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Defense

No one can deny that third baseman Adam Rosales has impressed with his bat and hustle — going back to Spring Training, in fact. If there’s been a downside to this point, it was on clear display Monday night. His defense needs a lot of work, and Rosales knows it.

Although charged with his one and only error when Chris Snyder’s grounder skipped off his glove and into left field, Rosales was eaten up by several grounders Monday. On some plays, he was able to recover his bobble and use his strong arm to get the out. Last week, it cost the Reds a couple of double plays. As a whole, the team is stressing more and more about not giving away outs.

Bench coach Chris Speier, who also coaches the infielders, took Rosales aside after the game last night. Alex Gonzalez and Joey Votto also talked with him, Rosales said.

“I have to find a way to slow it down,” Rosales said. “One of my strengths has always been defense, coming up through the organization. I think I’m just hyped up a little bit. I’m not seeing the ball too well off the bat. I have to relax and gain my confidence back to its fullest.”

“Right now it seems he’s in a fielding slump where he’s allowing the ball to play him,” Speier said. “His setup is getting a little better. I told him we’re just interested in progress. We don’t expect complete change right away but this is what we want to work for.

“I relayed a story to him. I went to Dodger Stadium my first or second year and had 30 tickets for my family in the area. I went out there and made four errors in the game at shortstop. I was ashamed, embarrassed, you name it. You get the mentality where you don’t want to ball hit to you. And you’re afraid of failure. You have to overcome it.”

  • As for Gonzalez, he’s taking more batting practice today but there has been no oblique pain after Monday’s hitting. However because of the nagging nature of the injury, there doesn’t appear to be any rush to get him back.

“He came through really good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The trainer said so too. I have to talk to him first and watch him some more in BP today. I’d prefer to give him a couple of more days of BP so he’s sharper. We don’t lose anything as well.”

Gonzalez would prefer to get back, ASAP.

“I feel good. I’m ready to play,” Gonzalez said.

  • On Wednesday morning, I plan to take a trip to Goodyear and check out the Spring Training complex. I was out there in September when the Indians facility was nearly done. The main stadium was a few months from completion and the Reds’ portion was just tumbleweeds. I’m sure there’s a lot more to see than that now.

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Crazy, crazy game

An 8-7 loss to the Cardinals prevented a sweep but the Reds gave 27,664 fans a lot to enjoy…just not a win.

Too many highlights to catch them all…

Micah Owings 9th inning homer on a 3-2 pitch that tied the game and sent into extras — that got the crowd going.

Joey Votto – ravaged by the flu since Wednesday and homers in the bottom of the seventh during his first at-bat in his return after entering in a double switch.

Hot hitting Jay Bruce has homered in four of his last five games and has an 11-game hitting streak. Bruce’s big two-run shot came at a big moment, a half inning after the Cardinals had just taken a 4-1 lead.

Adam Rosales continues to win hearts and minds among Reds fans. Rosales, who snapped a 0-for-18 skid on Friday, hit his first big league homer and sprinted around the bases like his hair was on fire. (Fox Sports Ohio timed him at 15 seconds) The fans gave him a nice ovation when he returned later for his next plate appearance and walked. He also hustled to first base for that.

The Reds didn’t get the sweep but they are only 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals. That’s a great place to be considering the alternative. With all the injuries and a shorthanded bench, the Reds could have easily dropped three in a row and fell to 6 1/2 games out. That would have been a little demoralizing.

After running off a career-high 16 scoreless innings over his last two stellar starts, Edinson Volquez had a so-so day. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs and six hits. He walked three guys and all of them scored, including two in the seventh inning. Two other mistakes were particularly costly. His first one was as a fielder on Colby Rasmus’ first inning sacrfice bunt. Volquez threw the ball away, which allowed a run to score.

Volquez also made a mistake to the really wrong guy when the game was tied 4-4 in the fifth. Ryan Hanigan set up outside when Volquez left a 1-0 fastball over the plate or “right down Broaaaaadwaaay” as Jeff Brantley would say. Pujols mashed it a mile for a homer to center field. Until that long ball, Pujols was 0-for-11 in the series.

quotes:

“Foremost is we were in line to get a sweep,” Dusty Baker said. “We could have been a half a game out instead of 2 ½ games right now. That’s why it was so big. We’ll be around for a long time.”

Bruce on Owings:

“It’s like what you do in your backyard – 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth. It’s crazy. It was a huge spot to do that. Joey and I were jumping around. It was awesome.”

 

To you: What did you think? You like what the Reds have done the past week?

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Nix in the lineup

For those looking for a Laynce Nix start in left field, today’s lineup vs. the Brewers should placate you — at least for now.

Did anyone see the Manny Ramirez news coming? Despite today’s times, that’s still a stunner.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston SS
Votto 1B Bruce RF
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF Nix LF
Hernandez C 1B
Nix LF Hanigan C
Rosales 3B
Owings P

4:45 pm update: Joey Votto was scratched from the lineup because he is sick.

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Dusty Baker had a meeting with Chris Dickerson about the move to put Nix in the lineup tonight.

“I called Dickerson in and talked to him,” Baker said. “I said ‘hey man, you’ve got to go back to work and get it back together.’ Nix is going good right now. We have to win ballgames. I’m not saying it’s all his fault but Nix is doing his thing.”

Dickerson is batting .217 and is tied for the team lead with 21 strikeouts. Nix came in batting .353 and has one homer and six doubles during his limited chances.

SS Alex Gonzalez (left oblique strain) was scheduled to play catch today and said he would take some light swings with his bat on Friday. Gonzalez hoped he could return to the lineup as soon as Saturday.

“I will feel ready soon, maybe Saturday or Sunday,” Gonzalez said. “I do not want to go to the DL. Every day, I feel a lot better. Today, I feel a lot better than yesterday. I can move it a lot easier.”

Ramon Hernandez played the ninth inning at first base last night and is starting there in Votto’s place. Hernandez will be using Adam Rosales’ first base glove.

“I’ve got one but it’s not broken in,” Hernandez said.

One night after throwing 35 pitches of emergency relief in the ninth inning, SS Paul Janish felt the effects.

“Janish came out of it OK. He’s a little sore today,” Baker said. “I was worried about that after the number of pitches he threw. I remember that’s how Jose Canseco got hurt. He was throwing sliders. Paulie was throwing fastballs and changeups.”

Said Janish: “I’m a lot of sore today.”

Some info from the Reds game notes:

Reds Vice President and Assistant General Manager Bob Miller will participate in an online chat at reds.com/chat tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET…fans can log on to that site and post their questions beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Players of the Month
The organization’s Minor League Players of the Month for April were Louisville’s IF Adam Rosales (17g, .431, 7 2b, 4hr, 15rbi, 2sb) and LHP Matt Maloney (3gs, 2-0, 1.86, 19.1ip, 18h, 0bb, 15k).

Lunch with Micah
As part of the Share the Celebration program, 8 young fans will have lunch with Reds pitcher Micah Owings tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Kenwood Cheesecake Factory…4 of the kids attending the lunch will be Reds Head Kids Club members, while another child will be hosted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

500
Tonight’s game is the 500th at Great American Ball Park…the Reds are 245-253-1 here since the ballpark opened in 2003, including 26-26 vs the Brewers.

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Getaway day, move up Rosales?

The Reds need to win this series over the Pirates to take two of three.

“It’s another important getaway day,” manager Dusty Baker said.

The Reds are 4-1 in previous getaway day games, a nice thing to have when you’re looking to take momentum on the flight out of town.

Adam Rosales came into Sunday batting .556 (5-for-9) through three games. Rosales is still batting seventh but Baker seriously contemplated moving Rosales up in the lineup from the seventh spot. Then he changed his mind.

“He’s just learning the pitchers and stuff,” Baker said. “Let him chill a little bit down there. Let him marinate.

“We’ll take it one step at a time first. To bat second, there are a lot of things you have to do. Rosie isn’t a real taker yet. With Willy Taveras on in front of you, you have to do some taking. I like that speed at the top up there, especially in front of Votto.”

Saturday’s 14-hit output was the new season high. Since April 18, the Reds have raised their team average from a Major League low .208 to .242.

“I think every one of them believes in themselves,” hitting coach Brook Jacoby said. “It’s just a matter of time before they start feeling really comfortable. Confidence is a big part of it too.”

Reds lineup:

Taveras cf
Dickerson lf
Votto 1b
Phillips 2b
Bruce rf
Hernandez c
Rosales 3b
Gonzalez ss
Cueto p

And congratulations to Reds media relations director Rob Butcher, who completed his first marathon at the Flying Pig today. Rob’s time was three hours, 29 minutes.

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Loving it on the road

The Reds enter Saturday night 8-3 on the road this season, which is their best road start since 2002 when they also were 8-3. If they win tonight or tomorrow, that will be four-straight winning road series. The club hasn’t done that since August, 2005.

The back-to-back shutouts Wednesday and Friday were the first since the Reds blanked the Dodgers twice on Aug. 7-8, 2007. There haven’t been three-straight shutouts since June 21-23, 1963.

As expected, Chris Dickerson is back in the lineup for the first time since Monday (concussion-like symptoms).

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Dickerson LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Rosales 3B
Gonzalez SS
Owings P

Dusty Baker was asked if he was tempted to keep Ryan Hanigan behind the plate since he hits whenever he plays. In his five games when starting (all with Arroyo pitching), Hanigan is batting .412 (7-for-17). Ramon Hernandez is batting .246 but has come on lately.

“What are you going to do with Ramon who is just getting his stroke together?”Baker said. “If you have a good team, I don’t think this team is used to having so many good players at as many positions. Ramon is my catcher but when Hanny plays, he does his thing and we win. That way will keep him sharp and keep Ramon strong through the rest of the season.”

In the eighth inning Friday after walking, Adam Rosales was picked off by lefty reliever John Grabow and immediately after reaching the dugout was spotted speaking with top base stealer Willy Taveras. It was Rosales who sought out Taveras for the help.

“There’s a lot to learn and a lot of new information,” Rosales said. “Stealing with lefties, I have to get better. I just went first move on that guy. Some lefties you can pick up easily but I haven’t been up here long enough and we had a steal sign. I asked Willy if it was the smart thing to do if we have a steal sign. He said it was all you can do, really.”

Dickerson, Paul Janish and Darnell McDonald were among those that got extra swings in early BP today. Janish hasn’t played since Sunday vs. the Braves.

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Volquez gets it done

If you could write the headline, what would you say about Edinson Volquez? Or about Adam Rosales for that matter?

In a 3-0 victory, Volquez wasn’t the overpowering pitcher he usually is but had one dominant performance. He threw eight shutout innings (a career high) and dealt with just three base runners. He had one hit allowed (in the first inning), one hit batter and one walk. He threw only 106 pitches and at one point, retired 17 in a row. A total turnaround from the seven walk mess he had on Friday vs. the Braves (which included five in one inning).

Rosales was 1-for-2 with a RBI single up the middle that broken the scoreless tie in the fifth. He also drew a walk and added a sac fly in the eighth. He was cheered as he hustled everywhere on the field.

The Reds finished April with an 11-10 record and this home stand 2-4.

Baker on Volquez:

“It was a total turnaround. He had a good tempo going, took his time and he wasn’t rushing. He was concentrating on getting strike one and not just throwing it. He was pitching tonight.”

“Early in the game, he was throwing strike one. It’s important for strike one and not necessarily velocity. His velocity was 92-93 mph but he can get up to 96-97. It’s about control. That’s what he demonstrated tonight. He had that fastball working, especially down and away. If you can get that pitch for strike one, it makes it a whole lot easier to pitch.”

Rosales on his RBI single with Nix on third base and the infield in:

“That’s a situation you were born and raised to do. That’s your job to get him in. That’s what was going through my mind – get him in. when I got to two strikes, I had to change my approach a little bit. I wasn’t going to drive it but put some good wood on it.”

The Astros didn’t think too much of Volquez:

“I didn’t think he was on the top of his game,” said Astros center fielder Michael Bourn “I think he was OK. He left some balls over the plate for us. Some people made some good swings. I didn’t make any good swings, but on a regular (day), we’ll get to him. He has good stuff, no doubt. But I’m not going to say he was at his best.”

“I didn’t think he was all that sharp,” Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. “I thought he had some life to his fastball, but we had some pitches to hit. We just didn’t swing the bat very well. You have to give him some credit, but I didn’t think it was a one-hit type of performance tonight.”

What did you think? I think it was the Volquez people have been waiting for. He couldn’t have done much better than that.

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Rosales starts, Phillips not starting

A very unique lineup for the Reds today. You’ve asked, correction, demanded to have Adam Rosales up here and playing. Done. Let’s see if he can keep his hot, hot hitting going at this level.

Brandon Phillips is getting his first day off after he was 2-for-4 last night. I will try to update with the reason behind it. He was 0-for-4 with a GIDP vs. Astros starter Felipe Paulino on April 19 at Houston.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston 2B
Votto 1B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Nix LF
Rosales 3B
Gonzalez SS
Volquez P

Update at 5pm:

Dusty Baker decided to give Phillips the day off today because it means a two-day break with Thursday’s scheduled off day. Baker decided not to change back after his decent night on Tuesday when he homered and hit a double.

“It was already planned before anyway,” Baker said. “A lot of times, probably 20 different times, I had a guy with a planned day off and then he has a good game and the next day doesn’t work out and I’ve wasted the plan. I said go work some more today and get tomorrow off and be ready Friday.”

 As for Phillips, he had some interesting things to say about the media coverage of hitting woes, which is doesn’t call “a slump.”

“I know I can hit,” Phillips said. “Everyone can’t start off hot like Joey Votto. Some people start off a little slower. I had a slow start in 2007 too. I wouldn’t call it a slump. I’ve been hitting the ball good. I just haven’t found any holes. That’s how I look at it.”

More quotes from Phillips:

“I love you guys. I have nothing but respect for all of you. But ever since you’ve been writing about me not hitting, we haven’t been winning. I hear a lot of people on our team that are worried about me, instead of worrying about the team. I’m going to hit. That’s how confident I am. That’s the type of player I am.

“In the beginning when I wasn’t doing anything, everybody was flowing and it was all about the team. It was all about winning. Then the next thing you know, people start writing about ‘Phillips is not hitting. Edwin is not hitting.’ Everybody started paying attention to me and Edwin and everybody lost focus about winning.”

In other news….

Chris Dickerson is feeling better and will take BP today (indoors since it’s been raining). Dickerson could be available to pinch-hit tonight but that was not a lock.

Laynce Nix’s homer in the eighth inning last night was his first long ball since Sept. 1, 2006, when he was with the Brewers. Of course, he’s only played a little over 30 big league games since then. He was in Triple-A most of the time.

“It seems like yesterday because I’ve hit about 50 in between then and now,” Nix said. “It just wasn’t in the big leagues. I didn’t feel like it’s been that long.”

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Harang vents again…a little.

The Reds find themselves staring at a potential 1-5 home stand and a three-game sweep to the Astros. Tuesday’s 8-3 loss wasn’t pretty in any sense and another source of anger and frustration for Aaron Harang.

“I don’t know what to say, really,” said Harang, who lasted only five innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts. “They came out swinging and I just couldn’t get it done.”

You may remember that Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros left Harang burning with a 7-0 loss on April 18 in Houston. In that game, he tossed a cooler along with a bat and glove. After a four-run Astros fifth tonight, Harang slammed his glove on the bench.

“I’m expecting to go out there and go seven or eight innings,” Harang said. “I made some good pitches. We brought the infield in [for Matsui] and I got exactly what I wanted to. Of course it goes right through the infield. It’s not their fault. It went right through the hole. There was nothing you could do about it. It’s kind of tough when you go out and are trying to get as deep in the games and you can’t get it done.”

The big glaring number that was the defense’s fault were three errors. Joey Votto made two errors on one play in the first inning and it let a run come home.

“We didn’t help him out very much. That hurt,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

For those who wanted to see Adam Rosales, no dice. Rosales made the on-deck circle twice but never entered. He was standing there when Alex Gonzalez flew out to end the game.

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Encarnacion to DL, Rosales recalled

A little breaking news for you: 3B Edwin Encarnacion is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a small chip fracture in his left wrist. IF Adam Rosales was recalled from Triple-A Louisville and will be here sometime tonight.

In the previous post, Encarnacion was listed in the lineup and batting seventh. Dusty Baker scratched him when it was decided he should see Dr. Kremchek and get tested. Encarnacion has also been bothered by a sore right shoulder.

Jerry Hairston is starting at third base tonight. Darnell McDonald will bat seventh and play left field.

It was believed that Encarnacion suffered the injury during a swing in his final plate appearance on Monday vs. the Astros. An MRI exam on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the fracture. He will be in a cast for one week before being re-evaluated.

“You never know until you do extensive tests,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We don’t know if he did it on the last swing yesterday or before. I know I saw him wince after his last at-bat.”

Encarnacion was in a 0-for-12 skid and 1-for-his-last 28.

Also — Chris Dickerson was feeling better today after his head-to-head collision with Tejada last night but isn’t expected to return to action until Friday. Dickerson was awaiting results from testing he did on his vision, reaction time and depth perception.

“I feel fine,” Dickerson said. “There is no dizziness. There is still a little bit of a headache. The mental processing is a little bit hazy, I noticed during that test.”

New Reds lineup:

Taveras 8, Hairston 5, Votto 3, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Hernandez 2, McDonald 7, Gonzalez 6, Harang 1

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Game started on time after the rain moved out. 

Reds vs. Astros 4/28/09

The tarp is on the field at GABP and it’s been raining most of the day in the area. Showers and thunderstorms are in the evening forecast. If there is a window in the forecast to play, I’m sure the Reds decision makers will wait for it.

After getting clocked in the head last night during the Tejada collision, Chris Dickerson isn’t starting today. But that likely has as much to do with Astros using a lefty starting pitcher in Wandy Rodriguez. Dickerson was scheduled for more tests today after feeling woozy last night. Struggling Edwin Encarnacion was dropped from sixth to seventh. Encarnacion is on a 0-for-12 skid and is 1-for-his-last-28.

More details later when I have it.

After the 7-3 road trip, the Reds really need these last two games vs. the Astros so they can finish 3-3 on the homestand.

Reds lineup:

Taveras CF
Hairston  LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Hernandez C
Encarnacion 3B
Gonzalez SS
Harang P

Minor League news from the Reds’ Jamie Ramsey:

IF Adam Rosales (Louisville) last night vs. Indianapolis collected 3 more hits to lift his batting average to .426…he’s currently riding a 10-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 16 of his games…since 8/3/08, he’s reached base safely in 27 straight games he’s played for Louisville…he ranks among IL leaders in most all offensive categories.

Daryl Thompson (5.2ip, 4h, 3r, 1bb, 1hr) earned his first victory, at any level, since 7/13/08…Robert Manuel with 2.0 perfect innings of relief … Yonder Alonso hit a grand slam yesterday for Class A Sarasota.

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