The Mighty Redlegs go for the sweep this afternoon. It is up to Homer Bailey to lead the troops, and I know that doesn’t inspire confidence in many of you. I’m optimistic, though. If Homer can recapture the feel of that splitter, he can be lights-out again.

Ignore your work, tell your boss to shove it, listen to Marty on the radio, and discuss the game right here.

139 Responses

  1. Chris Wilson

    I told my boss to shove it. Now I get to go home and watch it on TV. Thanks Redleg Nation for losing my job! πŸ™‚

  2. pinson343

    Homer likes to pitch against light-hitting teams. Hopefully he’s on today.

  3. Greg Dafler

    Lineup for today’s game, courtesy of Jamie Ramsey

    1 – Cabrera SS
    2 – Phillips 2b
    3 – Votto 1b
    4 – Rolen 3b
    5 – Gomes lf
    6 – Bruce rf
    7 – Stubbs cf
    8 – Hanigan c
    9 – Bailey p

    He also adds a note on last night’s one hitter:

    Since 1900 only two other Reds pitchers threw a complete-game shutout while allowing no more than one hit, walking none and striking out at least eight batters: Jose Rijo did it on September 25, 1993 at Colorado and John Smiley did it on September 22, 1996 against the Cardinals. Like Cueto, those two pitchers allowed one hit, no walks and struck out eight.

  4. nick in va

    I love me some afternoon baseball.

  5. Greg Dafler

    Hanigan is catching Bailey for just the 2nd time this season. The last time he caught Bailey was Bailey best game of the season vs. the Cardinals on May 1.

    Bailey’s line through 6 innings that day was
    6ip, 6h, 1r, 1er, 2bb, 6k – the run was a solo HR

    Baker tried to keep him in long enough to get a win. The 7th innning:
    0.2ip, 1h, 2r, 1er, 1bb, 0k – this was the game where Pujols doubled in a run off Bailey on his 121st pitch of the day.

    Final line on May 1:
    6.2ip, 7h, 3r, 2er, 3bb, 6k

  6. Kyle

    Yesterday, was a good day. Had what may be my last fianl ever, got some good news professionally, and rewarded myself by signing up for for a month. That game was about as good as it gets for the first game of the package. Hopefully, Homer can pitch well today. The Reds really need him to turn this season around.

  7. nick in va

    Votto is awesome. It’s nice when there are runners on for him. 2-0 good guys.

  8. Kyle

    Wow, Votto kills another one. 2-0.

    Looked like they had a shot at picking off Phillips at 2nd. Votto now 11-17 off Duke lifetime.

  9. Kyle

    Bruce just missed it. Now we need Bailey to show up.

    Pirates announcers are complaining about Reds players having a cocky attitude over the years. They show Phillips watching Votto’s HR, then an announcer talks about Cueto. Says that he didn’t like how Cueto walked slowly around the bases on Heisey’s HR last night or that he pitched inside throughout the game. Funny stuff.

  10. Kyle

    Ha, Gomes makes a good catch after a terrible break on the ball.

  11. Chris Wilson

    “We are Pirates Fans. And We are Family”

    Trying to turn back the clock on the Pirates radio broadcast.

  12. Greg Dafler

    There’s a lead for Bailey. Let’s see what he can do.

    The Reds have finished the 1st inning with the lead twice in April and three times already in May. Today would be the 4th time in May if Bailey can keep the Pirates to 1 run or less.

  13. MLH

    ***Says that he didnΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’t like how Cueto walked slowly around the bases…

    Yeah, but he was hauling it down the line to give himself that chance.

  14. Greg Dafler

    According to mlb gameday, that inning was nothing but fastballs from Bailey. 7 pitches, 1-2-3 inning

  15. RiverCity Redleg

    Does anyone have a link to the game being streamed online anywhere?

  16. Kyle

    @MLH: Complaining about throwing inside was even worse. He threw a one hitter because of that. I’ll give them a pass because it can’t be easy to watch this lineup every night.

    7 pitch inning for Bailey.

  17. BJ Ruble

    Hopefully the game moves fast, rain a couple hours away, be nice to get it all in with no rain delays…

  18. nick in va

    @Kyle: I’m not a big fan of the Pirate announcers. I think they were my least favorite from what I remember last year. I wish we could get home and away radio broadcasts on XM.

  19. Jello

    Ugh Extra Innings only has Pirates broadcast for 2nd day in a row. Pirates announcers are so dull, and they were complaining about Cueto pitching inside.

    People say the Reds are living on past glory, Pirates are way worse they’re always showing highlights from ’71 and ’79. Throwback nights, etc.

  20. Matt WI

    Excellent. Tuned in at Stubbs’ single. Great job Mr. Hannigan.

  21. Greg Dafler

    gameday. You’ll need a subscription for the audio.

    Duke’s fastballs are 85-87, topping out in the upper 80’s.

    I can’t imagine that the Reds are the only cocky team that comes to town getting to play what is nearly a AAA squad at this point.

  22. Matt WI

    @Jello: Wow really? Not sure the Pirates announcers have any traction to be picking on anybody.

  23. Kyle

    Wow, bloop single for Cabrera. Hit in a perfect place.

    @nick in va: I’ve got the TV broadcast and they have no love lost for the Reds. Bad mouthing Stubbs after his hit (somewhat deservedly) for his season. Interesting to get a different perspective.

  24. Matt WI

    I love Stubbs in the back of the lineup right now. His speed has to impact the pitcher’s attention on the hitters behind him, and what an asset to have wheeling around the bases for SF’s or as the lineup begins to turn over.

  25. RiverCity Redleg

    Two runs an inning, that’ll work.

  26. Greg Dafler

    Bailey needs to stick to his fastball. The first two hits in the inning have been off his secondary pitches.

  27. GRF

    Josh Anderson released in AAA today. Someone moving up?

  28. RiverCity Redleg

    both hits were off breaking balls, after getting them 1-2-3 on all fast balls in the 1st

  29. Kyle

    Great job getting out of trouble by Bailey. That first hit he gave up to Jones was a really good pitch, Jones just had a good swing on it. Looking good through 2.

  30. renbutler

    @BJ Ruble: It looks like the heaviest rain will miss PIT to the south, but precipitation will be an issue before this game is over.

  31. RiverCity Redleg

    Thru 2, Bailey has thrown 20 pitches, 19 for strikes and one ball. That’s dealing it so far.

  32. GRF

    By the way, I spent/wasted 15 minutes thinking about whether we could put together a package for Cliff Lee before realizing starting pitching really would not be the need IF, and that is a big IF, we actually are playing meaningful games around the deadline. Nice to be able to say that.

  33. renbutler

    Uh-oh, Bailey threw another ball. Get the bullpen ready.


  34. RiverCity Redleg

    Ks the side – Now he has 36 pitches, 32 strikes. zach Duke has been the only batter to work the count.

  35. Greg Dafler

    You could probably give up a much lesser package for Oswalt, especially if you pick up most or all of his salary ($15M this year and $16M next year.)

  36. Tracey

    Is that bat starting to warm up, Drew Stubbs? πŸ˜€

  37. RiverCity Redleg

    Stubbs!!!! He loves it at the bottom of the order!

  38. Greg Dafler

    Yep, I’d keep Stubbs lower in the order for more than a couple of days.

    Bailey’s 36 pitches to 10 batters. Zach Duke (pitcher) forced Bailey to throw 8 of those pitches.

    28 pitches to 9 batters…nice efficiency!

  39. BJ Ruble

    Bats just tied it up 5-5, who is Luis Terrero and man he is killing the ball right now!

  40. Jared

    Wow, who knew it was a day game?
    I’d like to see Bruce batting a little earlier in the order.

    Cabrera SS
    Bruce rf
    Rolen 3b
    Votto 1b
    Gomes lf
    Phillips 2b
    Stubbs cf
    Hanigan c

  41. RiverCity Redleg

    BP does it again. πŸ‘Ώ

  42. RiverCity Redleg

    BJ Ruble:

    Bats just tied it up 5-5, who is Luis Terrero and man he is killing the ball right now!

    He’s a 30 yr old OF they picked up from Baltimore’s org (I believe). He’s been in and out of the majors. They picked him up when they released Josh Anderson.

  43. Jared

    Philips reminds me of Devin Hester. But without the touchdowns. He can be such a bonehead. No one is asking him to calculate ballistic missile trajectories, just show some baseball smarts!

  44. Jared

    I wonder if I’d still like Philips as much as I used to if I hadn’t been reading this blog

  45. RiverCity Redleg

    WOW! Thru 5, Bailey has thrown 51 pitches, with 44 of them for strikes. Where have you been Homer?

  46. BJ Ruble

    @RiverCity Redleg: Getting rid of Anderson to get him was an outstanding decision. After going to the game last night, I love the way he plays too. He covers good ground in the OF, and busted his tail.

  47. Jared

    I just bought MLB At Bat for my phone. Has anyone used it? It’s $15, but that’s a one-time fee for game audio. The app itself doesn’t seem that great, like old school Gameday, but the play-by-play and box are on separate tabs which is kind of annoying, though there isn’t much of an option.

  48. Steve

    Radio broadcast: “Homer is throwing better than Cueto last night, if that’s possible.”

  49. RiverCity Redleg

    @BJ Ruble: Anderson wasn’t hitting his weight, so anybody was going to be better. But, to your point, Terrero has been tearing it up. He’s probably your classic 4A guy, but he was exactly what the Bats needed right now.

  50. RiverCity Redleg

    Nothing out of the infield, that’s the way we like it.

  51. Greg Dafler

    Another 9-pitch inning for Bailey in the 6th.

    Wow, I hope this pitching holds up through the Cardinals series this weekend. The Reds are throwing Harang, Leake, and Arroyo.

  52. mike

    Greg Dafler:

    Hanigan is catching Bailey for just the 2nd time this season. The last time he caught Bailey was Bailey best game of the season vs. the Cardinals on May 1.

    the 1st thing I did when looking at the lineup before the game started was scan quick hoping Hanigan was going to catch Bailey.

    I know it’s the Pirates but Bailey looks like a different pitcher so far this game.

    I mean….Homer has thrown 10 balls and 50 strikes? That is NOT Homer Bailey……..

  53. renbutler

    Do you let Homer go the whole way if possible? Or do you take him out to give the bullpen a little work.


    Sorry if that’s a stupid question. I just don’t recall the Reds ever throwing back-to-back domination like this.

  54. Jared

    (Pirates) Radio broadcast: The Pirates uh, really just aren’t giving them much of a challenge, to be honest.

  55. RiverCity Redleg

    @renbutler: You’ve got to let him pitch, unless he gets himself into serious trouble.

  56. Matt WI

    @Bill Lack: Gracias… I’m going to see him Saturday in Indy, I felt inspired.

  57. al

    I want to believe, I really do. Is anyone really watching the game though? Does Bailey really LOOK better? Or are the results better because the Pirates are a truely terrible baseball team?

    It’s a great game either way, but on gamecast it doesn’t look like Bailey’s bringing anything he hasn’t brought before. Maybe he’s just burned the Reds too many times for me to believe it.

  58. Furniture City Red

    I was wondering the same thing as Al. Just check in on GameDay and saw that Homer is having a great day…Is it Homer or are the Pirates just that bad?

  59. Kyle

    This is madness. Whoever thought after Monday that Arroyo’s performance would be far and away the worst by our starting pitchers this series?

  60. Kyle

    @al: Its both; the Pirates lineup is flat out terrible and there is no disputing that. Bailey looks great though, getting ahead of everyone, working it all over the zone. He has looked really good.

  61. Bill Lack

    @Matt WI: I don’t go anymore…Fingers Taylor got us tickets once in row 2…and we got to go backstage, anything after that is anti-climactic…and too expensive.

  62. Bill Lack


    Al, he’s what 23 or 24? He’s young, he’s going to struggle…he’s going to have ups and downs. He’ll be fine in the long run, you just have to have patience with young players.

  63. Steve

    Marty again going on about fielding percentage and having gone seven straight games without an error.

    Forgetting, of course, the other night when Cabrera had two obvious errors scored as hits. Marty said that night it was the worst scoring night in the history of baseball.

    That’s one of the problems with relying on the simple fielding percentage to measure defense, it depends on the home town scoring.

  64. Kyle

    That should have been two easily. Terrible turn by Phillips, probably doesn’t matter.

    Ha, and he makes up for it with a great play to turn two. Man, what a game from the Reds.

  65. The Mad Hatter

    Well with that double play I guess it erases the first attempt at a double play. That was season highlight material.

  66. Jason461

    Just coming in here. Can we please play the Pirates everyday? This has been nice. It’s good to see a nice start from Homer.

  67. Matt WI

    @al: I think it’s a fair question. I noticed in a national write-up of Cueto’s game that most of his domination has been at the expense of the Pirates…. then think about the Reds’ success at the end of last year being primarily against them as well.

  68. RiverCity Redleg

    Un-freakin-believable… 80 pitches thru 8!!

  69. al

    @Bill Lack: I hear you, I really do. But a pitcher with a mostly straight low 90’s fastball, and a mid 80’s splitter and change, is probably going to struggle at any age. Homer hasn’t looked young this year, he’s looked bad.

    Still, 80 pitches through 8 innings. That’s a whale of a game against any team. If Bailey through that against a AAA squad I’d be impressed.

    Maybe he figured something out here. Like I said, I want to believe.

  70. The Mad Hatter

    Wow, 80 pitches through 8. Even if it’s against the Pirates it’s still impressive

  71. Steve

    Glad we miss Carpenter this weekend, although Wainwright has been every bit as good as Carpenter and we (Leake) face him on Saturday night in the Civil Rights Game.

  72. Kyle

    Unbelievable catch from Milledge to rob Hanigan.

  73. al

    Going for two complete game shutouts in a row. Unreal.

  74. RiverCity Redleg

    @al: I don’t care who you’re playing, when you throw 65 strikes in 80 pitches thru 8IP, 4 hits and 0 runs, you’re dealing it.
    The Pirates are probably helping with early count swinging, but when the pitcher is throwing strikes, you gotta swing early.

  75. BJ Ruble

    @al He has been pounding the strike zone…Walks are usually what makes his outings go south quickly.

  76. Matt WI

    The bullpen just has to be saying “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Ready to rock against the Cards.

  77. Greg Dafler

    Earlier in the game, it seems they were trying to be patient, but Bailey was throwing strikes. You can’t sit and watch too many of those go by without swinging.

  78. nick in va

    Complete game shutout. Amazing starting pitching recently.

  79. Steve

    Back to back shutouts. Homer used 90 pitches. Bring on St. Louis.

  80. BJ Ruble

    Wow, that a SERIES! You gotta remember that this is the same two teams that it was a sweep the other way not that long ago.

    90 pitch complete game shutout, never thought I would see that out of Homer.

    Hopefully this trend continues against the Redbirds.

  81. RiverCity Redleg

    4Hits? I bet Cueto makes fun of him for that! πŸ˜€

  82. The Mad Hatter

    Absolutely amazing. Complete game 4 hit shutout using 90 pitches 74 for strikes. Great game for Bailey and great series for Reds pitching.

  83. al

    Holy crap. That has to be the best time through the rotation the Reds have had in years.

  84. Veteran Leader

    This rocking chair is comfortable. I can get used to it. πŸ˜‰

  85. BJ Ruble

    @Steve: That is the biggest key to it all.

    I don’t think Bailey had a single 3 ball count today… 😯

  86. RiverCity Redleg

    I don’t think he ever got to 3 balls on any batter. Amazing back to back performances by Cueto and Bailey.

  87. al

    Harang: 6.2 IP, 2ER, 1BB, 9K, W
    Leake: 7IP, 3ER, 1BB, 6K, W
    Arroyo: 7IP, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, W
    Cueto: 9IP, 0ER, 0BB, 8K, W
    Bailey, 9IP, 0ER, 0BB, 6K, W

  88. RiverCity Redleg


    Harang: 6.2 IP, 2ER, 1BB, 9K, WLeake: 7IP, 3ER, 1BB, 6K, WArroyo: 7IP, 1ER, 1BB, 2K, WCueto: 9IP, 0ER, 0BB, 8K, WBailey, 9IP, 0ER, 0BB, 6K, W

    I think the key is only 3 walks in the last 5 starts.

  89. al

    That’s a 1.40 ERA.

    Harang’s got to feel like the odd man out after only going 6.2 πŸ˜€

  90. RiverCity Redleg

    @BJ Ruble: That’s right! You must be one smart sonuvabitch! πŸ˜†

  91. jdarts

    All I can say is there better be 25,000+ at every game this weekend. If not I’ll be severely disappointed in Reds fans.

  92. pinson343

    I’m amazed. I expected Homer to pitch well against the Pirates, but not this well. Now all he needs to learn is that if he takes the same approach to good offensive lineups, he won’t get a shutout every time, but he can be a very good ML pitcher.

  93. Furniture City Red

    Complete Game Shutout – 90 pitches , 73 strikes , 17 balls……………..Man o Man! That’s what I had in mind when I said this would be a break out year for Homer. Really hope he can build off this start and get on a roll like the end of last year. Ha, he even had a hit – .273 on the season. πŸ˜€

  94. pinson343

    Cueto and Homer, consecutive CG shutouts, 5 hits, 14 Ks, 0 walks.
    This is the kind of thing we dreamed of a few years ago.

  95. Furniture City Red

    A game and a half back….Go Astros!!!

  96. Steve

    Phillies playing in Colorado right now — 41Γƒβ€šΓ‚ΒΊ

    They have another game tonight.

  97. pinson343

    There’s got be a healthy competition going on at this point between the 3 young guys in the rotation, trying to outdo each other.

    And the 2 old boys no doubt don’t like being outpitched by the young guys. They’re both pitching better of late.

    This is all good, very good.

  98. Steve


    Cueto and Homer, consecutive CG shutouts, 5 hits, 14 Ks, 0 walks.
    This is the kind of thing we dreamed of a few years ago.


    Throw in Mike Leake and Edinson Volquez. Pretty good future rotation, possibly.

  99. Barnes

    Only six teams have more wins than the Reds this year.
    Put a Beat Down on those Cards this weekend!