March 24, 2010
W: Burton (3-0)
L: Affeldt (2-1)
Homer Bailey started for the Cincinnati Reds and, in his own words, “pounded the zone.” Given his results so far this spring, the zone does indeed appear to be all that Bailey’s been pounding lately.
Bailey didn’t strike anyone out, but he did allow only one run, 3 hits, and one walk over 5 innings. It’s that one walk that I really like to see.
On the offensive side, the Reds flat-out destroyed the Giants. The first 2 runs both came off the bat of Joey Votto, although he was out on both occasions. His Spring Training batting average is at .171, but he does still have almost 2 weeks to get everything straightened out.
The majority of the scoring came in the 8th, off former Red Jeremy Affeldt and Brandon Medders. Aaron Miles contributed an RBI double, and Drew Stubbs hit another home run. Stubbs has 4 on the Spring, which continues his power surge since joining the majors last year.
There was no save situation, but Daniel Herrera did pitch a scoreless 9th to prevent another Spring Training tie.
March 24, 2010
Cincinnati had their only day off of Spring Training yesterday. Hopefully, the players took their sole opportunity to get in some sight-seeing. Or, at the very least, not getting injured.
Homer Bailey starts against the San Francisco Giants today at 4:05pm EDT. Hopefully, Bailey will continue to showcase his growth as a pitcher as he heads towards the stat of the season.
The Back Strain that Shook the Internet
In the Reds last game, Aroldis Chapman strained his back, and the amount of words that were devoted to it online were impressive. Heck, even the guest poster on C. Trent’s blog devoted a treatise of almost a dozen paragraphs to it. The overall opinion seems to be that this will allow the Reds to more easily have Chapman start in the minors. Whatever makes him the best for the majors. One thing’s for sure: his next appearance will garner even more attention than before.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Johnny Bench, the best catcher in the history of ever, will be the grand marshal of the 91st Findlay Market Parade on Reds’ Opening Day. He’ll also serve as an honorary captain of the Reds for that game.