Bailey's one regret
Homer Bailey delivered a very nice outing vs. the Phillies in a no-decision, eventually lost by the Reds in the ninth inning by a 3-2 score.
Bailey gave up two earned runs and seven hits. The big things were the no walks and a career-high six strikeouts. He felt his stuff was as good as Friday, when he worked a career-long 7 1/3 innings in another no-decision vs. St. Louis.
“It was a matter of pitch selection tonight that ended up hurting me,” Bailey said.
The Reds had a 2-1 lead until Jayson Werth tied the game in the sixth with a home run to right-center field. It came on a 2-1 fastball that sat over the plate.
“I wanted to go in for a ball and then set-up the slider away. I didn’t get it in enough,” Bailey said. “It’s one of them unfortunate things. I was kind of thinking a pitch ahead of myself. The one pitch all night I’d take back and that was it.”
“He pitched an outstanding ballgame today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “That one pitch to Werth tied the game up. That’s the only thing that got him out of the game or he’d still be pitching.”
Bailey had only 95 pitches when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh when the Reds had a scoring chance.
Since returning to the big leagues, Bailey has a 3.44 ERA in three starts. Over his last two starts, he has two walks and 11 strikeouts. He’s been looking awfully good and if he keeps this up, I imagine it will become harder to bounce him from the rotation when Edinson Volquez returns, whenever that is.
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