Bailey: Pitches ‘were just off’

It was a 4-0 loss for the Reds vs. the Indians on Friday. Story is on but I’ve got some added information here to peruse.

*Manager Bryan Price was pleased overall with the pitching performances he saw today.

“That’s the common theme early in camp, just trying to get your delivery together and manage the adrenaline,” Price said. “Those are the big challenges. I thought for the most part, we were pretty good at it today.”

*Homer Bailey’s line: 2 ip, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Bailey didn’t feel his sharpest out there. After a one-out walk to Lonnie Chisenhall, he fell into a 3-1 count on Ryan Raburn before allowing a home run to left field.

“I threw two pitches for balls that were just off. In the season, I’d probably make those pitches or get the groundball that I was looking for,” Bailey said. “I threw a slider down and away and a two-seamer down and in. Missed by about two inches. It’s Spring Training, I’m not going to hit those every single time yet.”

*Asked if he felt any different pitching after signing his six-year, $105 million contract, Bailey replied: “Nah, not really. Same as it was last year.”

*Aroldis Chapman looked really strong in striking out the side during the fifth inning. Price had this to say:

“One thing we do know is we keep tabs on our guys,” Price said. “They’re working out and they’re ready to go. We have a visual inspection on a lot of them and we had a pretty good visual on Chapman. We knew he would be ready when he got here — regardless of what was suggested otherwise.”

*Top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson took over in the sixth and made his debut. Stephenson got two quick outs and then encountered some trouble. First, there was a two-out walk and then a single with two strikes. He had Carlos Moncrief in a 0-2 count before allowing a RBI single. A second run scored when RF Juan Duran airmailed a throw meant for the plate into the third base dugout.

*First pitch temperature was 75 degrees.

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