Price not sweating tough travel
*On Saturday morning, Reds manager Bryan Price was asked about a quirk in this season’s regular season schedule. The Reds host the Cardinals in an 8:05 p.m. ET ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game on May 25. The next day, Memorial Day, the Reds have to be in Los Angeles for the start of a series against the Dodgers. First pitch for that game begins at 5:10 p.m. PT. That’s a pretty tough turnaround.
“We’ll have to get that Concorde jet out of mothballs and get ourselves cross country in a hurry,” Price joked. “I get it. We can complain all we want. A lot of times this is driving the economy of baseball and everyone benefits from it. We all benefit from it. You know what? It’s always fun to go to Los Angeles and play the Dodgers. I don’t think there will be any reason for us to complain about the travel. It’s an inconvenience but it’s our obligation to be ready to play.”
*Price recalled that early in his big league coaching career, he appreciated the privileges of nice travel in the Major Leagues. He spent several years playing or coaching in the Minors so some of the tougher big league trips were no big deal, especially from Seattle.
“I was such a young coach at the time. You didn’t know any better,” Price said. “I was riding the busses from Bellingham, Wash. to Boise. This was a treat. I’m on a nice plane. We get in at 2 o’clock in Toronto? Great! You don’t care then. Of course, the players had to get up and play. They had a louder complaint than I did.
“There were times [in the Minors] that the guy at the wheel was falling asleep. One of our coaches was trying to stay up with him and talk to him … I guess someone saw him nod off again and they threw their book all the way to the front of the bus and it banged off the windshield. It kind of startled him and he pulled it back. You wanted to be asleep because you didn’t want to see how this guy was driving. It was classic.”
Other items following a 3-2 Reds win over the Rockies:
*We learned during the game that Mike Leake was scratched from Sunday’s start vs. the Padres because of an abdominal issue. More on that coming soon on MLB.com/Reds.com. Brett Marshall will start in Leake’s place.
*Rainy weather prompted Price to change his lineup and use many extra players. Three players also came over from Minor League camp to play. One of them, Mike Costanzo, played left field in the sixth inning. You might remember Costanzo briefly playing in the Majors for the Reds during the 2012 season. Mattair, who entered in the sixth at third base, went 2-for-2.
*Tony Cingrani looked pretty good during his first start of 2 ip, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Cingrani struck out the side in the second inning.
“Cingrani was sharp,” Price said. “The pitching as a whole was good. We threw the ball really well. The great thing about Tony is he got his changeup over, threw a couple of good breaking balls and got a strikeout on a breaking ball. He had good fastball location so it was a great start to his season.”
*The Rockies lineup featured ex-Red Paul Janish at shortstop. Former Reds RHP Matt Belisle was used in relief. Colorado also has Drew Stubbs and Nick Masset, but neither made the trip over here.
*First pitch temperature: 61 degrees. But it got colder and rainy as the day progressed.