Big win avoids sweep
And early AM flight beckons so this is going to be brief. The Reds got a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers that stopped a season-high four game losing streak and avoid a series sweep. All the details are on MLB.com/Reds.com.
Items of note:
*The Reds were definitely aware of the significance of winning this one. The word “huge” was used and it wasn’t an overstatement. Leaving here swept would have put them seven games under .500 with a five-game losing streak and in the spot of having to win four in a row at Arizona to have a winning trip.
“There’s no tomorrow for us. Every day we have to go out there and win,” Brayan Pena said. “To be able to beat a guy like that [Clayton Kershaw] was pretty awesome for us. All the credit has to go to Bailey. He really stepped up and pitched a great game when we needed it. He’s been throwing the ball pretty good for us. This one is a big one. It’s huge for us, especially [against] the pitcher we faced. He’s one of the best pitchers in the big leagues.”
*Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer in the first inning was the first long ball of his career against Clayton Kershaw.
*Homer Bailey improved to 3-1 with a 2.17 ERA in four starts at Dodger Stadium since 2010.
*For the Dodgers, Jamie Romak pinch-hit in his Major League debut. He got a nice hand when the scoreboard showed how long he worked for the opportunity. Romak played 1,069 games in the Minors over 12 seasons.