Back to back comeback nights. That just about sums up the Cincinnati Reds when talking about the last two games of the three-game series between them and the Houston Astros. One night after Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homerun in the 9th to give the Reds the win, Stubbs did it again. This time it was a two run double in the top of the 9th to give the Reds the sweep.
For the Cincinnati Reds, it was their 7th straight victory. That is the highest win streak for the Reds during the 2012 season. Not only that, it moved the Reds to 18 games over .500 (58-40), tied the Reds with the most wins in the NL and, get this, the third sweep in the last four series. To say the Cincinnati Reds are hot, is an understatement of the word hot.
Homer Bailey ptiched very well in difficult situations to put the Reds in position to pull out the victory. He went 7 innings, gave up 4 hits, 0 runs, struck out 7 and walked 5. He lowered his ERA to 3.53. Bailey was in line to pick up his 5th win in a row, but for Logan Ondrusek blowing the save and giving up the lead by allowing 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Sean Marshall came on to get the last out in the 8th to pick up the win. Aroldis Chapman picked up his 19th save for the season.
In the end, though, it was Stubbs’ night to be the hero. Both of his exploits have come at the expense of former Cincinnati Reds’ closer, Francisco Cordero as he blew his first two save opportunities as an Astro. Reds’ fans know all too well how the Astros’ fans feel watching Cordero create his own messes and then blowing the win. It was common place last year with the Reds.
The Cincinnati Reds will take the day off tomorrow and then travel to Colorado to take on the Rockies in a series starting Friday.