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If you’re one of those folks that love crisp pitching, quick innings and a low-scoring affair…be glad you were not at grand HoHoKam Park on Friday. For those that enjoy bountiful offense, it was hitter’s delight for both teams as the Reds eeked out a 14-13 win that featured a combined 40 hits.
“I told the guard sitting next to me in the second inning that this looks like a 13-12 game,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Then we had that five-run lead, I said ‘man, I’m nervous.’ Anything can happen in these games, especially in this park. Our guys kept battling and we scored just enough.”
*Sam LeCure came in with seven scoreless innings over four relief appearances in the making of a strong bid for a bullpen spot. LeCure started vs. Chicago and had a long afternoon for just 2 1/3 innings of work. He allowed six earned runs and eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts.
LeCure had a one-walk, scoreless first inning but the hits started coming in a two-run Cubs second.
“I felt like I made some pitches in the second inning to get out of that deal,” LeCure said. “We had a potential double play that was going to be tough to turn.”
The lasers started coming in the third as four of his five batters faced reached with sharp line drive hits. Alfonso Soriano’s RBI double was the end.
“I made some pitches I was happy with even though I ended up giving up some runs,” LeCure said. “I haven’t pitched in trouble in all of Spring Training. I didn’t have a guy get to second base until today. I understand it’s going to happen. The last inning, they were hitting missiles all over the place. The ball was starting to come up some. Overall, I’m trying to take some positives from it. I pitched in some trouble, which I hadn’t done. I got stretched out more than I had. I think that will bode well for me when it’s time to pick guys for the team.”
*Daniel Ray Herrera, who is trying to earn a bullpen spot, inherited runners on second and third with one out from LeCure and both scored. A sac fly by Soriano followed. After a wild pitch, Darwin Barney’s RBI single on the ground to left field scored another run. Herrera returned in the fourth inning and picked up two outs. Then he allowed two singles and a walk but escaped the bases loaded jam.
*Jared Burton allowed three earned runs and three hits over two innings with a homer.
*Matt Maloney gave up three earned runs and five hits over two innings with two walks.
*The regular players played seven innings. The lineup had an Opening Day-type look to it.
*Jonny Gomes, who came in batting .071, went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
*Scott Rolen (3rd inning) and Joey Votto (5th inning) slugged their first homers of the spring. Both came against Carlos Zambrano on the first pitch. Rolen’s was a three-run shot and Votto’s was for two runs.
*Speaking of Rolen, I took my turn asking him about the discussion of how many games played. It will be seen in today’s feature. Not surprising, he doesn’t buy into the speculation nor worry about injuries.
“You have 162 games ahead of you. We’re going to be injured,” Rolen said. “We’re going to be beat up, banged up, bruised up and that’s a fact. It’s something that we know. So is everyone else in the league. That’s true. Hopefully we stay away from the big injury.”
*Reds starter Homer Bailey pitched on Friday in a Minor League game for Class A Bakersfield vs. Brewers Minor Leaguers. Bailey gave up four earned runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. He threw 76 pitches.
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There was a lot to like and not like out of Wednesday’s 7-6 Reds win.
Homer Bailey — looked very sharp in two scoreless innings. A leadoff bunt single by Juan Pierre in the first inning was the only blemish. Bailey was very pleased with his outing.
“I got to work my slidestep in the first inning and the second inning I worked out of the stretch,” Bailey said.
Daniel Ray Herrera — one scoreless inning, one walk. He also broke Alexi Ramirez’s bat on a groundout to first base.
Jared Burton — he looked good over his two-inning, one-hit relief outing with four strikeouts.
Offense — A five-run fifth inning started after a two-out error that made all the runs unearned. Jeremy Hermida smoked a long homer that sailed over the right field party patio.
Leading off the eighth inning, Devin Mesoraco topped Hermida with a homer to left field — it sailed well over the fence, over the grassy knoll and landed on the sidewalk concourse. It was absolutely tattooed and it was the game winner that snapped a 6-6 tie.
“Mesoraco hit one a mile and a half and Hermida hit one a mile,” manager Dusty Baker said.
Carlos Fisher — 1 ip, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB in the sixth. Walks have been an issue in the past for Fisher. He started off the sixth with back-to-back free passes and both of them scored.
Jose Arredondo — 2/3 ip, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. His first three batters of the seventh were as followed: BB, BB, HBP. After two strikeouts came a bases-loaded two-run single and another walk.
Daryl Thompson — walked in one of Arredondo’s runs to tie the game at 6-6 when he entered in the seventh. Thompson pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed three hits after that.
“Some of the guys are trying too hard,” Baker said. “A little bit of overthrowing. We just have to calm them down, relax them and get them to be themselves. Fish was probably overthrowing more. Thompson a little bit. Arredondo was kind of expected. He hasn’t pitched in more than a year. He’s going to have some ups and downs. We’ll keep running him out there. He’s a little high right now. But when a guy has been out that long, you have to expect some ups and downs.”
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In exactly two weeks on Feb. 16, Reds pitchers and catchers have their report date to Spring Training and Goodyear, Ariz. They begin working out that same day. In many ways, this off-season flew by quickly. (Maybe not to you, however, but definitely to me).
Most of the time in the current era, players do not wait until the report dates to get started. Virtually all have been working out on their own at home since November or December and some pitchers start a throwing program around the holidays. Many of them will be early arrivals to the spring complex.
I was told that Justin Lehr and Chad Reineke are already on site throwing bullpen sessions. Dontrelle Willis has been working much of the winter with pitching coach Bryan Price near their homes in Scottsdale but moved over to Goodyear last week for drills and to get comfortable in the Reds bullpens.
Matt Maloney, Daniel Ray Herrera, Sam LeCure and Jared Burton are planning on arriving this week. Several more could be on the ground by next week. Price said he would be at the camp to work with the pitchers.
“I think it’s good to be there to provide some of the essentials of coaching,” Price said. “It’d be hard for me to be sitting at home knowing guys are there working out five days a week.”
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Wednesday afternoon’s 4-3 Reds win over the Phillies on Jay Bruce’s two-run home run in the eighth was big in many ways.
*They took two of three to claim the series
*It meant a 4-2 home stand before beginning a tough 11-game, three city road trip heading into the All-Star break.
*The Reds beat Roy Halladay, who pitched a complete game. They’ve now beaten two pitchers that have thrown perfect games this season, incidentally. (Dallas Braden at OAK was the other)
“It is a big win because those are the type of guys were going to be facing if we make it to the playoffs,” Bruce said. “It was big for us to come back and [for] everyone to put the at-bats together that they did to get that win.”
*It was the Reds’ MLB leading 25th come-from-behind win and their 14th win in the final at-bat, which tied the Braves for the MLB lead. Cincinnati was trailing 3-0 after four innings.
“You want to leave before this road trip on a high note. It doesn’t get any higher than this game today,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It was a very well-played game in all respects.”
The good —
*Joey Votto moved into a tie for the NL lead with 18 homers when he hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field bullpen. It was a tough pitch low and inside. Not many dudes could have done that there with that location. Votto has reached base in a MLB season-high 38-straight games.
*On the heels of his rare bad night and 33-scoreless appearance streak ender, Arthur Rhodes got the win when he pitched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth — striking out Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and getting Raul Ibanez to fly out.
“It was good to see Dusty get me out there today against the same guys and me have a 1-2-3 inning,” Rhodes said.
*After Jonny Gomes leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth, Bruce completed the comeback when he smoked a first-pitch into the right field seats. It was a no-doubter.
The not-so-good —
*Starter Aaron Harang’s one blemish was a big one. Dane Sardinha, the former Reds prospect and a .130 career hitter in the big leagues entering the day, hit a first pitch for a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth and Halladay on deck.
*The Philadelphia seventh and eighth hitters were a combined 10-for-17 with three homers in the last two games. Whether it was Brian Schneider, Sardinha or Wilson Valdez, all of them were playing because a regular is injured.
“Aaron made just one mistake to Sardinha,” Baker said. “The bottom of the order here, they killed us. We held their big boys in check pretty good. But the seventh and eighth hitters hit three three-run homers in two days.”
After the game, the Reds optioned LHP Daniel Ray Herrera to Triple-A Louisville. Herrera has been inconsistent this season while going 1-3 with a 3.91 ERA in 36 games. He had 11 of his 39 inherited runners score and retired 23 of 36 first batters faced.
“We sent him down there to get his act together and find his control,” Baker said. “Usually he’s a guy that can throw wherever he wants to throw it. It seems like the last couple of months, he’s been in and out with control and location. He will be back.”
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“It’s important to anybody, I don’t care who you are. Arthur was the first one to come in here and say ‘thanks for getting me back out there.’ I really didn’t need that. I was going to get him back out there no matter what. It’s apropos that he got the loss last night and got the win today.” — Dusty Baker on getting Arthur Rhodes back on the mound after Tuesday night.
“We had some opportunities with runners on third and less than two outs. You just pray those don’t haunt you. You could tell that very good pitchers, they seem to bear down and know how to get out of those situations. He reached back. He had his best velocity and location when he was in trouble.” — Baker on Halladay.
“I made bad pitches in the eighth. I left two balls up that cost me.” — Phillies starter Roy Halladay
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*With Micah Owings working last night and giving up five runs in 1 1/3 innings, there isn’t any long guy in waiting should the need arise. Dusty Baker is prepared to mix and match — but obviously he was thinking more optimistic before Wednesday’s game.
“C’mon Leake,” Baker said.
*The blowout loss on Tuesday didn’t otherwise burn out the bullpen as much as it could have. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched out of his usual situational role and worked 1 2/3 innings in what was essentially mop-up relief.
“We used Daniel as long as we did to save Ondrusek. We saved Arthur. We saved Masset. Smith threw only one inning,” Baker said. “You hate to sacrifice anybody but sometimes you have to take one for the team.”
*I talked to Homer Bailey, who is pretty mellow these days despite enduring one of the things he loathes the most — inactivity. Bailey, who has been on the DL since May 24 with right shoulder inflammation — was originally pushing hard to get back but has since realized it’s not in his long-term best interests.
“You can mope and be angry about it or just be patient and do everything right,” Bailey said. “I’m trying to have the best attitude I can and get everything done right.”
*Baker usually has a goatee but was clean-shaven on Wednesday. He was also wearing a new pair of black wristbands. Apparently, he is not above superstition after a 12-0 loss.
“I’ve got different colors,” Baker said. “I remember one time when I was with the Giants, we had a three-game series with the Cubs and Billy Williams noticed it. He goes ‘man, you’re about to run out of colors, aren’t you?’ I think we had lost four or five in a row.”
*Batting practice started a little later than normal today. Position players held a closed-door meeting that lasted around 30 minutes. No word on what was discussed.
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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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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.
“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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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.
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“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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The Reds have gotten through the season with only their five starters in 44 games. That nice little streak could be in jeopardy if Homer Bailey’s shoulder is more serious than it seems. Bailey came out after 2 1/3 innings Sunday with right shoulder tightness.
“We took him out for precautionary reasons. We think he’ll be alright,” manager Dusty Baker said.
“At the end of the second and the beginning of the third, I couldn’t quite get loose,” Bailey said. “Then when I was backing up third on Choo’s triple, they saw me trying to stretch it out and stuff like that. I came out. I wanted to stay in the game but they weren’t going to let that happen.”
*Bailey will be evaluated on Monday by Dr. Tim Kremchek.
*Here are the Triple-A Louisville alternatives should Bailey have to miss a start or starts:
Sam LeCure pitched a one-hit shutout on Saturday and is 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA this season. Matt Maloney is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA and has big league experience. Travis Wood won his start on Sunday vs. Scranton-Wilkes Barre and is 2-4 with a 4.15 ERA.
*Aroldis Chapman is not an option. His Monday start for Louisville with a blister on his middle finger.
*The bullpen is another quagmire for Baker and GM Walt Jocketty to navigate. Micah Owings, Daniel Ray Herrera and Carlos Fisher provided 5 2/3 innings today. Francisco Cordero and Nick Masset were worn down on this trip. Might a fresh arm be summoned?
“I don’t know. I have to talk to Walt,” Baker said.
Enerio Del Rosario (1.46 ERA) and Logan Ondrusek (2.65 ERA) are pitching well. Ondrusek started the season in the Majors.
*Herrera hasn’t been too sharp lately as he’s allowed 12 hits over his last 4 1/3 innings. He was one strike from escaping the Cleveland sixth unharmed before Jhonny Peralta hit an 86 mph fastball for a lined RBI single that scored the go-ahead run.
“I threw enough screwballs to him that I thought he’d be on it,” Herrera said. “I didn’t mean for that fastball to be a strike. I didn’t get it inside and left it over the plate.”
“This is really no excuse for it. Lately, I’ve been called in during key situations to get guys out and I haven’t been able to get a clean inning. It’s nothing that I’ve changed. It’s just about hitting my spots again.”
“The bullpen has been working hard. When you lose your starter in the second or third inning, no matter what shape the bullpen is in, you’ve got a tough day. Micah and everybody threw well. We had a chance to win.” — 3B Scott Rolen
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Once again the Reds toed the thinnest of lines between winning and losing and came out smelling good with a 5-4 win. It took scoring three in the bottom of the ninth.
*That was their 10th win of the season in the final at-bat. Also the 13th comeback win of the season, which is tied for the MLB lead. Astounding.
The good from the day —
*The first-place Reds are seven games over .500 (23-16). The Cardinals play later but you sense these two teams can really start to separate from the division if this keeps up.
*Joey Votto hit the game-winner in the ninth with a single off of the wall. But it was his eighth inning homer on to the riverboat in center field that drew oohs and ahhs. It traveled 460 feet, which was surprisingly only the 23rd longest HR ever hit at GABP.
*Scott Rolen came off the bench and slugged the game-tying two-run home run off of Trevor Hoffman. That improved Rolen to 6-for-13 with four homers lifetime vs. Hoffman.
*Nice day for Homer Bailey, who pitched seven innings and allowed two first inning runs and four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Bailey got his first two outs in the first but wound up enduring a 30-pitch inning. Ryan Braun hit a 3-1 pitch for a solo home run to left-center field and Prince Fielder followed with a double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee’s RBI single to center field to make a 2-0 deficit.
*Bailey did not allow another hit until McGehee’s leadoff double in the seventh.
“It was a little rough there. In the first, the only bad pitch I thought I made was to Ryan,” Bailey said. “You leave a pitch out over the plate for him and he’s going to do some damage. From there, I did not really cruise but went through the next couple of innings and tried to keep the team in the game. To get seven in and only give up two is still a pretty good start.”
*Jonny Gomes stayed hot with his RBI double giving him a six-game hitting streak.
The not-so-good —
*It wasn’t a good day for the bullpen with a two-run eighth but it was a little understandable. Dusty Baker wanted to give some guys chances that hadn’t pitched much.
“We just wanted to keep it where it was,” Baker said. “At that time, we were kind of trying to stay away from Masset and Arthur.”
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Mike Lincoln was charged with two runs after not pitching since Friday. Daniel Ray Herrera wasn’t sharp again and pitching for the first time since May 7, Carlos Fisher got a vulture type win after allowing a run-scoring wild pitch. Fisher put two runners on the in the ninth but escaped.
*The Reds stranded 10 men on base, which included leaving the bases loaded in the fourth.
Some quotes —
Rolen was asked if he liked pinch-hitting.
“It’s a very difficult thing to do, especially as a position player,” he said. “I haven’t gotten used to it and I won’t. It’s a knack that I give the guys that do it well a lot of credit for.”
Bailey on the Reds confidence, even when trailing late:
“I don’t think anyone in this clubhouse had a single doubt that we were going to lose that game,” Bailey said. “That’s not sounding arrogant. It’s just how much confidence we all have in each other.”
Joey Votto was offered the day off by Dusty Baker but didn’t want it.
“I want to play every single day,” Votto said. “I don’t want to be out of the lineup, ever. I think I can speak for every single person in this locker room and they feel the exact same way. Everybody wants to play every single day. That’s what we get paid to do and most of us love this.”
I am skipping Atlanta but will join the trip for the three days in Cleveland.
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