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Postgame extra: another comeback

Mike Leake finally had a bad one but it was still all good in the end for the Reds, which took a 7-6 win over the Giants to earn a four-game series split. The Reds opened a 1 1/2 game lead on the Cardinals, which are idle Thursday.

The good —

*It was the Reds NL-leading 13th one-run victory and their 12th in the final at-bat. Also, the 21st come-from-behind win.

*Temporary leadoff hitter Brandon Phillips was 4-for-5. His two-run triple in the eighth tied the game at 6-6 and Phillps scored the winning run on Joey Votto’s roller up the middle through a drawn-in infield.

*Arthur Rhodes, again. His 1.2 IP were his highest since May 1, 2008. He earned the victory and extended his scoreless streak to 25 innings and 27 appearances.

*Defense. Paul Janish got a rare start at shortstop and made a splendid diving stop of Juan Uribe’s hot grounder to start a 643 double play with the bases loaded to end the fourth. Janish saved at least two runs, maybe three. Brandon Phillips started a 463 double play to end the fifth with a very fine play.

“Those are what saved the game for us,” manager Dusty Baker said. “You know how I am about defense. You play defense, especially up the middle defense, you save a lot of runs.”

*Francisco Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 17th save. It was the only perfect inning a Reds pitcher had all day.

The not so good —

*In his worst start for the Reds, the rookie right-hander pitched a season-low 4 1/3 innings and allowed a season-high 11 hits while tying a season high with five earned runs. He also allowed two home runs. Three-straight inning-ending double plays with the bases loaded — including the two mentioned above, helped save his bacon.

*Scott Rolen made an uncharacteristic E5 on a ball between his legs in the fifth with Del Rosario on the mound that scored what was the Giants go-ahead run charged to Leake.

*Nick Masset entered in the sixth and got two quick outs to end the inning. But he labored in the seventh, allowing a run and two hits.

*The game was a slog that felt longer than three hours, 28 minutes. The Giants left 13 on base while the Reds stranded nine.

*There was a weird scene in the eighth after Joey Votto singled. While on first base, Votto appeared to think that pitcher Guillermo Mota was saying something to him and the two exchanged words. Baker said that Mota was actually talking to his first baseman, Buster Posey.

“It’s the heat of the summer,” Baker said. “Tempers are usually shortest about this time.”

More quotes —

“I think what was different about this game is their coaching staff had a pretty good plan for me. They punched me right off the bat and I couldn’t react fast enough. Sometimes games are going to be like that. They didn’t square every ball up. I did make more mistakes than I wanted to.” — Mike Leake

“He wasn’t struggling. They were flaring him to death. They found every hole. They had a bunch of one-hand hits, bloopers. We had a couple too but they had more than we had, especially early. That’s why we kept running him out there. We didn’t want to go to our bullpen in the third or fourth. You could tell by the way things were going, you had a feeling it was going to be a high-offensive day.” — Dusty Baker on Leake.

“You can’t count these guys out here, man. We go out and play hard for nine innings. We play hard until the game is over.” — Arthur Rhodes.

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Postgame extra: questions?!

The good from the 3-0 Reds loss to the Giants on Tuesday –

Sam LeCure gave the Reds the kind of start they needed, but it wasn’t enough against Matt Cain’s seven-hit shutout. LeCure allowed one run over six innings on Juan Uribe’s long homer in the fourth.

Arthur Rhodes  — another two-thirds scoreless when he got the final out of the seventh and the first out of the eighth. That’s 26 scoreless appearances in a row for 23 1/3 innings.

The decision for Sunday’s start – Bailey or LeCure?

During his rehab start at Triple-A Louisville, Homer Bailey pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs and six hits vs. Syracuse while throwing 86 pitches. The rotation spot’s turn comes up again Sunday.

LeCure is 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in his three starts. In his 17 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 17 hits and 12 walks with 12 strikeouts. He’s also faced Chris Carpenter and Matt Cain in his two losses.

“It remains to be seen. We have to check that out,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a little too early right now after this loss to come up with that kind of answer.”

The not so good —

*It was another lousy night for the non-Arthur Rhodes portion of the bullpen. Logan Ondrusek got two outs in the seventh before allowing a double and a walk. That forced Baker to turn to Rhodes again.

*After Rhodes, Nick Masset had two outs in the eighth and gave up two runs on three hits and a four-pitch walk. The eighth and ninth hitters — Bengie Molina and Matt Cain — drove in the insurance runs that turned a one-run game into a three-run game on ice.

“We just have to figure out which guys, other than Arthur, can do what they’re supposed to do,” Baker said. “If not, we’re going to kill Arthur.”

*In 31 games, Masset has a 7.20 ERA and has given up 20 earned runs in 25 innings. It equaled his earned runs allowed from all of last season when he pitched 76 innings over 54 games.

Questions of the night —

*Who’s your starter for Sunday — Bailey or LeCure?

*What’s the answer for the Reds bullpen? Could Bailey or LeCure move into a relief role or is there another fix? There really isn’t a lot of consistent work being done down in Louisville’s bullpen either.

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Tuesday vs. SF

Tues lineup vs. Giants

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Heisey 8
Hernandez 2
LeCure 1

*Laynce Nix is 4-for-7 (.571) with one homer lifetime against Giants starter Matt Cain. Joey Votto is 4-for-12 (.333) and Orlando Cabrera is 3-for-10 (.300) with two homers against Cain.

“Match-up stuff,” manager Dusty Baker said about the different look to the lineup. “The only guy we have that hits Cain pretty good really, is Nix. Heisey has proven he can hit that fastball.”

*With Arthur Rhodes hurting with a sore right foot, Baker said he hasn’t considered putting his best reliever on the disabled list.

“I certainly don’t want it to come to that. He doesn’t want that,” Baker said Tuesday.

Rhodes said last night his foot only hurts on certain pitches. When asked if there are some days Rhodes isn’t available because of the foot, Baker didn’t completely answer but reiterated the need to pick and choose how he uses Rhodes.

“I also have to monitor his workload too,” Baker said. “I try not to go more than a couple of days in a row with him. I try not to go more than one-inning stints with him. Otherwise, I have to give him a couple of days off. It makes it tough when he’s the hottest guy in your bullpen. But you also know that he’s 40 years old. He’s a guy coming off Tommy John [surgery] a couple of years ago. I’ve got to have him July, August, September and hopefully, October. If you wear down one of your main horses, then what do you have?

“I know Arthur pretty well. I can read him pretty good, regardless of what he says. Most of the time, he’ll tell you when he needs a blow.”

*Reds first-round pick Yasmani Grandal was named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award — which is given to the best amateur player in the country. Grandal is playing a 1 p.m. ET game, hoping to reach him via conference call later today.

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Postgame extra: Rhodes hurting

Arthur Rhodes is only one man.

That one man has been super effective from the Reds bullpen, but is also hurting with a sore right foot. And the rest of the relievers haven’t been consistent at picking up the slack.

“I just have to deal with it,” Rhodes said of his foot after the Reds’ 6-5 loss to the Giants. “I don’t know what it is. I’m getting tired of it.”

Rhodes wasn’t the reason the Reds lost. He worked two-thirds of an inning in the eighth with one walk and one strikeout. That gave him 25-straight scoreless appearances (22 2/3 innings) and a 0.36 ERA in 27 games overall.

The “blown save” came in the seventh against Daniel Ray Herrera and Enerio Del Rosario. Johnny Cueto was in line for the victory, despite an off night, when the Reds took a 5-4 lead in the sixth. The Giants scored two in the top of the seventh.

“The last thing we want to do is kill Arthur Rhodes,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We were hoping some other guys would come through and pick Arthur up. We didn’t want to use Arthur if we could help it. He’s a warrior and a man. He’s been pitching in pain the last couple of weeks. … You can’t pitch Arthur every inning.”

Rhodes shrugged at questions about the foot, as he removed the wrap. He comes in early each day for treatment.

“I’ll be ready tomorrow,” he said. “It just hurts on certain pitches. I can fight through that.”

*According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Johnny Cueto has been the victim of five blown saves, most for any pitcher in the Major Leagues.

*It was not a good night Monday for Aroldis Chapman for Triple-A Louisville at Syracuse. Actually, it was a terrible line in a 7-2 loss: 2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2 WP. 72 pitches/33 strikes.

*To learn more about catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall Draft pick by the Reds, click here.

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Postgame extra: Best game?

Rare is the time you hear things like “playoff atmosphere” in June but Dusty Baker went there after a hard-fought 9-8 Reds win over the Cardinals.

“That was probably the best game of the year, especially since we came out on top,” Baker said. “Boy, that was as close to a playoff atmosphere as our young team has probably have been in. it’s just a sample of what exciting baseball is all about.”

The question of the night –

Do you agree with Baker? Was that the best game for the Reds this year?

The good —

*Joey Votto. The dude is out for six games with a stiff neck and returns by going 4-for-5 with a homer, a triple and two singles.

“I’m just trying to keep up with Miguel Cairo,” Votto joked.

*Scott Rolen’s two-homer night gives him 13 for the season. He had 11 in both 2008 and 2009.

*In the first inning on Albert Pujols’ single to left field, Jonny Gomes nailed Felipe Lopez at the plate with a great throw as Lopez tried scoring from second base.

*Drew Stubbs saved some runs from scoring when he sprinted a long way to catch Lopez’s drive to the center field wall.

*Arthur Rhodes got into quite a fix in the seventh with a leadoff walk and a single and bases loaded with two outs. But he got out of it and extended his streak to 21-straight scoreless appearances (19 2/3 innings)

The not so good –

*It wasn’t a smooth night for Johnny Cueto, who gave up eight earned runs and a career-high tying 10 hits over five-plus innings with one walk and no strikeouts. He let all four batters he faced in the sixth reach base. They all scored.

Cueto is probably entitled to an off night…he was 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his previous six starts. His unbeaten streak remained after the lineup picked him up in the seventh.

“He was out of his rhythm and didn’t have his good location,” Baker said.

Quotes

“There was definitely more intensity. Maybe that’s just me coming back after not playing for six games. It definitely felt a little different. Both managers were making decisions obviously, to get the wins. But it felt like we were trying to beat each other. We weren’t trying to save it for later on.” — Joey Votto

“Tomorrow, we’ve got a chance to win a series. That’s important. It’s a series. It’s not the battle of first place in June. We’ve got a chance to win a series. That’s why we’re here in the position we’re in playing good baseball and tied for first place. It’s because we played well and won series. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you win series and play good baseball, you’ll find yourself in good position.” — Scott Rolen

And check out this take about Rolen from Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. Rolen, of course, once played for St. Louis.

“He’s healthy and we have seen that. He’s an outstanding player when he’s healthy. He’s playing outstanding for them. Probably their manager’s getting more out of him than I did. I know people are going to speculate that and it’s probably true. I’m sure it’s true. When he’s healthy — and he’s healthy – he’s an outstanding player.”

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Memorial Day in St. Louis

Greetings from St. Louis on what will be a steamy Memorial Day.

First, and most importantly, thanks to all that served the country — past and present. You are not forgotten.

Lineup vs. STL

Cabrera 6
Cairo 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Arroyo 1

*Joey Votto is taking batting practice as I write this. Dusty Baker said there was “a chance” that Votto (stiff neck) would be back in the lineup. This is his sixth-straight game out of the order.

I’ve been fielding several questions the last few days on whether this stiff neck is actually something related to his personal issues last season. This has nothing to do with that. It’s just a stiff neck. Hopefully every single physical injury Votto might have throughout his career doesn’t spark constant questions about his mental health, too.   

*Baker wasn’t sure if LHP Arthur Rhodes would be available today. Rhodes exited yesterday’s game with a cramp in his calf and has been dealing with a sore foot.

*Homer Bailey (right shoulder inflammation) threw for the first time since he went on the DL last Monday. Bailey threw for 10 minutes from 90-100 feet.

“Everything felt absolutely wonderful,” Bailey said. He is eligible to be activated on June 8.

*I had a typo in my series preview on MLB.com. Reds starting pitchers come in 10-0 with a 2.55 ERA in their last 16 games since May 14. I wrote 2.45. I’ve always been terrible at math, which doesn’t serve me well in this stats-driven business.

*Both teams are wearing white caps with stars and stripes in the logos.

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Postgame extra: Blanked

Well, we’ve seen what happens when Mike Leake doesn’t have his good stuff. Six scoreless innings. He got the no-decision in a 2-0 Reds loss to Houston, in 10 innings.

Leake said the humidity bothered him — not quite as dry as his Arizona State days.

“Now that I know what it’s like a little bit, I think I will be a little better,” Leake said. “This is not my type of weather, especially growing up on the West coast. In Arizona, it’s a dry heat.”

Leake is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA through 10 starts.

The good —

*Leake got double plays in his first three innings, including with runners on first and second and no outs in both the first and second.

*The first double play was a 4-6-3 started by Brandon Phillips, who made a slick backhanded stop on a Berkman grounder.

*Double play No. 2 was courtesy of Laynce Nix in center field, who caught Tommy Manzella’s flyball and then threw out Hunter Pence trying to tag up and take third base.

“We have such a great defense – you don’t want to expect it but you kind of know they’re going to do something for you,” Leake said. “It helps us because we’re not afraid  to throw certain pitches. We’ll get a groundball in a situation where we want a groundball because we know they’ll make it behind us.”

*Leake allowed seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He was done after 97 pitches.

“Very impressive,” Dusty Baker said. “When he struggles with his control, it’s not like he’s way wild. He’s barely wild. He had a bunch of near misses off the plate. The guy just keeps pitching.”

*Francisco Cordero had a nice 1-2-3 ninth inning, used only nine pitches.

The not-so-good –
 
*After 27 runs over the last two games, nada over 10 innings Sunday.

*The team that’s best in the league hitting with runners in scoring position was 0-for-9 and stranded 11 men

*The Reds’ 18-game streak with a home run is over.

*The last shutout loss in extras was Aug. 8, 2003, at San Diego,

News —

Arthur Rhodes pitched another scoreless inning over the seventh and eighth but left with a cramp in his thigh.

A quote –

“He just has a good feel for moving the ball in and out, he keeps it down. He’s got a little more movement probably than you give him credit for. Some guys feel like, for example, if you’re facing a Brandon Webb where his sinker drops two feet, well Leake’s doesn’t look like it’s moving that much but I think it is. If you go back and look, it moves late, and it moves more than you give him credit for. So I think that’s how he’s able to induce as many ground balls.” — Astros 1B Lance Berkman on Leake.

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No Votto, roster move made

Fri lineup vs. HOU

Cabrera 6
Cairo 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
LeCure 1

*Joey Votto is missing from the lineup for the third-straight day (stiff neck).

Asked about whether the disabled list was possible for Votto, manager Dusty Baker couldn’t really say.

“I don’t know. I ain’t no doctor. I hope not,” Baker said. “I hope it’s just a stiff neck. It was better yesterday than the day before. We’ll wait as long as we can.”

*Miguel Cairo is 5-for-9 with a homer over the previous two games in Votto’s place, which has been a solid picking up of the slack.

“You want to contribute and do the little things that help the team win games,” Cairo said. “You don’t play every day so when one of the big boys, the regulars, gets a day or something happens to them, you’ve got to be ready to go out there and help the team.”

Cairo will be making his fourth start this season at first base, a position he hasn’t previously played since 2008 with the Mariners. Of his 727 career games in 14 seasons, 131 have been at first base.

*Arthur Rhodes, who has had been bothered by a sore foot the last couple of days, said he was ready to pitch tonight.

*To make room for Sam LeCure on the roster, Enerio Del Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

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Janish away, Sutton up, Votto sore

Weds lineup vs. PIT

Cabrera 6
Cairo 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Stubbs 8
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*Dusty Baker indicated yesterday that an off day was coming for Joey Votto but that’s not why he’s missing from tonight’s lineup. It turns out that Votto is out with a stiff neck.

Votto has the best numbers vs. Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf at 4-for-7 (.571) with one homer so it was unfortunate for the Reds.

“If you can’t go, you can’t go,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “You know Joey Votto. If he could go, he was going to go. He called and left a message this morning. He went and saw the doctor and he thought it would better if he doesn’t play today.” 

*Also out is lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes with a sore foot. Baker hoped to have Votto and Rhodes back Thursday.

 

*Infielder Paul Janish was placed on the bereavement list to attend his grandmother’s funeral near Houston. IF/OF Drew Sutton was recalled from Triple-A Louisville. Janish can be gone from three to seven days but was expected to be back Saturday.

*Sutton was batting .268 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 37 games for Louisville. He had hit safely in each of his last seven games (11-for 24, .458, 8 RBIs).  Sutton played 42 games with the Reds last season and batted .212.

*Edinson Volquez pitched a simulated game for the first time on Saturday in Goodyear. He threw 40 pitches total — or two 20-pitch “innings.” The club is still determining Volquez’s schedule going forward, but he could pitch in extended spring games as soon as next week.

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Postgame extra: Reds 7-5 win

The good —

*Drew Stubbs went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the five-run sixth and a RBI double in the second. As is often the case, Stubbs was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He just missed going 4-for-4 when Iwamura stopped his rocket on the ground for a 463 GIDP.

*Stubbs’ average jumped 15 points from .203 to .218 and he’s batting .415 (17-for-41) since moving from leadoff to the seventh spot.

“I don’t do anything different than I do hitting first, ninth or whatever,” Stubbs said. “I felt good. I got some good pitches to hit up there. I put some good swings on them.”

*Lots of runs scored with two outs.

*After a Hanigan 643 GIDP with bases loaded, no outs, Reds kept rally going with four more runs. Aaron Harang’s lined RBI single was well done for a guy not known for hitting.

*Harang trucked around and scored standing up from first base when Orlando Cabrera followed in fourth with double through the left field gap.

“I was praying I could make it home at that point,” Harang said. “We don’t get to run the bases that often and Berry felt like I had a good shot at scoring and tried to make it home without falling on my face.”

*Arthur Rhodes made his 800th career appearance and worked another scoreless inning with one hit. Rhodes has not allowed a run in 18-straight appearances.

*Cool effort by the Reds and GABP to recreate some of the 1935 feel to mark the 75th anniversary of the first night game. Although I missed the video screen, the organ music was a great change of pace. It made me dislike a couple of the regular sound elements even more like a certain Black Eyed Peas song and the oft-used “Everybody clap your hands.”

The not so good —

*The Reds hit into five double plays in the game — including four on the ground.

*The B.E.P. music returned after a very nice seventh inning video montage that marked the return of modern ballpark displays.

The odd —

Enerio Del Rosario’s MLB debut line is this: 0 IP, 1 K. His lone batter, Andrew McCutchen, struck out but reached on a Ryan Hanigan passed ball.

Quote —

“The main thing is we got him runs and he scored a run and drove in a run. He won and we won. That’s the big deal. The line doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win.” — Dusty Baker on Harang, who gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.

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