He proved nearly unhittable against the Philadelphia Phillies about a month ago.
Bailey squares off against impressive rookie Jonathan Pettibone as the surging Reds conclude a three-game set in Philadelphia on Sunday.
After going 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA over his previous two starts, Bailey (2-3, 3.51 ERA) got back on track Tuesday in a 6-2 win at Miami. The right-hander scattered six hits and struck out a career high-tying 10 in his fourth career complete game.
"This guy never wants to come out," manager Dusty Baker told MLB's official website after leaving Bailey in to throw a career-high 125 pitches. "Complete games are hard to come by. Most guys don't care about them, but the competitors do."
Aside from one rough start versus St. Louis on April 10, Bailey has posted a 2.53 ERA in his other seven outings while striking out 50 over 46 1-3 innings.
"Homer to me has turned into one of those guys where you could maybe consider him the ace of your staff," first baseman Joey Votto said. "He has consistently gotten better over his career, and it's really impressive to see him improve and grow."
Bailey was also at his best against Philadelphia (20-23) on April 16, striking out 10 over eight innings of two-hit ball in a 1-0 walkoff win. However, he's 0-3 with a 4.24 ERA in seven career matchups in the series.
Pettibone (3-0, 3.41) has given the Phillies' injury-plagued rotation a big lift. The 22-year-old right-hander has been especially good at home, posting a 2.45 ERA while striking out 12 and walking two over three outings spanning 18 1-3 innings.
"He does a tremendous job," manager Charlie Manuel said.
Pettibone allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high 6 2-3 innings Tuesday, earning the victory in a 6-2 win over Cleveland.
"My first start, I didn't get any sleep the night before," he said. "Now I can get a full night's sleep. You just build confidence and try to build off each start."
Pettibone would appear to have a difficult matchup against a Reds team averaging 6.3 runs and hitting .342 with runners in scoring position during a 7-1 stretch. After dropping Friday's series opener, Cincinnati (26-17) went 6 for 20 with runners in scoring position during a 10-0 victory Saturday.
Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer and Votto added a two-run shot. Votto had four hits and has gone 15 for 29 with two home runs, eight runs and seven RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
"I'm trying to see the ball as long as possible and direct it where I want it," said Votto, 11 for 22 in his last five games at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will also need to be wary of Jay Bruce , batting .405 with three homers and 11 RBIs during a nine-game hit streak.
Philadelphia has gone 4-7 in its last 11 home games. The Phillies have been shut out six times on the season, matching their total from last year.
"They say the game builds character," Manuel said. "I don't know about building, but it definitely reveals it."
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 27, 2013||Chris Heisey||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained hamstring|
|April 24, 2013||Manny Parra||15-Day DL||Strained left pectoral muscle|
|April 22, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||Day-to-Day||Bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Zack Cozart||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|April 20, 2013||Ryan Hanigan||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 12, 2013||Mike Adams||Day-to-Day||Back spasms|
|May 06, 2013||Roy Halladay||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery|
|April 18, 2013||John Lannan||15-Day DL||Strained left quadriceps tendon|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Delmon Young||15-Day DL||Recovery from right ankle surgery|
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Freddy Galvis has a memory to cherish forever, and Cliff Lee feels a lot better because Galvis does.
Galvis and Erik Kratz each homered off closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday after Lee's baserunning mistake, rallying the Philadelphia Phillies past the Cincinnati Reds for a stunning 3-2 victory.
"As soon as I hit it, it felt good," Galvis, who never had hit a walkoff homer at any level, said. "Awesome. I think I'll never forget it."
Chapman (3-2) blew his second straight save opportunity after converting his first eight chances this season. The 100 mph-throwing left-hander walked pinch-hitter Delmon Young on four pitches to open the ninth.
Lee, the Phillies' left-hander, pinch ran and was caught trying to steal second base, but Chapman wouldn't record another out. Kratz, who entered the game in the third inning after Carlos Ruiz left with a strained right hamstring, pulled a 3-2 pitch over the seats in left to tie it at 2-all.
Galvis followed by lining a 1-1 pitch just inside the foul pole in left.
Lee breathed a sigh of relief after his inexplicable gaffe.
"That's basically the last thing you need to do right there," he said. "It was brutal. I felt horrible. (Winning) was a really good feeling."
Antonio Bastardo (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Philadelphia.
"Today's game was definitely a pick me up," said manager Charlie Manuel , whose Phillies open a three-game set at Miami on Monday. "It will give us a nice, little ride to Florida."
Slugging first baseman Ryan Howard will not be making the trip to Miami with the team. He's going to have an MRI Monday on his sore left knee.
Howard, who is batting .245 with 46 strikeouts in 151 at-bats this season, has four hits in his last 34 at-bats.
Manuel didn't sound optimistic about Howard's chances to play on Monday.
"We'll see," Howard said. "It's been acting up. I've been able to tough it out but told (Manuel) it was sore."
Ruiz left the game after straining his right hamstring running the bases in the second inning. He didn't make the trip to Miami with the Phillies and will have an MRI on Monday. Ruiz, who said he heard a "pop" while running, hopes to rejoin the team on Tuesday.
Jay Bruce homered and Homer Bailey tossed seven scoreless innings for the Reds, who appeared headed for their ninth win in 10 games.
"I would've lost a lot of money if I'd bet on that one," Bailey said. "But that's the game."
Bruce led off the second with a towering shot to straightaway center to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .390 (16 for 41) with four homers and 12 RBIs during the spurt.
Joey Votto also stayed hot by going 2 for 4 for the Reds. Votto extended his hitting streak to eight games, and he is batting .515 (17 for 33) over the stretch.
Bailey shut down the Phillies for the second time this season and left without a victory for the second time. He allowed five hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He also got a no-decision on April 16 in a 1-0 loss to the Phillies when he pitched eight scoreless innings while allowing two hits with a career high-tying 10 strikeouts and no walks.
"An unfortunate ending, stunning, but that's the game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It kind of spoils you because you always expect (Chapman) to come through. We've got to get him out of the funk he's in and hope it doesn't last too long."
Chapman got off to a rough start Sunday against Young and seemed upset with home plate umpire Tim Welke while facing the Philadelphia pinch hitter, as Welke called at least two close pitches balls.
"I thought I threw good pitches to the first batter," Chapman said through an interpreter.
And the lefty wasn't upset with the location of Galvis' homer, nor did he expect the loss to linger.
"A fastball where I wanted it," he said. "I don't see any problems. Everybody gets hit. Why not me?"
The Phillies looked as if they were on their way to a seventh shutout of the season before the eighth.
Chase Utley 's RBI single in the eighth inning snapped the Phillies' 16 scoreless innings skid.
Ben Revere , returning to the starting lineup after sitting out the last four, had three hits for the Phillies. Revere raised his average from .237 to .256.
Jonathan Pettibone gave up two runs - one earned - on seven hits in seven innings and has yet to allow more than three earned runs in six career starts.
The Reds tacked on a run in the sixth on Todd Frazier 's RBI double. The run was unearned, though, as Votto advanced to second on Domonic Brown 's throwing error after leading off with a single.
Philadelphia got to 2-1 in the eighth on Utley's single that scored Revere, but Brown flew out to right with runners on first and second against reliever Sean Marshall to end the threat.
Regular Phillies third baseman Michael Young started at first base for the first time this season. Young went 0 for 3 with a walk.
NOTES: The Phillies have been shut out six times this season, which is the same total they were blanked in all of 2012. ... The Phillies said right-hander Tyler Cloyd will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to pitch Tuesday's game at Miami. The team needs a fifth starter with Roy Halladay sidelined after shoulder surgery and John Lannan (knee) on the DL. ... Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 2.60), on the DL since April 15 (strained right lat), is scheduled to face Mets righty Shaun Marcum (0-4, 6.75) when the teams open a three-game series in New York at 7:10 p.m. Monday. ... Phillies lefty Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61) is slated to oppose Marlins righty Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00) at 7:10 p.m. Monday in Miami.