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OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 11:50 AM
Reds vs. Pirates (updates with Pirates lineup)
Posted by JohnFay at 3/2/2009 9:11 AM EST on Cincinnati.com

Reds v. Pirates at Bradenton:

Chris Dickerson cf

Jeff Keppinger ss

Jay Bruce rf

Brandon Phillips 2b

Edwin Encarnacion 3b

Jonny Gomes 1b

Laynce Nix lf

Ryan Hanigan c

Wes Bankston dh

Homer Bailey p



Pittsburgh:

Andrew McCutchen lf

Freddy Sanchez 2b

Nate McLouth cf

Ryan Doumit dh

Adam LaRoche 1b

Brandon Moss rf

Neil Walker 3b

Jack Wilson ss

Jason Jaramillo c

Zach Duke p

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OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:23 PM
Nice first inning for Homer.

Reds' 1st: Dickerson K. Keppinger 6-3. Bruce 3U.

Pirates' 1st: McCutchen K (8 pitches, 6 strikes). Sanchez K (looking, 5 pitches). McLouth walks (6 pitches). Doumit 1-3 (3 pitches).

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:35 PM
Reds' 2nd: Phillips 4-3. Encarnacion 7. Gomes singles to left. Nix doubles to right. Hanigan 8.

no score after 1 1/2.

btw the wind is blowing out at 15-25 mph. Could be another high scoring game.

dougdirt
03-02-2009, 02:37 PM
OBM, where are you getting those pitch totals?

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:37 PM
Pirates' 2nd: LaRoche walks. Moss 4-6-3 DP. Gomes 3U. (8 pitches).

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:38 PM
OBM, where are you getting those pitch totals?

John Fay's blog.

dougdirt
03-02-2009, 02:42 PM
John Fay's blog.

Gotcha. I was looking at the game day and trying to figure out why you were getting them and why I wasn't lol.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:43 PM
Fay must not have been paying attention - LaRoche singled instead of walking as Fay reported.

Homer: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4 GO/0 FO

dougdirt
03-02-2009, 02:43 PM
Gameday says LaRoche singled, not walked. Who wasn't paying attention, Fay or the Gameday operator?

Spring~Fields
03-02-2009, 02:45 PM
I would really like to see Bailey do very well today and this spring, of course I really want all of the younger pitching to have an exceptional spring and season.

HokieRed
03-02-2009, 02:48 PM
I want all the young pitching to do well but nobody more so than Homer Bailey. Homer is the one guy on this team whose emergence could make this year really memorable.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:49 PM
Reds' 3rd: Bankston walks. Dickerson singles to center. Keppinger hits into a 6-4 DP. Keppinger just got to first to avoid a triple play. Bruce 4-3.

Spring~Fields
03-02-2009, 02:50 PM
I want all the young pitching to do well but nobody more so than Homer Bailey. Homer is the one guy on this team whose emergence could make this year really memorable.

I think so too. It would be a big lift all around.

Chip R
03-02-2009, 02:52 PM
Gameday says LaRoche singled, not walked. Who wasn't paying attention, Fay or the Gameday operator?


Gee, I wonder.

membengal
03-02-2009, 02:57 PM
I will cut Fay some slack. Any updates in the absence of radio are appreciated.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 02:59 PM
Excellent third inning by Bailey.

Pirates' 3rd: Wilson L6. Jaramillo K on an off speed pitch. McCutchen K. (15 pitches, 10 strikes). That's probably it for Bailey. Excellent outing. 3 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.

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Homer: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4 GO/1 FO

HeatherC1212
03-02-2009, 03:02 PM
Wow, that's phenomenal for Homer. Maybe something finally clicked this offseason?! :D

membengal
03-02-2009, 03:02 PM
Quantum leap in effectiveness for Homer to start this spring. I still am rooting for him to go to AAA and dominate before a mid-season call-up, but this is very encouraging. I hope we get some more chatter from the writers about how his stuff looks (as opposed to him being nicer to them this spring).

dougdirt
03-02-2009, 03:02 PM
Wow, that's phenomenal for Homer. Maybe something finally clicked this offseason?! :D

Maybe his legs feel good for the first time in a long time?

camisadelgolf
03-02-2009, 03:03 PM
So far for Bailey this spring:
4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

I guess that's a decent start.

camisadelgolf
03-02-2009, 03:04 PM
I wonder what kind of shortstop the Reds could get if they did a trade involving Arroyo.

Spring~Fields
03-02-2009, 03:04 PM
So far for Bailey this spring:
4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

I guess that's a decent start.

I am tickled to death with it, and I am sure that Bailey and everyone is.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:09 PM
From Fay:

What impressed me about Bailey so far that he's been able to spot his fastball. I believe all four Ks today came on offspeed pitches set up the by the fastball.

I'd agree that Bailey and Owings are ahead right now. It's early, but with so many people in the mix, you can't afford bad outings.

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membengal
03-02-2009, 03:11 PM
Reds appear to have pushed across a run in the 4th with a Phillips double followed by a Gomes single.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:12 PM
Reds' 4th: Phillips doubles. Encarnacion F8, Phillips to third. Gomes SF7. Nix singles. Nix CS 2-6.

1-0 Reds after 3 1/2.

Lincoln is pitching the 4th.

HeatherC1212
03-02-2009, 03:12 PM
Maybe his legs feel good for the first time in a long time?

Perhaps but it could also be that he's finally realized that he's got a decent shot to pitch and be successful in the big leagues and that it's about time he really showed what he can do when he pitches instead of throws to batters. ;)

Spring~Fields
03-02-2009, 03:16 PM
From Fay:

What impressed me about Bailey so far that he's been able to spot his fastball. I believe all four Ks today came on offspeed pitches set up the by the fastball.


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That is some very good indicators isn't it ???

dougdirt
03-02-2009, 03:18 PM
That is some very good indicators isn't it ???

If his slider is looking like it was at the end of last year.... he can be really good this year if he can throw his fastball for strikes.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:20 PM
Lincoln threw a 1-2-3 4th inning. 1-0 Reds after 4.

Spring~Fields
03-02-2009, 03:29 PM
If his slider is looking like it was at the end of last year.... he can be really good this year if he can throw his fastball for strikes.

Wouldn't that be sweet. It would be nice to have to make adjustments seeing good pitching, they may not have the offense, but, it is possible that they can have very good pitching this year. That would be an exciting change.

HokieRed
03-02-2009, 03:30 PM
Can Nix play CF?

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:32 PM
Can Nix play CF?

Yep. He's a pretty good CFer.

In 1712 career innings in CF, he's a +19.6 defender.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:33 PM
Pirates' 4th (Lincoln pitching): Sanchez 7. McLouth 4-3. Doumit K, looking.

Reds' 5th: Hanigan singles to right. Bankston F8. Dickerson 4-6, fielder's choice. Keppingger K.

1-0 Reds after 4 1/2.

Ron Flores is pitching the 5th.

Homer Bailey
03-02-2009, 03:39 PM
Here I come fellas!

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:41 PM
Flores threw a scoreless 5th with a walk and K.

1-0 Reds after 5.

camisadelgolf
03-02-2009, 03:43 PM
Here I come fellas!
It's so nice of you to come to the site so quickly after your outing. It's great to have you here. Feel free to stick around. ;)

HokieRed
03-02-2009, 03:45 PM
Anybody think Flores has a chance to make this team? Might have accomplished for them what Rhodes is likely to do and at a much lower cost. Will be interesting to see. I remember watching him in Oakland being pretty effective for a couple of years.

lollipopcurve
03-02-2009, 03:49 PM
Anybody think Flores has a chance to make this team?

yes -- with Bray slow out of the blocks, I think they're looking closely at him and Danny Ray -- does Bray have options left?

membengal
03-02-2009, 03:53 PM
Agree with lollipop, Bray's annual slow start opens the door a bit for another lefty to make the team out of camp until Bray is ready. I am rooting for Herrera myself.

camisadelgolf
03-02-2009, 03:56 PM
Anybody think Flores has a chance to make this team? Might have accomplished for them what Rhodes is likely to do and at a much lower cost. Will be interesting to see. I remember watching him in Oakland being pretty effective for a couple of years.
I hope so. He's a phenomenal character guy. If you look at his numbers, you really have to wonder why he hasn't been given more of a chance. He has a reputation of being a lefty specialist, but in the minors, the results weren't much different than they were against right-handers. So far, in the majors, it's been a little bit of a different story, though.

camisadelgolf
03-02-2009, 03:58 PM
yes -- with Bray slow out of the blocks, I think they're looking closely at him and Danny Ray -- does Bray have options left?
I can't remember if he was optioned last year, but I know he has one or two options left.

edit: Yeah, he was optioned for most of April last year, so he has only one option left.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 03:58 PM
Fultz gives up a run on a hit and two walks in the 6th inning. 1-1 after six.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 04:10 PM
Reds' 7th: Barker doubles. Castillo F7. Tatum 5-4. Richar K.

1-1 after 6 1/2. Herrera is pitching the 7th.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 04:12 PM
Herrera throws a scoreless 7th. 1-1 after 7.

HeatherC1212
03-02-2009, 04:15 PM
I love that our pitchers are making the roster decisions hard for TPTB for a change and pitching really well! :)

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 04:36 PM
2-1 Pirates after eight.

The Pirates scored an unearned run thanks to errors by Tatum (catchers interference) and Jacque Jones.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 04:39 PM
Reds lost 2-1.

HeatherC1212
03-02-2009, 04:41 PM
Bummer about the loss but I do like the pitching line today. That's encouraging! :)

Tom Servo
03-02-2009, 06:50 PM
Fultz gives up a run on a hit and two walks in the 6th inning. 1-1 after six.

Fultz Metal Jacket NOOOOO!

RedsManRick
03-02-2009, 08:38 PM
Anybody know what velocity Homer is working at? If he's spotting that fastball at 94 or so, that's his ticket. But if he's just getting ahead with a straight 91, that's a hitter's adjustment (or late ST bat speed) away from major regression.

OnBaseMachine
03-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Anybody know what velocity Homer is working at? If he's spotting that fastball at 94 or so, that's his ticket. But if he's just getting ahead with a straight 91, that's a hitter's adjustment (or late ST bat speed) away from major regression.

Nobody has reported an exact number, but Hal said last week that his velocity looked great.

alloverjr
03-03-2009, 01:22 AM
but Hal said last week that his velocity looked great.


Well, considering Hal can't see, I'll wait for a gun reading. ;)

lollipopcurve
03-03-2009, 08:33 AM
If he's spotting that fastball at 94 or so, that's his ticket. But if he's just getting ahead with a straight 91, that's a hitter's adjustment (or late ST bat speed) away from major regression.

Truism says pitchers are ahead of hitters at this time. Still, the prospect of Bailey at 91 with control is more promising than 94 without. In other words, he may be intentionally sacrificing some velocity in favor of command. It wouldn't mean he could not reach back for 94 in certain situations.

Whatever the case, it is very encouraging to read all the positive reporting about Homer. Doesn't mean he's going to win 15 games this year, but it does indicate he has turned around what was significantly negative momentum. Best news of ST, so far.