April 20, 2010

Dodgers 9, Reds 11: Even a 6 Run Lead Isn’t Safe

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W: Lincoln (1-0) L: Troncoso (0-1) S: Cordero (5)


When is a 6 run lead not enough? When you’re the Cincinnati Reds and you’re mired in your worst losing streak of the season.

One would think that with the way the offense exploded against the Dodgers, that maybe the pitching could step it up. But no. The starting and relief pitching continue to be black holes for the Reds. For one night, at least, the offense wasn’t.

Homer Bailey started for Cincinnati, and allowed 3 before his team had even batted. But the offense batted around in the 2nd inning, scoring an unprecedented 6 runs, only 1 from a homer. They added 3 more runs over the next 2 innings.

Bailey settled down until he tired in the 6th. On the night, he allowed 5 runs over 5 1/3 innings, with 8 hits, 3 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Thanks to the run-producing offense, though, he was in line for the win.

Until Nick Masset came in and let the Dodgers tie the game. The ending of the game followed the script for all the other 2010 Reds win, with the team scoring the eventual winning run in their final at bat, this time thanks to a single from Paul Janish.

Still, a win’s a win, and that 2nd inning was quite enjoyable to watch.

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