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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Reds Lay Goose Egg On Dusty Baker's Birthday

Many fathers around the country will get eggs served in bed tomorrow for Father's Day.

On Dusty Baker's 64th birthday, the eve of Father's Day, the Reds were shut out by Yovani Gallardo and three of his mates in the bullpen.

The Reds mustered seven hits and drew a pair of walks but stranded seven base runners while the Milwaukee Brewers scored six times in a 6-0 win.  The Brewers' pitchers were the last staff without a shutout to their credit.


"It seems like we never win on my birthday," Baker said.  "Next year I'm going to get thrown out of the game in the first inning."

The Reds seemed to be running in sand all day and there were two instances in which the Reds' batters didn't run out ground balls.

Brandon Phillips in the fourth inning gave up on a ground ball to shortstop that Jean Segura bobbled but was still thrown out.  Zack Cozart took a long time to run out a sixth inning ground ball to third.

"It was addressed," Baker said.  "I'm not going to harp on it but I addressed it right away.  Everybody is on low energy but you still have to play.  It seems like one or two times a year we have to address this."

The Reds played two extra-inning games totaling 24 innings on Thursday and Friday.   Then they had to play three hours earlier than normal on Saturday but there was no excuse.

Homer Bailey didn't have his best game either although the six runs he allowed were not a result of getting pounded.

Jonathan Lucroy singled in the second and went to second on a wild pitch by Bailey. Logan Schafer singled with Lucroy stopping at third.  Schafer was running when Bailey threw another wild pitch.  Schafer went all the way to third.  Juan Francisco hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Schafer.

Bailey had two quick innings, then Schafer doubled in the sixth.  Francisco hit a soft fly to left that skimmed off the foul pole for a home run.  The former Red had four plate appearances in which he was 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI.

Schafer ended the scoring an inning later with a two-run double.

Bailey pitched seven innings to help save his bullpen.

"He wanted to go back out for the eighth because that's the kind of teammate he is," Baker said.  "I told him no.  We had a couple guys that could pitch.  J.J. Hoover and Manny Parra pitched scoreless innings.

"I made a couple mistakes that they hit down the line, then a couple good pitches that they put into play," Bailey said.  "It was just their day.  It is tough to swallow.  The ball down the line was in the air 40 seconds, then went out by two feet."

The Reds got nothing off Gallardo but singles spaced far enough that there were no real threats.

"When he is on, he's as tough as they get," Baker said.

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