Day off for Hamilton
Reds manager Bryan Price gave leadoff hitter and center fielder Billy Hamilton the day off from the lineup on Wednesday. Chris Heisey took Hamilton’s place.
Hamilton snapped a career-high 0-for-15 slump with a first-inning double and scored a run in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Arizona.
“I think like what I did with Zack [Cozart] the other day, you have to stay aware with these guys that are pretty much everyday players that we keep them fresh,” Price said. “He scuffled a little bit but I like his fight. I really have no concerns about Billy because he goes out there and competes and fights every single at-bat, every single game. I’ve really enjoyed his development. But I also need to stay aware of the longer season. He’s an everyday player here at the big league level, playing center field. I think today was a good day to take off and be ready to go in Miami.”
*The Reds have scored three runs or less in 11-straight games, the longest stretch for the club since it happened 11 games in a row from Aug. 28-Sept. 8, 1967. The last time it happened for 12-straight games was Aug. 26-Sept. 9, 1948, when that Reds team tied the club record previous done in 1914 and 1943 with 14-straight games with three runs or less.