Votto frustrated on defense
During Saturday’s 4-3 Reds loss, the final two-run rally in the Arizona ninth began when first batter Paul Goldschmidt hit a one-hopped ball off of 1B Joey Votto’s glove and went into short right field. The play was ruled a single but could have easily been an error. Votto could not say whether he should have been given an error there.
“It didn’t make me happy that I didn’t catch the ball,” Votto said Sunday morning.
I will have a little more on this later in the notebook, but Votto was pretty aware that he hasn’t been as good on defense this season as he has in the past. Votto, a 2011 NL Gold Glove winner, spends a lot of time working at his defense.
“Similar to slumps, sometimes they happen in bunches,” Votto said. “Probably about five of them — I clanked a pop-up, a couple in Pittsburgh where there was a bare-hand play; a couple of bad hops to my side. All of them are errors and add up. I don’t really know what the hell is going on. It’s not for a lack of work.”
Votto has eight errors this season with his last coming on June 20. His career high is 11 errors, set in his rookie season of 2008.
“It’s definitely been frustrating for me, and unexpected,” Votto said. “It’s important for me not to be too concerned about it because I am making plays on either side of me that I hadn’t made in the past.”