There is a mystery around Homer Bailey. Some fans scream for his head while others are optimistic that he is going to come around. Last night Homer faced an Atlanta Braves team that is one of the hottest in baseball. They just finished sweeping the Cardinals and in the process scored 23 runs. I was nervous that the Braves bats were going to crush Bailey.
However, Bailey comes out and throws a solid 6 and 2/3 innings giving up just one earned run.
The Reds bats while still struggling at crucial times were able to get a 3 spot on the board and take this first game against the Braves. I still contend the Reds batters disappear at times when there are runners on base. In the Second inning Bruce was able to get on board with a 0 out double and was then stranded on the bases when the last two outs were achieved by called strike 3. There is zero chance you are going to hit the batter in with the bats on your shoulder.
A big game was had by Chris Heisey with 2 doubles. The Second was what plated the 3rd and final run for the Reds.
To summarize, the Reds beat one of the top NL teams on the road with their 4th starter. It just doesn’t get better than that and while Homer may still not have climbed out of the doghouse in many fans eyes, a few more outings like this gets him back in the good graces of the Nati faithful.
Oh by the way, the Cardinals also lost their 4th in a row against the Cubs, so the night kept getting better.