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Votto rested

Reds lineup vs. Mets

Stubbs 8
Cairo 5
Bruce 9
Phillips 4
Lewis 7
Hernandez 2
Frazier 3
Janish 6
Leake 1

*Not at all surprising that Votto is out of the lineup today. Dusty Baker said a Votto rest would likely happen at some point in this series. No time like today with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey going tonight for the Mets. Votto has no HR since 7/8 at MIL and only 9 RBIs this month. In his last five games, he is 2-for-17 (.118)

*This is only the second time all season that someone other than Votto has batted third. It’s been Jay Bruce both times.

*The Reds will miss the injured Scott Rolen in this game especially since he’s 5-for-9 lifetime vs. Dickey — who has never faced the Reds in his career.

*Mets LF Jason Bay has more home runs (21), RBIs (73) and runs scored (66) against the Reds than any other team in his career. Bay also has hit a career-best .334 in 80 games vs. Cincinnati.

*From the Elias Sports Bureau: Drew Stubbs greeted Scott Linebrink with a first-pitch home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning and give the Reds a 4–3 win over the Braves.  Linebrink was third major-league pitcher to allow a home run on his only pitch of a game this season, and all three were walkoff shots.  The others were allowed by Darren Oliver (to Hideki Matsui on May 2) and Mike Adams (to Michael Morse on May 27).

Stubbs HR wins game, series

The quest for consecutive victories is over as Drew Stubbs delivered in the bottom of the ninth with leadoff, first-pitch, walkoff homer for a 4-3 Reds victory over the Braves.

Don’t look now, but the Reds are three games back from a three-way for first place in the NL Central.  St. Louis and Milwaukee both lost today and it was the Pirates that beat the Cardinals.

“We’re right where we need to be,” Stubbs said. “It’s going to be a dogfight to the end of this thing. I don’t think any team is going to run away with it.”

It’s been 31 games since the Reds won back-to-back games…June 13-15 was the last winning upon a sweep of the Dodgers.
 

Notes:

*I thought starter Dontrelle Willis pitched very well despite the no-decision. He worked into the seventh inning and had only 79 pitches after six. What killed him was the wild pitch to Julio Lugo that put a runner into scoring position before the game-tying single.

*Willis suffered a split fingernail on his index finger after striking out Martin Prado in the third. The bullpen stirred as he was looked over by the trainer and pitching coach Bryan Price but Willis was able to continue for his second quality start in three games with the Reds. He has a 3.71 ERA.

*Like Stubbs, who went to the opposite field to end the game, Brandon Phillips did likewise to get the Reds on the scoreboard in the first inning. It was Phillips’ 10th homer of the season and the first since his own walkoff shot on July 15 vs. STL.

*Stubbs now has two career walkoff homers….the last coming 8/29/09 vs. SF not long after he was first called up.

*Aroldis Chapman: 9 pitches, 8 strikes and 5 outs. His one-pitch double play on Jason Heyward saved the Reds to end the seventh. Chapman returned with a perfect eighth.

*To end the top of the second, 3B Miguel Cairo made a very nice pick on a hot grounder by Alex Gonzalez, and then turned a 5-4-3 double play. Cairo then came up in the bottom of the second and smashed a 421-foot homer to left field for a 3-0 win.

*Jonny Gomes struck out in the eighth as a pinch-hitter. He is 0-for-15 as a PH this season with 10 strikeouts.

*The Reds ended a seven-game Sunday Night Baseball losing streak, including 0-3 this season. The last Sunday night win was 8/13/00 vs. the Cubs.

Quotes:

“Stubbs is playing on both sides of the ball. It looks like he’s feeling it and getting better. He’s always been a second half player. Perhaps down the stretch here, he can play like we’ve seen.” — Dusty Baker

“I went up there just looking for a good fastball to hit over the plate. He gave it to me and I was able to put a good swing on it. The rest is history.” — Drew Stubbs

“Teddy Power is a guru. Bryan Price, this off-season, I worked a lot with him. I definitely owe a lot to a lot of people that gave me a chance in going out there, having fun and working hard. This is not for me. This is for the guys that still believe in me – not only friends and family but those guys who love the game and to teach the game. I will definitely continue to work my heart out for them.” — Dontrelle Willis

“All I can say is OMG. It feels good to finally get back-to-back wins. The way we did it, we’re used to doing that. I heard it was since June. That’s crazy. I’m just glad we got it over with and now we can just keep on going from there.” — Brandon Phillips

Phillips at cleanup

Reds lineup vs Cardinals

Heisey 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Lewis 7
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*The last time Phillips batted fourth was May 23 at Philadelphia. In his previous stint there this season, the Reds went 15-12 while Phillips batted .291 (30-for-103) with three homers and 20 RBIs.

*This is the second time in four games Stubbs is taking a seat. Last night, he was 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts.

*At Triple-A Louisville, 3B Juan Francisco was placed on the DL with a right knee meniscus tear. The move is retroactive to Monday.

New leadoff guy…

Reds lineup vs. Yankees

Lewis 7
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Rolen 5
Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Hanigan 2
Leake 1

*Obviously, an interesting shake up at the top of the order with Drew Stubbs moving down.

*When he first checked the lineup, Lewis looked for his name further down in the order and didn’t see it.

“I looked at the lineup and thought I guess I’m not playing today,” Lewis said. “I looked at the BP groups and I was in the second group [with starters]. I had to look at the lineup again and it was a bit of a shock to me. Leading off?”

*Baker planned of using Stubbs in the leadoff spot for Game 2, but indicated he might bat Stubbs down in the order when the Interleague games move to the AL cities.

“Just relieve a little pressure for him. Freddy has been swinging the bat well,” Baker said. “When you’re scuffling in the leadoff spot, those ABs add up rather quickly – especially if you’re not walking much. It’s a temporary thing.”

*On Tuesday in his rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville, Homer Bailey pitched six innings and allowed three runs and eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 103 pitches, 71 strikes.

*Aroldis Chapman followed Bailey with one perfect inning and one strikeout. Of his 13 pitches, there were seven strikes.

**UPDATE — Baker said that Chapman would not be activated today. There is a good chance that Sam LeCure will be activated at some point today.

*FS Ohio is broadcasting both games today and tonight.

5-4 homestand, not 6-3

 Even though the Reds dropped two of three to the Dodgers last weekend, they had a chance to sweep the Cubs three-game and complete a very nice 6-3 home stand.

It didn’t happen.

The Reds were awfully quiet during a 4-1 loss to the Cubs. After coming up empty during a bases-loaded, one out rally in the first inning, there was only Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the third inning off Ryan Dempster. After that, Cubs pitching retired the final 19 of 20.

“We had a chance for a sweep,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “That three in a row is eluding us big time. We’ll get it. We’re like real close. Perhaps we’ll turn it around on this road trip. The last road trip, we had a bad one so we’re due for an excellent one.”

The Reds leave for a 7-day trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles. It stays tough after that with the Blue Jays and Yankees at home.

Notes:

*Dempster had a great game but was nearly a scratch because of hip pain. Chicago had Rodrigo Lopez also warming up pre-game just in case.

*The game essentially turned on back-to-back Cubs homers for three runs in the fourth by Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. For Arroyo, they were homers No. 15 and 16 allowed for the season, tying him with Brett Myers for the NL lead.

*A fourth run charged to Arroyo scored on a Jose Arredondo balk in the seventh. With runners on the corners and two outs, Arredondo had a 3-2 count on Ramirez when he made a pickoff move to first base. He had keep the ball upon realizing Joey Votto wasn’t holding the runner.

*Bruce’s RBI single gave him a 10-game hitting streak.

*Jonny Gomes struck out as a pinch-hitter with Paul Janish on third with a two-out triple. Gomes is 0-for-10 as a pinch-hitter this season with seven strikeouts.

*Joey Votto has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached 60 of his 62 games played.

Quotes:

“It’s definitely disappointing. The way we’ve been playing lately, we can’t really afford to have a lot of close games get away from us. It’s been tough for us to come back from games that we’ve been behind once we’ve given up the lead. It’s hard to overcome that. Right now, we’re just fighting to get every win we can and we just can’t seem to be able to catch a nice streak where they seem to come easy. Everything has been difficult. It’s not going to get any easier in the next couple of weeks.” — Bronson Arroyo

“Somebody has got to tell him he’s playing behind him in that situation. I’ve seen Aramis hit that hole over there too many times. That’s one of his favorite RBI holes over there. We were trying to cover that hole but just didn’t communicate and tell him we were playing off the bag at 3-2. We have to tighten up our game in all departments. If we do that, we’ll be great.” — Dusty Baker on the Arredondo balk.

“All the games here on out are big games for us. We’re playing catch-up in the division and we have to win every one that we can.” — Drew Stubbs

*You won’t have me in San Francisco these next four games. We’ll pick it up from Los Angeles on Monday.

Big stress buster for the Reds

For a little while, I thought I slapped a whammy on Jay Bruce because I wrote a pre-game notebook item on how he’d been on a nice offensive tear. Then he took a 0-for-4, three strikeout game into the ninth inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Bruce delivered a three-run double to the right-center field wall. The Reds won 6-3 and finally snapped a six-game losing streak.

Bruce came in 1-for-19 this season with RISP and two outs. Reliever Ryan Madson had allowed one run in 19 innings all season. Madson was the one to give. And Bruce delivered in a clutch moment.

“It’s huge,” Bruce said. “The big thing that I’m going to learn from that is staying focused. Just because you don’t do it the first time, you may get a chance and you have to be prepared and ready the second time. You can’t let things linger. I am learning a lot about driving in runs and really getting them when they’re there. I’m not good yet but getting better at that aspect of it. I have a long way to go but…tonight it worked out and I plan on doing it a lot more.”

This was a very big win for the Reds. Had they not won here, the tension dial would have really been upped as they have to face Halladay and Lee the next two games. And in Atlanta, Hanson, Lowe and Jurrjens are looming.

“It sure relieves a lot of pressure,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ve got some more tomorrow with Doc Holliday. But we’ll enjoy this one tonight. It’s the first game we’ve won in a week and on the road trip. And the first one we’ve won here in two years. It was a rewarding night for us.”

Notes:

*Bruce is 9-for-16 (.563) with four homers and 10 RBIs in the last six games.

*Drew Stubbs had a big bunt single to start the ninth inning rally. It was such a surprise because it was his first bunt hit this season.

*Bill Bray has not allowed a run in 22 of 25 appearances. He worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings tonight.

*Francisco Cordero had a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his ninth save and career save No. 299.

*The Phillies nine-game winning streak over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park is over.

Quotes:

“There’s some significance – not because they swept us in the playoffs – but because they’re a good team. They have a really good chance on winning their division. To play these guys tough and beat these guys is important because they’re a really good baseball team.” — Jay Bruce on beating the Phillies

“He did it on his own, it wasn’t a play. I urge these guys to do a lot of stuff on their own. These guys can play. I try to give them freedom to play. The happiest man on the whole ballclub was probably Hatcher, because he’s been working with him on that for two years and urging him to try it.” — Dusty Baker on the Stubbs bunt.

Ambush!

 Sometimes it seems, the Reds do their best work from behind. They laid low — very low in fact — for the first half of Monday’s game against Carlos Zambrano. But a 4-0 deficit after 5 1/2 innings quickly became a 7-4 win over the Cubs. It came on seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jonny Gomes had the big offensive moment with his two-run homer that capped the scoring. The Reds sent 12 to the plate in the sixth and had nine-straight batters reach safely with one out

“This team’s got a lot of fight,” Gomes said. “One hit through five and some change. You saw that again tonight. It’s a magical team with a bunch of hot hitters and a bunch of real good hitters and they’ll shine at any time.”

Notes:

*It’s the second time since Friday that the Reds have bounced back from a 4-0 deficit. It also happened on Friday vs. St. Louis. It was also the Reds’ 12th come-from-behind victory this season

*Gomes homer in the sixth was his first since April 17 and it gave him first RBIs since April 30. Oddly enough, he did not see the ball clear the fence on the fly and thought he had a ground rule double and stopped at second base. The umpire told him it was a homer before Gomes headed home.

*Bailey did a nice job in the first to work out of his own mess. He walked the bases loaded with one-out but also struck out the side. It was a 32-pitch inning but he went on to retired 10 of the next 11, which included a double play.

*Superb one-hop throw to the plate from CF Drew Stubbs in the eighth to nail Alfonso Soriano, who tried to score on a Marlon Byrd single. The throw beat Soriano by a step as he slid into the plate.

*Reliever Sam LeCure has not given up a run of his own in his last 5 appearances since moving to the bullpen.

*Francisco Cordero had a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 8th save while working his fourth straight game. That was career save No. 298 for Cordero.

*Reds starting pitchers are 8-0 with 2.20 ERA over the last 12 games.

*The Reds have won four-straight and eight of nine. Thirteen games into this stretch of 20 in a row, they’re 10-3.

Quotes:

“It’s interesting. If you’re on a last-place team, no one’s paying attention to your struggles, but if you’re playing on a first-place team and everyone’s banging it kind of gets exposed a little bit. I might get some days off with the struggles, but I’ll never get some days off with a lack of effort and not hustling. At the end of the day, that’s going to shine.” — Jonny Gomes, who entered the night batting .186

“I knew something was off, mechanically, after that second batter. I threw one pitch after the bases loaded, figured out what it was and was able to correct it on the fly. I wish it wouldn’t have taken three hitters to do that, but nonetheless we were able to get out of it without any damage.” — Homer Bailey on escaping his bases loaded jam in the first by striking out the side.

“That was kind of like a thunderstorm that came in and all of sudden, we had seven runs and a chance to get some more.” — Dusty Baker

Cueto brilliant in debut

Since I need to make my way to the airport, I will keep this brief.

Johnny Cueto gave the Reds exactly what they hoped for today with six-plus scoreless innings for a 2-0 victory. Cueto allowed five hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He threw 102 pitches and was lifted after a leadoff single in the seventh since he was at his pitch limit.

With Homer Bailey back and Cueto back and both with nice starts, the Reds could really see what they’ve got going forward. Bronson Arroyo pitched great yesterday and Travis Wood was mostly solid — save for four walks — his last time out. Maybe I’m a dissenter to you, but I believe Edinson Volquez isn’t too far from finding his rhythm on a consistent basis. To me, his moments of brilliance are too good to think he can’t start clicking.
 

“We’re on a little bit of a roll now,” manager Dusty Baker said. “Hopefully we can get on a big roll if we can get everybody back. This is the team we slated to be the team. The other guys did a good job for them in their absence but these guys are my horses.”

Notes:

*Joey Votto’s on-base streak to start the season was ended at 33 games after he was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. That left him one shy of Dave Collins’ 1981 club record. Interestingly, Votto’s 41-game on-base streak last season was ended here as well on July 4 when he was ejected in the first inning for balls and strikes.

“You go through stretches where you miss. I’ve been missing lately. It will pass,” Votto said.

*For those wondering, Aroldis Chapman was up in the bullpen during the seventh inning jam and was intended to use against lefty hitter Kosuke Fukudome. Chapman wasn’t ready in time, however. And Sam LeCure walked Fukudome to load the bases, but he escaped the jam of his own making.

“We were thinking about him but he takes a long time to get loose,” Baker said of Chapman. “We have to give him a full inning to get loose. I called down and he wasn’t ready. We didn’t want to take a chance.”

*Jay Bruce was 2-for-3 today, making him 12-for-36 (.333) with four homers and eight RBIs over his last 10 games.

*Going back to last season, the Reds have won 12 of the last 15 games vs. the Cubs.

*Cueto and Nick Masset were both called for balks today. It was the first time that two balks were called on the team since it happened to Brandon Claussen and Brian Shackelford on 8/25/05 vs. the Nationals. That interesting nugget came from the Cubs media relations staff.

Quotes:

“That was a great outing by Cueto. We took him to his limit, I think. That’s why we got him. He was still throwing the ball well but you’ve got to remember that’s his first outing. That was awesome.” — Dusty Baker

“My fastball was landing where I wanted it. And I was happy with the location because my fastball was getting good location.” — Johnny Cueto

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“We had the tough loss yesterday and to be able to bounce back from that and get a win today was great. Cueto came back and pitched outstanding. Our relievers did a great job also holding that lead. Not a lot of hits, but luckily the one I got was a homer and Ramon got the big hit early too.” — Drew Stubbs

“It might have been one of the best I’ve ever seen him throw, to be honest with you. He looked fantastic. He threw his breaking ball really well. It seemed like they were off balance the entire game. I’m really glad he came back after missing some time and threw so well today.” — Joey Votto on Cueto

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****That’s it for me for a few days. I’m skipping Houston but resuming on Friday for the Cardinals series.

Just the quotes…

Here is a plethora of quotes coming after the Reds hard-fought 7-6 win over the Brewers in 10 innings:

“We fought hard for it. They fought hard for it. You know they’re not going to quit, especially with the offense they have. We’re not going to quit with the offense we have. We’re pretty evenly matched. That was a good game to win.” — Dusty Baker

“If that ball had stayed in the ballpark, I might have had to hang them up. I hit that one pretty well. The only thing that made me question it was the way he went after it to make a play on it. As soon as I hit it, I thought it was gone.” — Drew Stubbs on his game-winning homer in the 10th.

“I can’t complain. I’ve been throwing strikes. I’ve been pitching this year. It’s a little bit different than last year — sometimes I didn’t know where the ball was going. This year, I’m throwing more strikes and getting people out. I feel good about myself and the thing I’m doing.” — Francisco Cordero, who is 4-for-4 in save chances this season.

“It’s tough, but you know that if you put it in play, anything can happen. Obviously, that’s why they brought him in, because they needed strikeouts at the time. Once he hit Rickie [Weeks], I felt pretty good, and then all of a sudden he was throwing strikes.” — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on facing Aroldis Chapman in the eighth

“Yeah, he went two innings, which he usually doesn’t go. Fortunately for us, he was throwing quality strikes and getting quality hitters out. You never want to face Rickie Weeks. You’re not in a hurry to face Prince. You’re not in a hurry to face — certainly with the bases loaded – Ryan Braun. And with their clutch man, McGehee, they have some guys that can hit and hit in the clutch.” — Baker when asked if Chapman had his best outing as a Major Leaguer today.

“I keep saying it and I’m going to say it again, that’s just unbelievable. I’m real glad that I’m here and get to see that and enjoy it.” — Cordero on Chapman

“After coming away with the series loss at the Cardinals, it was a big bounce back for us to complete the road trip at .500. It’s good considering the fact we started off a little slow. Anytime you can win divisional series against an opponent like the Brewers, it’s a huge plus. Hopefully we can carry that momentum into the next series.” — Stubbs

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

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