Alonso at 3B
Reds lineup vs. Phillies
*Well this is some news. Yonder Alonso is getting his first career start at third base — at any professional level. He’s been working out there pregame for several weeks now. Offensively, the Reds are trying any way to get his bat in the lineup. He’s batting .467/.867/.556 with three homers and nine RBIs in 21 games since his July 26 promotion. What I am interested to see is how long of a chance will he get at 3B — regardless of the performance? One way or another, he needs to play nearly every day — somewhere — to see what he can do at that position.
*In last night’s game with Triple-A Louisville, Chris Heisey was 0-for-3 as the DH in his second rehab assignment game.
*As you likely know, Phillies starter Cole Hamels is 8-0 with a 1.23 ERA in nine career starts vs. the Reds. I am counting the complete game shutout he dealt them in Game 3 on the NLDS last October. Jay Bruce has had the “best” results vs. Hamels — 4-for-15 (.267) with two home runs.