Good Things Come to Giants Who Wait

Rolen, a little too anxious to pick Arias’s fatal bounder . . .

Sometimes being too eager can cost you. The Cincinnati Reds learned that the hard way Tuesday, from Brandon Phillips in the bottom of the first to Scott Rolen in the top of the tenth, and the San Francisco Giants didn’t have to make their winter plans just yet.

Phillips, a veteran who usually knows better, got over hungry after a leadoff hit and ran the Reds out of what might have been a bigger first inning than a single run. Rolen, a veteran who likewise knows better, most of the time, got over hungry on a short hop bouncer from a late-game substitute Giant that bounced off his chest, instead, bouncing the Giants into what proved the tenth-inning game winner.

Homer Bailey, One, None, and Done

Spreading his wings after no-no-ing the Pirates . . .

“Late success,” Sandy Koufax once mused, “is quieter.” I’m not entirely convinced it’s true in Homer Bailey’s case, since he’s gone from a seventh-overall 2004 draft pick to a shaky major league beginning despite the ballyhoo to standing on top of the world, or at least the PNC Park mound with his Cincinnati Reds owning the National League Central, and himself proving, at long enough last, he belonged in any serious Reds rotation plans.