Sigh. Last night’s game started off so well.
Chris Heisey hit a 2-run home run in the first inning with Zach Cozart on base to give the Reds an early lead. But starter Homer Bailey wasn’t up to the task of holding the lead against one of the worst teams in the majors. Bailey allowed runs in the second, third, and fourth, giving up the early lead.
But the offense was up to the first loss of the lead. In the bottom of the fourth, with the Reds down 3-2, Scott Rolen came to the plate with a man on and launched his third home run of the season. The Reds had a 4-3 lead.
Bailey settled down for the fifth, pitching a scoreless inning, but he got into trouble in the sixth and couldn’t make it out. And with the bases loaded and one out, manager Dusty Baker brought in newly activated reliever Bill Bray. Bray failed, allowing 2 inherited runners to score.
This lead loss was one the offense couldn’t overcome, despite opportunities.
The loss brings Cincinnati’s losing streak to a season-high 4 games in a row. They turn to Johnny Cueto to stop it this afternoon at 4:10pm EDT.