Angels 9, Reds 7 (postscript)
You have to rank this game there with the finale in Colorado on the disappointing loss scale. The Reds didn't blow an six-run lead like they did in Denver, but had they won this one they would be feeling pretty good about themselves. Two of three from Angels, following two of from the Indians would have been something to build on.
But whenever the Reds get a little momentum going the bullpen sucks them back into the abyss.
I'm not sure what you do with Gary Majewski, he of the 15.88 ERA, but I wouldn't put him in a game that's close until he can get on some kind of roll in mop-up outings.
Homer Bailey did a lot of good things. The 1-2-3, 8-pitch first against the guys who beat up on the Reds in night before was impressive. Letting Orlando Cabrera walk to third with stolen base in the third was not.
“A young guy’s going to be inconsistent,” Jerry Narron said. “I’m sure over time he’ll nail it down. There’s a lot of things in Homer’s game he has to work on. He’s not quite a complete pitcher yet.”
Thursday Bailey’s fastball and change-up worked well. But his curveball got hit.
Chad Moeller, who caught Bailey, thinks he’ll get where he need to be.
“He’s very competitive,” Moeller said. “He’s got a great arm. I like the way his change-up is coming around. His curveball will be there in time. His competitiveness is the biggest thing. He wants to be out there and attack the hitters. I like that fact that he likes to work inside. Some pitchers are hesitant about it. He’s not.”