Bailey in vintage form as Reds cool Crew
MILWAUKEE -- A day after the Brewers made history by scoring in every inning they came to bat, Homer Bailey kept those same bats quiet, and the Reds' four-run seventh provided enough cushion for a 7-4 win over the Crew at Miller Park on Friday night.
Milwaukee became just the 19th team since 1900 to plate at least one run in every inning on Thursday against the Braves, but did not get on the board Friday night until a Ramón Flores homer in the eighth. In his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery, Bailey spearheaded the charge by throwing six scoreless frames while striking out 11 -- his first double-digit strikeout game since July 2013. The Reds pitching staff's 15 strikeouts were a season high for a nine-inning game.
"[Bailey] pitched very well," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "I've seen Homer Bailey a lot, and that's as good as I've ever seen him pitch. He was really good tonight."
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Adam Duvall hit a no-doubt homer in the second off Jimmy Nelson to lead the Reds' offense, which put 17 runners on base and cracked the game open with the four-run seventh.
"One of the unsung things in that game was Brandon [Phillips] stealing second base in the third and [Eugenio] Suarez getting kind of jammed and hitting that base hit into right field to drive in a run there," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And then [Ivan] De Jesus in a 5-0 game pinch-hitting and driving in two more with a base hit. We talk about those add-on runs and how important they are."
Nelson labored through 108 pitches over five innings, allowing three runs to lose his fifth consecutive start. Since throwing seven scoreless frames against the Reds on July 16, Nelson has allowed 28 runs (19 earned) over 23 innings.
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Duvall got it done: Duvall not only enjoyed a three-hit night and reached safely four times, his third-inning solo homer was his first since Aug. 2 vs. the Cardinals and No. 27 for the season. He clobbered Nelson's 2-1 sinker to left-center field. According to Statcast™, the exit velocity off the bat was 107 mph. Duvall, who entered batting .206 in the second half, had reached base in six straight plate appearances since Wednesday until he struck out in the eighth.
"Guys that hit homers, and then they don't hit homers or extra-base hits or whatever, they sometimes ponder what's going on," Price said. "In the end, that's the ebb and flow of the season. It really is."
Said Nelson: "It wasn't a hanger or anything. At that point, you tip your cap; he put a good swing on a good pitch."
Pina colada: Just one day removed from his first big league RBIs, Manny Piña clobbered his first career homer as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Down 7-1, Pina sent a 1-0 fastball from Keyvius Sampson 428 feet to center, according to Statcast™, for a three-run homer. Since being recalled from Triple-A after the Jonathan Lucroy trade, Pina is batting .500 and has six RBIs.
"Today and yesterday were the kinds of moments that I'm never going to forget," Pina said. "Yesterday was my first RBI in the big leagues and today was my first homer. It's an amazing moment."
Two-out rally: The opening inning was poised to be quick for the Reds after Nelson retired the game's first two batters. But a walk to Joey Votto, followed by a Duvall hit-by-pitch and Brandon Phillips single loaded the bases. Scott Schebler's walk forced home a run and gave Cincinnati the lead.
Breaking through: Flores had batted .139 since the beginning of July and was hitless in August until he broke the Reds' shutout bid up in the eighth with a homer to center field. It was the second long ball of Flores' career and his first extra-base hit since July 17. With the homer, Milwaukee avoided being shut out for the seventh time this season.
"I had to grind a little bit in the fifth, walked the first guy, broken-bat hit, but really I think a lot of credit goes to [catcher] Tucker [Barnhart] tonight. We've seen two games now, the first one and this one, he makes my job so much easier. He had a plan going into it, and at the end of the day I just have to go execute pitches." -- Bailey
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Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton continued his torrid stolen base pace with three more swipes on Friday, which gave him a Major League-leading 51 for the season. It gave him three-straight seasons of at least 50 steals. He's just the third Reds player to ever have three 50-steal seasons -- joining Joe Morgan (five times) and Bob Bescher (four). Hamilton has also stolen 28 bases over his last 23 games.
Counsell was ejected before the eighth by home-plate umpire Bill Miller. It was the first ejection for Counsell this season.
"We had a little disagreement on balls and strikes," Counsell said.
Reds: When the series continues at 7:10 p.m. ET Saturday, starting pitcher Dan Straily will look to stay unbeaten since the All-Star break. Straily is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last five starts, while Cincinnati is 5-0 in those games. That included seven scoreless innings vs. Milwaukee on July 17.
Brewers:Zach Davies will look to build on his extended run of success when he takes the mound against the Reds at 6:10 p.m. CT at Miller Park on Saturday. Over his last 17 starts, Davies has gone 9-1 with a 2.92 ERA. The right-hander last faced the Reds on July 17, throwing seven scoreless frames.
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