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A break for Phillips

Reds lineup vs. the Dodgers

Stubbs 8
Cairo 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

*A rare non-start for Brandon Phillips, who was 0-for-11 in the Brewers series and 7-for-39 (.179) in his last nine games since moving back to the No. 2 spot of the lineup. (updated…Also, he was hit on the right wrist in the 8th inning of Wednesday’s game, so I’ll have to as about that.)

**UPDATE — it’s just a day off and not really health related for Phillips

 

“I could tell his legs were getting a little tired and how he was swinging,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I wanted to give him two days off. Usually he kind of fights me on it. I called him yesterday and said ‘have a good time, do what you want to do tonight because you’re off tomorrow too.’ He didn’t fight me on it.”

“I’m feeling good,” Phillips said. “I just haven’t had the results. I’m hitting the ball hard. I hit a ball hard the last game and Nyjer Morgan made a nice play. I hit one right at Prince Fielder. I’m not really caught in a slump at all. If I was striking out and stuff like that or hitting weak pop ups and weak groundballs, then I’d say I’m slumping. I’m just having bad luck.”

 

*Edinson Volquez pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 2K and threw 112 pitches/69 strikes for a 5-1 Triple-A Louisville win over Syracuse. Curious to see if that’s viewed as good enough to warrant a return to the big leagues.

*The Sporting News named 1B Joey Votto the fourth-best player in baseball behind Albert Pujols, Troy Tulowitzki and Felix Hernandez.

Not much for Morton

Charlie Morton.

And that’s about it, good night everybody….

OK…and we’re back. Morton certainly made it look easy with a five-hitter and 5-0 shutout over the Reds. The guy was 0-2 with a 6.91 ERA against the Reds last season now has two complete games against them this year.

“We’ve got to figure him out because he’s given us the blues the last couple of times out,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

Notes:

*Joey Votto wasn’t trucking too fast as he was running from first to third inning on a Brandon Phillips double and it wasn’t from lack of effort. Even if he was, it was doubtful he could score.

“He’s hobbling a little bit. We don’t want everybody to know it,” Baker said of Votto. He did not elaborate on the nature of the issue, however.

*The game lasted only two hours, 17 minutes — fastest for the Reds this season.

*Morton recorded 14 groundball outs.

*Bronson Arroyo gave up five runs in seven innings — all coming via two homers by Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen. He was the first Reds starter to lose since May 3 — a stretch of 13 games.

*That previous mentioned double extended extended Phillips hitting streak to nine games with a double in the first inning.

*The Reds five-game winning streak and seven-game home winning streak is over.

Quotes:

“I look forward to pitching against this team. I respect everyone in this lineup – every single hitter. To pitch well here, it’s not an easy part to pitch in. To pitch well against them, is it slightly more rewarding? Yeah, it is.” — Pirates RHP Charlie Morton

“He was more of a power pitcher last year, throwing four-seamers and most of the stuff was hard. I heard last year they didn’t really allow him to throw his two-seamer. This year, they have a different pitching coach and now he’s throwing that two-seamer, which is a sinker. When your sinker is working and the groundballs aren’t going through, it’s tough to really center the ball. When you do, it’s on the ground.” — Dusty Baker

A wet and wild Reds win

What a nutty game. What a messy game, too.

The rain and some inclement conditions made for a wild and wacky night, but the Reds still splashed and dashed their way to a 7-5 victory over the Cubs for a two-game series sweep and five-game winning streak.

There were five errors committed in this one, with four of them charged to the Cubs. That resulted in all seven of the Reds runs being unearned. After seeing the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals and Astros play already, I can definitely state with some authority that there is a lot of bad defense being performed in the NL Central.

“We capitalized on mistakes tonight,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I sound like a broken record talking about defense. That’s the one difference between our club and a lot of clubs is that we generally don’t beat ourselves. It was tough conditions tonight, real tough conditions.”

Notes:

*Once again, I was getting panicked tweets from fans looking for any way possible to move Edinson Volquez out of the rotation. Sure he gave up three first inning runs. There was one single, a stolen base and two-out hit-by-pitch that barely touched Aramis Ramirez. Volquez missed on a first-pitch fastball for a homer by 2011 Reds killer Carlos Pena.

*What did Volquez do after that? Allow only one more hit over the next five scoreless innings. After the first, he retired a stretch of eight in a row and 10 of 11. His line: 6 ip, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HB, 1 HR looks like a quality start to me. Like I’ve said before, Volquez isn’t where he should be, but his stuff is far too good to be pushing the button on a trap door out of the rotation.

*Baker had no intention of pinch-hitting for Volquez with the bases loaded in the fourth inning down by a 3-0 score. Good thing. Volquez hit a first pitch from Matt Garza off 1B Carlos Pena’s glove for an error. Garza retrieved the ball and threw an error ball into the visitor’s dugout, which let three runs score and put Volquez on third base.

“We’re in this streak of 20 in a row, and that comes in to play, too,” Baker said explaining a reason he stuck with Volquez. “That comes into our minds because we have 15 more to go. You certainly don’t want to get upside down that early in the ball game. … During the streak our pitching has been outstanding, taking us deep into ball games.”

*Ryan Hanigan’s sac bunt was quite the adventure in the eighth inning. RHP Kerry Wood’s throw to third base wound up all the way down the left field line as two runs scored. Assist to the ball for getting the chair out of the way as the ball rolled his way.

*I can imagine Cubs fans cringed in the eighth when Kosuke Fukudome missed the cutoff man and the relay guy with his horrible throw from right field on Joey Votto’s double. It allowed Paul Janish to score from first base.

*And in another weird moment in the sixth and two outs, Miguel Cairo struck out and headed to the dugout thinking it was the third out. Players were heading off the field. Turned out, it was a wild pitch from Garza and Cairo ran back out and reached first base while Ramon Hernandez went to second base. Umpires missed rule 609-b, which essentially says that Cairo should have been out once he leaves dirt circle around home plate. It didn’t amount to a rally since next batter Drew Stubbs struck out.

*Ramon Hernandez has an 11-game hitting streak and is batting .425 (17-for-40) during it. He had a single in the sixth inning.

*Paul Janish’s eighth-inning single snapped a 0-for-17 skid.

*The Reds have 13 come-from-behind wins this season.

Quotes:

“Y’all should be used to it. People that leave the stadium early, I feel sorry for you guys. You’re missing a great game. It just feels good for our team to stay within ourselves, stay positive and good things will happen. We really believe in ourselves. When everybody is picking everybody up, things like this really happen.” — Brandon Phillips on the frequent Reds comeback wins.

“I had it played out before it happened in my head. Make a good pitch here, the guy bunts it back, go to third. The balls going to be wet, so just be sure to make a good throw and I threw it to the wall. If I get the ball to Ramy, I think we have a chance to get the double play.” — Cubs RHP Kerry Wood, on his error in the eighth.

“That was unbelievable. You stay around here long enough, you’re going to see a lot of things. Boy, this feels like we’re in August, but we’re only in May. We’ve played some exciting, drag-out, knock-down baseball where every day it’s a challenge. These guys will rise to it, and the more they do it the more they believe they can do it.” — Dusty Baker said.

Cueto, Cairo return

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Gomes 7
Hernandez 2
Cairo 5
Cueto 1

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*To make room on the roster for Johnny Cueto, Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

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*SS Paul Janish (sprained right ankle) grabbed a bat and headed to the cage under the outfield bleachers. Earlier in the clubhouse, he saw some improvement since he was injured on Friday.

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“I am going outside today and move around a little bit,” Janish said. “It is definitely better than it was but it’s still a little sore. I am obviously not playing today, but maybe tomorrow or the next couple of days, I’ll probably be at least in the realm to get back on it pretty good. It’s kind of encouraging because I thought it would be a few more days. We’ll be good.”

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*Miguel Cairo, who has a sore right knee, is making his first start since April 30.

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*If Joey Votto reaches base today, it will be 34 straight games to start the season and would tie himwith Dave Collins’ 1981 record to start the season.

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3B Juan Francisco (left calf) was scheduled to leave today for a Minor League rehab assignment at Louisville.

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*Several Reds players were opening boxes that contained their new pink bats for use on Mother’s Day and to recognize breast cancer awareness.

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“I’m using it for my Mom,” Brandon Phillips said. “I’m using it for my Mom’s mom and for the all the moms in my family. It recognition for the moms out there, especially for breast cancer awareness also. I’m very privileged to use a pink bat and pink cleats also. It’s nice to be able to do something like this. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

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“Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers,” said manager Dusty Baker as he put pink wristbands on his arms. “I made all my calls. My wife sent all the flowers and they thanked me. She even sent herself some. That’s a good wife, ain’t it?”

Reds wake up in ninth

There are many ways to take a game for the win, and the best that can be said was that was one of them.

The Reds went rope-a-dope style I guess. They had nothing offensively to offer — just one hit — for eight innings, but jumped all over a struggling Astros closer in Brandon Lyon. All five batters in the bottom of the ninth reached and scored all three runs for a 3-2 victory.

Notes:

*Was Brandon Phillips really serious about bunting with runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth? He showed bunt twice but ultimately swung at a 2-1 pitch for the game-tying RBI single. The answer proved to be yes.

“To tell you the truth, I really did,” Phillips said. “We’ve been struggling with scoring runs and I was going to give myself up so we can have a man on second and third and Brucie can do what he does. Dusty didn’t really want me to do it…I didn’t want to hit into a double play. I was going to try and do something for the team just to get a spark. What changed my mind is I looked at Bear [third base coach Mark Berry] and then Bear gave me that little fist pump and was like ‘hit the ball.’ OK, I’ll swing the bat.”

*Joey Votto’s streak of reaching base seemed about to end, but Votto also came through ahead of Phillips with a RBI single that scored Drew Stubbs. It extended Votto’s on-base streak to 30 games.

*Travis Wood wasn’t sensational today with four walks but his start was a welcomed breath of fresh air for the struggling rotation. Wood threw 104 pitches over 6 ip, 5 H, 2 ER, 7 K. Of his 24 batters, 17 saw first-pitch strikes.

*Fred Lewis made his season debut as a PH in the eighth inning and struck out.

*The first pitch temperature was 44 degrees today. I can’t believe it’s the first week of May. When the season opened on March 31, it was 41 degrees.

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Quotes:

“It’s better to get up and try to keep a lead than try to come back, but fortunately not for us today. We were able to get a couple hits late. And, yeah, it’s still hard to believe. We got one hit all day and all of a sudden we scored three runs without an out. It happens that quick, but it would be nice to get on the board a little earlier.” — Chris Heisey, who singled in the final inning rally.

“It’s like we were sleeping, and then woke up.” — Jay Bruce, who hit the game-ending RBI double.

“I fell behind some hitters. I left two balls up that they hit and they got the two runs off of. Other than that, I was able to keep the team close and give us a chance to win. We eventually did.” — Travis Wood

“I was sitting over there not very happy for eight innings. When you’re not scoring, it’s a bad feeling. When you’re not scoring, it looks like you’re not awake, not into it, even though you are and they’re getting you out.” — Dusty Baker

“I think we felt pretty comfortable against Brandon Lyon and we got some pretty good pitches to hit. All credit due to their pitchers early in the game. Those guys threw fantastic and located well. They were aggressive. They consistently beat us. I think we were a little more comfortable against Brandon and that’s no comment on him. He’s got a fantastic track record. It’s just today wasn’t his day.” — Joey Votto

“Hopefully that woke us up a little bit because I just feel like we’re too good of a team to really do what we’re doing right now. I’m just glad that really happened. I’m just hoping that we can start hitting 1-8, instead of worrying about the ninth inning.” — Brandon Phillips

Not much to support Leake

Marco Estrada of the Brewers did a nice job to keep the Reds offense’s hot-game streak to one.

The Reds notched a season-low two hits for the game and took a 3-2 loss, rendering a very nice night from Mike Leake moot. Milwaukee had three solo homers to win while Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer amounted for the Reds lineup’s moment.

Leake has back-to-back seven inning performances and three-straight quality starts. He allowed seven hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts.

Notes:

*Phillips is batting .364 (12-for-33, two HRs) over his last eight games.

*With two walks, Joey Votto’s streak of reaching base extended to all 24 Reds games this season.

*The Reds are 0-7 this season when scoring fewer than three runs.

*Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce were a combined 0-for-7 tonight with four strikeouts.

Quotes:

“We didn’t have a lot of offense today. Both pitchers pitched well. Both pitched outstanding. That was perhaps the best game Leakie pitched this year. We’ve got a big rubber match game tomorrow. We’re due to win a get-a-way day. I don’t think we’ve won one all year. Odds are in our favor tomorrow.” — Dusty Baker

“I’m just pounding the zone and attacking them. I’m not showing that I’m there to lose. I’m showing that I’m there to win.” — Mike Leake

“I thought I threw a pretty good change-up. I kept it down, and he must have hit that on one knee. I don’t know what happened. He golfed it. He’s strong. He must have been sitting on it.” — Marco Estrada on the Phillips’ homer in the fourth inning.

The bats back Arroyo

It’s too early to say if everything is back in business offensively, but at least on Monday the Reds lineup had found their mojo, some giddyup…some — well, something. A 9-5 win over the Brewers featured 12 hits, including a season-high eight in the top of the third inning.

Big night for Brandon Phillips in the cleanup spot — 3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored. He also drew a walk. He had a RBI single during the six-run third inning and his two-run single provided insurance in the top of the ninth as Milwaukee inched back into the game.

What did you think of the altered lineup?

Notes:

*Nice game for Bronson Arroyo, who pitched 6.1 ip, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He also had a two-out RBI single in the big third inning. The early lead allowed Arroyo to cruise. He was working nice and easy and had some pitches down in the low 80s mph getting the job done.

*With two singles in the third, Drew Stubbs became the first Reds batter with two hits in an inning since Adam Dunn on 8/22/06 vs HOU

*The Reds were 5-for-11 RISP.

*Of the 16 batters to face Brewers starter Chris Narveson, eight notched hits.

*Bill Bray saw his scoreless streak come to an end. Bray, who came in with 8 1/3 scoreless inningsover 10 appearances (including 0-for-3 inherited runners scored). Bray allowed a one-out single to Casey McGehee and a walk in the eighth. Against Nick Masset, Jonathan Lucroy drove in McGehee with a single up the middle.

*The Reds have 19 of the last 22 games vs. Milwaukee, including all four this season and six in a row going back to 2010.

Quotes:

“When stuff like that happens, it lets you know we’re almost there. We’re coming together. It’s about that time. Good things are going to go through things like that. The change to the lineup really woke us up a little bit…it was an eye-opener.” — Brandon Phillips.

“Every time we go into St. Louis it’s mentally draining and physically draining because they’re always hard-fought games and those guys seem to place us really tough. Hopefully we can get tomorrow and wrap this series up and go into the last one looking for a sweep.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Arroyo is a tough pitcher. He throws exactly what you’re not looking for.” — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke

“That’s what we’re going to have to do, kind of, especially until we get Scotty back. I’m glad we got Brandon hot behind Joey. Jay Bruce swung the bat well tonight. He got only one hit but hit the ball well three times.” — Dusty Baker

Bad homestand ends well

For Reds pitcher Mike Leake, that went about as well as could be expected. The crowd supported him (I didn’t hear any booing) and he pitched well. And most important, there was a 7-4 Reds win that snapped a four-game losing streak and ended a rough home stand at 2-5.

Leake: 7 ip, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He had first pitch strikes to 16 of 26 batters and retired 16 of his last 17 batters. He couldn’t talk at all about his arrest on shoplifting allegations or the details of his case but he shared a little of his feelings. See more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.

“It was nice to go out there and be able to erase some things and go out there and pitch and I don’t know, let some things go,” Leake said.

Notes:

*Arizona scored a run in the top of the first, making it the fifth-straight game Reds pitchers have given up at least one run in the first inning. Cincinnati leads the Majors with 23 first-inning runs allowed.

*This time the deficit was mitigated by the Reds scoring four in the bottom of the first and sending nine to the plate. It helped that Daniel Hudson walked three (including two with the bases loaded) and hit a batter.

*Jonny Gomes walked for the 16th time in the top of the first. His 16th walk last season did not come until June 9.

Quotes:

“I respect him. I love him to death. Regardless of what happens, he’s family. He’s not a distraction to the team. He had nothing to do with it [the losing streak]. We got the win today. I’m very proud of him. He kept his head up, went out there and pitched like he normally pitched and did a good job.” — Brandon Phillips on Mike Leake.

“I didn’t want to back down so I just went after them. I wanted them to hit my pitch. They got a pitch every once in a while but they didn’t really do much damage with it. I just attacked them.” — Leake on what he did to pitch well vs. Arizona

“That’s the most runs we’ve scored in an inning in a while. It’s seems like it’s been a won a game, seemed like a month. That’s the way to end a homestand. It wasn’t a good homestand but it was a good ending. Hopefully it can be the start of some big things on this very important, tough road trip.” — Dusty Baker

Reds drop eighth of last 12

 Remember that 5-0 start? What happened since. The Reds have dropped 8 of 12, including a 5-4 loss to the D-Backs on Tuesday.

The ball was carrying in the muggy air and in the press box, it felt like Kramer and Elaine’s experience at H & H Bagels on Seinfeld.

Even the outs were loud against Sam LeCure, who also surrendered four home runs — a season high for a Reds pitcher.

Some notes:

*Brandon Phillips tested his sore right groin with a dazzling defensive play in the third inning. On Ryan Roberts grounder to the hole between first and second, Phillips made a running pick to his left and threw to first base on the run.

“I really didn’t want him to make that play going into the hole to turn and throw. He had the presence of mind to just keep running and not try to stop,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*The Reds have rallies in the eighth and ninth innings where they had the tying run up. It was a killer in the eighth after Phillips’ RBI single when the heart of the order — Votto, Rolen and Bruce went down in order. Votto struck out on three pitches, Rolen popped a 1-0 pitch behind the plate and Bruce skied a long flyout to center field.

*The Reds have given up at least one run in the  first inning in the last three games. Roberts hit the first of his two homers in the top of the first inning.

*The Reds haven’t lost three in a row since Sept 22, 24-25 of last season.

*Joey Votto was hit by a pitch in the first inning and has now reached in all 17 games this season.

*Nice night for the bullpen. Bill Bray worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and Logan Ondrusek had two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

*It’s been quite a workload for that bullpen of late. The Reds rotation has only 24 1/3 innings pitched in the last five games. They’ve allowed 24 runs in that stretch.

Quotes:

“I was frustrated I was not able to go deeper in the game to save the bullpen, more than the runs.” — Sam LeCure

“I got him on a slider. He had a great at-bat. Some of the splits I threw weren’t really where I wanted them. I had him just out in front enough for him to pull them foul. Couple of those made my heart stop. I thought they were down the line. We were fortunate to get out of this one”. — Arizona closer J.J. Putz on facing Paul Janish in the ninth. Janish fouled off four 2-2 pitches before grounding out in a key at-bat.

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“You can’t get down. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. You just have to keep playing. We knew it was going to be a tough road sooner or later, especially when you have two of your main horses – Cueto and Homer out. Hopefully we can win some games until they come back and really get on a roll…and save my bullpen.” — Dusty Baker.

Phillips returns

After four games out with a sore right groin, Brandon Phillips is back in there as Dusty Baker said last night.

Reds lineup vs. Diamondbacks

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

*Joey Votto leads the NL in runs scored (16). OBP (.535) and second in hitting (.429) and walks (14). He is sixth in slugging at .643.

*The Reds have scored 13 runs in the ninth inning this season, tying them for second in the Majors with the Cardinals, two runs behind the Rays’ 15.

More later…

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