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?


it’s good to hear it is nothing to serious. any idea if this is related to the flu he experienced last week? thanks for the update!

regarding the next to last batter(drew) for the diamondbacks, the umpire had the count incorrect. he called the first 2 pitches strikes then 2 balls and had the count at 3-1 when cordero threw the next pitch past the batter for what should have been strike 3, but, he called it 3-2. then walked drew on the next pitch bringing the winning run to the plate. i replayed the whole at-bat to verify what i thought to be the 3rd strike and it was! i understand the making umpires look bad thing, but, there was no mention on the post game show on tv about this gaffe by the home plate umpire. we usually listen to the game on the radio, but, this time we didnt have marty on and wonder if he actually made mention of this? so, what is your opinion of this?

bobjune — Would love to tell you I saw the exact moment but I had my nose buried in my laptop writing. Someone in the press box said the first pitch was actually called a ball — but the umpire’s signal looked very close to a strike but that he was actually motioning that it wasn’t on the plate. I think everyone was confused because Cordero thought he had strike three. Fortunately for him, it didn’t come back to haunt.

Cueto against Augenstein? Sounds like a no-brainer. However, those are the ones that usually come back to bite us.

Great to see Phillips running hard and taking the extra base. That is what a leader does.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

If the reds keep this up i don’t see how they can not win the world series. they have the pitching and offense.

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