The Three Stars from the Reds 6-4 victory…their 12th in 13 games and 19 out of 22.
No. 3 star: Jonathan Broxton — 1 ip, 1 K — In his Reds debut, Broxton worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning and hit speeds of 95 and 96 mph. He got a standing ovation after he retired the side in order. He hadn’t pitched since July 24 for the Royals.
“I had a lot of adrenaline out there,” Broxton said. “I don’t know how much longer that can go, but especially for the first day, I had a lot of adrenaline.”
No. 2 star: Chase Headley, SD — 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs. Headley hit a two-run homer off of Bronson Arroyo in the top of the first inning for 2-0 San Diego lead. It was the first of two times the Reds had to respond to a deficit.
No. 1 star: Ryan Ludwick — 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs. It was the second-straight one-homer, four RBI game for Ludwick. He hit a two-run shot in the first inning, a two-out RBI single in the fifth for the go-ahead run and a two-out RBI single in the seventh for insurance.
In his last 35 games since June 14, when he came in with a .201 average for the season, Ludwick is batting .339 (41-for-121) with 11 homers and 29 RBIs. He’s raised his overall average to .264 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs. In the series alone, he is 6-for-11 with two homers and 10 RBIs.
“I’ve found my stroke,” Ludwick said.
Click here for the game story and more on Ludwick.
News and notes:
*Wilson Valdez left the game in the fifth with a stiff neck. Valdez had been filling in for Brandon Phillips (left calf), who was not available. That makes for thin ranks on the bench. Miguel Cairo replaced Valdez.
“He had a stiff neck to start the night,” Dusty Baker said of Valdez. “He’s been champing at the bit to play more. Brandon wasn’t available tonight. Valdez when he slid into second, it made it worse. He was walking around out there and couldn’t turn his neck to his right or left. He was in bad shape. Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow. If not, we’ll have to do something else.”
Catcher Devin Mesoraco of the Cincinnati Reds has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for making contact with Umpire Chad Fairchild during the top of the third inning of Monday night’s game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Unless appealed, Mesoraco is scheduled to begin serving his suspension tonight, when the Reds are to continue their series with the Padres. If appealed, Mesoraco’s suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.
**The Reds have yet to announce their plan on how to deal with the suspension, or a roster move…if Mesoraco does not appeal.
UPDATE: Mesoraco said he is appealing. Here is the story.
UPDATE No. 2 — Shortly before the game, the Reds announced that Mesoraco was placed on the 7-day DL for a concussion. Dioner Navarro was called up from Triple-A Louisville. To make room on the 40-man roster, INF Mike Costanzo was designated for assignment.
Reds lineup vs. Padres
*No roster moves have been announced yet. The team needs to add Jonathan Broxton. As for Brandon Phillips, despite his assertion that he would be out “a while,” I suspect the club will hold off on the DL, at least until it can see if he is able to play vs. the Pirates this weekend.
UPDATE — Reds are not going to DL Phillips. Dusty Baker said he would be off today and tomorrow, and they were hopeful he might be available for the Pirates series.