The Cincinnati Reds opened up their 10 game road trip with a win over the Miami Marlins in Miami. A win over the Marlins is
nothing to cheer about, lets be honest this is a AAA team with one star player. Cincinnati rolled over the Marlins with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night.
Cincinnati did all of their run scoring in the first two innings, Brandon Phillips drove in Zach Cozart in the first then a two walked in runs and a bases clearing double by Xavier Paul put the Reds up 6-1 in the second. From there Homer Bailey took over taking command of the game in route to a complete game, his first of the season.
Homer gave up two runs while striking out 10 keeping his ERA to a decent 3.51, he of course is looking to get it lower. Bailey who the pitching staff has been known to coddle at times threw 125 pitches tonight, his most since his no hitter late last season agains the Pirates.
The offense for the Reds was relatively decent tonight, Votto continues his hot streak going 3 for 4 and moving his batting average up to .322 and his OBP up to .454. Brandon Phillips and Zach Cozart are both on nice little hitting streaks themselves, the bottom of the order is struggling a bit.
The Marlins this season are absolutely awful, not Houston Astros awful but definitely the worst team in the NL. Miami is made up of a roster that includes a veteran or two, a bunch of no name minor leaguers, a young pitching phenom, and on superstar player. The Marlins are last in Runs, Batting Average, Slugging Percentage and second to last in On Base Percentage. Miami just isn’t good,the team has no drive, the owner hates the city its just a mess. The bright spot here is Giancarlo Stanton aka Michael Stanton who could end up in a Reds uniform before the trade deadline.
Cincinnati sends Mike Leake to the mound tomorrow to take on Alex Sanabia who ever that is.