There was a pretty large crowd on hand for a day game, and it was even on tv, but I think most everyone could have done with seeing less of this stinker. The Reds were behind early and it just never got better till it was over with a score of 8-4.
Homer Bailey started for the Reds and just couldn’t last very long. In 4.0 innings pitched he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk. Alfredo Simon (2.0 IP), Bill Bray (1.0 IP), and Logan Ondrusek (1.0 IP) were scoreless, but Jose Arredondo really struggled in the ninth. With 2 outs in the inning, he loaded the bases and walked in 2 runs before Sam LeCure came in to get the last out.
Even without the scoring in the ninth, though, the Reds offense had not been able to put together enough against Zack Greinke to contend with the Brewers. Ryan Ludwick had 2 hits and they were home runs no less, but there was no one on. The other 2 RBI belonged to Brandon Phillips, who later left the game after getting a knee to the head from a sliding runner, and Miguel Cairo, who filled in for him at second.
The loss brings the Reds’ record to 41-33. It was the last home game before the All-Star break as the team heads out to the west coast for some seriously jetlagged baseball. Tonight they take on the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, and they’re putting their best foot forward. Johnny Cueto (9-3, 2.21 ERA) takes on Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 3.10 ERA) at 10:15 p.m. ET