Good days for Harang, Bailey
Aaron Harang was easily the best he’s been this spring on Wednesday vs. the Astros. He threw four scoreless innings with three hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Harang left the game leading, 6-0. The Reds won easily by an 8-2 score.
Another pitching highlight was Homer Bailey, who tossed two scoreless innings. Bailey gave up three hits and hit a batter while striking out one. With two outs in the sixth, Hunter Pence and Geoff Blum lifted back-to- back singles to center field. David Newhan was in the foot by a slider and it loaded the bases. Bailey escaped serious damage when Lou Palmisano’s tailing fly ball near the right field foul line was snared by Jonny Gomes with a head-first diving catch.
Gomes catch was the play of the game.
“That was an outstanding catch. It was at a big time too,” said Bailey, who waited in front of the dugout to offer a thanks and high-five to Gomes.
Here was Bailey’s take on his outing:
“I wasn’t completely happy but I wasn’t displeased either.”
“Even some of the hits they had, I got inside on them. Those are good signs I’m getting the ball right where I need to be. The only problem I had was I couldn’t use my slider as an out pitch. I was a little long with it.”
The Newhan HBP was a slider near the dirt. Bailey mentioned he’s rarely used his changeup this spring but has success with a couple of strikeouts when he has.
Here are the fifth starter numbers to date:
Micah Owings is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts with 12 strikeouts through 10 2/3 innings. Bailey has a 0.90 ERA in four games, including two starts while totaling eight strikeouts in 10 innings. Third main candidate Nick Masset has struggled in two of his three outings and has a 6.75 ERA (six earned runs and 13 hits over eight innings).
Based on what I’ve seen, I think Owings is still the leader with Bailey a close second.