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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Homer Bailey Inconsistent As Reds Fall to Giants

Homer Bailey has been on and off this spring. Sometimes within the same game.

The San Francisco Giants scored four runs off Bailey in the second inning.  He allowed six hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking a batter, striking out three, hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch.  Gregor Blanco hit a two-run home run in the inning.

"Sometimes my pitches were working.  Sometimes the weren't working," Bailey said.  "It's been up and down."

The Giants Matt Cain was all up in his five innings.  The Reds managed four hits but couldn't score off the Giants starter.  Zack Cozart extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single.  Joey Votto followed with a single in the first but Cain picked Votto off first.  Chris Heisey had a bunt single.  Denis Phipps added the fourth single off Cain.

The Reds scored four runs off Andrew Kown with the key hit being a three-run home run by Danny Dorn.  Billy Hamilton, who stole 103 bases at Dayton, walked and stole second and went to third on a throwing error by Eli Whiteside.  He scored on a sacrifice fly by Henry Rodriguez.

"Homer's fastball was getting too much of the plate," Baker said

Bailey battling Chapman for the fifth spot was more concerned about Ryan Madson

"Everybody feels fot him," said Bailey, who in a strange way may have gotten a benefit from Madson's injury.

Chapman threw five scoreless innings againt San Diego in the other split squad game.

Baker was asked if he considered Bailey for the bullpen.  "I don't know man," Baker said.  "We need to sort that out.  Let us make a decision."

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