Bailey blanks STL again
For most of his career, including the first starts he had against them this season, Homer Bailey rarely had success vs. the Cardinals. How the worm has turned in the last two starts.
Bailey had this line in a 1-0 win over St. Louis on Tuesday:
7 ip, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 HB, 8 K
106 pitches/69 strikes
In back-to-back starts vs. the Cardinals, Bailey has 14 1/3 scoreless innings, five hits, zero runs, three walks and 15 strikeouts.
“We were able to mix stuff up,” Bailey said. “Fastball location was pretty good. We had a good location, good mix — all the things that you go up and try to do, especially against a lineup like that.”
Bailey is now 10-10 with a 3.42 ERA in 28 games this season with 11 quality starts.
Reds manager Dusty Baker lifted Bailey for pinch-hitter Chris Heisey in the bottom of the seventh after Todd Frazier’s RBI double scored Billy Hamilton.
“I didn’t want to take Homer out in that situation,” Baker said. “He didn’t want to come out but he had a lot of pitches. He was going to go up in the 120s. He’s got another game or two to pitch. I’m just glad we scored in that inning.”
Bailey was actually on deck to hit but was pulled and got a nice ovation from the crowd.
“He wasn’t going to hit,” Baker said. “I thought maybe they’d walk [Ryan Hanigan]. They knew better. They didn’t go for the bait.”
Couple of notes:
*This was only the 10th 1-0 game in the 10-season history of Great American Ball Park.
*Aroldis Chapman was throwing gas in the ninth for his 34th save. Chapman, who last pitched Aug. 24, reached 103 mph four times as he struck out the side of Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig.
*Holliday, who fanned on 103 mph, was 0-for-4 with 4 Ks. (That’s the “Golden Sombrero”)
*On Reds.com/MLB.com later, we will have full game story and Anthony Castrovince will have a piece on Hamilton after getting stolen base No. 1.