Postgame extra – bullpen help?

The Reds got another last at-bat win with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Marlins on Tuesday. But it put their bullpen into a bigger bind after it was used for five innings for the second-straight night with the high pitch-count prone Homer Bailey starting Wednesday.

There were no plans to add an extra arm before the game.

“We won’t,” general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

“Hopefully, Homer can deal tomorrow. We need innings,” manager Dusty Baker said.

Nick Masset should be back after getting a break from three-straight days of work.

Logan Ondrusek pitched in Masset’s spot in the eighth tonight and got beat up for three runs and four hits in the two-thirds of an inning. That pushed his ERA to 16.20 in five outings, including two rough ones.

If you’re wondering about candidates at Triple-A Louisville, cross off Jared Burton. He’s on the disabled list because of “thyroid testng,” according to the Bats game notes. Enerio Del Rosario and Carlos Fisher are the only two 40-man roster relievers in Louisville. Jon Adkins would have to be added.

“We’re not sure what it is,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said of Burton. “He didn’t have a lot of strength or something. He’s had a lot of tests. We don’t know the results yet.”

Other notes:

*Bronson Arroyo’s bruised left calf from his last start didn’t play a part in his lackluster outcome. Arroyo had five earned runs and six hits with one walk allowed and three strikeouts in six innings. A four-run Marlins fifth inning came after Cincinnati had a 6-1 lead.

“It’s not feeling that good but it wasn’t really a factor in the game,” Arroyo said. “I just didn’t have a lot of zip on my fastball. The wind was straight in my face. I had a lot of movement on a lot of my pitches. Early on, I got a lot of outs on changeups and breaking balls. As I wore down a little bit, I didn’t have anywhere else to go but some places that would be obvious to the hitters. It hurt me a little bit.”

*With a 4-for-6, two-RBI game, Brandon Phillips raised his average from .185 entering the night to .273.

*Joey Votto was 3-for-5, and delivered the game winning hit in the 11th on a 2-2 pitch after being down 0-2 in the count. When asked about it being a matter of time before the offense came to life (16 runs, 24 hits last two games), Votto had a rather wry response.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a matter of time,” Votto said. “It’s unfortunate they put the battng average up there so early in the season.”

*Jay Bruce became the second Red to have a home run overturned by replay. His drive to right field in the second inning was ruled foul after a five-minute look at the video by umpires. Baker wasn’t surprised.

“There was no argument. From where we were, we all thought it was foul,” Baker said. “It would have been a gift if it were a home run. The ball was so high, it was a tough call for the umpire. It was over the foul pole. If they had given us a home run, I would have been the happiest man in the world. So would Jay Bruce.”

*The Marlins’ Jorge Cantu became the fourth player since 1920, according to Elias, to have at least one RBI in each of his team’s first eight games. The others are Tony Oliva (1970), Willie McCovey (1969) and George Kelly (1921).

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1 Comment

Theradio guys said they thought the phantom homer was fair. My only problem was that it took something like 5 minutes to make a determination. Getting calls right is a fetish (imho) – let the umpires call the game. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see if Bailey can eat some innings tonight.

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