Labor Day loss

The Three Stars following a 4-2 Reds loss vs. the Phillies on Labor Day:

No. 3 star: Jay Bruce — 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs. — Bruce provided all of the scoring on a dreary day for the Reds lineup. He hit a solo homer in the second inning and a RBI single in the ninth. He’s already at 30 homers for the season, two shy of the career-high he set last season. He has 89 RBIs overall as well. In his 21 games, he’s batting .333 (27-for-81) with nine homers, 22 RBIs.

No. 2 star: Jimmy Rollins, PHI — 1-for-4, 3-run HR. With two outs, Rollins hit a first-pitch changeup from Johnny Cueto to give the Phillies a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth.

No. 1 star: Tyler Cloyd, PHI — 7 ip, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 107 pitches/71 strikes. After the Bruce homer, Cloyd retired 17 of his final 20 batters during his second big league start – with only three hits being Ryan Ludwick’s two-out double in the fourth, Todd Frazier’s leadoff single in the fifth and a Ludwick infield hit in the seventh. Cloyd struck out nine batters, one shy of his professional career high. Cloyd also got an important two-out single for his first Major League hit in the fifth.

“He did a lot of different things with the ball. He missed barrels,” Bruce said. “He was confident with his pitches. I felt like we saw the ball fairly well. It was just enough here and there to miss the big hit or big inning.”

Click here for the game story.

Dusty Baker’s postgame TV session:

News and notes:

*Johnny Cueto was kicking himself for the fifth inning events before the Rollins homer. He gave up the two out singles on the ground to Steven Lerud and then to Cloyd, which set the stage for doom.

“Every time on the bench talking to the other guys, I said the outs you’ve got to get is their pitcher,” Cueto said. “You always have got to get the pitcher out. I wanted to have that guy out today, but I made the wrong pitch and did not get the guy out.”

*Cueto lost a day game for the first time this season (now 11-1, 1.87 during day). He was denied his 18th overall victory, but still leads the NL ERA race at 2.58.

*Joey Votto was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a rain-shortened game for Triple-A Louisville. No word on if he will be activated on Tuesday.

*There were two fantastic defensive plays today. In the second inning, SS Zack Cozart snared a low laser on the short hop from Domonic Brown for a groundout. In the third, 1B Todd Frazier made a diving stop on a grounder to his right and flipped to Cueto to rob speedy Juan Pierre of a hit.

*Denis Phipps made his big league debut as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and drew a walk.


Looking for Joey to come back tonight. This is going to be interesting.

I’m going to guess Friday night.

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