Votto scratched from lineup

A new Reds lineup:

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Edmonds 3
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Heisey 8
Volquez 1

*Joey Votto was scratched because of a sinus infection.

“He has a very serious sinus infection, which is tough,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “All that hitting, base running and all that, there’s got to be some fatigue. You don’t get fatigue physically making outs. You get fatigue hitting and running the bases.”

*Drew Stubbs was pleased that he got his 20th homer last night. With 25 steals, he’s a 20/20 player this year. He’s also one of six Major League center fielders to reach 20 homers.

“Coming into the season, I try not to set any statistical goals but one thing I kind of had in mind was to try and reach 20 home runs,” Stubbs said. “I thought it’d be an attainable goal but also a challenge. Getting that last night was pretty specials.”

*Reds catchers lead the NL in hitting at .291.

*The Reds’ next win will give Baker 1,400 for his managerial career.

And since I have it, here is the Milwaukee lineup, which includes former Reds OF Chris Dickerson.

Weeks 4
Hart 9
Braun 7
Fielder 3
McGehee 5
Dickerson 8
Lucroy 2
Counsell 6
Bush 1



After Edmonds left the game, why didn’t Alonso take over at 1st? Is Cairo the go-to guy in order to get him as many at bats as possible since he is the most consistent fill-in? If Alonso is going to be a highly used pinch hitter, why not give him a game to rack up some at bats?

I don’t think Alonso will be used as a PH in the postseason. And there doesn’t seem to be a ton of confidence in his defense at this point. Giving him chances to rack up ABs might happen after they clinch but the priority now is winning as many games as possible for clinch, and best seeding.

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