German Outdueled by “Homer” Bailey — April 18, 2019: KC 6 NY 1

There’s a guy in Vegas who always bets on the team Homer Bailey faces because Homer Bailey always loses. Bailey was 1-14 6.09 last year and 1-1 5.29 coming into this start this year. But every dog has his day and Bailey looked like a brilliant young arm last night against the Yanks — pitching 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 6 hits.

“Homer” Bailey

Bailey isn’t young — he’s been ‘around’. He was a brilliant young arm in 2007, and spent 12 years with the Reds. He was a decent starting pitcher for several years: in 2012 he went 13-10 3.68; in 2013 he went 11-12 3.49 — his best two seasons. He’s 33 now and has sported ERA’s between 5.56 or 6.65 in the last 4 years. Bailey was nicknamed Homer after his great grandfather; nothing to do with baseball. He is now a ‘journeyman’.

But he shut down the Yankees pretty good. And then came in someone named Richard Lovelady for 1.2 innings of shutout ball. And then former Yankee and current ‘journeyman’ Ian Kennedy came in to pitch 1.1 innings of shutout ball. Ian Kennedy sports a 0.84 ERA this year.

German a Brilliant Young Arm — Really

The good news for the Yanks — their brilliant young arm — who is really a brilliant young arm — Domingo German — pitched a quality start: 6 IP 6 H 3 R 9 K’s 1 BB — he allowed homers in the 2nd (a 336 foot fly ball to rightfielder Jorge Soler) and 4th (a 390-foot homer to 1st baseman Ryan O’Hearn). German struck out the side in the 4th after allowing the homer to O’Hearn.

So that was pretty good. Jonathon Holder came in for the 7th and was pretty bad — again. Holder got 1 out and allowed 2 runs. Zack Britton came in to close the inning. Chad Green pitched a shutout 8th (allowing 2 hits; he’s still shaky). And then Joe Harvey pitched the 9th — he’s been lights’ out but allowed a run tonite.

And that was it for the ballgame. A very boring loss.

Yankee Offense Offensive

Clint Frazier continues to hit hit hit. He went 2-4 and is now batting .347. There is expectation that if he wins the batting title, manager Aaron Boone might make him the regular left fielder.

Aaron Judge got a hit. Yankee fans on twitter were complaining that he isn’t hitting enough homeruns with a new adjusted stance he has. He has 4 homers so far and is batting .279. Luke Voit got a hit and a walk (.219, .342 OBP now) to continue his on-base streak to 29 games, longest in the majors. And that was it. Yanks got only 4 hits. Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner, DJ LeMahieu, Austin Romine, Gio Urshela, Tyler Wade all went hitless.

This was the debut of 1st baseman Mike Ford and throughout the evening, YES network showed his mom and dad on tv rooting for him in the stands. He got a walk, and went 0-3. His final at bat he was called out on strikes in the 9th with 2 runners on, on a 3-2 pitch that looked low and inside.

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