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Game 14: Reds vs. Pirates

Heisey 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Bernadina 8
Mesoraco 2
Cozart 6
Leake 1

Finishing Game 1?

There are still at least three innings to play to complete Monday’s suspended game that is currently locked up at 7-7 between the Reds and Pirates.

Neither side has revealed who will be pitching when the game resumes at 5:33 p.m. ET. At the moment, the Reds’ J.J. Hoover is the pitcher for the Reds from last night and he was due to face Travis Snider to begin the top of the seventh inning.

Of course, there is a full second game to come about 30-40 minutes following the conclusion of the resumed game. How that might affect the Reds’ bullpen remains to be seen. Would manager Bryan Price avoid using relievers in both Game 1 and Game 2?

“I wouldn’t say that,” Price said “I’d rather not talk strategy in front of this game. But we are aware were going to play two games and it’s going to be a bullpen game. Homer is out of the game. We know Wandy isn’t going to pitch. You know it’s a bullpen game in the first one. The second game, you’re going to want to fortify your starter with a solid bullpen. It may affect how you matchup. It’s different if one of the two teams is up, 10-7, instead of it being 7-7. Maybe you do more situational pitching because you really go after that game where you have the lead. We’ll see. Right now it’s a tie game. As many guys as you use in game 1, based on what guys are capable of doing and what the managers are comfortable doing with their relief pitchers, will dictate who is available in game 2.”

Items of note:

*According to STATS Inc, the game that’s still in progress featured three sets of back-to-back homers by the same team for only the third time in MLB history. The 2014 Pirates are joined by the Reds on 8/18/56 when Ted Kulszewski and Wally Post, Bob Thurman and Kluszewski and Frank Robinson and Thurman did it vs. the Braves. It was also done by the Red Sox on 6/17/77 vs. the Yankees.

*The is the first suspended game for the Reds since almost one year ago exactly — on April 16-17, 2013, when the Reds nabbed a 1-0 win over the Phillies following a suspension after 8 1/2 innings. It took only nine minutes for that game to be completed when Jay Bruce hit a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

Chapman throws in bullpen

Aroldis Chapman took another step towards returning on Monday when he had his first side bullpen session. Chapman threw 25 pitches without issue.

“He threw the ball outstanding,” Reds manager Bryan Price. “He threw all of his pitches, including his slider. He was sharp, extremely enthusiastic and happy to be out there as we all were. It was exciting.”

It was Chapman’s first time on a mound since being struck in the face by a line drive on March 19. He suffered fractures above the left eye and nose.

“I feel really good. Everything went well,” Chapman said via translator Tomas Vera. “My fastball was good. My command was good. The breaking pitch worked good.”

More to come later on MLB.com, including the plan ahead for Chapman.

Game 13: Reds vs. Pirates

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Lots to like in a 12-4 win

The Reds scored, and kept scoring. That was likely a big relief for many fans that watched Sunday’s 12-4 Reds win that avoided a three-game series sweep to the Rays. I will have more on how the offense’s perking up on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Items of note:

*Tony Cingrani pitched 6 1/3 innings with 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. His streak of not allowing five hits in a game in start to begin his career is at 21.

“You guys are keeping the stats. I’m just doing it,” Cingrani said.

*The third inning featured five runs and six hits — season highs for one inning. It was the first time the Reds batted around this season as 10 men batted. The game’s 13 hits and 12 runs were also season highs.

*The Reds’ eighth run of the game shouldn’t go unnoticed because it came on a heads-up play by Jay Bruce after his fifth inning double. On a Ryan Ludwick fly out to right field, Bruce tagged up and drew a threw to second base. It bounced off of the SS Yunel Escobar’s glove and 2B Logan Forsythe’s leg and trickle into the outfield. Bruce alertly took third base and scored on a Devin Mesoraco sacrifice fly.

*Speaking of Bruce, this was the first four-walk game of his career.

*PH Chris Heisey’s grand slam in the eighth was the first pinch-hit grand slam for the Reds since Xavier Paul on 4/15/13 vs. the Nationals. It was also the first grand slam of Heisey’s career. Somehow, the Reds retrieved the ball for him.

“It’s my first one in over four years in the big leagues. It’s nice to get that one off my back,” Heisey said.

*Ben Zobrist hit a pair of two-run homers in the game for Tampa Bay. He became first opponent to homer from each side of the plate against the Reds since the Giants’ Randy Winn did 8/30/08 at Great American Ball Park off Ramon Ramirez and Bill Bray.

*It was the third straight series where the Reds won on the getaway day to avoid the sweep.

Flexor mass strain for Latos

The Reds got good news/bad news on the MRI results for pitcher Mat Latos.

The good news is Latos does not need surgery. The bad news is he has a flexor mass strain in his right forearm. There was nothing wrong with the ulnar collateral ligament.

“I have some swelling in the flexor mass. It’s not ideal but it’s not the worst thing in the world,” Latos said. “Everything is fine with the UCL. The exact words from Kremchek were ‘the UCL looks strong,’ from the MRI. But there is inflammation and fluid.”

This injury is not similar to the flexor mass tear that Jonathan Broxton suffered in August and required season-ending surgery.

“It’s a setback in his recovery,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s more time off to let it recover, let it simmer down, get the inflammation out and start back up. We’ll keep working hard on staying in shape and doing all the other things that he’s capable of doing. His timetable will be pushed back fairly significantly.

“We’re very optimistic he will be back throwing in the next 10-14 days and by that time, he should not have any further issues but time will tell.”

Game 12: Reds vs. Rays

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Simon stepping up

I will have full details on another one-run loss for the Reds on MLB.com/Reds.com. Today’s score was a 1-0 final.

The offense is doing nothing and the rotation has deserved better for sure. Alfredo Simon was the latest pitcher to come up with a strong start and not be rewarded.

Simon’s eight innings pitched tied a career high. He allowed one run and five hits with one walk and four strikeouts. James Loney’s second inning leadoff homer on a 0-1 hanging split-fingered fastball was the difference.

Through 15 innings of work, Simon has allowed two earned runs. If Mat Latos is out for a while, he is showing he wants to step up.

“I just feel more comfortable when I’m pitching every five days,” Simon said. “I just try to work hard those days to come back strong. I feel really comfortable being a starter. That’s what I prefer.”

“This is an opportunity that he is seizing,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I think he sees himself as a starter or a primary setup man or closer. He’s certainly showed us his value to the organization as a starter. Not having Latos ready right now, he’s been a huge shot in the arm and given us a chance to win a couple of games in his first two starts.”

Other items:

*3B coach Steve Smith was accountable for waving Joey Votto around to score on Brandon Phillips’ fourth-inning single with no outs. Votto was easily thrown by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.

“I can’t get a guy thrown out with no outs and I understand that,” Smith said. “I tried to be too aggressive at the wrong time. I got burned.”

*Zack Cozart notched his first extra-base hit of the season with a one-out double down the left field line in the third inning.

*Todd Frazier snapped a 0-for-13 skid with a seventh-inning single to right field.

*LHP Manny Parra retired the side in order during the ninth inning and had two strikeouts. He has not allowed a run in six appearances over 6 2/3 innings this season.

*In four of the five games at GABP this season, the Reds have been held scoreless through the first eight innings.

Game 11: Reds vs Rays

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Chapman making progress

Injured Reds closer aroldis Chapman has been throwing for several days now. On Monday, Chapman is scheduled to get back on the mound for the first with a bullpen session at Great American Ball Park.

Earlier on Friday, Chapman talked about his progress.

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