After sweeping the Astros and taking the first game of the series against the Cardinals, the Reds had their five-game winning streak snapped today. Homer Bailey turned in his best outing of the season, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. The Cardinals scored three runs in the eighth inning, all with two out. There would be no comeback this time as St. Louis held on for the 6-3 victory.
Tomorrow marks the conclusion of the series and the road trip. If we think logically, the Reds have had a successful trip no matter what happens tomorrow. However, we are fans who blog and don’t have to think logically should we choose not to.
A loss would mean the Reds lose the series and be a game under .500 for the season. It would also make for a disappointing trip back to Cincinnati. A victory would mean the Reds take back-to-back series against division opponents.
It will be a rematch of the Opening Day starters. Aaron Harang (1-3, 7.16) will oppose Chris Carpenter (3-0, 3.48).