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Homer Bailey pitches a gem; Reds kept rolling 5-0 over Pirates

compiled from staff and wire reports.

Homer Bailey, one of the young guns on the Reds pitching staff, became the latest Cincinnati starting pitcher to make the Pittsburgh Pirates look like amateur hitters.

Bailey threw a four-hitter without walking anyone, leading the Reds past Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon, 5-0 for a three game sweep. The Reds have gone 7-2 in its last 9 road games.

Homer Bailey (mlb)

Brandon Phillips (mlb)

Bailey (1-2) needed only 90 pitches-73 strikes and 17 balls to close out the Reds fifth straight win.

What makes Bailey’s gem all the more unbelievable as far as his pitch co goes is that in the 5th inning he had thrown 50 pitches and 45 were strikes. In the 6th inning, he had thrown 60 pitches and 50 were strikes. Truly phenomenal forĀ  a young pitcher that is known to be erratic from start to start.

Bailey followed Johnny Cueto’s one-hit gem at PNC Park on Tuesday. The Reds became the first team in the majors in nearly 10 years to pitch back-to-back, complete-game shutouts without a walk-Oakland’s Tim Hudson and Barry Zito accomplished the feat on September 9-10. 2000. against Tampa Bay.

Pittsburgh in the series only scored 1 run on 10 hits.

Joey Votto and Drew Stubbs homered and Brandon Phillips added 2 hits for the Reds, who outscored the Pirates 16-1 in the series.

Bailey won for the first time this season and improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Pirates, including 3-0 at PNC Park.

Tom Glavine’s #47 to be retired by Atlanta Braves

compiled from staff, wire and Atlanta Braves info

The Atlanta Braves have alot on their plate this season. Manager Bobby Cox’s last season, Billy Wagner’s retirement announcement a few days ago and now Tom Glavine’s number 47 being retired.

The Braves announced earlier this week that they would be retiring the lefthander’s number.

The Braves will induct Glavine into the team’s Hall of Fame and retire his number on August 6 before a home game against the San Francisco Giants.

Tom Glavine (mlb)

Glavine’s hightlights with the Braves included two Cy Young awards and the decisive win over the Cleveland Indians in the 1975 World Series.

Glavine enjoyed five seasons with 20 or more wins with Atlanta but before that he went 7-17 in 1988, his first season.

Tom ranks 21st all-time in wins with 305, including 244 with the Braves. He spent five years with the New York Mets from 2003-2007 but played a majority of his career for manager Bobby Cox.

A 10-time All-Star, Glavine, was 244-147 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 seasons with the Braves and 305-203 overall. He won Cy Young Awards in 1991 and 1998. During that time, Atlanta won 14 straight division titles.

The crafty lefthander teammed with Greg Maddux, who had his number 31 retired by the Braves and Cubs in 2009, and John Smoltz in a dominant Braves rotation. Those three pitchers combined to win seven Cy Young awards in the 1990′s.

Glavine will become the seventh Braves player to have his number retired, joining Greg Maddux (31), Hank Aaron (44), Warren Spahn (21), Eddie Matthews (41), Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35).

Glavine, who left the Braves very bitter, after they released him in 2008 after a comeback from surgery on his left elbow and shoulder, returned to the team and renewed the relationship in February when he officially retired and the team named him as a special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. Tom also works some broadcasts on Braves radio and TV.

Cueto one-hits Pirates; Heisey gets 3 hits in 9-0 rout

compiled from staff and wire reports

Johnny Cueto (mlb)

Reds right hander Johnny Cueto came within a few inches of a no-hitter. shortstop Paul Janish knows it was a matter of inches on a ball hit by Ronny Cedeno that he just missed.

Johnny Cueto pitched a one-hitter for his first major league complete game, allowing only a third-inning that went off shortstop Janish’s glove, and the Reds walked past the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive win and 11th out 0f the last 15 games. They are in 2nd place in the NL Central Division, 2 games behind slumping St. Louis.

Pittsburgh’s only hit barely deflected off Janish’s glove. Cedeno was also the only baserunner, reaching when he was hit on the left wrist by a Cueto fastball in the sixth.

Cueto (2-1) was throwing so effortlessly with his 95 mph fastball, that Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez wasn’t surprised at all. He says, “Johnny always has good stuff. With him its just a matter of pitch efficiency and staying ahead of the hitters.”

Cueto had lasted as long as eight innings only once in his previous 67 major league starts, a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh on May 3, 2009. The fire-balling Dominican, who has 22 career victories, is 7-2 against the Pirates in 10 starts, winning his last five.

Chris Heisey (mlb)

Chris Heisey supported Cueto with his first three major league hits, two singles and a two-run homer in the eighth against Jeff Karstens. Heisey, making his second career start, was hitless in his first seven at bats.

Reds keep rolling behind Arroyo’s pitching; beats Pirates 2-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Bronson Arroyo (mlb)

Bronson Arroyo early in his career was with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Pittsburgh released him after the 2002 season without even trying to trade him for another player. He has 79 wins in the majors since then with Boston and Cincinnati, including a pair of 15-win seasons and two 14 -win campaigns.

Everytime he pitches against them, it’s money in the bank he’ll do well. Monday night was no exception.

Arroyo limited Pittsburgh to one error over seven-plus innings against former team. Scott Rolen and Laynce Nix doubled in runs and the Cincinnati Reds nipped the Pirates to win, 2-1.

Arroyo (2-2), permitted only three singles until Ronny Cedeno led off the eighth inning by hitting a long, high homer to the left field bleachers.

Arroyo was very sharp the entire night. He retired the side in order four times while failing to allow a runner past second base until Cedeno homered. The 6’5 right-hander struck out two and walked one, throwing 103 pitches, 72 for strikes. Arroyo pitched at least 6 innings for the sixth time in seven starts

Arroyo won his fourth game in his last five decisions against the Pirates, allowing only three runs in 28 innings during those four wins which date back to midway through the 2008 season.

Royals Manager has college jersey number retired by UTA

compiled from staff and wire reports

Former Columbus Clippers manager Trey Hillman, who skippered the Clippers from 1999-2001, had his jersey retired recently by his alma mater, University of Texas at Arlington.

Trey Hillman Kansas City Royals manager (mlb)

Hillman, whose jersey number was #1, played at UTA from 1982-85 and is the only player in school history to be named all-Southland Conference three times. His .442 batting average in 1985 is still the school record.

Hillman is slated to be inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Fame in June.

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