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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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Postgame quote parade

It was another game from the bizarro world as the Reds lost 3-1 to the Cubs. Why was it a little weird, you ask?

*The Cubs tied a franchise record by stranding 17 men on base. They were 3-for-16 RISP and still won.

*Johnny Cueto walked five and allowed seven hits but had five scoreless innings while throwing 101 pitches. His ERA in his last four starts is 0.70.

*Randy Wells no-hit the Reds for six innings until Chris Heisey’s leadoff single in the seventh. Of course, he was mired in a scoreless tie until the top of the sixth.

Quotes —

“He had trouble getting strike one. That was the problem. He threw a lot of near-strikes. Ramon said he was not missing by much, especially on the inside.  But they were balls. They weren’t going for him. Usually he can spot that inside fastball with a lot of efficiency.” — Dusty Baker on Johnny Cueto.

“It’s one of those days I didn’t have it. I made a few pitches over the heart of the plate. They got a few key hits that blooped in. I hit a batter and walked one. It just wasn’t my day.” — Reliever Jordan Smith, who gave up three runs in the sixth after Cueto departed.

“Thank God, I put the ball in play and nobody caught it.” — Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano, who broke the scoreless tie in the sixth with a blooped single that dropped in front of diving center fielder Chris Heisey.

“We had people on. We got three of them in and won a baseball game. Let’s be happy with that.” — Cubs manager Lou Piniella.

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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: Arroyo rolling

We have a new associate reporter on board starting this week, named Matt Brown. Matt handled the game story tonight on 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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Janish and Heisey start

The Reds have a chance at a 4-1 home stand on this dizzly Tuesday.

Tuesday lineup vs. MIL

Cabrera 6 Heisey 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Heisey 8 Cabrera 6
Bruce 9
Hanigan 2
Janish 5
Bailey 1

Dusty Baker flipped Heisey and Cabrera to give Gomes more protection in the order.

Baker said this lineup was to give Scott Rolen the day off but that wasn’t as much the reasoning for Drew Stubbs’ break.

“It’s more about Heisey playing,” Baker said. “When we get to Atlanta, I’ll probably play Stubbs because they have a massive outfield there.”

Heisey has made the most of his limited chances — as a late defensive replacement on Saturday, he his assist from left field on a relay to the plate saved the game vs. St. Louis. He also led off last night with a key triple and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh.

“It’s to his advantage to do something,” Baker said. “When you’re a young player trying to stay here, you want to do everything you can do – whatever you can do. We like his ability. It’s not the issue. It’s just that right now, there’s not much room or space for him. Every young player I know went through that at some point.”

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Heisey debuts vs. Mets

Reds lineup:

Chris Heisey will be making his MLB debut tonight. He was called up on Friday to replace injured OF Chris Dickerson but did not appear in any of the three games at St. Louis.

Stubbs 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Cabrera 6
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Leake 1

*Dusty Baker had multiple reasons for using Heisey and resting Jay Bruce.

“I figured it was a good day – our first day back home,” Baker said. It was a rough last few days, sleep and rest wise. Plus, [Oliver] Perez is tough on lefties. Everything just factored in.”

Naturally, Heisey was pleased to see his name on the lineup card today when he arrived at the ballpark.

“I’m pumped up. First I got called up here and now I have a chance to start,” Heisey said. “About a week ago, you could have told me and I’d say not yet. Maybe later in the year.”

*Read more later in my notebook on

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson had surgeries to remove the hook on the hamate bone in his right hand and to “clean out” his right wrist this afternoon. He is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. 

*Today is Homer Bailey’s 24th birthday.

*Aroldis Chapman is pitching tonight for Triple-A Louisville at Buffalo. Follow on and MLB.TV.

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Dickerson to DL, Heisey up

The Reds made the roster move that was expected. Chris Dickerson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Outfielder Chris Heisey was called up from Triple-A Louisville.

UPDATE at 7:11 pm ET — The MRI on Dickerson today revealed that he has a broken hook on the hamate bone in his right wrist. It won’t be known until Saturday how much time he will miss.

This will be Heisey’s first time in the Major Leagues.

Here are some other background items on Heisey:

*Was batting.241 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 20 games for Louisville. He was 14-for-47 (.298) over his last 11 games and was riding a seven-game hitting streak.

*Has played all three OF spots this season.

*17th round Draft pick in 2006.

*2009 Reds Minor League Player of the Year

*Right-handed hitter.

Reds lineup

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


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Monday morning notes

If you’re wondering what’s next for Aroldis Chapman, he is scheduled to throw in the bullpen today. His next camp milestone, however, should come Thursday when he appears in the Reds intrasquad game.

The list of pitchers that are to appear is as follows:

Harang, Bailey, Chapman, Del Rosario, Smith, Ondrusek, Smit, Valiquette, Viola.

*Bill Bray, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is up to 40 pitches off of a mound in the bullpen. He probably won’t be ready to pitch when games start. The club isn’t rushing him.

*Todd Frazier has a bat that will force his way to the Majors someday soon. But exactly where remains the big mystery. Originally a shortstop, Frazier has worked out all over the diamond this spring and has played multiple positions since he was Drafted in 2007.

“He’s an interesting guy,” manager Dusty Baker said. “He can play all over and he has a really good bat. Hopefully at some point in time, we can settle on a steady position for him.”

Besides having established veterans at the big league level at every infield spot, the Reds have prospects on their way. Chris Valaika is a potential future second baseman. Zach Cozart is a future shortstop. Juan Francisco is a third baseman in waiting and as mentioned in the previous blog post,

Yonder Alonso is waiting at first base. Chris Heisey is nearing the Majors as a corner outfielder.

“There’s somebody coming at almost every position,” Baker said. “We’re trying [Frazier] at every position in case we use his value in that way.”

With Spring Training, the daily workouts usually begats the itch for exhibition games to start. But that’s mostly the writers who want to see something different. Baker wasn’t in a rush for camp to move any quicker.

“We still need to get some work in,” he said. “we didn’t get some fundamentals in because of the weather. We have cutoffs and relays today. We want to get some fundamental stuff in there.”

*And a public congratulations to Hal McCoy, who will be joining Fox Sports Ohio to cover the Reds. He will be writing stories on line for their web site and also appearing on pre-game and postgame shows. When Hal told me last week of his plans, I was naturally excited for him.

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Good days for Cueto, Heisey

The second wave of live batting practice went down on Thursday.

Johnny Cueto broke a couple of bats and I don’t think anyone did anything spectacular against him. It was good for the Reds to see Cueto that sharp considering he was not allowed to pitch in winter ball.

heisey.jpgHomer Bailey was bringing some heat and came in hard and brushed Paul Janish’s windbreaker chest high. He was fine but Janish’s eyes were opened a little wider as he gathered himself.

Chris Heisey (pictured, left) had the most success as a hitter. Heisey homered twice against Francisco Cordero and did likewise against Aaron Harang.

“They’re out there trying to work on things and I was trying to put some wood on the ball,” Heisey said. “I don’t take any stock in it. it’s better than swinging and missing 10 times. I’m not going to call my whole family tonight and tell them.”

Heisey said he didn’t even remember how many long balls he hit.

Before live BP, everyone took pop fly drills. Louisville manager Rick Sweet put a ball in a machine and sent them way up. The high sky and bright sun made it adventurous. At least there was no wind.

Guys had trouble tracking the pop ups and there was the occassional miss or two players getting a little two close converging on the same ball.

There was one casualty from the session. Infielder Chris Burke, a non-roster invite, suffered a dislocated right ring finger when a ball kicked off of it. X-ray showed a small fracture. He will be re-examined in a couple of days after the swelling goes down.


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What's going on with Gomes?

With less than two weeks before the Reds start Spring Training, outfielder Jonny Gomes seemed far from assured of being signed.

Since last week when it was learned the two sides were talking about a Minor League contract, there has been little movement.

“Nothing recently,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said on Friday night. “We may re-evaluate where we’re at with our roster and with the number of people we have going [to Spring Training].”

If the Reds do not end up signing Gomes, they will not try to pursue another outfielder as a Plan B.

“We’ll either do something with him or stay with what we have until we get to camp and see how it shakes out,” Jocketty said. “There’s no real deadline. We’re playing it by ear. I don’t think there’s pressure one way or the other to get it done.”

There is still a vacancy in left field that will need filling this spring. Chris Dickerson, Laynce Nix, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier are among the candidates.


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