Bailey beaten again as Cubs sweep four game series vs Reds

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds walks to the dugout after the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms during Players Weekend. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Cubs 9 Reds  0

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The Chicago Cubs routed the Reds 9-0 Sunday afternoon at Wrigley to complete a four game sweep. It's the Cubs first sweep of at least a four games series vs the Reds at Wrigley since 1945.....when Harry Truman was President. 

What goes around comes around. The Reds had swept a four-game series from the Cubs at GABP in June. The Reds fall 21 games back of the Cubs in the NL Central.

The Reds finished 1-6 on the road trip and have dropped five consecutive games.

They fall to 56-75 on the season. They were 55-76 through 131 games a year ago.

The Reds are now 13-22 since the All-Star break and 8-16 in August.

While it certainly was not all Bailey's fault, as his defense didn't help matters, he took the loss and drops to 1-12 on the season. He hasn't won since May 12.

5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HR, 83 pitches/62 strikes. His ERA dropped to 6.17.

The Cubs fouled off 25 of Bailey's 62 strikes thrown, swinging and missing just five pitches. 

He's allowed 37 hits and 16 earned runs over his last four starts and 19.2 innings.

The Reds fall to 1-17 in his 18 starts this season. Per StatsbySTATS, this is now the most team losses through 18 starts of an individual pitcher's season in the live-ball era.

That makes the Reds 55-58 in all other games.  

The Cubs batted for 21 minutes in a three run, 31 pitch first inning vs Bailey. The inning included a dribbler for a hit by Daniel Murphy, a Jose Peraza throwing error (18th) and Billy Hamilton slipping and falling down on a Jason Hewyard triple hit over his head. All runs were unearned in the inning.

David Bote jacked a two-run homer over the left-field bleachers and out of Wrigley Field in the third inning to make it 5-0 Cubs.

Robert Stephenson, pitching in relief for the first time this season, imploded in his inning of work (7th). He allowed three runs on three hits, including a home run. With two outs and runners on the corners, he balked when he turned and attempted to make a pickoff throw to first base. With 1B Tucker Barnhart not holding the runner on, Stephenson held the ball. A run scored.

I said it last week on Sports Talk, I'l say it again: Stephenson not only lacks the ability to locate his fastball consistently, but he lacks general awareness on the mound. It really is startling.

Cody Reed pitched a scoreless inning of relief. The Reds announced prior to the game that Reed will move into the starting rotation next week, with Sal Romano and Stephenson moving to the bullpen.

The Reds managed just three hits on the day, two from Barnhart. Sunday marked the second time the Reds have been shutout this week and the ninth time overall. Think Joey Votto's absence does not have a domino affect on this lineup? Toss in the loss of Jesse Winker and the offense is simply crippled.

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister

Lance McAlister covers everything in Cincinnati sports! Host of sports talk on Cincinnati News Radio 700WLW and ESPN 1530! Read more


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