Game 9: Reds at Cubs

First pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET

Hamilton 8

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Byrd 7

Bruce 9

Pena 2

Cozart 6

Marquis 1

Villarreal recalled; Smith optioned

The Reds recalled RHP Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday and optioned RHP Josh Smith back to Louisville.

Smith, who was called up on Monday, did not get into either of the last two games.

Villarreal struggled during his eight games in Spring Training, with a 13.00 ERA. He allowed at least one run in each of his last seven appearances and overall had 17 hits and 13 runs, including three homers given up.

More later on reds.com

Game 8: Reds at Cubs

Hamilton 8

Votto 3

Frazier 5

Phillips 4

Bruce 9

Byrd 7

Pena 2

Cozart 6

DeSclafani 1

Game 7: Reds at Cubs

Negron 8
Votto 3
Frazier 5
Phillips 4
Byrd 7
Bruce 9

Pena 2

Cozart 6

Leake 1

**Roster moves: OF Raisel Iglesias and INF Chris Dominguez optioned to Triple-A Louisville.
Catcher Kyle Skipworth called up from Double-A Pensacola
Pitcher Josh Smith called up from Triple-A Louisville.

Corresponding 40-man roster moves pending to make room for Skipworth and Smith.

Devin Mesoraco is back in Cincinnati having an MRI on his left hip because of discomfort.

Price, Pena postgame 

There was a ton of stuff to come out of Sunday’s 7-5 Reds loss to the Cardinals in 11 innings. I got to most of it, but not all, on Reds.com.

Here is some other things you probably want to know:

Manager Bryan Price had Tony Cingrani bunting  in the seventh, but not because he wanted him to pitch the eighth. Cingrani struck out, failing to move runners before the rally was saved by Todd Frazier’s game-tying two run single.

“He was not but we were not going to bunt with one of our regular position players that we had on the bench,” Price said. We didn’t have our typical bench. “We had Negron on base and we were in a situation there where I would have been were asking Mesoraco, Byrd or Dominguez to bunt and burn a guy right there. Cingrani is a good bunter. He wasn’t today. … I felt like he was the best guy in that situation to lay down a bunt and he runs well. He just didn’t get the job done.”

On letting Kevin Gregg face all the Cardinals lefty hitters in the 11th:

Price: “You guys have seen how much we’ve utilized our bullpen to this point. They were on their last pitcher. We, unfortunately don’t have a guy like Villanueva that can throw five or six or seven innings of relief. We have a bunch of one or two inning guys currently in our bullpen. And that bit us in this situation. We couldn’t match up situationally in that game. There was a guy down there that we weren’t going to pitch today. We knew that. The other part is that Kevin Gregg has historically gotten a lot of left-handed hitters out. The only guy in that lineup that has really good numbers off him is Holliday. I didn’t think it was a mistake.”

 

Catcher Brayan Pena is ok after hurting his left shoulder trying to slide headfirst into first base.

“I jammed it a little bit,” Pena said. “I shouldn’t slide. What am I doing? That’s what happens when you’re not Billy Hamilton, you don’t know what to do. I just try to get on base because I was trying to hustle down and I need to work on my sliding. Hopefully I’ll be OK, tomorrow will be big for me because it depends on how I wake up. I was very excited when the doctor gave me the news that it wasn’t anything major or serious.” 

Iglesias’ debut notes

Raisel Iglesias debuts for the Reds on Sunday, and appears in the Major Leagues without playing in the Minors first.

The old note with all the players that skipped the Minors only applied to DRAFTED players…. but this part is true: Iglesias will be the eighth Reds player to ever go straight to the Majors. Below are the other seven:

Year     Player                   Previous Team

2010    MIKE LEAKE, P      Arizona State

1957   Bobby Henrich, SS High School

1957  Jay Hook, P    Northwestern

1957  Don Pavletich, C  High School

1955  Al Silvera, OF     USC

1953  Bob G. Miller, P High School

1944  Joe Nuxhall, P   High School

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.”

Game 6: Cardinals at Reds 

First pitch @ 1:10 pm ET

  

Game 5: Cardinals at Reds

I am off today so no lineup to give or anything else by me. We will have full coverage on the site.

Here are some links from Friday:

Votto has power, OBP and RBIs

http://atmlb.com/1CCDJYP

Hamilton stealing bases at historic pace

http://atmlb.com/1Hd4qcW

Be back on Sunday…

Game 4: Cardinals at Reds

First pitch… 7:10 pm

  

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