Saturday, July 21, 2012

Homers support Homer

 Homer Bailey not only notched his fourth consecutive quality start, he earned his 9th win of the season with some much needed Reds run support.

The right handed Texan hurled 8 strong innings giving up just one earned run over six hits. Bailey also fanned a season best with 10 strikeouts, notching 88 for the year.

Reds pitching wasn't the only impressive sight last night at GABP. The Reds offense heated up in true Great American style with three home runs. Shortstop Zach Cozart drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot. The run was Cozart's 10th home run of the season and his first off of Brewer's pitcher Marco Estrado. The long ball returned in the bottom of the 7th when Jay Bruce who already hit a double, homered off Estrada bringing the Reds to a 2-0 lead over the Brew Crew. Scott Rolen came to the plate after a Ryan Ludwick strikeout only to hit the Reds third home run of the game. Scott Rolen earned his 4th home run of the year and Jay Bruce his 19th.

The Brewers tried to rally in the 8th with a Aoki RBI double scoring catcher Maldonado but couldn't get the offense going on the tired Homer Bailey.

Reds triple-digit closer Aroldis Chapman claimed his 19th save on the year fanning two in the top of the 9th. The 30,247 in attendance were on their feet to watch their elite closer do what he does best, throw 100+ fastballs. Batters Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez took big swings but just couldn't connect on the hurlers high heat slider and fastball. Corey Hart got just a piece of one, grounding out to Brandon Phillips to end the ballgame.

The Reds will host game two of the three game series tonight at 7:10.

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