Bailey speaks to the media post-game in the locker room. (FOX19)
Homer Bailey pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball and
survived a line drive to the face in the Reds 4-0 win over the Indians
Cincinnati outscored Cleveland 21-5 in the final three games of the
series to win the battle for the Ohio Cup.
With the Reds leading 3-0 in the fifth, Bailey had a scary
moment when a hard liner was sent right back to his face. Bailey was able to
avoid any injury and laughed about it with reporters after the game.
"It kind of got me in the jaw, but hell, I've been bit worse by bed
bugs down in Saltillo [Mexico]," said Bailey.
Bailey picked up his ninth win on just four hits, eight strikeouts
and zero earned runs. He got a little help from his friends at the plate. Jay
Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Billy Hamilton and Kris Negron each drove in a run. Negron
won the Ohio Cup MVP after going 2-for-4 Thursday. He drove in five runs over
the last three games in the series.
"We've been hitting the ball well the last couple of days and like
I said, I just try to get them back in the dugout and let them do their thing,"
said Bailey. "So, tonight and this whole series has been really good for all of
Homer has given up just 12 hits and two earned runs in his last
three starts (22 innings pitched). The Reds are now four games out of first
place in the NL Central and three games out of a Wild Card spot.