It was a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel in Cincinnati on Wednesday night as Homer Bailey (11-9) put together one of his better Great American Ballpark performances and put away Pittsburgh, 2-1. The win inches the Reds closer to October as their magic number continues to shrink. It now stands at just eight after St. Louis fell to San Diego, 3-2. For more details on the series finale, read on.
-We saw the “good” Homer Bailey again as he was able outduel AJ Burnett (15-7), tossing seven innings of one run ball. It’s not much of a secret that Bailey has struggled at GABP, but he posted an excellent line tonight, walking two while striking out four and lowering his season ERA to 3.93.
-It’s starting to feel final now. With the win, the Reds’ magic number to clinch the NL Central lowered to eight as the Cardinals lost again (ha!) at San Diego.
-J.J. Hoover got his shot at the back end of the bullpen with Aroldis Chapman shut down and Jonathan Broxton needing a d...