Votto leaves game, Reds win
Reds first baseman Joey Votto left Tuesday’s game vs. the Diamondbacks because of dizziness. The club said that Votto was day-to-day. Cincinnati went on to a nice 3-1 win.
In the bottom of the fourth inning after Arizona leadoff hitter Felipe Lopez drew a walk, Votto appeared to be struggling on the field while Miguel Montero was batting. He was walked off the field by manager Dusty Baker and head trainer Mark Mann.
In the top of the fourth after he flew out to center field, televsion cameras caught Votto on the bench looking uncomfortable.
Ramon Hernandez moved from catcher to first base and Ryan Hanigan took over behind the plate.Votto missed three-straight games last week with the flu and returned on Sunday. His first start back was on Monday.
“I looked down the field today, Joey was kind of wavering and [bench coach] Chris [Speier] said something was wrong with Joey,” Baker said. “I could see him batting his eyes and we got him off the field. He was just dizzy and hopefully he’ll be OK tomorrow.”
It was a nice start for former D-Back Micah Owings, who took a shutout into the eighth inning. Over his seven-plus innings, Owings gave up one earned run and four hits during his best outing of the season. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out four while throwing only 90 pitches.
“Nothing satisfies you more than to come back and beat your old team,” Baker said.
Brandon Phillips drove in two of the three runs. He had a blooped RBI single in the fourth and alertly went from first to third on Jay Bruce’s single when he saw outfielder Chris Young drop to a knee fielding the ball. It allowed him to score on Ramon Hernandez’s sac fly. Phillips also had a big blast for a solo homer in the sixth — 452 feet off the LED scoreboard on the face of the left field second deck.
The Reds, which claimed the three-game series with two wins already over Arizona, have won five of their last six and eight of 12. At 19-14, Cincinnati is five games over .500 since it was 67-62 in 2006.
Wednesday — Johnny Cueto goes for the sweep. The Arizona starter, Bryan Augenstein, will be making his big league debut. How do you like the Reds chances?