The Reds dropped the series opener to the Pirates in spectacular form, 8-4. Homer Bailey, who previously owned the Pirates, got totally lit up.
Tonight Johnny Cueto (5-3, 2.54 ERA) goes out for revenge. He’s facing off against Brad Lincoln (3-0, 1.04 ERA). Cueto’s been good and Cueto’s been bad the last few starts, but we really need good Cueto tonight after the small number of innings Bailey ate through yesterday.
The Cardinals/Astros game mirrored the Pirates/Reds game for much of the evening last night:
- The Reds and Cardinals both struck first
- The Pirates and Astros both came back quickly and authoritatively
- The score was 8-4 in both games at approximately the same time
The most notable difference is that the Cardinals actually made a late-inning attempt to come back. Whereas the Reds only managed to put 1 on the board in the ninth, the Cardinals managed to put up 4. It wasn’t quite enough, though, and the Cardinals lost, 8-9. This put the Pirates firmly and solely into second place in the NLC, 2 games behind the Reds and 1 game ahead of the Cards.
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Homer Bailey was the winning pitcher in the Reds’ 10,000th franchise victory on April 20, 2012.