Cincinnati Reds Observations: Homer Bailey Back To 2009 Form

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIAugust 16, 2010

CINCINNATI - MAY 18:  Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 18, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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On Sunday afternoon Homer Bailey looked like he did in the last six weeks of 2009.

He didn't walk any batters, and allowed only three hits in his six innings of work.  It was his first appearance since May 23 when he lost to the Cleveland Indians and was put on the Disabled List shortly after.

This was probably his second best outing of the season. He threw a four-hit shutout of the Pirates on May 12.

He threw 71 strikes out of 102 pitches.

It was a perfect ending to a sweep of the Florida Marlins. The Reds completed the current home stand with a 6-3 record, having swept the Chicago Cubs and being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Miguel Cairo drove both runs in with a two out home run following a walk to Jonny Gomes and a strikeout by Jim Edmonds.

The game had a precarious beginning for the Reds. Joey Votto had a second strike called above the armpit when he apparently muttered something under his breath while looking down and preparing for the next pitch.

Without argument or delay, the home plate umpire, D.J. Reyburn gave the old "heave ho" and ceremoniously ejected the all-star first baseman from the game.

It was unsettling to say the least. As a television viewer I had no idea Votto was even complaining. He made no attempt at all to show up the umpire.

Reyburn was obviously working on a short fuse. It is inexcusable for an umpire to throw out a team's best player without any jawing or warning whatsoever.

Juan Francisco was sent to Louisville to make room for Bailey. More roster moves appear to be coming as Aaron Harang is expected to be back in the dugout soon.

Jay Bruce was promoted to the "two-hole" and showed little improvement if any, going 1-4 with two strikeouts.

Fellow Reds writer Russell Wight had just mentioned that the Reds should give Bruce a shot at the two-hole.