Homer Bailey pitched five innings of five-hit, two-run baseball in his major league debut as the Reds beat the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park, 4 - 3.
Bailey started out with a bang by striking out Indians' leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore to record his first big league out. Cleveland did manage a run off Bailey in the first to take a 1 - 0 lead. The Reds, however, got that run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to a solo home run by Brandon Phillips.
After Cleveland took a 2 -1 advantage in the fourth, Jeff Conine gave Cincinnati the lead for good with a two-run homer to left center. The Indians tried to regain the lead in the top of the fifth, but Bailey struck out David Dellucci looking with the bases loaded to get out of the jam and make himself eligible for the win. Ken Griffey, Jr. helped Bailey's cause in the sixth inning with a solo homer to right field for a 4 - 2 Cincinnati lead.
As it usually does, things got interesting late as the Reds bullpen gave up a ninth inning run to cut the lead to one. But closer David Weathers nailed down the victory for Bailey by striking out Travis Hafner looking to end the game.