After a dramatic walk off home run by Jay Bruce on Friday night, the Cincinnati Reds came into Saturday’s game winners of 4 of
their last five and only 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead. The little momentum the Reds were carrying came to a screatching halt Saturday as the Brewers blanked the Reds 6-0.
Homer Bailey was on the mound for the Reds, this season there have been two distinct Homer Bailey’s. The Homer that dominates a game like he did with the Cubs last week and the Homer that gets handled like he did yesterday. Homer just didn’t have his stuff yesterday. Giving up 6 runs on 8 hits through 7 innings yesterday.
The Brewers had Yovani Gallardo pitching for them, he went a strong 6 innings before being pulled. Their bullpen took the game from there and did an excellent job.
Cincinnati’s offense was able to get 7 hits off of the Brewers pitchers. Unfortunately they were never able to capitalize on that stranding 7 and going 0-4 with runners in scoring position. Joey Votto’s day off didn’t seem to help, going hitless on the day. Jay Bruce and Ryan Hanigan have found their bats in recent days both getting two hits.
The Reds offense has been mind boggling this season. One night they are able to light up the score board the next night they look like a struggling high school team in the GMC. It makes no sense, but this is a team that still is in the top 5 in baseball and playing in arguably the most competitive division in baseball. All the complaining I do and Reds fans do is just out of frustration knowing this team is capable of being better.
Once again on Saturday though Dusty Baker confused all Reds fans by leaving in a struggling Homer Bailey. Homer gave up 2 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, why send him out for the 7th? Its confusing, the bullpen was capable of working an extra inning. Although Aroldis Chapman will never go more than an inning, we learned that this weekend so Dusty continues to confuse and annoy Reds fans.
The Reds return to GABP on Sunday to face the Brewers and Wily Peralta. Johnny Cueto will be making his return from the DL on Sunday as well.