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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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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Homer's night: Reds 4, Giants 2

Homer Bailey was very impressive in his return to the Reds. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.

After giving up a ground RBI single in the first, Bailey retired 15 in a row. He was gone after giving up a two-out double to Randy Winn in the sixth.

“We took him out after 80 pitches there because – although he has thrown 90 pitches (in a simulated game) -- it wasn’t against real competition,” Pete Mackanin said. “We wanted to get him out on a positive note.”

Bailey's velocity was impressive -- plenty of 94s, a few 95s and 96s and one 97. Giants didn't run out their A or B lineup, but Bailey good. He threw strikes -- 51 of his 80 pitches were strikes. He was able to get his breaking stuff over consistently.

“He wasn't facing (Barry) Bonds and (Omar) Vizquel and the rest of the boys,” Mackanin said. “But he showed pretty good command of his fastball and his breaking ball. He looked like he confident. We were very happy with what he saw coming out of his hand.”

The big thing for Bailey is he’s healthy. He tried to pitch through the groin problem. He said he originally hurt it on June 26 in Philadelphia. He made four starts after that – two for the Reds and two for Louisville – before going on the disabled list.

“You want to be out there,” Bailey said. “But once it gets to a point, you’ve got to start using your noggin. It’s good to be healthy and get back with the team.”

Bailey looked savvy and polished.

“He looked ‘pitcherish, pitchesque maybe,’” Mackanin said. “I was very happy with what I saw. It bodes well for the rest of the season.”


at 1:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe PM pulled Bailey to preserve the win for Homer. I believe PM is attempting to win every game for himself. If PM finishes poorly he reduces his chances of getting named manager. What better time to learn if a young pitcher can battle through difficulty than a game like tonight, that doesn't mean anything, unless your Pete Mackanin.

at 2:39 AM Blogger Phill said...

When Felix Hernandez returned from the DL this season the Mariner's were very strict with his pitch counts and not letting him stay out there too long. The reasoning? You got to protect your future guys. Maybe it was a bit too over-protective but that's the way I saw it.

at 5:40 AM Anonymous Steve said...

Dumb comment.
After what Homer has been through, I'm sure the whole coaching staff talked about this one. Why would anyone want to go to OUR bullpen early?

at 8:12 AM Anonymous Allan said...

I think Homer was handled correctly in his first start back. With nerves and and the adrenaline that must have been flowing, he probably was close to out of gas after 80 pitches. At this point of the season, there is zero point in stretching him to see how deep he can go. The young bullpen guys need to keep working too.

I didnt see or hear the game but have noticed in this and other boxex that Bray has come in for one out and then is lifted. He is the one that I would like to see left in as long as possible. He may be almost as important a pitcher in the future as any starter.

at 8:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This manager can't seem to make the right decision ever, according to some fans' small minds. Bailey was injured and hadn't pitched in over one month. Bailey won and is in a great frame of mind. Had he stayed and gotten rocked, the manager would have been tarred and feathered. He wants this young pitcher and the team to finish strong and healthy. He puts his personal goals after the teams' and its player successes.

at 8:47 AM Anonymous mikec said...

Bailey was at 80 pitches. He had only thrown 90 in simulated games. And there's a different strain in real games vs. simulated games.

at 8:48 AM Anonymous mikec said...

By the way, Krivsky and the Reds certainly ruined Bailey...

His velocity was back up where it was. He pitched well.

Yup, they ruined him.

at 10:22 AM Blogger BRG99 said...

To Anonymous 12:33 AM:

Your comment reminds me of what previous bloggers have stated: Some people are not satisfied unless they can be negative. Instead of being staisfied with Homer Bailey's excellent start and confidence builder, you try (and fail) to irrationally blame the manager! Sad!

Quickie Quiz:
When the sun is shining in your neighborhood, are you always waiting it to rain?

at 11:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homer Bailey and Joey Votto are about the only two bright spots to this very painful season. I still say, as I have all season, that Homer should be the closer. Very few starters who throw with his velocity last very long before they blow their arms out. If Bailey can get it up to 97 when he starts, odds are he could get it up to 100 in a one-inning stint. Bailey and Burton at the back of the pen would be reminiscent of the Nasty Boys, and Weathers would be a great set up guy.

at 11:45 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Note to 10:24 anon. I see why you remain anonymous. Yes Bailey should be the closer and we should start Stanton, Coffey and Majewski. The only thing that you had wrong was having Weathers as the set-up guy. It is obvious that it should be Harang.

at 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two Bright spots? Try Hamilton, Keppinger, Hopper, Bray, Burton, Cantu, Bruce ... the team has led the majors in batting average since August 14 ... I'd say that the old Kriv has given us hope and more hope. With relievers, this will be a dynamite team.

at 12:12 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not the only bright spots. B. Phillips being a 30/30 guy is awesome, and Harang will not win the Cy, but should finish in the top 3.

at 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about B. Phillips being a 30/30 guy, that's awesome, and Harang should finish in the top 3 for Cy voting.

at 2:30 PM Anonymous Chelsea Girl said...

Indeed, this team has a ton of bright spots - much of them due to Wayne Krivsky's skill and creativity ... oh yeah, and let's not forget Junior's excellent year. Hopefully, the Kriv can pick up a starter (and get ready, it's gonna hurt) and fortify the bullpen and these guys will be in the hunt '08.

at 4:55 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Very encouraging and a bit surprising. Lets hope that 5-2/3 innings against the Giants "D" team is a true indication of the success that Homer Bailey will have next season. Glad he was throwing hard again, or maybe those radar guns in SF are as bad as the ones in the Reds minor league system.

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