ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SHUTOUT
Not a bad series in Pittsburgh, huh? Wow, that’s the best 3 consecutive games of Reds pitching I’ve possibly ever seen. Incredible!
On the heels of Johnny Cueto’s masterful performance last night (9ip, CG SHO, 1h, 0bb, 1hb), Homer Bailey responded this afternoon with a shiny new complete-game shutout of his own. Bailey scattered 4 hits with no walks and 6 strikeouts. He needed just 90 pitches and what was even more amazing - 73 of ’em were strikes.
Cueto and Bailey become the first pair of Reds pitchers to fire back-to-back complete-game shutouts since Jose Rijo and Tom Browning accomplished the feat on June 9 & 10, 1989 at Los Angeles.
During the 3-game series against the Pirates, Reds pitchers allowed 1 run over 27 innings. Reds starters allowed just 1 run over 25 innings. Cincinnati hurlers haven’t allowed a run since the 8th inning of Monday’s game (19 consecutive scoreless innings).
At the plate today the Reds were led by Brandon Phillips (2-for-4, 1r, double), Drew Stubbs (2-for-4, HR, 2r) and Joey Votto (1-for-4, 2-run HR).
The Redlegs have now won 5 straight, 12 of their last 16 and 14 of their last 21. They improve to 19-15, 4-games over .500.
Cincinnati is off tomorrow before starting up a weekend series vs St. Louis at Great American Ball Park. The first game of the 3-game set gets underway Friday night at 7:10 with Aaron Harang scheduled to oppose Jaime Garcia.
“Hanigan did an outstanding job behind the plate. We just kind of worked together and the whole time I just told myself ‘here, throw the darn thing into the glove.’ It’s that easy, right?” – Bailey
“We had a great series. It’s good to see everything come together.” – Bailey
“That’s my first complete-game shutout since turning pro. I didn’t even know how many pitches I had. Then, all of the sudden, I looked up and said ‘Oh I’m in the 9th inning, cool.’” – Bailey
“That’s as well of a pitched 2 days I’ve seen in a long time.” – Dusty
“He had his fastball working, his location was going good. We turned a couple of big double plays, too.” – Dusty
“The best pitch in baseball is a well-placed fastball.” – Dusty
That’s all for now! Time for some Cincinnati-style chili to welcome myself home with.
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