Votto's night, notes
Clearly Joey Votto isn’t entirely the cure for what ails the Reds. He was 1-for-4 in his first game back but his team notched just six hits in a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Toronto had a 6-0 lead until the seventh.
Votto had a third-inning single — which he hit on the first pitch. He also had two strikeouts and a groundout.
“It was great having Joey out there,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He swung the bat pretty good considering he hadn’t played in a while. He’s going to get better every day.”
“I felt fine. My swing felt good,” Votto said. “I missed some pitches. I’m not going to say I’m rusty but it’s a little different hopping out in front of a big league pitcher than hitting batting practice and playing against A-ballers.”
- Willy Taveras batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Danny Richar pinch-hit for Taveras in the ninth. In his last 26 games, Taveras is 11-for-106 (.104).
- Chris Dickerson batted ninth and was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Dickerson is the Reds’ hottest hitter and is 9-for-12 over his current six-game hitting streak.
- For those wondering why Ryan Hanigan goes back to sitting on the bench despite batting .325, check his clutch numbers. Besides his eight RBIs, he has a .167 average with runners in scoring position. Ramon Hernandez, who started 18 of the previous 20 games at first base while Votto was out, is a .292 hitter with runners in scoring position. Hanigan will get more chances to catch because Hernandez will need some breaks from the ever-increasing grind.
- Edwin Encarnacion was the DH and went 0-for-4 on Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville during his latest rehab assignment game.
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