ST. LOUIS —
“I was hoping this would be different this time especially after that first night,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The thing about it is their pitching really shut us down.”
Westbrook (1-1) pitched his first shutout since Aug. 9, 2006, against the Angels when he was with Cleveland, and this was his 15th career complete game. He held the Reds hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position, and contributed his 11th career RBI with a single in the seventh for St. Louis’ final run.
“It was a perfect storm,” said Joey Votto, one of the few Reds with much success, going 2 for 3 with a walk. “He didn’t surprise us because he definitely has that capability.”
Bailey (1-1) had gone 23 straight shutout innings — including his no-hitter against Pittsburgh last season — before the Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with four runs with two outs in the fifth.
“Once they started seeing the ball there toward the end, they hit it,” Bailey said. “After watching the film, I missed a spot to Beltran pretty big. The others hit pretty good pitches. They just got ahold of them.”
Bailey was charged with seven runs in five-plus innings and dropped to 3-8 with a 5.52 ERA against the Cardinals, including 0-4 with a 6.93 ERA at Busch Stadium.
Baker pulled Bailey after Pete Kozma’s liner struck the pitcher just above his right ankle, with the ball caroming into left field. But Bailey walked off without a limp.
“I was trying to wave him off,” Bailey said. “It was more because of giving up the rockets that haven’t really landed yet.”