Bailey solid, Reds sweep Marlins 2-0

Posted: 16/08/2010 in MLB
Cairo, Bailey help Reds sweep Marlins
Miguel Cairo’s two-run homer in the sixth inning was all the Reds needed, as Homer Bailey and three relievers blanked the Marlins, 2-0, to complete a three-game sweep.Bailey (2-2), in his first start since May 23, gave up just three hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six scoreless innings and showed little signs of the right shoulder inflammation that kept him out for nearly three months.

Anibal Sanchez (9-8) was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in a six-inning start for Florida, which had won four straight coming into the series.

“[Sanchez] did a great job keeping us in the game, making his pitches and throwing strikes,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

The Reds, on the other hand, limped into the weekend set on the heels of getting swept by National League Central rival St. Louis, which lost to the Cubs on Sunday and now trail the Reds by one game for the division lead.

Sunday didn’t start out well for Cincinnati, as NL MVP candidate Joey Votto was thrown out in the first inning by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in the middle of his at-bat. Votto was apparently arguing a called strike, though there was no face-to-face confrontation between the two prior to the ejection.

Drew Stubbs came in facing a 1-2 count and doubled off the wall in center, but was stranded there when Jonny Gomes popped out.

Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio prevented the Reds from scoring in the fourth with a perfectly timed jump at the wall to take away a possible home run for Jim Edmonds.

The hosts finally broke the scoreless tie in the sixth, as Cairo sent a hanging slider into the first row of seats in left field for his fourth home run of the season. Gomes reached earlier in the inning with a walk.

Bailey was pulled to start the seventh after throwing 102 pitches. Logan Ondrusek came in from the bullpen and gave up back-to-back singles to start the frame, but retired the next two hitters and struck out pinch-hitter Chad Tracy to leave the bags full after a walk.

Nick Masset brushed off Logan Morrison’s one-out double in the eighth, and Francisco Cordero entered in the ninth to close it out, though Mike Stanton made things interesting with a leadoff double to the right-field wall.

Wes Helms then grounded out and Bonifacio looked at a strike three on the inside corner before pinch-hitter Cody Ross worked a walk to put the tying run on first. Cordero, though, was able to freeze pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy for strike three to notch his 32nd save of the season.

“[Bailey] threw the ball great. Masset threw the ball well, and [Cordero] was throwing some fire,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of his pitchers.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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