Bailey was so focused on working on his curveball and change-up that he wasn't too concerned about who was in the stands. It showed in the results as the right-hander allowed only four hits, walked one and struck out two.
"As long as I'm pitching to home plate and it's still 60 feet six inches, I'm all right," said Bailey, the seventh pick in the 2004 draft. "I'm trying to keep my team in the game, and I try not to worry about things that may be in the future. Right now I'm feeling well when I go out there."
The 6-foot-4 Texan worked effectively without too much trouble, but in the fourth inning Richmond got to him for the two unearned runs. Willie Harris led off with a flyball that was dropped by left fielder Tyrell Godwin for a three-base error. Harris scored on a sacrifice fly. With one out, Bill McCarthy and T.J. Bohn rapped back-to-back doubles for the 2-0 lead.
McCarthy's shot to center with two out in the sixth made it 3-0. It was just the second homer allowed by Bailey this season.
Louisville manager Rick Sweet said Bailey has made progress.
"I think this was the best command of his off-speed," he said. "He threw back-to-back change-ups. The curveball he used well.
He pitched a good ballgame. This is encouraging. He was working with the catcher. He's got to put together some more games like the one he pitched."