PROSPECT JUAN FRANCISCO DRIVES IN THREE RUNS, WITH TWO HOME RUNS, IN
LOSS AGAINST CUBS
FRANCISCO BLASTS TWO
REDS' PROSPECT JUAN FRANCISCO DRIVES IN THREE RUNS, WITH TWO HOME
RUNS, IN LOSS AGAINST CUBS
The Cincinnati Reds
lost Saturday to the Chicago Cubs 11-4 in Mesa. Micah Owings, John Adkins,
and Pedro Viola all struggled against Lou Piniella's ball club allowing ten
of the Cub's eleven runs. John Adkins got hit the hardest, allowing five
earned runs on seven hits over just one inning of work. On the other hand,
Homer Bailey quietly showed his new found maturity again on the mound.
Bailey pitched three innings allowing one run
on three hits. Bailey pitched in front of 11,825 on Saturday. His last two
starts were attended by no one.
Bailey on this spring:
under the radar. Chapman is going through a lot and throwing really well.
That’s good to see. I don’t know what the plans are for that fifth spot in
the rotation and it’s none of my business."
It's hard to deny the fact that Homer Bailey may be growing up. Bailey is no
longer the "top prospect" bleeding arrogance and inexperience. He is the No.
4 pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds' rotation and one of the many keys to the
Reds' success this season. Paul Daugherty
wrote about Bailey's conversion to maturity:
We’ve been taking Bailey’s emotional temperature for three springs at least,
ever since it became possible he’d be pitching in Cincinnati at some point
in the summertime. We looked for signs of mental growth, because the
physical gifts were so obvious.
One spring, Homer was “defensive’’ or “surly.’’ The next, he was
“approachable’’ perhaps, or “less guarded.’’
Homer was an arrogant know-it-all one year, so we believed. He was “coachable’’
the next. This is his fifth season in major-league camp and still we’re
passing judgment on Homer’s head.
“Comfortable,’’ we’ve decided. “Humbled.’’
How any of that impacts how he pitches, is anyone’s guess. He went 6-1 in
his last nine starts last year. His reaction to that burst of success is
“So what?’’ Bailey says.
uninjured Scott Rolen was scratched from Saturday's lineup for
Juan Francisco. Batting cleanup, Francisco confirmed his
"Heavy Artillery" tag for a day. He blasted two home runs, one in the
second inning and again in the fourth. Francisco was named MVP of the
Dominican Winter League hitting .302 with 11 HR and 42 RBI.
Also, I couldn't help but notice #90 in this picture from
Jaime Ramsey's blog.
RHP Forest Cannon was drafted by the Reds during the 34th round of the 2009
MLB June Amateur Draft. Cannon didn't impress much in Billings last year (7
games, 10.1 innings, 4.35 ERA), but it sure is hard to hate on a guy with
such a explosive last name.
will lead to success for Jay Bruce
future could be in left
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