Assigning the Blame: Homer Bailey

This will begin a series of short articles in which I assign the blame of a loss to a Reds’ player or players. It isn’t pleasant and I hope to have to write it sparingly.

Wednesday’s fiasco on the flyaway game with St. Louis was pitiful to watch after the fourth inning. Homer Bailey had given up only two hits and three walks at that point. A two-out solo shot by Jon Jay and a three-run jack by Carlos Beltran finished the scoring for the inning.

The sixth inning was not as kind to Homer as was the fifth. A single by David Freese followed by the second home run in as many days by Matt Adams elevated the cushion to 6-0. A double by shortstop Pete Kozma was all Dusty Baker needed to see to pull the plug on Bailey. Enter Logan Ondrusek who was recalled yesterday from Pensacola to fill in for reliever Sean Marshall who was put on the shelf for 15 days.

After recording two outs Ondrusek surrendered a two-run shot to Matt Carpenter which pinned the other run on Bailey.

It isn’t difficult to pinpoint who was culpable for this mugging. Bailey turned in one of his performances that he would certainly like to forget. His final line for five innings is 9 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3 HR.

The entire offense was hapless (with the exception of a 2-3 day by Joey Votto), as journeyman Jake Westbrook made it look easy in chalking up only his fourth shutout in 13 years.

A 10-0 loss leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. The recipient of the inaugural Assigning the Blame award goes to David Dewitt (Homer) Bailey.

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