For the second straight game, Cincinnati Reds starter Homer Bailey (L, 7-6) wished he had a do-over.
He was pitching fantastic. He was keeping pace with the best team in the National League. He was pitching as well as he could, and holding his own against Cole Hamels.
With the score knotted at one in the top of the eighth, things began to get rocky. With a man on and one out, he threw one right where Shane Victorino lives. Of course he paid the price by watching the ball sail into the right field seats, and as it were, the game as well.
The NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies broke their own two-game losing streak by ending the Reds' four-game ride, 3-2.
Home runs are beginning to be the young man's nemesis. He is finding out the hard way that seven or eight innings of great stuff can end with one swing of the bat.
The Christian Bale look-alike fanned nine and allowed only six hits through eight innings. His control was especially sharp, as he threw 73 strikes in 100 pitches allowing no walks.
This was the debut for rookie Yonder Alonso at third base. Most Reds fans had been clamoring for this, and oddly enough there was not one play involving the third baseman.
The young slugger suffered at the plate wearing a size-four collar with three strikeouts. Unfortunately that is not what we were looking for.
The Reds had the beef of their lineup at bat in the ninth. Jay Bruce singled bringing up Alonso as the potential winning run. He struck out swinging and Drew Stubbs and Edgar Renteria both grounded out.
Hamels was extremely sharp in his first game since coming off the DL. He pitched six innings and gave up just two hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts.
It was a tough loss, but nothing new to a team that has under achieved all season. Tonight's game features Cy Young winner Roy Halladay (15-5) facing Reds workhorse Bronson Arroyo (8-10).
- Bailey struck out Placido Polanco three times. He has only been fanned 34 times all year.
- Brandon Phillips had two hits raising his season average to .299.
- Ryan Hanigan went 2-3.
- This was the 32nd consecutive game Joey Votto has walked or gotten a hit.
- After tonight's poor performance Alonso is still batting .412/.500/.765.
- The Reds are now 13.5 games out of first place with 28 left to play.