Homer Bailey was terrific in his 2016 debut, returning from Tommy John Surgery. It was Bailey’s first healthy start since 2014. He allowed just two runs over 5.2 innings, and at one point retired 13 consecutive batters. Jose Peraza provided the offense, hitting a two-run home run in the second inning. It was Peraza’s first big league home run.
The Reds bullpen did their job, holding the Padres scoreless for 3.1 innings. The Reds held on for a 3-2 win, taking two of three from the Padres. The Reds have won five consecutive series, and are now 10-5 since the all-star break. The Reds finished 13-11 in July, their first winning month of 2016.
|Cincinnati Reds (42-62)||3||9||0|
|San Diego Padres (45-60)||2||5||0|
|W: Bailey (1-0) L: Clemens (1-2) S: Cingrani (13)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Michael Lorenzen striking out Jabari Blash with the bases loaded for the second out of the inning. Reds lead 3-2. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 19.9% (from 46.4% to 64.2%).
Player of the Game
Homer Bailey: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 K, 2.61 FIP
It was awesome to see Bailey back on the hill. He dominated through the first five innings, and at one point retired 13 consecutive batters. He ran into trouble in the 6th inning, walking all three of his batters in the game in the inning. He had a bit of a mental breakdown when he walked he bases loaded, then turned around in frustration knowing he was going to be taken out of the game. Wil Myers alertly stole home without a throw. Still, none of that should take away from a really great first start back for Bailey. His stuff was electric today.
One scout had Homer up to 96 mph on his fastball today.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) July 31, 2016
Jose Peraza hit his first big league home run! The only reason why Peraza was in the lineup was because Jay Bruce was a late scratch (“mental break”). Hopefully we will see a lot more of Peraza in the everyday lineup. He needs to be playing everyday somewhere.
Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 15-games! He had a hit and walk today.
— Patrick Jeter (@prjeter) July 31, 2016
Blake Wood got Homer Bailey out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th inning with a strikeout. He also pitched a perfect 7th inning. Wood now has a very nice 3.26 ERA/3.20 FIP on the season. He was really nice free agent signing of Walt Jocketty this offseason.
Billy Hamilton had an “infield double” in the 9th inning. Yes, he made it to second base on a ground ball without an error.
All nine of the Reds starters (including Bailey!) had a hit.
Tony Cingrani pitched a perfect 9th, recording his 13th save of the season.
It was a good day. Nothing to see here.
Not so random thoughts………
Tomorrow at 4:00 PM is the MLB trade deadline. It will be interesting to see what deals the Reds decide to make. Jay Bruce was given the day off today, and Price called it a “mental day” off. There are some rumors circulating that Dodgers and Giants are interested in Bruce, but nothing substantial yet. As always, stay tuned to to RN for the latest.
Cardinals at Reds
Tuesday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports 1
Dan Straily (3.84 ERA) vs Adam Wainwright (4.16 ERA)
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Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.