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Game 128: Braves at Reds

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Game 127: Reds at Cardinals

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 3
Ludwick 7
Pena 2
Phillips 4
Santiago 5
Cozart 6
Cueto 1

Talking to Hoover

I know fans don’t want to hear it, but J.J Hoover was stand up and accountable after Tuesday’s latest walk-off loss. I waited for him at his locker and he wore the loss.

“I wasn’t really hitting any spots out there tonight,” Hoover told MLB.com. “The first time I had the bases loaded, I thought I executed some good pitches. The second inning, I couldn’t find it from the beginning. I wasn’t nervous. I wasn’t overly amped up. I have all the confidence in the world I can do that job. I didn’t have it tonight, and that’s very frustrating.”

Hoover — now 1-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 45 games, gave up the walk off homer in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader but Tuesday felt much worse.

“In Colorado, I thought I made a decent pitch trying to get back in the at-bat and Stubbs hit to one of the deepest parts of the field, but it looked like it scraped the wall,” Hoover said. “I wasn’t as mad about that one as I was today. That was probably the worst game of my professional life, and even amateur. I’m just kind of embarrassed by it. I know I’m a better pitcher than that. I was just starting to get on a roll. I just didn’t have any feel out there tonight. I just hate that I let the team down again.”

Game 126: Reds at Cardinals

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Phillips 4
Pena 3
Cozart 6
Simon 1

Achy shoulder for Chapman

Aroldis Chapman was not available on Monday night — a game the Reds lost by a 6-5 score in 10 innings to the Cardinals.

Chapman faced four batters and walked all of them before the Reds dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker to the Rockies in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. He threw 28 pitches.
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“He’s just a little achy and it just doesn’t make sense at all for us to keep running him out there,” Reds manager Bryan Price said after a 6-5 loss to St. Louis in 10 innings. “He was a little achy [Sunday]. I didn’t want to say anything but he was. By the time we knew there might be an issue, the damage was done yesterday.
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“Our trainers say it’s a day-to-day thing and that he could be ready to go soon. I’m not crossing him off our list for tomorrow by any means.”
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Also not available were Sam LeCure and Carlos Contreras. Jonathan Broxton was being held back to close if there was a lead in extras. Fresh off the DL, Logan Ondrusek faced three batters in the 10th and retired nobody in his first game since July 12.

Jon Hamm

“Mad Men” actor, hometown guy and Cardinals fan Jon Hamm is here for his bobblehead night. Hamm is a big baseball fan in general.

The only Reds player who came up during a media session was Billy Hamilton.

“That guy can steal first, he’s so fast,” Hamm said.

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Game 125: Reds at Cardinals

Hamilton 8
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Mesoraco 2
Ludwick 7
Phillips 4
Pena 3
Cozart 6
Leake 1

Phillips, Ondrusek activated

The Reds on Monday activated 2B Brandon Phillips and right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, catcher Tucker Barnhart and starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod were optioned to Triple-A Louisville. Reliever Curtis Partch, the 26th man in the doubleheader on Sunday, was also returned to Louisville.

Phillips has been on the DL since having July 11 surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb. In the third game of his rehab assignment, this time for Class A Dayton, he was 2-for-2 and hit by a pitch. Ondrusek last pitched on July 13 before going on the DL July 22 with a strained right shoulder. He pitched a two-hit scoreless inning for Louisville on Friday.

It will be very interesting tonight to see if or how the Reds get off the mat from Sunday’s double-crushing defeats. They need to respond well in St. Louis — a tough task considering the recent track record — to have any chance at hanging on in the race for a playoff spot. 

 

Frazier’s back still aching

Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is able to hit and walk around OK and even spent Sunday morning on an exercise bike to get loose. But his stiff lower back remained sore.

“Usually when I have this, it takes a couple of days. But it’s nagging right now. We’ll see how it goes,” Frazier said.

Frazier was not in the starting lineup for Game 1 on Sunday afternoon but penciled in for Game 2 vs. the Rockies on Sunday night.

The back problems started on Thursday when Frazier was injured swinging the bat against Jorge De La Rosa. He did not play on Friday and was not in Saturday’s lineup before the game was postponed.

“That was one I wasn’t going to play him [Saturday] even if he came in and said he felt good,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I wasn’t going to play him for two games coming off the back injury. So I elected to play him in the second game against the lefty.”

Following the game, Frazier’s back will face another challenge of trying to sit on an airplane for a two-hour flight to St. Louis. How did he expect that to feel?

“That’s another great question,” Frazier replied. “Hopefully I get some extra space and I can lie down in a comfortable position.”

Sunday Game 1 lineup

Hamilton 8
Cozart 6
Bruce 9
Mesoraco 2
Pena 3
Negron 5
Schumaker 4
Heisey 7
Latos 1

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