Price backs Hoover
On a night where Alfredo Simon endured his worst night of the season with a three-inning, five-run performance during an 11-2 Reds loss to the Rockies, it was another struggle of a game for reliever J.J. Hoover.
Hoover, who entered in the sixth, gave up three runs and four hits over two innings — including back-to-back homers by Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki in the sixth. Booed after finishing the sixth, Hoover pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
Through 13 appearances, Hoover is 1-4 with a 10.03 ERA with 10 walks and five homers allowed over 11 2/3 innings.
Reds manager Bryan Price gave Hoover a vote of confidence after the game.
“The thing is before these last two outings, he was stellar for the previous three or four,” Price said. “This game is tough mentally. You guys know that as well as anybody. You see how success can run in spurts at times. We stuck with him last year when he started off slowly. It paid dividends for us because he ended up being one of our most reliable relief pitchers for the last five months of the season. I haven’t lost faith in him. I certainly want to give him some of those opportunities to pitch and get into a groove and get back to being that reliable guy that he’s been here since we’ve had him. I know it’s tough. It’s tough for anybody when you struggle. We think very highly of Hoov here.”
Items of note:
*The Reds pitching staff allowed a season high in runs, hits (16) and it was also the biggest margin of defeat for the team this season.
*Todd Frazier extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 1-for-4 night. Frazier hit a single to begin the bottom of the ninth.
*Mike Leake struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning. Leake is 0-for-7 with two walks and six strikeouts when pinch-hitting for his career.
*Joey Votto hit his first homer of the season against a right-handed pitcher and his sixth overall when he took Jordan Lyles deep to left field leading off the second inning. Votto homered on consecutive pitches he saw — the Friday walk-off and Lyles first pitch tonight.