Cardinals 11, Reds 7; Bailey rocked
Homer Bailey only lasted 3 2/3 innings.
His problem was control. He allowed seven runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out two. Three of those walked scored. He’s walked 19 in 23 1/3 innings with the Reds.
He was behind all day Sunday -- 92 pitches, 47 strikes. When he commands the fastball, he's good. When he doesn't, you get what you saw Sunday.
Bailey was upbeat by the time the writers talked to him. He discovered a mechanical flaw, which he thinks is correctable.
“As soon as I came in and got ice, I said: ‘I’m going to watch the (blanking) video,” he said. “‘Something’s not right. I was flying open and striding too long.
“When you’re flying open, it’s hard to make pitches.”
He didn't say blanking, of course.
Bailey had command of only his fastball, and that was shaky.
“He wasn't getting anything else over,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said. “He had to rely on his fastball.”