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Over the long course of a baseball season games tend to run together. It takes a lot to stand out.
Tuesday's game had a lot.
There was Homer Bailey's brilliant start. There was Billy Hamilton's first stolen base -- in a critical moment against the best catcher going. There was the big hit from Todd Frazier. And there was Aroldis Chapman striking out the side for the save with 103 mph gas and nasty sliders.
It added up to a 1-0 victory for the Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals before a crowd of 20219 at Great American Ball Park. The victory moves the Reds to within 1 1/2 games of the Cards in the National League Central.
"That was an outstanding game" Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It was playoff-type atmosphere. I told these guys hopefully we get used to that."
The Reds are guaranteed a split in the four-game series thus their seven-series losing streak to the Cards is over.
"That's a moot point" Baker said. "We can't b...
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Homer Bailey pitched a gem Tuesday night against the Cardinals to earn his 10th win of the season.
However, he almost didn't make it out of the second inning.
Check it out as Bailey escaped a scare in the top of the second when Yadier Molina nearly took his head off by a line drive.
Fortunately, Bailey was able to get his glove...
Hamilton made his first major league appearance last night as a pinch-runner and he snagged his first of what will be many stolen bases for the kid, and he did it off a pretty good catcher in Yadier Molina who has five Gold Gloves to his resume. You can get used to it, Hamilton had 175 steals last year. Can’t say we didn’t warn ya! The Reds prospect would later come around to...
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Billy Hamilton lowered his shoulders and got into high gear, taking off for second base on Seth Maness' pitch.
Whoosh! He was there. And moments later, he was dashing home with the only run of the game, one that would end with a little more radar-blurring speed.
Closer Aroldis Chapman jogged out of the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen, reached the mound at leisurely pace, and finished...
Hamilton swipes one of 155 bases in 2012Credit: AP/Ben Twingley
MLB September call ups (when teams can expand to beyond a 25-man roster to anyone on their 40-man roster) can always add a weapon or two to contenders, but usually aren’t game changers. The Cincinnati Reds, however, have a potential serious game changer in 22-year-old prospect OF Billy Hamilton, who was called up...
The dirt-smudged base leaned on the floor in front of Billy Hamilton's locker. An inscription in black ink noted the importance: ''MLB Debut 9/3/13.''
The speedy outfielder who outran everything in the minors got his first stolen base in the majors on Tuesday night, and it decided a game with playoff implications. Hamilton swiped second and came...
Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is fast - really fast. He's probably the fastest man in baseball today. He was a September call-up by the Reds, and got into Tuesday night's game with the Cardinals as a pinch runner in the seventh inning. Hamilton, who stole 155 bases last year at an 80.7% clip and stole "just" 75 bases this year at an 83% clip, came in...
Speedy Billy Hamilton got his first major league steal Tuesday night and came around on Todd Frazier's double in the seventh inning, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory, their second straight over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Hamilton set a professional record by swiping 155 bases in the minors last year. He got an ovation when he made his big league debut as a pinch runner...
The Reds go .500 this week but may have scored more than any week this season. A couple guys had a fantastic week and start the last series with Cards on the right foot.
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