Homer's night: Reds lead 5-2
Homer Bailey went seven innings and allowed one on two hits. He walked four and struck out three.
He was lifted for Todd Coffey after 93 pitches. Begin the Jerry Narron bashing). Coffey got an out, then gave up Kurt Suzuki's first career home run. Jon Coutlangus then came in.
did not allow a hit until Mark Ellis led off the fifth with a single to center. He gave up a run in the sixth but stranded a runner at second against Nick Swicher and Eric Chavez.
Here's the rundown on Bailey's third start:
Bailey's first: 1-2-3. Hit 95 mph on the scoreboard gun a number of times. Got three groundouts. Eight pitches, I believe.
Reds scored three in the second. Alex Gonzalez's two-RBI was the big hit.
Bailey's second: Strikeout, groundout, walk, groundout for Bailey. Great play by Brandon Phillips on the third out.
Ken Griffey Jr. led off the third with his 19th home run. The RBI tied with Tony Perez for 18th all-time (1,652).
Bailey's third: Walked the leadoff man, then got a flyout and a double-play ball. (Another terrific play by Phillips). 34 pitches after 3.
Bailey's fourth: 6-3, walk, strikeout of Eric Chavez on 95 mph fastball. Line out to second -- yet another nice play by Phillips.
Bailey's fifth: Ellis leads off with a single. Bailey's gets a 3-6-1 double-play ball, but his foot isn't on the bag when he covers. No problem. Two pitches later, he throws a 6-4-3 DP ball.
Bailey's sixth: Flyout (Only his third air out of the night). Hit 96 on a 3-2 pitch to Travis Buck, then walked him on 80 mph curve on the next pitch. Mark Kotsay doubled into the right-center gap to score Buck. Goes 3-2 on Nick Swisher. Two 96s in a row. Swisher pops out. Gets Chavez to pop foul on a 3-1.
Bailey's seventh: Strikeout, pop foul. Routine flyball to center.