Early work pays for Votto?
Joey Votto had a nice 3-for-5, three RBI game for the Reds in the 5-0 win over the Nationals Tuesday and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Votto was out for early batting practice well before that game and was again taking flips from Jay Bell outside early before rain forced the grounds crew to roll out the tarp.
Before Votto’s third-inning homer Tuesday, he hadn’t hit one out since June 13. In the period in between, he was batting .211 (15-for-71) with three RBIs. Manager Bryan Price was never too concerned about Votto at the plate.
“He’s a great hitter,” Price said on Wednesday. “You don’t hold great hitters down for very long periods of time. I think he also knows his swing and knows how to find his way back to his best swing and his most comfortable approach. I know he works hard with Don, to make sure that everything is as it should be. I never expect when he struggles that it’s going to be for any extended period of time. Like most guys, it’s finding his way back to what he usually does.”
Votto said little about whether the early work paid off for him Tuesday.
“It’s just part of the process,” Votto said.