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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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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

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.


at 12:47 AM Blogger Baby D said...

John - we should bash Narron. Why do you pull Homer, who was cruising under 100 pitches? Why trust your bullpen in the 8th and now had to stretch Stormy into the 8th? This makes no sense.

at 12:50 AM Blogger John Fay said...

Bash away, Baby D. I would have let Bailey start the eighth. But I don't know what he said when they asked him how he felt. The sixth was a little rough. The seventh was a 12-pitch breeze.

at 12:56 AM Blogger Baby D said...

I would rather see some baseball consistency. Narron has overused his bullpen the last year plus, then when they implode migrates to stretching the starters (perhaps the 129 pitch outing was damaging to Arroyo), and now we are back to bringing in Coffer who has been unreliable all year. It is simply not smart....and now the tying run is up. We really need to solidify this bullpen for future success, even if that means clearing out some bats. I have no doubt this starting rotation is good enough.

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