Homer Bailey has returned but his two starts have been a disaster. He gave up eight runs in two in1/2/3 innings on Saturday. His 43.20 ERA loomed large and actually shrunk with a three inning six run disaster of a 11-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ryan Braun, Manny Pina and Jonathan Villar hit home runs off Bailey. The Brewers scored on a double that manager Bryan Price claimed should have been ruled dead. The call was confirmed and Price was ejected for the second time this season for continuing to argue. He became the envy of GABP.
“It was a tough one," Bryan Price said.. "He’s getting his sea legs under him. It’s been the better part of three years since he’s pitched at this level. His stuff is o.k. I got to watch from the office. His location isn’t good.”
Bailey made just eight starts since 2014 with and had three surgeries in that span with 41 1/3 innings. He pitched over 200 innings in 2012 and 2013.
"This would be his early season starts. He’s a better pitcher than that," Price said. “He’s made to starts that haven’t been very good. We have to keep giving him the ball.”
Bailey actually dropped his ERA from 43.20 to 27.00.
“The action on the pitches was there," Bailey said.. "The velocity was there. I’m getting back to the speed of the game. I have to be a little bit sharper. That little bit of sharpness is the difference between a home run and ground ball or pop up. It is going to take some time. When you start you throw six out of 10 where you want them. Every start it gets a little bit better. That’s when you start getting outs instead of hits.”
Villar, the first batter he faced, homered for the second time. Shackelford struck out Domingo Santana for his first strikeout. After a pair of singles, Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run home run to put the Brewers into a comfortable 10-0 lead.
Jimmy Nelson pitched three hitless innings, marred only by a walk to Joey Votto. Votto hit his 21st home run in the fourth to break the no-hitter and the shutout.. Votto hit a second home run in the seventh putting him one behind Cody Bellinger for the NL lead.
Domingo Santana hit the Brewers sixth home run off Ariel Hernandez in the eighth inning.
The Reds had seven hits. Adam Duvall hit two doubles.
Ryan Braun's home run was his 24th at Great American Ball Park, passing Lance Berkman for the most by any visiting player. He has 39 home runs against the Reds in his career. The most by anyone since the 2007 season which was his rookie year.