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Bailey gets tagged twice by Gonzalez

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--RHP Homer Bailey allowed just five hits in 6 2/3 innings of Cincinnati's 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, but two of them were home runs by Adrian Gonzalez, giving him five in 15 at-bats against Bailey.

--Rookie CF Denis Phipps recorded career home run No. 1, a high, arcing 408-foot, two-run shot down the left-field line that barely cleared the foul pole. Phipps had 15 home runs in 92 games at Triple-A Louisville this season.

--C Ryan Hanigan left Sunday's game after seven innings with a bruised right shoulder. X-rays were negative. He was hit in the Adam's apple and shoulder with a pitch in the top of the seventh.

--OF Drew Stubbs continues to struggle. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and is 1-for-8 with five strikeouts on the homestand, dropping his batting average to .217.

--The postseason berth clinched by the Reds last Thursday is the 14th in franchise history and all 14 have been league or division championships -- no wild cards. That includes this year's after the Reds became the first team to clinch a division title this season, claiming the NL Central hours before San Francisco captured the NL West with help from Cincinnati. The Reds' win Saturday over the Dodgers cut the Giants' magic number to 1.

--LHP Aroldis Chapman's appearance on Saturday was his first since Sept. 10. Chapman, who had been sidelined with a fatigued left shoulder, reached 99 mph while pitching in a non-save situation. Acting manager Chris Speier had hoped to ease Chapman back to action in a low-pressure situation.

--RHP Mat Latos was brilliant in Saturday's clincher, throwing first-pitch strikes to each of the first six Dodger batters and 20 of the 29 he faced in eight shutout innings. He allowed walks, and no Dodger runner got past first base.

BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Number of managers in Cincinnati franchise history to lead more than one team to postseason play. Bill McKechnie was the first with a National League pennant in 1939 and World Series championship in 1940. Sparky Anderson did it five times in nine seasons. Dusty Baker has two in five seasons.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'll tell you one thing: If you want to get Adrian Gonzalez hot, have him hit against me. I throw balls out of the zone, and he still hits them out." -- RHP Homer Bailey on Gonzalez's career success against him.

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