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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Reds win 7-0; Griffey 2-for-4

The Reds beat the Phillies 7-0 Reds at the Ed in Ken Griffey Jr.'s debut.

Griffey went to 2-for-4 and made a couple of plays in right field. Afterward, he politely declined to speak to reporters.

Bronson Arroyo had a nice outing -- six innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, six strikeouts -- despite not throwing his money pitch, the curveball, once.

"I threw all fastballs and change-ups," Arroyo said. "We were going to try to get by with it and see what happened. We face these guys later in the year."

Brandon Phillips followed Adam's Dunn's three-run shot with a solo shot in the second.
Those are two guys having good springs: Dunn's hitting .439 with four home runs. Phillips' homer was his fifth.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first. Ryan Freel doubled. Dunn's opposite-field single got Freel home. After Phillips bounced into a double play, Griffey singled in his first spring at-bat. Just a nice line drive past short.

In the second, Griffey sent one to the warning track in right. He hit into a double play in the fifth. He doubled in his fourth at-bat and was lifted for a pinch-runner.

Griffey cleanly fielded a single in the second and caught a flyball in the third.

Chad Moeller also homered. Phillips and Edwin Encarnacion each went 3-for-4. Phillips in hitting .370. Encarnacion's up to .296. Those two are key to making the lineup work.


at 2:51 PM Blogger ewad said...

John- Thought you would like to know a former Red passed away last night.....

Ed Bailey, former professional baseball catcher and a Knoxville City Council member for 12 years, died at 10 p.m. Friday at Parkwest Medical Center. He was 75.
Mr. Bailey survived a bout with prostate cancer in 1993, his brother-in-law, Al Neil, said Friday night. Neil, a former Knoxville Smokies outfielder, said Mr. Bailey became ill with throat cancer about six months ago.

Mr. Bailey served on City Council from 1983 to 1995. Prior to that, he was an aide to the late U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Sr. for 12 years.

The father of four sons - Jeff, Jack, Joe and Jim - began his baseball career on Knoxville-area sandlots and at the University of Tennessee where he played on the Vols' freshman team. After a two-year stay in the U.S. Army, he went on to play for the Reds, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Braves and California Angels.

Freshmen were not eligible to play varsity athletics when Mr. Bailey signed with Tennessee. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in late 1949 and played on the Fort Jackson, S.C., post team before playing pro baseball.

The Strawberry Plains native hit 28 home runs in 1956 for Cincinnati, including three in one game. That year he won the major leagues' Sophomore of the Year honor. In winning the award, he beat out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer. In all, he played professional ball for 17 years. Mr. Bailey was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

He leaves his widow, the former Betty Carr, of Knoxville; sons Jack, Jeff, Joe and Jim Bailey of Knoxville. Joe Bailey is a Knoxville City councilman. He also is survived by a sister, Jean (Mrs. Al Neil), and a brother, James Hopkins "Hop" Bailey of Roane County. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

at 3:29 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Sorry to hear that. I met Ed once. Seemed like a great guy.

at 4:30 PM Blogger ewad said...

He was a great guy, I played in a golf scramble with him a few years back. In his 60's he could STILL pound the little white ball.
By the way, he was an All-Star in 1956,57,60,61 as a RED & 63 as a San Francisco Giant.

at 5:18 PM Blogger Pat said...

I think I have an Ed Bailey baseball card. I'll have to look for it.

I hope someone from the Reds will make their way down for the services.

at 6:24 PM Blogger ewad said...

Seriously, I hope someone will let guys like Joe Nuxhall about this. Hope it will get in the Cincinnati paper even if it is just a small note.

at 11:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also played with Ed Bailey in a scramble a few years back out at Shaker Run. He was a good old boy through and through. He spoke fondly of his playing days with the Reds, but even more so of his short time with the Giants..hitting cleanup in a lineup that included Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays and Willie McCovey and Filippe Alou. It was a joy to listen to him remember those days and to have the chance to play a round of golf with him. Sorry to hear he is gone. M.B.

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