Homer Bailey threw 31 pitches the 1st inning and 30 pitches in the 2nd inning before he was lifted. The 31-year-old Bailey pitched about the way you’d expect a guy coming off the DL and surgery, his first game of major league action against a group of guys playing in their 74th game of the year.
His fastball velocity was 93-95 mph, which was where he’s been in his rehab starts. Bailey did strike out Bryce Harper twice. But overall, the Nationals lineup was murderous. Bailey contributed to his plight with three walks. Things will be better for Bailey when he isn’t subjected to a BABIP of .600. The main thing is that Bailey feels normal the next few days.
Considering what the Nationals are doing to all the Reds pitchers today, it makes Luis Castillo’s start yesterday look better.
News: Bryan Price announced before the game that Brandon Finnegan will start Monday in the make-up game in St. Louis. That makes the current starting rotation: Homer Bailey, Scott Feldman, Brandon Finnegan, Luis Castillo and Tim Adleman.
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