The Cincinnati Reds showed that they do still know how to win a game of baseball, defeating the New York Yankees 6-5.
Homer Bailey turned in a quality start, pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing 3 runs, 7 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. Bailey has been pitching better lately, as that quality start was his 6th in his last 7 outings.
The offense got on the board early against Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova. In the first, Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto both walked, and in what has been a rare occurrence this year, the cleanup hitter, Brandon Phillips, drove one of them in. In the second, a very hot Chris Heisey doubled in Devin Mesoraco. And then in the 5th, Joey Votto was pitched to with runners on and made the Yankees pay with his 7th home run of the year, a 3-run shot that gave the Reds a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Not that they didn’t try to. Sean Marshall has had some very wild appearances this year, and yesterday was no exception. Marshall allowed two runs in 1/3 of an inning before manager Dusty Baker pulled him for Jose Arredondo. Where Marshall couldn’t, Arredondo did and picked up his first career save in the process.
The Reds finish the series with the Yankees this afternoon at 1:05pm EDT when Johnny Cueto takes on C. C. Sabathia.