Reds Avoid Sweep

After losing an early lead and their series-opening game at St. Louis on Monday and following it up with a lackluster performance on Tuesday the Reds looked to be headed toward getting swept against the division leaders. They avoided that in a big way on Wednesday by jumping on the Cardinals early and cruising to a shutout win.

Whether it was a lineup change, or venting frustration from the previous two games, or something else, Cincinnati came ready to play Thursday at St. Louis. They jumped on the Cardinals for six runs in the first inning. Of course only two days earlier they lost after taking a four-run first inning lead, but Jay Bruce minimized the chances of that happening again when he popped a three-run homer in the second. When the game was finished the Reds had a 10-0 victory.

The first five batters reached base safely in the go-ahead rally which including a two-run single by Bruce, RBI-double from Ryan Ludwick, and was capped off by a run-scoring single from Homer Bailey. After the next frame no one crossed the plate until a Chris Heisey home run in the ninth. It was the shortest outing of Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright's career. Brandon Phillips was moved from fourth to the second spot in the order and responded with hits on the first two pitches he saw. Bruce took his spot cleaning up and had two hits and five RBI. Zach Cozart continued swinging a hot bat and finished with three hits, two of the infield variety, and Bailey helped his cause with a couple of singles at the plate.

On the mound Bailey was strong, allowing only five hits/two walks over seven-plus shutout innings while striking out seven for the win. J.J. Hoover entered in the eighth to finish the inning before Sam LeCure finished the shutout by tossing a scoreless ninth.

The game left the Reds three and a half games behind the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central Division and three games behind the Pirates who won over Milwaukee. Cincinnati will have the day off Thursday to travel to Colorado as they continue their road trip against the Rockies.

The Reds entered the game losers of three straight but after the early offensive outburst Bailey was a "stopper" as he improved his record to 9-10 and lowered his ERA to 3.55. Cozart has gone 12-32 (.375) over his last nine games. Bruce went 5-11 with two homers in the three-game series.

Down on the Farm:

Louisville lost a four-run lead when they allowed seven in the sixth inning in their 7-4 loss at Columbus. Four Bats had two hits in the game: Billy Hamilton, Derrick Robinson, Neftali Soto, and Henry Rodriguez. Yohan Pino allowed three runs over the first five innings for no decision. Daniel Corcino made his second relief appearance in three days and was charged with three runs without getting an out for the loss.

Pensacola had the day off and will open a five-game series at Mobile Thursday that will complete their season.

Bakersfield scored three runs in the eighth inning, but it was not enough in their 4-3 loss to visiting Stockton. Juan Silverio led the Blaze with two hits while two of their runs came from solo homers from Danny Vicioso and Juan Perez. Fabian Williamson got the start and was lifted in the fifth inning and charged with three runs for the loss. Joey Housey tossed two scoreless innings of relief before Pat Doyle threw a scoreless ninth.

Dayton fell behind when they allowed three runs in the fourth inning and eventually lost 4-1 at Great Lakes. Beau Amaral had two of the six Dragon hits. Jackson Stephens took the loss for allowing four runs over the first five and two-thirds innings.

Billings had the day off and will travel to Great Falls to resume their schedule Thursday.

The AZL Reds dropped their season finale by a score of 10-9 against the AZL Dodgers. The Reds had a six-run lead after the top of the sixth inning, but the Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the frame and came back to plate the game-winner in the seventh. Logan Uxa had two extra-base hits and three RBI. Kevin Frankling and Alberti Chavez finished with three hits each. Cory Thompson and Dalton Carter added two hits apiece to the Reds attack. Manuel Aybar got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) over the first three innings. Ibrahin Redan was on the mound when the go-ahead run crossed to pin the loss on him.

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