Reds-Cubs postgame extra
Pretty nutty game for the Reds in a 5-4 win over the Cubs.
*Carlos Silva, who was 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA in his last two seasons, had the Reds completely shut down for six innings.
*Homer Bailey was laboring with a high pitch count (64 thru 3, 106 thru 5)
*Unsung hero of the night was Micah Owings, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief.
*Obvious hero of the night was Drew Stubbs, who hit the grand slam in the bottom of the eighth.
*A nailbiter in the ninth when Francisco Cordero gave up a Derrek Lee homer, followed by a single and two errors that loaded the bases. Cordero escaped and got his first save.
Some postgame quotes:
Dusty Baker —
“The key is Homer kept us in the game. He struggled, big time. He threw a lot of pitches but kept it 3-1.”
“That’s perfect. He gave us innings. He gave us some zeroes. He gave us a chance to come back. We were down 3-1 but it seemed like we were down a lot more because every time I looked up, they had the top of the lineup or middle of the lineup up again. You start counting during the game. We hadn’t batted around once yet, and they batted around twice. They were almost two innings ahead of us. Anytime you have to face their big hitters four or almost five times a game that early in the game, somebody is going to get you.”
Homer Bailey —
“I absolutely didn’t have good stuff today. No matter what was going on, there were times I felt like I couldn’t buy an out. I just tried to keep pushing forward and limit the damage the best I could. My pitch count skyrocketed by my own doing.”
Francisco Cordero on Phillips’ marvelous barehanded play in the ninth on Tyler Colvin’s grounder. It was close call at first base.
“We should give the save to Brandon Phillips on that play right there. He had a great play.”
“I think he was out. Obviously, I was pitching and wanted him to be called out. I wouldn’t have been mad if he was called safe. It was a tight play. we got the call, we got the W and I got the save.”
Micah Owings —
“When I got the ball, I did the best I could each pitch. That will be my approach from here on out.”
The Reds have a 2-2 record but have only led for three innings, total, if my math is correct. They had the 1-0 lead after Arroyo’s bottom of the fifth two-out single vs. STL on Thursday until the 7th on Holliday’s leadoff homer. They didn’t take the lead tonight until Stubbs’ slam in the eighth.
I’m off for the next two games. Catch you on Monday from South Florida.
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