Cincinnati Reds News: Homer Bailey pitches a gem in loss

DETROIT, MI - JULY 31: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 31: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Good morning Reds Country. The trade deadline passed yesterday without much involvement from the Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey tossed a gem in a loss to the Detroit Tigers.

The MLB Trade Deadline came and went, and the Cincinnati Reds remained mostly dormant. Matt Harvey, surprisingly, stayed put, as did Billy Hamilton, Raisel Iglesias and Jared Hughes. The Reds kicked off an Interleague series with the Tigers on Tuesday night but fell short of their fourth straight win with a 1-2 loss at Comerica Park.

Bailey’s strong outing in loss. Homer Bailey fell to 1-8 on the season despite tossing a complete-game and surrendering only two runs. Bailey went eight innings and allowed only three hits while striking out six batters.

Bailey’s lone mistake came in the bottom of the fourth inning when Tigers’ second baseman Niko Goodrum sent a 1-0 pitch over the right-centerfield wall. That home run was the only hit Bailey allowed through the first seven innings.

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In his first two games back from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville, Bailey has been outstanding. He’s gone 14.2 innings, allowed only 4 runs on 8 hits and struck out 14 batters. With Matt Harvey still in the fold for the Reds, they now have two veteran pitchers who’ve been throwing very well of late.

Ervin’s baserunning blunder. Ah, the product of a young team. In the fourth inning, after a 1-out double by Phillip Ervin, Joey Votto launched a screaming line drive into center field which should’ve been his 53rd RBI of the season. But, it was not to be.

Ervin misread the flight of the ball and was only able to advance to third base. After Eugenio Suarez struck out, Scooter Gennett walked to load the bases. Tucker Barnhart grounded into the final out of the inning and the Tigers came out of the inning unscathed.

Where are Tucker, Sims, and Wisler? The three players the Cincinnati Reds acquired in a deal that sent outfielder Adam Duvall to the Braves made it to their destinations yesterday. Both pitchers, Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler, were assigned to Triple-A Louisville, while outfielder Preston Tucker joined the big boys in Detroit.

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It’s unclear who may be sent back to Louisville after Scott Schebler returns from his rehab assignment after injuring his shoulder before the All-Star break. Ervin, Mason Williams, and Brandon Dixon have been solid contributors since arriving from the minors.