It was a night when the Cincinnati Reds had a tired bullpen. After two straight nights of extra inning baseball, the Reds were hoping for a longer start from Homer Bailey.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. It took Homer 115 pitches to go 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 5 runs and walked 4. Bailey had been brilliant at the end of 2009, and has many hoping that he may have actually learned a thing or two about pitching. So far, though, that hasn’t carried over into this season. His walks are up again, and he seems to have recaptured the ability to turn an 0-2 count into a full one.
There was no offensive heroics to rescue the starter this time, though. The Reds managed just 5 hits and 3 runs. The highlight of the game came in the 7th when Paul Janish, finally getting some playing time, hit a two-run home run to narrow the deficit to 2. I’m optimistic that this will make Dusty Baker think about possibly starting Janish over Orlando Cabrera more. However, since the Reds still lost, I’m afraid that’s all Baker will remember.
Good, game, Paul. I look forward to seeing you again in another week or two.