Out of the conversation, but not out of the minds for the 2010 World Series champions.
“The cliche is to say it’s just another game, but I feel ‘just another game’ doesn’t count when you’re talking about the postseason,” said right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who starts on Tuesday. “And when you’re talking about being down 0-2 in a series, you can’t say it’s just another game, either.”
If Vogelsong and the Giants can extend the series, Bochy said Monday that left-hander Barry Zito would start Game 4. And the Reds were still unsure whether Cueto would be available.
It’ll be Bailey’s first appearance at Great American Ball Park since his no-hitter in Pittsburgh on Sept. 28. He followed the no-hitter with four shutout innings in a 1-0 loss in the final game of the season at St. Louis, an easy outing to save him for the playoffs.
Bailey led the NL with a 2.32 earned run average on the road this season, but is only 18-19 with a 5.13 career ERA at Great American.
It’ll be the first time Reds fans get to recognize him for the no-hitter — not that he’ll notice.
“I will probably be somewhat oblivious to it, just like any starter on game day,” Bailey said. “Unless there is a streaker running across, you don’t pay attention, you’re just focused on what you’re doing.”
Bailey will be well-rested. He flew home with Cueto on Sunday, got home and watched the last few innings of the Reds’ win on television.
It’ll be Baker’s first game back in Cincinnati since Sept. 12. He was hospitalized while the team was in Chicago for an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke. He rejoined the team for the final series in St. Louis, then flew to the West Coast and got an ovation when introduced before the first playoff game.