"As we've seen before, six runs with this team doesn't mean you've already won," Bailey said. "It was really important for us to go out there the first couple of innings and put up zeros."
The Reds wasted no time erasing the zero they had on the board. After consecutive singles by leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto walked to load the bases. Jay Bruce brought home two with a single to center and Ryan Ludwick followed with a doubled to left that home another run. Bruce scored on an RBI groundout by Todd Frazier and following a groundout by Ryan Hanigan, Homer Bailey collected his first RBI of the year by singling to center and bringing around Zack Cozart. It brought the score to 6-0 following the top of one.
Wainwright came out for the second looking for a quick inning, but the Reds continued to pile it on. After a leadoff single by Phillips, Votto walked for a second straight at-bat brining Jay Bruce up to the plate. He continued to stay hot at Busch stadium and tattooed a 1-2 pitch into the seats in right center field to bring the score to 9-0. Wainwright finished the inning and his outing was over.
"He was making mistakes and we were taking advantage of them," Bruce said of Wainwright. "It's not likely for him. He pretty well knows what he's doing up there, to say the least. We kind of gave them a little bit of what they gave us. They made mistakes, and we took advantage. That's the type of baseball we expect to play."
Bailey rarely found himself in a jam and going into the bottom half of the eighth, he just reached the century mark on pitches. After walking the first batter and getting a groundout, Bailey's night was done. J.J. Hoover, who had given up a grand slam to Allen Craig on Monday's loss, got the next two batters to end the eighth.
Chris Heisey scored the final run on a solo shot in the top of the ninth to put the Reds ahead 10-0.
Sam LeCure pitched the ninth and faced five batters before getting Rob Johnson to ground out and end the game.
The win brought the Reds within three and a half games of first place. Thursday is an off day after playing 20 games in 20 days. They will head to Colorado before heading home against the Cardinals for a pivotal four-game series.
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