Bailey’s outing ‘short and sweet’
Here’s the straight scoop from the day in Peoria that was a Reds 7-5 loss to the Padres:
*For the first time this spring, someone that will be in the Reds 2013 rotation started the game. However, Homer Bailey was scheduled to work only one inning. Bailey made it a scoreless one with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 15 pitches, seven for strikes.
“Short and sweet,” Bailey said. “That’s why I only threw one inning – we have that extra week of games. You can’t just sit idle and throwing bullpens or live BP after a while gets pretty monotonous.”
Bailey struck out Chris Denorfia with a 2-2 slider after missing with a slider a pitch earlier.
“You’re not going to have your command where you want it to be this early,” Bailey said. “It just doesn’t happen. Yes, it’s close. Some of the pitches we missed, we didn’t miss by much. You have to get that touch back and all the adrenaline that comes with when you’re back in competition.”
*Joey Votto watch: 0-for-1 with a routine fly to the deeper part of left field and a third-inning walk.
*Billy Hamilton watch: 0-for-2. He struck out and grounded out to third base after entering the game in the fifth inning.
*The Reds scored two runs in the third inning, including a RBI triple off of the left wall by Chris Heisey. During a three-run sixth, Henry Rodriguez smacked a RBI double to left field.
*Tough Padres fourth inning for Reds reliever Pedro Villarreal, who faced eight batters and only retired one while allowing six earned runs and seven hits. His first five batters reached safely on hits.