The Reds 3-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night, 5-3. Cincinnati could not find enough offense this night, scoring three runs where they had plated 10 the night before. It was a disappointing night for starter Homer Bailey. Manager Dusty Baker needed Bailey to go deep into the game after using up most of the bullpen during back-to-back extra inning games on Monday and Tuesday. Bailey made it into the 6th, but that would be all. Daniel Ray Herrera and Mike Lincoln finished things up.
The thought after Tuesday’s game was that the Reds may have to call up a reliever, but Baker said that wasn’t the case. “Arthur Rhodes was off today, and Herrera didn’t throw a lot of pitches,” said Baker. “Masset was off two days and Cordero was off today and Micah Owings was off today. So, we’re relatively strong.” Interesting that Baker didn’t mention Logan Ondrusek.
What’s most disconcerting about Bailey in his first two starts are the number of pitches he’s thrown and the amount of free passes he’s allowed. Four more walks Wednesday give him six on the season, plus two hit batters. That’s eight freebies in 10.1 innings of work. Bailey is a competitor in that no team has scored more than once in an inning against him. But, he threw another 115 pitches against the Marlins. There are two things I haven’t seen from Bailey this year. One is the 97-mph fastball he was drafted with. He hit 95 on the gun Wednesday, but that’s as high as he got. Most were around 93. The other is the split-finger pitch he developed at the end of last year. I haven’t really seen it yet. And, as we saw in his start at LA last year, Bailey’s got to have that pitch to be dominant. Without it, he’s just throwing batting practice some nights. There has been some speculation that Bailey may wind up in Louisville if he continues to be ineffective. I’m not sure about that because Bailey is out of options, according to the Reds.
Wednesday’s loss certainly doesn’t damper the spirit of the Reds from where I sit. I was fully prepared for a loss in the game – the Marlins aren’t a bad team and the Reds were due for a clunker. Paul Janish was excellent in his first start of the year with a double and a 2-out, 2-run home run in the 7th to finish the scoring at 5-3. Janish’s two hits were 40% of the team’s total. And he made a couple of spectacular defensive plays.
Time now for Aaron Harang to try and get his first win of the season. Well, for any Reds starter to get a win, actually. All five of Cincinnati’s wins have come in their final at-bat, and the Reds are one of two major league teams who don’t have a starter with a win. The other is winless Houston.
Chris Dickerson will get the start in center field again on Thursday. Drew Stubbs has started slowly, and I hear he has a sore back.
There was one off the field move Wednesday. Aaron Miles and Vladimir Balentien, who were both designated for assignment on Opening Day, cleared waivers. The Reds decided to release Miles, who was terribly error-prone in spring training. They outrighted the 25-year-old Balentien to Louisville.
Happy Birthday to Pete Rose and Chris Welsh on Wednesday. It was Pete’s 69th birthday and Welsh’s 52nd. Welsh, announcing the game for Fox Sports Ohio, was given a mini-birthday cake on the air by Reds Live host Jim Day. He was then serenaded by the Marlins Mermaids, a cheer and dance team that performs at Marlins games.
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Written by Dave Allen
I'm a lifelong Cincinnati sports fan who has been following the Reds and Bengals ever since I can remember. My first Reds game was Game 6 of the '72 World Series and my first Bengals game was an October 1975 clash with the Steelers. I've been involved in sports media since Junior High, when I assisted with scores for Bob Trumpy SportsTalk in 1979 on WLW Radio. My biggest Reds highlight came in 1998 when I was chosen to be the public address announcer at Riverfront Stadium (then called Cinergy Field) for Opening Day and the entire first homestand. I am thrilled to be involved with PSB and I hope you enjoy my entries!