Homer Bailey continued the run of good starting pitching for the Reds by coming through with, arguably, his best outing of the year. He went 8 innings and allowed only 1 run (in the first inning), 6 hits and struck out 3. Now this is the type of output the Cincinnati Reds have expected from their former number one pick. He was totally overpowering with the Mets. He worked in and out, up and down. He kept the Mets off balance all game long. This the same Met team that just came septthe mighty Tampa Bay Rays. Plus this is happening in New York.
The Cincinnati Reds were led by Jay Bruce at the plate. He provided all the offense the Reds needed by blasting a three-run homerun in the first inning to give the Reds the lead for good. The homer was Bruce’s 15th for the year. That moved him to 4th in the National League in home runs.
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds’ closer, came in to shut the door on any comeback the Mets might have had in store by striking out 1 and allowing 1 base on ball. It is pretty clear that Chapman has overcome his shaky patch from a couple of weeks ago. He picked up his 8th save and improved his ERA to 1.06. Homer Bailey improved his record to 5-4 with the win and his ERA to 4.03.
The win moved the Cincinnati Reds to a record of 37-27 (17-14 away from hitter friendly GABP). That’s right, the Reds are now 10 games over .500. That’s a double digit. It also insures that the Reds will win another series and sets them up for two series sweeps in a row.
The same two teams will go at it again on Sunday.