Game preview (7/15/16): Homer Bailey makes sixth rehab start

Overview: Anthony DeSclafani has been the most consistent starter for the Reds since returning, and leads off the second half of the season. Homer Bailey continues his rehab process in Louisville with his sixth minor league start, and fourth of this stint.


Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Anthony DeSclafani (3-0, 2.23 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 29 K, 9 BB)

Notes: Since returning from the DL, DeSclafani has been the best and most consistent starter for the Reds. The first game after the All-Star break on Friday will be the seventh start of the season for DeSclafani. In just one of the previous six, he went less than six innings and allowed more than six hits just twice. He has allowed two or less runs in four of the five.


Indianapolis at Louisville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Homer Bailey (0-1, 6.10 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 9 K, 2 BB)

Notes: Homer Bailey will make his sixth rehab start of the season and fifth with Louisville on Friday, as he eyes a big league return from Tommy John surgery. In his first stint, Bailey made two starts before being shut down in April. This time, the Reds have been a lot slower with his progression. In his last outing, Bailey tossed 51 pitches in 3.2 innings of work. He has added about 10 more pitches each time out, so four to five innings and 60-something pitches may be a good expectation for Friday.


Pensacola at Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Rookie Davis (6-3, 2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 35 K, 21 BB)

Notes: Davis prepares for his 15th Double-A start of the season on Friday. Command was an issue for Davis early, as he walked two or more hitters in seven of his first 11 games in 2016. However, he has rebounded nicely and walked just two over his past three starts. His last outing was the best of the season for Davis, who worked seven shutout innings. That was coming off his worst, where he went just two on July 5, allowing nine hits and seven runs.


Daytona at St. Lucie, 6:30 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBA

Notes: While the Daytona site has not listed a starter yet for the game, but if the rotation follows, it would be Tejay Antone. Ismael Guillon had made a start last time out, but it appears he will get skipped and he worked in long relief this week. Antone last worked on Sunday and he tossed seven, three-hit innings. It was the second straight start that Antone worked seven innings and three of his last five.


Beloit at Dayton, 7:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Ty Boyles (2-4, 5.12 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 46 K, 28 BB)

Notes: Ty Boyles has really struggled in 2016, and has pitched into the seventh just twice in his 12 starts. The former 11th round pick lefty, Boyles was looking to build on a strong 2015 season with Billings, but has just not put it together since arriving in Dayton toward the end of last season. Boyles has allowed nine hits, six walks, and six runs in his past nine innings, spanning two starts.


Grand Junction at Billings, 9:05 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: Andrew Jordan (0-1, 2.42 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 24 K, 7 BB)

Notes: The 2015 13th round pick Jordan has been good this season, but walks have become an issue in his past two starts. While he allowed just four hits and two runs in 8.1 innings in those games, he also struggled with limiting pitch counts and walked five, while hitting three more batters. Prior to that, he walked just two in 14 innings in his first three starts of the season.


AZL Reds at AZL Padres, 9:00 p.m. EST

Starting pitcher: TBD

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