July 2012

7/3 at L.A.

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Cozart 6
Stubbs 8
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Ludwick 7
Frazier 5
Hanigan 2
Cueto 1

*News that might interest you from St. Louis: Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, who hasn’t pitched yet this year, is having season-ending surgery.

Good win for Reds, Cozart update

Here are your three stars of the game following an 8-2 Reds win over the Dodgers. Cincinnati is 3-2 so far of this 11-game West Coast road trip and chugging along despite losing three members of the infield to injuries.

No. 3 star: Todd Frazier — 3-for-5, triple, 3 RBIs. In place of an injured Scott Rolen, Frazier came through again. He is 5-for-8 with five RBI in the last two days.

“It was a team effort today,” Frazier said. “Everybody came to play and they understood that we’re in first place and it doesn’t matter who is out there. We’re here to play. That’s what we did.”

No. 2 star: Devin Mesoraco — 2-for-3, double, 3 RBIs. Mesoraco had huge two-out, two-run double on a 3-2 pitch in the sixth. He was down in a 1-2 count before battling Chad Billingsley. The .209 hitter was previous 0-for-13 with two outs and RISP.

“That’s the kind of a situation where you want to be the guy up there,” Mesoraco said. “Two outs, the guy’s in scoring position. I’ve always had a lot of success in those types of situations in the past. It’s a big pickup for the team if you can get those guys in there.”

No. 1 star: Homer Bailey — 8 ip, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 115 pitches/78 strikes. He retired a stretch of 18-of-20 over his last six innings and was throwing 97 mph when he struck out his last two batters of the eighth.

“You don’t have Kemp in there. You don’t have Ethier,” Bailey said. “These are guys we don’t have much experience with. A lot of times, even with all the advanced scouting we have, you go with your strengths. We were able to be successful tonight.”

Click here for the game story on MLB.com

Cozart update:

*SS Zack Cozart was beaned by a Chad Billingsley first-pitch fastball in the top of the fifth in a scary moment. The ball hit the top of his helmet and went several rows deep behind home plate. Cozart was diagnosed with a mild concussion but seemed to doing OK.

“I feel fine,” Cozart said. “I saw the docs and I’m going to get monitored throughout the night and just let Paul know. Obviously, I had a little headache getting hit like that. It’s a little pressure up in the head. I took the test and everything went well. Tomorrow, I think everything should be OK.”

“They gave him all the tests,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We took him out for precautionary reasons. He was a little glossy-eyed.”

*Read more about Cozart’s scary moment by clicking here. The full version should be up shortly.

 

7/2 at L.A.

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Cozart 6
Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Heisey 7
Cairo 3
Mesoraco 2
Bailey 1

*Updates to come on Joey Votto and Scott Rolen once the clubhouse opens.

UPDATE –

*Votto, who has inflammation in his left knee that forced him out in the midst of Saturday’s game vs. the Giants, has shown some improvement.

“Not much better but I feel better,” Votto said. “It’s improved but not to the point where I think they’re comfortable with me starting. Ultimately, it’s how I feel and if my knee has reacted positively. But we’ve got a long season to go. I don’t want to risk banging up the knee some more because of it.”

Dusty Baker and Votto weren’t sure yet if he would be available to pinch-hit. There was no consideration of placing Votto on the disabled list.

“It’s way too early,” Baker said. “We’ll just give him whatever time we think is necessary. I’m not even thinking DL.”

*As for Scott Rolen, he was still moving slowly because of back spasms. Don’t expect him to be available.

“It could be a few days,” said Rolen, who did not believe he needed a DL stint. “I’ve had similar back spasm issues and they seem to be with me two or three days. Today is normally the worst day and it just locks up on me. I will keep going, do some [abdominal] stuff, stuff I’ve done in the past to knock it out.”

*Baker said pitcher Mike Leake was available to pinch hit while the team is shorthanded.

“Unless he’s pitching the next day,” Baker said. “We’ve got to give him plenty of time to get loose. I don’t want to give him any last minute calls and he pulls an oblique or leg muscle. Yesterday, his spikes were ready to go.”

*Reds starter Mat Latos was named the NL Player of the Week after he was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA and two complete games.

*The Reds signed first-round supplemental pick OF Jeff Gelalich, seventh rounder OF Beau Amaral and 10th rounder RHP Jeremy Kivel.

One that got away…

Here are the Three Stars following a difficult 4-3 Reds loss to the Giants.

No. 3 star: Melky Cabrera, SF — 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 sac bunt

No. 2 star: Todd Frazier — 2-for-3, two run HR. Frazier stepped in when Scott Rolen was scratched with back spasms in the top of the first inning while Zack Cozart batted. Frazier made a nice diving stop towards the line to rob Buster Posey of an extra-base hit in the first inning. In the fifth, he gave the Reds a 2-1 lead with a homer to left field off of Ryan Vogelsong.

“His back just locked up on him,” Dusty Baker said of Rolen. “It was just like a few minutes before the game. At that point we went to Frazier, who had a good day for us.”

No. 1 star: Buster Posey, SF — 3-for-4, 2 RBIs. Posey hit a two-out RBI single in the third for a 1-0 Giants lead and had the key two-out groundrule double that set up a brutal finish — the double by Angel Pagan.

Click here for the roundup on the Reds All-Star selections.

Click here for the Reds disappointment over Phillips and Cueto not being picked. Tony LaRussa was not pleased when he heard the comments.

Click here for the complete game story on MLB.com. The final version, when posted, will include Baker’s thoughts on the top of the 9th.

*Yes the Reds got a four-game series split against a very tough first place Giants team with a superb pitching staff. But they can’t let that chance at a win get away like that. In the top of the ninth, they had four-straight hits to start the inning and scored just one run. No good. Not having Joey Votto available proved devastating as the Reds had to use Wilson Valdez pinch-hit with two outs.

News and notes:

*As for the final play, Jay Bruce took full responsibility. He just misjudged his proximity to the wall, which prompted an early leap to miss the ball.

“It was not as close to the wall as I thought it was,” Bruce said. “I missed it. It’s really, really embarrassing. It should be an error. It’s not. I pride myself on my defense. That’s just embarrassing.”

*Bronson Arroyo said he called Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong to let him know he wasn’t trying to bean him. Arroyo, who hit Posey with a pitch up and in during the fifth, went in tight on Vogelsong twice in the sixth while he was trying to sacrifice bunt. Vogelsong took exception and spiked his bat while yelling at Arroyo. The benches cleared briefly before order was restored.

Here are the full version of the quotes from both parties:

Arroyo:

“I was just missing my spots. He just got irritated. I played with Ryan for a long time. I called over there and told him he had every right to be irritated. I’ve got to get the ball down. Even if you’re going in, which I wasn’t, I was going away, you can’t get up near guys’ heads. I had already hit Buster up near his head as well. I told him it’s my fault. They’ve got all the right in the world to be irritated. I knew it wasn’t going to get out of hand because I think Ryan knows me well enough to know there wasn’t any malice in it. In the heat of battle, guys are obviously going to be frustrated and have allegiance to the ballclub and that’s the way it goes.”

“I talked to him. He knows me well enough to know it wasn’t intentional. I wanted him to hear it out of my mouth. I don’t have a problem hitting guys if the situation is right but those situations weren’t on purpose and those weren’t the right places to be hitting somebody if you’re trying. You can’t get up near guys’ faces. I don’t want to be at the plate trying to lay a couple of bunts down and having somebody buzz my tower.”

What did Arroyo say to Vogelsong on the field after the sac bunt?

“I was telling him it’s on me. There’s just really no excuse for it to tell you the truth. I’m trying to go down and away twice. You might miss once. But to miss twice in a row, you really shouldn’t do it.”

Vogelsong:

“I know that he wasn’t trying to hit me, so let’s get that out of the way. Bronson and I are friends. We played together in Pittsburgh and we talk occasionally. So we’re friends, but when you’re on the field and you’re between the lines, you’re not friends any more. Ball’s coming up and in, it’s not a comfortable feeling, you don’t like it. I’m sure he wasn’t intentionally trying to hit Buster, either, but … you’re in the heat of battle and things happen like that and you get fired up.”

7/1 at SF

Reds lineup vs. Giants

Cozart 6
Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Ludwick 7
Rolen 5
Cairo 3
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*Looking ahead to Thursday, here is a very interesting matchup. Mat Latos will pitch for the Reds against Edinson Volquez. Another member of that trade, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, slugged two homers — one from each side of the plate — on
Saturday in his first career start.

*Courtesy of Jamie Ramsey, a couple of Minor League transactions at Triple-A Louisville. Outfielder Denis Phipps and Neftali Soto were activated from the DL. 1B/OF Danny Dorn was given his unconditional release.

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