Pena, Boesch get starts
For the first time this season on Sunday, the everyday eight were not together in the Reds lineup. Brayan Pena started at catcher while Brennan Boesch starts in left field. For the first time since 1989, the Reds had used the same eight position players in the starting lineup for the first five games of a season.
With Pena, the start comes on a Sunday after five games in a row for Devin Mesoraco and with fellow Cuban Raisel Iglesias making his Major League debut.
“I think they both coincide well,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “After last year when we had so much opportunity for the bench guys to play to this year where we really do have a fairly set lineup, I still have to find ways to keep these guys fresh and productive. I’m going to need the bench guys to start periodically to stay intact with their swing, so they can give us reliable pinch-hit at-bats. That’s a hard thing to do, especially to come off the bench and cold and hit off a setup man or closer when you haven’t had more than one at-bat for a game two or three weeks at a time.
“I’ll try to get all these guys a start here…in the next few days.”
With Boesch, Price didn’t feel the team was losing anything defensively. He can play all three outfield spots well.
“As does [Skip] Schumaker, as does [Kristopher] Negron,” Price added. “We really don’t feel like we’re taking a step back defensively with any of those guys in the outfield.”