If there was a point this season where the Cincinnati Reds were most desperate for a win, it would have been last night. After losing Tuesday evening pushing the losing skid to four games, a win Wednesday night would be a huge confidence booster before heading to Arizona.
Even with ace Clayton Kershaw standing in the way, the Reds somehow found a way, thanks in part to a Brandon Phillips bomb and a great outing from Homer Bailey, to pull off a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It was a really big win. Whew, we needed that one," Bailey said. "You don't ever want to get swept — I don't care where you're at or who you're playing. We really needed that, especially with a road trip tonight heading over to Phoenix. We need to start that series on a good note."
"Brandon hitting the two-run homer was big. That was a big early lead for us," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It was important. Runs were a premium. The mist comes and the air gets heavier. Not a lot of balls are going to go over the fence in this ballpark later in the game."
"We're kind of past that early part of the season. We're not in the early stages," Price said. "We're getting into the meat of the middle of this thing. We need to play better, and we need to secure wins. Here is a great one-run victory where we grinded it out and found a way to get a lead. The bullpen did a great job of shutting it down. It was a huge win."