April 2011

Heisey in RF for Bruce

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Leake 1

*No word on why Jay Bruce isn’t in there yet. But just guessing it’s a matchup thing. It’s a small sample but Bruce is 0-for-3 with 2 Ks lifetime vs. Astros lefty starter J.A. Happ. Also, over his career, lefty hitter bat .202 vs. Happ compared to .252 for right-handed hitters.

***UPDATE via Dusty Baker: “I’m trying to figure out a way to keep Heisey swinging too because had such a good spring,” Baker said. “Happ’s been tough against left-handers even though Jay has been getting against left-handed pitchers. It’s that Happ is one of the tougher ones. I don’t want Heisey to sit too long and lose the stroke that he had going. We’re going to need him.”

*Johnny Cueto (shoulder) threw 35 pitches in the bullpen today.

“It was good today. I threw hard. No pain, no nothing,” Cueto said.

*Cueto will throw in a two-inning game against extended spring players at the Goodyear complex on Sunday while the Reds are out there  to play the D-Backs this weekend.

*Homer Bailey also long tossed today and is making progress. Bailey is slated to have bullpen sessions on April 9th and then the 11th or 12th. If all goes well, he will see his first game action on the 14th, most likely at the Goodyear complex also. I will have more on Cueto/Bailey from Bryan Price on Reds.com/MLB.com

*Former Reds 1B Sean Casey is making his debut tonight as an analyst for FS Ohio. Casey is also throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

More soon…

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Hanigan big in sweep

 It’s hardly the time to start declaring the NL Central as belonging to the Reds again, but the 3-0start to the season with a sweep of the Brewers was still impressive. Sunday’s 12-3 pounding of Milwaukee featured 19 hits and four home runs.

Some highlights:

*Every member of the starting lineup notched at least one hit.

*Ryan Hanigan set career highs with four hits (4-for-4, walk) and two home runs.

*Brandon Phillips had three hits and a homer.

*Bronson Arroyo pitched seven strong innings despite all six of his hits being for extra bases. Hestayed out of big innings and the two homers against him were solo shots. Impressive day especially when you factor in his having mono.

*Aroldis Chapman was firing bullets (or Cuban missiles) during his 2011 debut in the ninth. Chapmanregular topped 100 mph during his 1-2-3 inning, with one strikeout. The fastest he hit on MLB.com’s gameday screen was 102.

Notes:

*Drew Stubbs’ infield hit gave him an 11-game hitting streak going back to Sept. 24 of last season.

*Phillips had 16 three-hit games last season.

*The Reds have not opened the season with a three-game sweep since doing it to the Mets in 2005. The last 4-0 start to a season was in 1990 — the world championship season.

*The Reds had 19 hits twice in 2010 (5/28 vs. HOU and 7/27 at MIL)

*CIN has eight home runs from seven different players in the three games.

Quotes:

“We beat a very good ball club. It was close for a while and our offense took over. It was just a big weekend. Any time you start the season 3-0 against a team you know is going to be there at the end, that’s always a big boost for you.” — Dusty Baker

“I battled out there today. Those guys, the hits they did get, they hit real hard. I had good command and I had decent stuff. The wind was a little funny blowing at the back a little bit. It was kind of hard at times to make the ball move a little bit.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Since Monie [Ramon Hernandez] had the walk-off home run, the momentum has been in our favor. We kind of rode that high for the last couple of games. The Brewers have a great team. They’re going to be in the mix. They have a great offense, great pitching. It was just our weekend.” — Ryan Hanigan

“We have a very good team. When Cincinnati’s good, obviously they’re a great team. But you can come across anybody and when they’re locked-in for three games, you can get beat in three games. If we’re not on top of our game against a club like this, they’re going to beat us. But I think that, in all three areas, we’re going to be good. In all of the phases of the game, we weren’t good in this series.” — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke

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Seeking a sweep



Reds lineup vs. Brewers

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

*It’s a day game after a night game but Scott Rolen is playing.

“I talked to him and we have two days off in three days,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ll figure it out as days go. He’ll probably be off Thursday.”

*The Reds will be holding a voluntary workout at the ballpark during Monday’s off day.

*Brewers starter Randy Wolf is 10-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 20 career starts vs. the Reds.
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