Wednesday’s Red Sox-Reds matchups: Anthony Ranaudo vs. Homer Bailey
|08.13.14 at 8:31 am ET|
The Red Sox finish their eight-game road trip Wednesday night against the Reds when Anthony Ranaudo opposes Homer Bailey.
Ranaudo (1-0, 3.00 ERA) was called up by the Red Sox Tuesday afternoon to pitch in place of Brandon Workman for his second career start. The right-hander had an impressive major league debut Aug. 1 against the Yankees, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings for his first career win. The rookie walked four and struck out two on 91 pitches.
“I thought he did a good job of keeping the game under control,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “There were a number of innings where the leadoff hitter would get on base, threw walks to lead some innings off, but I thought he threw the ball downhill well, kept the ball out of the middle of the plate for the most part.”
Ranuado was sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket after that debut outing and made one more minor league start Aug. 8 before this most recent call-up. The 24-year-old responded with arguably his worst start in over a month, giving up four runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings. That effort, however, was strong enough to help the PawSox to a win to improve his minor league record to 13-4 with a 2.58 ERA this season. Ranaudo hasn’t lost a start at any level since June 1.
Bailey (9-5, 3.71 ERA) has had a relatively disappointing season but has been solid as of late. The righty has had a quality start in six of his last seven outings, posting a 1.62 ERA in that span.
On Thursday, Bailey ended a streak of four straight no-decisions with a win over the Indians. He tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out eight.
“He pitched a really great game,” Reds manager Bryan Price said after the game. “He scuffled early with his command, but he came back strong and gave us a great chance to win.”
Wednesday will be Bailey’s second start against the Red Sox this season. His last outing came May 6 in a 4-3 Reds loss at Fenway Park. The 28-year-old gave up three runs on five hits over six innings. He walked five, struck out five and threw 110 pitches. Bailey is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in two career starts agains the Sox.
Red Sox vs. Bailey (RHP)
Yoenis Cespedes (6 plate appearances): .167 AVG/.167 OBP/.167 SLG, 1 strikeout
Dustin Pedroia (6): .250/.333/.500, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Brock Holt (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout
Xander Bogaerts (3): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts
Jackie Bradley .500/.667/.500, 1 walk
Will Middlebrooks (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout
Mike Napoli .000/.667/.000, 2 RBIs, 2 walks
Reds vs. Ranaudo (RHP)
No Reds players have faced Ranaudo.
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