Drama-filled 9th, change coming?
Lots of drama came during the ninth inning of a Reds 6-5 victory over the Yankees.
After Sean Marshall struggled to lock down another save chance — with two runs and four hits allowed in the ninth — Jose Arredondo had to come in to get two outs for his first big league save. You can read more later on MLB.com, but Dusty Baker is contemplating putting Aroldis Chapman in the closer’s role.
“Like I’ve said before, you’ve got to graduate to that position. Who knows? Maybe graduation time is here,” Baker said postgame. “We’ve got to talk about it. As a matter of fact, I’ve already talked to him about it. We’ll see. Marshall is a team man. It’s not what he signed up for. He was forced into it. He signed up to be our setup man in the eighth.”
“The only conversation we had was about what I was thinking or how I would feel as the closer,” Chapman said through interpreter Tomas Vera. “I said I’d feel great with however you guys want to use me. The conversation we had, nothing was affirmed about what was going to happen. It was just a conversation.”
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On to the three stars….
No. 3 star: Ivan Nova, NY — 6 ip, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 12 K. Nova may have given up the five runs, but he was keeping the Reds down with K’s.
“He throws pretty hard. Most guys with good breaking balls that throw hard generally strike out more hitters,” said Joey Votto.
No. 2 star: Homer Bailey — 6.1 ip, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 97 pitches/67 strikes.
“I pitched a good game,” Bailey said. “At parks like this, especially in right field, it’s hard to keep the ball in. If you’re going to give them up, make sure no one is on.”
No. 1 star: Jose Arredondo — Against the tough Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, got two groundballs and notched the first save of his career. The tying run was on third base and go-ahead run was left on second base. Arredondo had a 3-0 count on Granderson but go him to bounce out to first base on a full count pitch.
“I felt really well because I’ve never had the opportunity to save the game before,” Arredondo said.
More news and notes:
*Congrats to Mike Costanzo for his first big league hit, an opposite field single to LF in the top of the sixth. Costanzo’s sac fly in the eighth proved to be the deciding run.
*Brandon Phillips notched his 500th RBI as a Red with a single in the top of the first inning.
*Jay Bruce made a wild catch in the first inning on Derek Jeter’s leadoff drive to the RF wall. Bruce got turned around on the track, but corrected in time to make the catch.
*Reds batters struck out a season-high 15 times, including 12 from Yankees starter Ivan Nova over his first six innings. The strikeouts have racked up lately. The previous high of 13 happened in three-straight games from May 9-12 and they’ve had double-digit K’s in each of the last three games.
*The Reds traded C Koyie Hill to the Cubs for cash considerations on Saturday. Hill was signed by the Reds April 28 and playing at Double-A Pensacola. He was a non-roster spring invite to the Cardinals but released on March 25.
“I could have done without the drama but we won the game. … Anybody that’s come in here and played the Yankees know how the Yankees are here. They have the ability to come back and believe that they can come back. They can strike very quickly.” — Dusty Baker
“In those situations you try to get as many runs as you can because you never know. It’s a crazy game. Luckily we came out with a win and I contributed.” — Mike Costanzo
“I’d be lying if I said the anticipation wasn’t there. The first couple of pitches, it looked like the plate was 100 feet away. After the second or third pitch, it was ‘all right, now we’re back to normal.’ There’s so much history that comes with this organization and a great lineup. Once you start getting into the game, adrenaline kicks in and you’re thinking about competing, it doesn’t really matter who is in the box.” — Homer Bailey
“They bring their closer in, and we get a couple of runs off him. They bring somebody else in. We got our boy Curt up there with runners on second and third 3-2 count. That’s the kind of game you want to play in. You want to be the hero in that spot. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out like that.” — Yankees 1B Nick Swisher