Homer Bailey had a pretty good 2016 debut for the Reds against the Padres at Petco Park on Sunday. The right-hander, overall, gave up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, getting the win in his first start since April last year.
There was one tiny blunder. With runners on the corners and a 3-2 count against Jabari Blash in the bottom of the sixth inning, Bailey threw an outside slider for ball four, loading the bases. Bailey was upset with himself, so he took a stroll behind the pitcher’s mound after getting the ball back from catcher Tucker Barnhart. Wil Myers, on third base, noticed Bailey was distracted, so he broke for home and scored easily, reducing the Reds’ lead to 3-2.
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Fortunately for the Reds, the 3-2 score would hold and Bailey wound up with the win.