Superb start for Bailey

If Homer Bailey can pitch like he did on Wednesday during the regular season, it’d be a very positive thing for the rotation. Bailey gave up one earned run and three hits with one walk in his five innings. He also did not strike anyone out, but that’s OK since he let his defense do the work.

After three singles in the top of the first, Bailey did not allow another hit. He retired 13 of his last 14, including the final 10 in a row.

“I was just going out there and pounding the zone,” Bailey said. “That’s what me and Bryan Price have been talking about – just here it is, hit it. I didn’t want to go out there and walk guys. I got into a couple of full counts and stuff like that – when I missed, I didn’t miss by much.”

Bailey threw 75 pitches in the game. Through three starts he has a 3.09 ERA with 3 walks and six strikeouts. There was also a ‘B’ game of two perfect innings with strikeouts.

“He wasn’t quite as sharp but he was near the plate and made some quality pitches when he needed to,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He had good velocity. He was full of determination.”

As a batter, he worked a walk against Jonathan Sanchez and scored in the third inning.

“I had a strategy on that,” Bailey said with tongue in cheek. “Dig in, take a good stance and take the bat you used in BP that has a lot of white all over it and just act like you can do something. I’m not exactly known for hitting so I have to kind of fool them – ‘yeah, I gotcha,’ even though I don’t have a prayer. Let’s be realistic.”

*Drew Stubbs replaced Chris Dickerson in center field and went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in the eighth. Stubbs has a seven game hitting streak and is 10-for-21 in that stretch with three homers.

*A replacement at third base, Aaron Miles committed a three-base fielding error that scored a run in the seventh inning. During the bottom of the eighth, Miles hit a RBI double. He is 2-for-18 (.111) this spring.

*Arthur Rhodes’ ERA through five appearances and five innings: 0.00. Rhodes pitched a perfect sixth inning today with one strikeout.

*Here is the rotation through March 31:

Thurs at COL — Harang starts, six inn.
Fri at SEA — Wood starts and Leake follows. Both get 4 inn.
Sat at SD — Cueto, 6 inn.
Sun vs LAD — Arroyo, 6 inn.
Mon at CHC — Bailey, 6 inn.
Tues vs SD — Harang, 7 inn.

I’m taking off to go home for a few days and catch up with my family. Be back on Monday.

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During last night’s broadcast, Marty and the Cowboy talked as though janish and Miles were not locks to make the team, especially Miles, and as though francisco really had a chance. Apparently the Reds signed Miles for $2+ million – hard to see that salary playing at Louisville. Maybe they have an out.

A set-back for Harang last night. I wish I could tell how seriously to take it. He got thumped pretty good.

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