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Postgame: Arroyo v. Edmonds

That one stung the Reds. After a start like Bronson Arroyo gave them, they should have won that game and knew it. Instead, it’s a 3-2 loss when Milwaukee notched only three hits.

That means the Reds need to win the next two games to get a winning road trip.

The good —

Arroyo was unbelievably efficient. 88 pitches/66 strikes. The line was 8 ip, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR. 19 of 28 first pitch strikes.

The not so good —

Three pitches.

The 0-2 fastball to pitcher Randy Wolf in the third that went for a single and Milwaukee’s first hit. The 0-1 changeup to next batter Rickie Weeks that was tattooed off of the center field scoreboard for a two-run homer and of course, the 1-2 fastball crushed into right field by Jim Edmonds for the game-losing home run with two outs in the eighth.

“The end of the game, I play a mental chess match. That’s how I win ballgames,” Arroyo said. “I got beat that time. Edmonds beat me. I didn’t think in a million years, I threw the ball right where I wanted to, I didn’t think he could even swing at the pitch. He hits it out of the park. You tip your hat to somebody that comes off the bench and does that. They closed it out.”

“When they send a guy up there like Edmonds, that’s what he went up there for – to try and hit a home run. That’s what he did,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

More quotes —

“His strike to ball ratio was 3-to-1 almost. He didn’t have that many pitches.”
He had big time pitch conservation. He was sharp. He located the ball where he wanted to. He was throwing his breaking ball when he wanted to.” — Dusty Baker

“You have past history in your head with somebody so I wanted to go up and in and he hits it out of the park with some hook on it so he’s obviously getting around pretty quick. I thought he’d be sitting soft and away. I didn’t think he’d get to the ball on the inner half if I threw it anywhere close. It was a good four-seam fastball on the inner half. He won the game that time.” — Bronson Arroyo

“I don’t think we’re trying to catch anybody. We’re just trying to play a lot better baseball.” — Brewers LHP Randy Wolf and trying to get back in the race.

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Springer signed, Reds working out

The Reds signed veteran reliever Russ Springer to a Minor League contract on Thursday and will assign him to Triple-A Louisville.

Springer, 41, last pitched in the big leagues last season, splitting time with the Rays and A’s. He had a 4.11 EEA in 74 appearances.

“He probably won’t be activated for a couple of days,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “We want to work him out and see where’s at.”

Springer pitched before a Reds scout on Monday before the signing was done.

Jocketty isn’t likely done searching the market for another reliever before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

“I think probably what I’d be looking for more than anything is probably a little more experience in the bullpen, bullpen depth,” Jocketty said on Thursday. “I still like our club the way it is. We have some guys coming back, [Edinson] Volquez coming back, we still have [Aroldis] Chapman trying to get ready to go out of the bullpen. So it may not be that critical of a need but if there was one area, Chapman could be a help, but he still doesn’t have the experience. That’s part of the reason we signed Russ Springer today to a Triple-A contract. He was going to retire and then decided to come back.”
 

*Jocketty also didn’t express much optimism about the state of the trade market.

“I talked to a few GMs during the break and there’s a lot of talk right now,” he said. “There’s not a lot of guys that are available. Part of the problem is I see talking to different clubs is no one wants to take on money and no one wants to take the money even if you trade prospects. Financially it might be tougher this year than it has in the past.”

**Other items of note as the Reds hold their post-All Star break workout on the field at GABP 

*Bronson Arroyo will start on Friday vs. the Rockies. Edinson Volquez will return to the big leagues and make his 2010 debut on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker hasn’t revealed the rotation beyond that.

“Its my turn in the rotation anyway so it just kind of makes sense,” Arroyo said. “I dont know where everybody else was but Tuesday, Wednesday I was the only guy here probably.” 

*Aaron Harang is still stiff and hasn’t thrown yet. His return date is still up in the air.

*The Reds four All-Stars — Scott Rolen, Joey Votto, Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Phillips were excused from today’s workout.

*The Reds also caught a break. They will miss All-Star 15-game winner Ubaldo Jimenez, who will not be pitching for the Rockies in the upcoming series this weekend.

 

Postgame extra: Arroyo heating up

Besides having every reason to be encouraged about a 5-2 road trip so far, the Reds could also start looking at Bronson Arroyo and think about feeling good. Arroyo came to Citi Field last year and rolled a complete game shutout. Then he went on to have a big league best 2.07 ERA over his final 16 starts.

Arroyo is off to a 9-4 start with a 4.04 ERA. In the 3-1 win over the Mets Wednesday, he had eight mostly smooth innings and needed only 99 pitches (72 strikes). He could have finished the game, and in fact, wanted to.

“This time of year, I always physically feel good and feel like I have good stuff,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said tonight was the best he has felt all season.

“For sure. I knew I had decent stuff coming out of the ‘pen today, which was nice,” Arroyo said. “I feel like I’m getting a little bit stronger as time goes on. I knew my sinker was going to be really good. They ran a decent number of lefties at me but I felt I had so much movement, I had a chance to get a bunch of groundballs.”

Other items of note —

*Nice game by Chris Heisey — made a super-long running catch on Jason Bay in the sixth and then slugged a homer in the seventh for the go-ahead run.

*Also a solid night for Brandon Phillips. Besides a homer in the third, he made a super bare-handed pick and throw while running to his right on Alex Cora’s grounder in the seventh.

*The Mets had won six-straight home series since May 10-12. They are 29-14 this season at Citi Field.

More quotes —

“Other than that home run to Angel Pagan, he was throwing quality strike after quality strike. He had them off balance. He got one big double play when we needed it.” — Dusty Baker on Arroyo.

“When it was hit, my immediate reaction is I took two steps and looked over at Stubbs. I could tell he was not going to get there. So at that point, I tried to go catch it and lucky enough, I got there and made the play. I caught it and thought I’d be right next to the fence. I still at about 10 feet of grass before the warning track. It’s 415 [feet] to the gap out there. There’s hardly any places that are as big as this field.” — Chris Heisey on his long catch in the sixth.

“I was laughing with David Wright at third base, telling him I was working on that since spring. Sometimes, the ball bounces your way. That’s why you play 162. You never know what can happen on any given night.” — Bronson Arroyo, on his strange bunt single in the seventh. It was blooped over pitcher Jon Niese’s head in square in the middle of the infield. No one could make a play.

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Nothing trivial about this rout

The Reds’ 12-0 win over the Cubs certainly qualified as one of the oddest games I’ve seen all year. It was a 1-0 game through six innings.

As I watched Ryan Dempster retire 13 in a row while the Reds had only two hits and one run through six innings, I could see frustrated Reds fans take to Twitter and complain, a lot.

No one was whining after the top of the seventh. It took around 35 minutes and nine runs scored — while only three hits were notched. The Cubs did most of the work for the Reds by allowing six walks, one passed ball and one error.

*The biggest walk was Arroyo’s four-pitch free pass that ended Dempster’s day. That one opened the gates and began the rout.

*Arroyo had only 89 pitches through six innings but the long seventh iced him long enough to have to come out. He, Logan Ondrusek and Micah Owings combined for a two-hit shutout.

“I knew it was probably going to be a close game for a while because Dempster has been throwing the ball good all year,” Arroyo said. “Luckily for me, we got a chance to break it up and give me a kind of a days’ rest where I could take two innings off and get ready for my next one.”

*Joey Votto hit his 19th homer of the season in the eighth. That moved into a tie for the NL lead with Pujols, who plays later tonight.

*It’s hard to believe that on Thursday, the Reds notched 16 hits over 10 innings and scored only three runs. What a country.

*The Reds have won three in a row and nine of the last 11.

Some trivia – 

*Five different Reds hitters each had two RBIs.

*Gomes ans Bruce scored twice in the seventh. That hasn’t happened for this team since Felipe Lopez and Sean Casey did it on Aug. 5, 2004 at San Francisco.

*The nine-run seventh was the Reds’ most in a single inning since scoring 10 against Arizona on Aug. 19, 2005.

*The six walks were the most in an inning since August 10, 2005 against the Cubs at Wrigley.

*At the halfway point of 81 games, the Reds are 45-35. This time last year, they were 40-41.

More quotes that didn’t make my MLB.com story –

“We feel good about where we’re at. Everybody is swinging the bat well. Hopefully we’ll get good pitching the rest of the series and continue on in New York and Philly.” — Bronson Arroyo

“We’ve been in games like that with our pitchers. They keep us in the game. Starting pitchers are doing a heck of a job, that’s for sure. If they’ll be patient, we’ll be patient. We’ll come out on the better half in the end.” — Jonny Gomes on the early pitchers’ duel

“We have a tough 81 games to come down the stretch. We just want to finish strong, No. 1, and hopefully pick up a couple of games in the meantime. Every game we win now is one last game on the schedule.” — Dusty Baker

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Postgame extra: 180-degree turn?

Suddenly, this road trip tastes and smells a might bit better for the Reds. After going 0-3 in Seattle, two wins in Oakland improve the outlook. A 4-2 win means they can get a sweep with another victory on Wednesday.

The good —

*Bronson Arroyo — a very smooth eight innings pitched. His only mistake was a two-out, two-run homer to Coco Crisp in the fourth. Arroyo lasted 105 pitches and said he was done.

*Arroyo also did not walk a batter after he walked a career-high six last time out vs. the Dodgers. He’s won seven of his last eight decisions.

*There were 13 hits collected, including 10 from the 2-6 portion of the order by Brandon Phillips (three hits), Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jonny Gomes and Jay Bruce (also three hits).

*After Drew Stubbs sacrifice, ninth-hitter Corky Miller came up big with a two-run single.

*Francisco Cordero got the save after a lousy Monday night where he blew it. But it was a nail-biter again as Cordero gave up two singles to bring the winning run to the plate with one out. He ended the game by getting a double play.

The not-so-good —

*Reds for 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

Quotes –

“When you get swept like we did in Seattle, you just take the mindset that you have to take at least two out of three from these guys and get back home feeling somewhat positive about what we’ve done. Tomorrow if we can take one more, we’ll great about going 50-50 on the road.” — Bronson Arroyo.

“I always say if you give it up, the best thing that can happen is come back in the next day and get it done. That’s not a good taste when you blow the game. Being able to come back today and get it done, that made me feel a lot better.” — Francisco Cordero

“That’s Bronson, he can get on a roll. It’s much welcomed. He was dealing tonight. He made just one mistake on a breaking ball to Coco Crisp. He gave us all he had and went as far as he could go.” — Dusty Baker

Quick note —

GM Walt Jocketty expected to have the plans set Wednesday for catcher Ryan Hanigan’s rehab

assignment.

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Postgame extra: Bullpen SOS?

The Reds’ 20-game stretch is really starting to take its toll on their bullpen, which was pummeled after Bronson Arroyo’s short 4 1/3 inning day during a 12-4 loss.

Carlos Fisher allowed four runs and Mike Lincoln allowed one, plus one of the inherited runners from Fisher to score.

The bullpen has a 6.32 ERA (15 ER, 21 1/3 innings) over the last eight games.

Baker let Fisher bat for himself in the top of the sixth in an attempt to preserve the bullpen some. In the bottom of the sixth, Fisher faced five batters and let four reach – including two on walks. That turned into five runs and the game was out of reach for the Reds.

Over his last 7 2/3 innings in six appearances, Lincoln has allowed 12 runs.

In case you’re wondering about bullpen help –

*RHP Enerio Del Rosario must stay at Triple-A Louisville before a recall for at least 10 days, by rule, unless there is an injury.

*Jared Burton entered today with four-straight scoreless appearances for Louisville.

*Logan Ondrusek had scoreless outings in eight of his last 10 appearances but was tapped for four runs in each of the other two games.

*GM Walt Jocketty went into Baker’s office right after reporters left. Good bet they were talking relievers.

“It’s a possibility. I’m going to talk to Walt today,” Baker said to reporters. “Those guys have been throwing a lot.”

The good —

*In the top of the first on Scott Rolen’s single to center field, Brandon Phillips noticed Colby Rasmus take his time retrieving the ball. Phillips sped into another gear and took third base while Rolen went to second on the throw. Jonny Gomes’ single brought both runners home for a 2-0 lead.

*Daniel Ray Herrera had a 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning.

The not so good —

*Never a fan of rain delays but this one was handled quite well. The grounds crew and umpires anticipated the storm and had the tarp on before the rain fell. The game was delayed an hour, but it might have been worse if they tried to play through some of the rain.

*Arroyo’s four-pitch walk to pitcher Jamie Garcia with two outs in the fourth after play resume proved to be a killer, and led to three St. Louis runs.

Quote:

“The only two fresh guys we had are Lincoln and Herrera. We have two tough days left here and we didn’t want to go through your whole bullpen today and be really stretched out tomorrow and have the young kid [Sam LeCure] going Wednesday.” — Dusty Baker

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Postgame extra: Arroyo rolling

We have a new associate reporter on board starting this week, named Matt Brown. Matt handled the game story tonight on MLB.com/Reds.com for the Reds 4-0 win over Pittsburgh. Please give it a look.

The good –

*Bronson Arroyo. 7 2/3 scoreless innings with five hits and two walks (one intentional) allowed and five strikeouts. After a leadoff walk to Aki Iwamura in the first, Arroyo retired 11 in a row and faced the minimum through the first four hitless innings. He did a real nice job turned a 1-6-3 double play in the first to erase that walk.

“It was a good game,” Arroyo said. “The first inning I was missing a lot, all my pitches. I felt really strong but my command was just all over the place. It happens sometimes you come out of the pen feeling funky but to get that double play the stab up the middle probably turned the entire game around for me. If I have 2 guys on and I’m having to face the meat of the order with nobody out, it would have been a different ball game. But I got out of that one and my command came back and I felt good throwing the fastball down and away to some of these guys and kind of got on a roll. When you have a lead its a lot easier to pitch.”

*Arroyo has won four-straight starts and five of his last six. In those six starts, he is 4-0 with a 2.66 ERA. Also big is that his last two wins have followed difficult one-run losses, including that heartbreaker in Atlanta on Thursday. He’s been a good guy to have when you need to keep a loss from festering.

*Daniel Ray Herrera faced one batter but it was a huge situation. Given bases loaded, two outs in the eighth and a 3-0 lead, lefty-hitter Garrett Jones represented the go-ahead run. Arthur Rhodes was not available. Herrera stepped up and fanned Jones with a 66 mph screwball.

“I gave him some good pitches away and a breaking ball he didn’t fish for,” Herrera said. “Luckily, he swung over that screwball.”

*Filling in at 1B for Joey Votto (stiff neck), Miguel Cairo was 2-for-4 and was hit by a pitch. Cairo hit a home run in the fifth inning. He’s only batting .216 but is 4-for-8 in last two starts.

*On Lastings Milledge high line drive in the seventh, Brandon Phillips made a spectacular leap and catch. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Phillips get that vertical.

“That was a two-handed slam right there,” Baker said.

*Chris Heisey’s homer in the bottom of the eighth was good insurance. It was Heisey’s second pinch-hit homer of the season and third overall.

The not so good —

*More trouble for Nick Masset. After Arroyo came out with a runner on first and two outs in the seventh, Masset faced two batters. He allowed Neil Walker’s single, a wild pitch and Andrew McCutchen’s walk that loaded the bases. Herrera cleaned up the situation.

*In his last six appearances, totaling two innings, Masset has allowed four hits, four runs and three walks while going 0-2. There were some boos when he came out of the bullpen to replace Arroyo. He’s much better than he’s pitched during this up-and-down year. Baker is counting on that fact and there really is no better right-handed option in-house that can do Masset’s role. He has to get it together.

*The Reds left 11 men on base for the night, including four in the first two innings. 

More quotes

“You’re sailing along smoothly, and all of a sudden, one hit and you say ‘no problem.’ Then one walk and you’re in trouble. Daniel came on in that situation. There’s only one lefty out there. I know Walker doesn’t hit lefties as good as righties but if he doesn’t get Walker, now you have to face McCutchen whose hitting .430 against left-handed pitching. After that, they’re all left-handed until you get down to Milledge. They had us in a crossfire right there. I thought that 2-2 pitch [to McCutchen] was pretty close. That would have really boosted Masset’s confidence. Right now he’s struggling some. We have to help him figure out how to get back to Masset.” — Dusty Baker on the eighth inning situation with Masset and Herrera.

“No, but it’s part of the job. Bronson threw a hell of a game. Masset, I wanted to pick him up too. It’s part of the game to leave them there. Don’t let those runs come in for my guys.” — Daniel Ray Herrera when asked about the uneviable situation of entering a game with the bases loaded.

“I try to be honest with him. The first batter of that inning Cedeno and then the last batter, they just wore me out. I was already running low on a fuel a little bit being so hot out there, so humid. I felt like somebody in the pen had a better opportunity to get a lefty out then I did so I gave him the signal and I feel like I should do that just for the fact that I want him to trust me when I say that Ive got enough left in the tank to go ahead and finish somebody off late in the game.” — Bronson Arroyo on signaling to Baker that he was done following Iwamura’s fly out in the eighth.

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Postgame extra: quote parade

The Reds felt Friday’s 7-4 win was a big one to get. It put the Atlanta series behind them and kept a losing streak from festering. Here are some quotes:

*Bronson Arroyo (6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 101 pitches/62 strikes):

“It’s been big for us this year to come back from a lot of losses. In the past, we’d let things slide downhill for two, three, four, five games in a row. It’s just devastating for the team, especially this early in the year. We’re bouncing back good, which is great because it’s not easy to do that, especially when you lose two heartbreakers in a row down in Atlanta.”

*Manager Dusty Baker:

“You can dwell on it and stay in it or you can put it behind you. That shows you what kind of character this team has. You have to do that. This game is a daily game. You don’t have time to lament or feel down and out about a game you just played. It’s ok to get down but the key in this game is to not stay down. When that happens, it snowballs and the next thing you know,  depression sets in and nothing good comes out of it.”

*Laynce Nix (3-for-4, HR, two doubles, three runs scored, game-winning hit)

“As professionals, it’s our jobs to turn the page every day no matter what. That was a tough loss but it doesn’t linger long if you don’t remember it. It has nothing to do with today. It was good for to bounce back and swing the bats and come out with a win.”

Interestingly, Nix didn’t spend any time watching highlights of his missed catch from Thursday. He was yelling at the fence after he missed the Brooks Conrad grand slam.

“I was there. I didn’t need to see it,” Nix said.

Postgame extra: Hello, first.

Sure it’s May but a 7-2 Reds win over the Cardinals carried some meaning even if it was the 36th game of the season.

*The Reds took two of three in the series and are in first place over St. Louis, by a slim half-game.

*The Reds have won seven of eight games and 14 of 19.

*The rotation is 7-1 with a 2.11 ERA over the last eight games.

*The entire pitching staff has a 1.88 ERA in that stretch.

*The rotation has three complete games in the last five starts (Cueto, Bailey, Arroyo).

My take on the early/meaningful time debate: there’s never a bad time to be playing well especially against a team that will likely be at or near the top of the division all season. First place at the moment means more to the Reds than losing it does to the Cardinals. Ditto for the series.It’s a good confidence boost heading into the meatier portion of the schedule.

What is your view? Did this series mean anything in the big picture?

Jay Bruce’s take:

“I’m not going to put too much weight on first place right now,” Bruce said. “But it’s always good to be in first place. Don’t get me wrong. It’s better than not being in first place. We just have to keep this same approach and same mentality that we’ve had. It is cool to be in first place and the team everybody is gunning after. You’re going to get everybody’s best.”

Some of the good from Sunday:

*Bronson Arroyo — complete game 9 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K — 108 pitches, 75 strikes.
Arroyo escaped two jams with double plays in the first and second innings — including after intentionally walking Albert Pujols in the first. Matt Holliday ended the inning with a 6-4-3 double play.

*The running Reds went from first base to third base five times on singles, which extended their MLB lead in that category to 32.

*In the fifth, Tony LaRussa had Brad Penny intentionally walk Ryan Hanigan to load bases with two outs for Arroyo, who promptly lineed a two-run single to right field to open up the game.

First place Reds recent history:

*The last time the Reds were in first place was May 13, 2009. It was a tie that lasted only one day.

*The Reds haven’t had sole possession of first place since April 17, 2007. They haven’t had first to themselves later in a season since June 8, 2006.

Quotes that I didn’t get to use in my story:

“Those guys have been in the playoffs so many years. They’re not panicking over there. It’s not a big deal to them. It’s definitely a bigger deal on this side. We have to keep on the task at hand, which is try to win two out of three from everybody. Those guys don’t play bad baseball that often. You could go on a road trip, slip a little bit and turn around, they could be four [games] ahead of you.” — Bronson Arroyo

“We have a long way to go. We’re not going to the playoffs today. But I’d rather be in this position than the position we’ve been in the past. We just have to go play. If we keep getting good pitching, good defense and timely hitting, we’ll see where it takes us. You have to enjoy the moment as well and not worry about where we’ve been three years ago or where we might be two weeks from now. There’s nothing you can control except now.” — Dusty Baker

 

Postgame extra – rotation rolling

After a pretty lackluster start to the season, the Reds find themselves with an 11-11 record and four-straight wins following Thursday’s 4-2 victory and series sweep over the Astros.

The good:

*Reds starting pitching. That’s three-straight quality starts. The tandem of Aaron Harang, Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo were o 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in the series.

“It’s a long season. It’s a roller coaster,” Arroyo said. “We just got off to a very mediocre to bad start – pretty much all of us other than Mike. Hopefully we can keep stringing this thing together.”

*Arroyo pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first win and gave up two runs and five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He began with six scoreless.

*Jay Bruce — his solo homer has made him a .467 hitter (7-for-15) over his last four games.

*Joey Votto — he fought after a 0-2 count to plate the first Reds run on a 6-3 double play in the fifth.

“That double play, getting the run in, I was happy about that,” Votto said. “It was a real tough at-bat. That’s the stuff I feel like I have to do when I’m not doing so well at the plate.”

*Votto came up bigger against Roy Oswalt in the seventh with a first-pitch, two-run homer to left field.

“He didn’t look too good against Oswalt early but got the big one when it counted,” Dusty Baker said. “That’s what happens when you get good pitching. That home run meant a lot.”

*That was the first time since April 28, 2006, that the Reds defeated Oswalt. Only Harang, Arroyo and Brandon Phillips were around to see that game.

The not so good:

Chris Dickerson went down in the second inning with a sprained right wrist. He’s getting an MRI in Cincinnati on Friday. But I would not be the least bit surprised if Chris Heisey meets the club in St. Louis if Dickerson goes on the DL. Heisey has been swinging a hot bat at Triple-A Louisville of late, and has logged several recent games in center field.

“We won’t know tonight,” GM Walt Jocketty said about a potential roster move.

More Quotes:

“You figured sooner or later. The odds have been in our favor, big time. With the law of averages today, I figured Bronson was going to win one. He was 0-2 and we hadn’t beat Oswalt. It’s great to come in here, get a sweep and get some momentum going into St. Louis.” — Dusty Baker

“It took us a little while considering how panicky it’s felt at times. To get back to .500, I think that gives us the opportunity to keep things in perspective. It’s an up and down season. I hope we’re not going to get too high right now. It’s one game at a time. We have a real tough series against St. Louis. I think going into this series, St. Louis has a pretty good idea that we played well. I think they’ll be ready to play against us and play well. They’re division leaders right now.” — Joey Votto

See everyone from St. Louis on Friday.

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