Homer Bailey Shuts Down Cardinals

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Homer Bailey has been racking up quality starts in each of his last four starts and he kept it going on Tuesday night as he threw seven scoreless innings in the Reds 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Bailey gave up a couple singles to Matt Carpenter, but otherwise kept the dangerous Cardinals hitters in check. Bailey struck out eight and issued just one walk in seven innings. Manny Parra and Aroldis Chapman threw the 8th and 9th innings respectively and kept the shutout. Bailey has been on a roll lately and he will try to keep it going next time out against the Dodgers. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Matt Moore threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in his return from the disabled list on Tuesday night in a victory over the Angels in Anaheim. He struck out six, walked four and surrendered just four hits. Moore missed over a month due to elbow soreness, but he looked 100% on this night, which is a huge boost to the Rays as the playoff push is upon us.
  • Matt Kemp (ankle) traveled to Arizona on Tuesday, where he will get 10-to-12 at-bats in simulated games for the next few days in the Arizona Instructional League. Wow....Kemp feels uncomfortable at the plate and is no longer on a typical rehab assignment. He is now on a batting rehab assignment after he went hitless at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
  • Josh Hamilton did not play on Tuesday night due to a sinus infection. Hamilton has been recently nursing a shoulder issue, but it's a sinus infection that kept him out last night. He should be fine to play Wednesday.
  • Billy Hamilton picked up his first career stolen base on Tuesday night as the Reds defeated the Cardinals. Hamilton entered as a pinch-runner for Ryan Ludwick in the bottom of the seventh inning and moments later he stole second base off Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.That was the first of many stolen bases for Hamilton for the Reds, but the question is how his bat will do at the major league level.
  • Trevor Plouffe went 4-for-6 with his 14th home run on Tuesday night in the Twins 9-6 win over the Astros. Plouffe has homered in the past two games and has been a decent source of power in deep mixed leagues and AL-Only leagues.
  • Johnny Cueto (back) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday evening. Cueto has modified his throwing motion with less twist in his delivery. The Reds appear confident that Cueto will be able to rejoin the rotation later this month and be 100% for the playoffs if the Reds make it.
  • Jon Lester struck out nine while allowing one run in the Red Sox 2-1 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night in Boston. Lester has been throwing one gem after the other in recent weeks and last night he allowed eight hits and he did not issue a walk. Lester improved to 13-8 with a 3.88 ERA. He'll face the Yankees in the Bronx on Sunday.
  • Mark Melancon earned his 11th save of the season in the Pirates 4-3 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night. The Pirates activated closer Jason Grilli earlier in the day, but with Melancon getting the job done in the ninth inning, the Pirates aren't going to give Grilli the closer role back any time soon as Melancon has 11 saves in 13 chances.
  • Marlon Byrd is batting .368 (7-for-19) with three doubles, one homer and five RBI through his first five contests with Pittsburgh. The question has been whether or not Byrd would cool off, but so far a let down does not appear to be coming.