Blanked in St. Louis

Considering how well the series started for the Reds, it was a bleak way to split town with 10-0 shutout loss to the Cardinals. Click here for the game story.

Notes:

*The Reds are 3-23-2 in 28 series at STL since 2003.

*Reds lineup has one run over last two games, held scoreless last 14 innings.

*Homer Bailey’s scoreless streak of 23 2/3 innings (since 2012) blew up with a four-run fifth and four-run sixth. Bailey gave up three of the four St. Louis homers. He was whacked on the ankle by a sixth-inning comebacker from Pete Kozma and exited the game. But he was not injured.

“I didn’t really come out of the game because of my foot,” Bailey said. “I was trying to wave them off. It was because of me giving up the rockets that haven’t really landed yet.”

*Bailey’s line: 5 ip, 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 87 pitches/52 strikes

*Shin-Soo Choo walked and was hit by a pitch (5 HBPs already in ’13). He has reached base in all nine games this season.

*Joey Votto was 2-for-3 with a double — his first extra base hit of the season. Votto has also reached safely in all nine games and 22 of 44 plate appearances.

Three stars

No. 3 star: Matt Adams, STL (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) Adams has two homers in as many games and he’s very impressive considering there isn’t a spot for him in the Cardinals lineup. He could be quite dangerous later in the season if he does find a spot.

No. 2 star: Matt Carpenter, STL (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI)

“He was making good pitches the whole game,” Carpenter said of Bailey. “I think he just started catching more of the plate in the inning, he gave up the home run, and things kind of escalated from there. It’s just a testament to our team not pushing the panic button a couple times through the lineup when things weren’t going the way we wanted.”

No. 1 star: Jake Westbrook, STL (9 ip, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 111 pitches/69 strikes. Westbrook has thrown 15 2/3 scoreless innings in two starts to start the season.

“He was obviously throwing strikes, and throwing strikes with his sinker,” Votto said. “There were some misses on our part and some good sinking pitches on his part. It was perfect storm of a complete-game shutout. You need a little bit of luck, you need some skill and that’s exactly what happened today. I thought he threw fantastic, competed well and I wasn’t particularly surprised by that because he definitely has that capability.”

4 Comments

The thing that made this start for Bailey different from the previous streak of scoreless innings was: a different catcher.

Just sayin’

Didn’t Votto have a triple against the Nats? Regardless, still waiting on the power numbers to return. Hopefully it does soon.

John, what you said, the rest of us were thinking.
Nick, last Saturday Votto tripled in the 9th.

Boy Leake is looking like the Leak in the rotation…. just like last year. I guess he needs to allow 5 runs per 9 innings over 150 innings pitched before anyone realizes that he doesn’t have starter material: No velocity, no deception, no specialty pitches. But he can hit better than Votto! Maybe he can start at first until Votto gets over his 5 months of no conditioning.

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