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Reds: Game lost, catcher lost?



ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 25: Evan Gattis #24 of the Atlanta Braves tags out Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds at the plate to end the first inning at Turner Field on April 25, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Final: Braves 5 Reds 4  Boxscore
*Braves jumped on Homer Bailey for 3 runs in 1st (BJ Upton HR) and held on.
*Reds trailed 5-0, cut to 5-4 going to 9th.
*Facing Craig Kimbrel in 9th, Reds had a shot, got 1st two batters on:
Bernadina 1B leading off, Cozart  BB, Pena K after trying to bunt, Heisey K, Votto out on grounder(?) reviewed after Freddie Freeman stretched/fell to ground....Call upheld. Ballgame. Appeared to be correct call. PS....what is this on Kimbrel's hat?

Devin Mesoraco injured left hamstring rounding 3rd on RBI hit by Billy Hamilton.
He grabbed the back of his hamstring, like a sniper got him. He hobbled to the plate to score, then left the game. Video
*Tucker Barnhart was removed in 8th inning of game in Louisville. Would have to think he is catching flight Saturday morning to Atlanta. Southwest has non-stop 6:50AM. Can he carryon his catcher's gear?
*Todd Frazier forced to leave game with tightness in left thigh.
*Reds 3-8 in 1-run games.
*Braves 9-0 when scoring first this year.
*Bailey: 6 IN, 9 H, HR, 0 BB, 4 K....ERA now 6.15.
*Bailey has allowed 5 runs twice in 5 starts. Allowed 5 or more runs 4 times in 32 starts last year.
*2 more scoreless innings from bullpen…that is 7.1 scoreless last 3 games (Hoovwr-Marshall-Christiani).
*Braves Ervin Santana 5 pitch 4th, 9 pitch 5th.
*Soto replaced injured Frazier (left thigh)...8 plate appearances in 22 games…fewest on team.
*Votto 2B, slid head first. Last time he did that?
*No idea what Steve Smith was thinking sending Votto--out at plate of fly ball.
*Reds have had 8 runners out at plate and 8 runners caught stealing.
*2 hits Votto, Phillips.
*Billy 1-4, RBI 2B, R....saw just 10 pitches.
*Cozart 1B, BB. Do you know how hard it is to walk Cozart? His 2nd of season in 79 plate appearances, 3rd in last 107 and 5th in last 181 plate appearances.
*Phillips since moving to 3rd spot: 14 for 55 (.254) 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 12 K in 13 games.
*B1: BJ Upton 3-run HR...3-0 Braves
*B2: Heyward RBI 1B, 4-0
*B3: Gattis RBI 1B, 5-0
*T6: Bruce RBI 1B, 5-1, Soto DP scores run, 5-2
*T7: Billy Hamilton RBI double 5-3. Mesoraco injured left hamstring rounding 3rd....left game. Votto RBI 1B, 5-4.


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