A day after the Cincinnati Reds were shut out by the New York Yankees, the Reds finally found their stroke at the plate and held on to defeat the mighty Yankees, 6-5, in Yankee stadium Saturday afternoon.
Homer Bailey (2-3) went 6.1 innings, gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs. He improved his ERA to 4.34.
The big blast for the Cincinnati Reds came from their undisputed leader, Joey Votto. He blasted a 3-run homerun in the 5th inning to give the Reds a 5-2 lead. The Yankees answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but Mike Costanzo, who got his first major league hit earlier, lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Brandon Phillips. It was a very important run because the Yankees made a game of it in the bottom of the 9th scoring 2 runs to pull within 1, 6-5.
Now it is time for my rant. Logan Ondrusek and Aroldis Chapman pitched the 7th and the 8th innings respectively. Neither gave up a run for the Cincinnati Reds. Chapman faced 3 batters and struck out 2 in the 8th. As is the custom for Dusty Baker, he went with Sean Marshall to close out the game. Marshall did anything but close the game for the Reds. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and managed only 1 out. Jose Arredondo came on to close out the game and recorded his first save.
I am going to ask again. Why would you not bring Chapman out for the 9th to finish out the game? Why, in the wide, wide world of sports, would you not use your best, most feared pitcher to finish the game? Chapman still has yet to allow an earned run. He has only allowed 2 unearned runs all year. He is striking out more than half of the batters he has faced. Leave him in!!!!
Anyway, a win is a win and the Cincinnati Reds will take them any way they can get them. The two teams will go at it again on Sunday afternoon for the rubber match.