Homer Bailey made his spring debut Friday and gave up one hit, but it was a second-inning home run that sparked the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 Cactus League blanking of the Cincinnati Reds.
Ryan Raburn hit the home run after Bailey walked Lonnie Chisenhall. Bailey yielded two runs in his two innings.
“Kind of what I expected, just a little off on everything,” said Bailey, who last week signed a six-year, $105 million contract extension. “Saw some things that need work.”
Aroldis Chapman pitched the fifth inning and struck out the three hitters he faced. His first pitch was clocked at 100 mph. He also reached 101.
The Indians took the opening spring series two games to one, holding the Reds to three hits.
Likely Indians closer Jon Axford walked one and struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Cleveland scored twice against Reds prospect Robert Stephenson, who was making his first major-league spring appearance. Stephenson was the Reds’ first pick in the 2011 draft.
Jay Bruce and Ryan Ludwick hit consecutive singles in the fourth off Josh Tomlin, but the Reds left both stranded.
Zach McAllister started for the Indians and set the tone for the day with two scoreless innings. Josh Tomlin, competing for a spot in the rotation, followed with two more in his first Cactus League appearance.
Then the bullpen took over as Axford, Scott Atchison, Cody Allen, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Barnes completed the shutout.