Bailey a bright spot in shaky bullpen

Bailey a bright spot in shaky bullpen
July 7, 2013, 11:00 am
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As bad as most of the Red Sox bullpen was Saturday night, there was one positive: the work of Andrew Bailey.

After Miller was hurt, Bailey came in with runners at the corners and Mike Trout at the plate.

With one pitch, Bailey got an inning-ending double play, then came back for a strong eighth inning.

In all, he got five outs and took a big step toward being the kind of reliever the Red Sox can again trust in high leverage situations.

"It felt good to get out there and pick up Miller,'' said Bailey, "then go back out there. It was my first time all year going one-plus (innings), so it felt good. I'm just looking to continue to roll personally.''

With Trout, Bailey successfully executed a cut fastball for the double play.

"That's what I hadn't been able to do the last couple of weeks,'' he said. "I was able to put a cutter down and away like we drew it up. It was nice to get that.''

Bailey's confidence has to be bolstered after a strong inning at the end of the homestand, coupled with Saturday's effort.

"For sure,'' he said. "I don't think I've ever really lacked confidence; it was more execution, maybe trying to do a little bit too much and being a little too amped up. Over the last couple of outings, I kind of took deep breaths, executed pitches and got back to pitching and not try to just throw the ball by guys.

"I know that I can do that when I need to but the last couple of outings, I've been able to use my secondary stuff and mix in more curveballs. It's been a building block. I think I got away from my stuff.''