Homer Bailey looks set to win his AAA debut with the Louisville Bats. He left after five and a third innings, and the Bats are up 13 -1 over Toledo. It’s now in the top of the eighth as I write this post. Joey Votto slugged a grand slam homer in the Bats 10-run third inning. Homer put up the following pitching line:
Louisville IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Bailey, H 5.1 1 1 1 3 4 1 1.69
Bailey was yanked in the fifth with one out after walking a batter on four pitches. He threw 83 pitches, 42 for strikes. I’m wondering if he was on an eighty-pitch limit for the game. The only run he gave up was a fourth-inning solo home run to Timo Perez.
Sounds like he has a bit more work to do on command, but a pretty good AAA debut. If he can string up another four or five of these, he’ll be ready to join the Reds rotation.