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.

4 Comments

Homer came through again hopefully this is the Homer we are getting for the last month and the playoffs

I hate to rain on the parade, but I was ostracized by a commenter yesterday so I just have two questions. Choo lead off with 3 walks in three separate innings last night, Where was the bunt signal to Phillips, especially in the first inning when Votto singled. Choo would have scored a run in the first. Secondly, why would you send Heisey up to pinch hit with a righthander on the mound. We hace plenty of lefthanders on the bench? No one is asking these questions today.

What a great game between two good teams. Homer was outstanding and Ludwick continues to show how much we missed him. Dusty used Hamilton at exactly the right time. Chapman hasn’t pitched for a month of Sundays, LOL, and he blows away the Cards. Need to get over to GABP this weekend some real good baseball being played.

Latos and Bailey have really learned how to pitch over the course of the last two seasons. When they keep the ball down, run it side to side and mix up their pitches, they are nearly unhittable. When they get the ball up, they’re dead meat. And Hanigan is a magician behind the plate; calling a game beautifully, and keeping the Cards hitters off stride, off the ball and uncomfortable. Much of the praise should go to Price, to be sure. Latos is 14-5 this season, but could have won 18-20 already with some extra support; giving up 3 or fewer R in 7 of the 9 no-decisions, 4 R in the other 2.

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