4/14 at WAS
Reds lineup vs. Nationals
*As you will see later in the Reds notebook on the main site, Brandon Phillips was disappointed about not starting. He’s expected to start on Sunday.
“I really thought I was going to play today,” Phillips said. “I was really looking forward to it. I woke up with a smile on my face and then found out I wasn’t in the lineup. It hurt. But it’s what is best for me. [Dusty Baker] has been around the game a long time and he knows what’s best for me.”
*Ryan Ludwick made it clear that he did not knock Xavier Nady’s ball over the fence for the game-tying homer in the eighth inning on Friday. The ball was already on the other side.
“What happened when I went back was I didn’t think I had to jump,” Ludwick explained on Saturday. “My body hit the wall as I was reaching up. It jarred my arm just enough that I turned my glove a little bit. It caught the thumb on just flipped off. If hindsight in 20/20, I would have jumped. I didn’t think I had to jump.”
*On the heels of a 13-inning game Friday, Baker made a few lineup changes for Saturday. Ryan Hanigan was originally slated to catch Reds starter Homer Bailey but was rested after he caught all 13 innings. Devin Mesoraco started. Scott Rolen was originally going to be rested Sunday but got Saturday off instead after he played every inning Friday as well.
*For the season, Reds batters are hitting .125 with runners in scoring position this season, including 1-for-18 in the two games thus far vs. Washington.
*Reds pitchers are 1-3 over the last four games, but have a 2.48 ERA in those games. A starter hasn’t earned a victory since Johnny Cueto on Opening Day.
*Correction pointed out by a few last night. Cueto did get an Opening Day hit. Reds pitchers were 0-for-10 since until Bronson Arroyo’s third-inning single.