Sloppy loss to Mets
Don’t let the 8-4 final fool you as the Reds saw their five-game win streak snapped by the Mets on Thursday. This was a game they were roundly beaten in the earlier innings. It was 6-0 through six innings and 8-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
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The Three Stars:
No. 3 star: Jason Bay, NYM — 2-for-5, HR. The struggling Bay, a .159 hitter this season, started a three-run rally in the sixth with his one-out solo homer, his sixth of the season.
No. 2 star: Ike Davis, NYM — 2-for-4, HR, double, 2 RBIs. Davis snapped a 0-0 tie with his leadoff homer to right field against Homer Bailey in the fourth inning.
No. 1 star: Matt Harvey, NYM — 7 2/3 ip, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 89 pitches/63 strikes. Harvey was making only his fifth Major League start and he had complete control over the Reds. He was perfect through the first four innings. The third time through the Cincinnati order, he threw 15 pitches, 14 for strikes. He faced five hitters in the seventh, and used only five pitches.
“You have to give a lot of credit to the young man over there. He threw a heck of a game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
News and notes:
*This was a poorly played game defensively with three Reds errors — by Brandon Phillips, Scott Rolen and Zack Cozart. All resulted in runs scoring. The fourth-inning throwing error by Phillips was his first since May 6 at Pittsburgh, which snapped his errorless streak at a career-best 84 games.
“In 162 games, you have games like this,” Cozart said. “The way we’re playing lately, it’s odd. We expect to come out here and win every game, and that was pretty sloppy. We’ve just got to come back tomorrow and play better.”
*Homer Bailey did not look good for the fourth straight start as he allowed six runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Since a five-start stretch in July when he was 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA and a 3.53 ERA overall, he’s 1-2 with an 8.24 ERA from July 31 to the present. His worst moment of the night came after a two-out intentional walk to Kelly Shoppach. Harvey was given a hanging breaking ball and drove a two-run double to the wall in left-center field.
“He started out great, throwing the ball well,” Baker said. “Then, he hung the breaking ball to the pitcher, who we were told is a pretty good hitter. It was a fat pitch to hit.”
*Bailey is already at career highs in innings (147) and starts (24). While fatigue would seem to be an issue, both he and Baker did not seem to agree.
“I feel great. I feel good out there throwing and into starts and stuff,” Bailey said. “I’m not really getting that sore between starts. Physically I feel great. I have no excuses, just not making pitches as consistently as I need to.”
*Jay Bruce has a four-game hitting streak and is 7-for-17 (.412) during it with three doubles, three homers and seven RBIs.
*Ryan Ludwick, who hit his 22nd homer of the season in the ninth inning, has a season-high hitting streak of eight games and is batting .344 (11-for-32) with three homers and eight RBIs during it.