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Rolen, Stubbs rested

Reds lineup vs. D-backs

Heisey 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Leake 1
*Scott Rolen gets a break coming off a night game. Although he has hit safely three of his last four games, it’s also a 3-for-17 stretch (.176).

“I could see he was a little slow the last couple of days,” manager Dusty Baker said.

*Drew Stubbs also is being rested despite batting .313 (10-for-32) with three homers his last eight games.

“You hate to give Stubbs a day off but you have to do it sometimes. Whenever I do, he seems to come back real strong,” Baker said.

***Just saw this after posting, but Stubbs is also 1-for-9 with 6 Ks vs. Arizona starter Daniel Hudson.

*I will be very curious to see what kind of reception Mike Leake will get when he takes the mound today.

Big win in extras

I won’t run it all down here but please read the game story on the web site for how all the great defensive plays saved the Reds collective bacon tonight — namely Brandon Phillips exceptional bare-handed snag and throw in the eighth.

*Unfortunately, starter Sam LeCure got the short end with a no-decision after a really nice night of pitching. In his second start of the season, eCure was sensational for six innings as he gave up one earned run on only one hit with two walks and eight strikeouts. LeCure retired the last 12 batters faced in a row.

*The Reds took LeCure out after 87 pitches.

“Young LeCure pitched great tonight,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He pitched outstanding. But his endurance level wasn’t quite where we want it to be to go deep in the ballgame. He gave us all he had.”

“We got into a good groove and there wasn’t a whole lot of shaking going on and we were able to get on the same page early,” said LeCure about himself and catcher Ryan Hanigan.

Notes:

*All of the hits, and all six runs scored, in the top of the 11th came with two outs.

*Hanigan was 0-for-4 until his two-out double to left field in the 11th scored Jonny Gomes with the go-ahead run in a 2-2 game.

*Drew Stubbs homer was a first-pitch shot and absolutely tattooed. You don’t see many get of center field that quick.

*Aroldis Chapman had a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh. Interestingly, Chapman only topped out at 98 mph when struck out Brad Hawpe looking with his final pitch.

*Nick Masset had another rough one — his third in a row. Two hard hits started the eighth and led to the game-tying run scoring on a groundout. It was Phillips’ play that kept San Diego from taking the lead.

*And in tonight’s notebook — I talked to Phillips and Bill Bray about their good starts to the season.

*Also a Homer Bailey update: 3 ip, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K and 37 pitches during his game at the team complex in Goodyear.

Quotes:

“We played good defense. Sam made a great start. There at the end, I got a pitch to hit. You never know with two outs. I was having a tough night at the plate to that point. I was just trying to battle. I got a pitch I could handle and put a good swing on it. — Ryan Hanigan
“Hani just let the game come to me. I thought it was really fitting that he got what turned into the game-winning RBI there. He did such a great job with everybody. He called a great game. How many balls did he block in big situations? I thought it was really fitting that he came up with that hit.” — Sam LeCure

“We’ve got to get Masset together. He’s struggling right now. He’s struggling with location. Great velocity, just poor location. The ball is right down the middle. He suffered with this last year. We have to do something to help him figure it out.” — Dusty Baker.

I’m in a glass case of emotion!

Great Oden’s raven, here is the Reds lineup vs. Padres.

Heisey 8
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Volquez 1

*Johnny Cueto (shoulder) pitched today at the complex in Goodyear. His line vs. extended spring guys:

2 ip, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K 34 pitches. Details were not available with, however.

“I know he came through it unscathed. I haven’t got the full report,” pitching coach Bryan Price said.

*Not too surprising Stubbs is sitting. He is 0-for-his-last 10 and has struggled since that last game vs. Houston on Thursday. His average, after a great start, is down to .237.

*RHP Jose Arredondo started his rehab assignment this morning at Double-A Carolina. Arredondo pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.

*Beautiful day here in San Diego. A little cool near the water but not a cloud in the sky.

*Apologies for the ‘Anchorman’ references. I will try to keep them to a minimum.

Missed chances, blown leads

When a team has high expectations and gets off to a 5-0 start like the Reds, fans can be spoiled. And judging from Twitter, highly irate when the game goes south like this one did.

A potentially nice game and series win evaporated into a very tough loss to the D-Backs, 10-8.

What killed the Reds were two blown leads — a 5-0 in the third inning that they couldn’t add to. Then there was the 7-6 lead in the seventh from Jonny Gomes’ homer. 

This was a game that should have been settled early. The Reds had a 5-0 lead in the third with the bases loaded and one out and added no more runs that inning. That proved to be huge.

Notes:

*Nick Masset has taken losses in his last two outings. A four-run, three hit eighth inning zapped him, namely when Chris Young clubbed a 3-2 pitch into the left field seats. Masset has given up seven hits and five runs over his last two outings.

*Aroldis Chapman, pitching on back-to-back days, clearly didn’t have his same velocity (talk about spoiled). Instead of crossing 100, he was mostly 96-98 mph. He also walked three batters (a career high) but got one with a pickoff. He escaped with two strikeouts.

*Mike Leake really didn’t pitch as bad as his line (4.2 ip, 6 ER, 9 H) would indicate. All four of the consecutive one-out singles were either tough plays or rollers that found holes. His 1-0 offering to Ryan Roberts was a big mistake, however.

*Drew Stubbs has opened the last three games with a strikeout in the top of the first.

*Joey Votto tied a career high for the ninth time with four hits. He had three hits over the first four innings.

Quotes:

“When you have an opportunity to ice the game, you have to put your foot on their throat. We’re still learning to do that. We had opportunities to ice that game early and go deep in their bullpen.” — Dusty Baker

“I got a couple of unlucky rolls that went through for hits. And then there was a big mistake of throwing a fastball down the middle. They made me pay.” — Mike Leake

No more undefeated for Reds

 So that whole 162-0 thing is out of the question now I guess?

The Reds weren’t going to do that, obviously. But they felt like they had chances to go 6-0 during a3-2 loss to the Astros. The record is 5-1 instead.

The glaring issue this time was key hits — there weren’t many. The Reds were 0-for-5 RISP with 11 LOB.

Notes:

*When Nick Masset gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth, it snapped a 12-inning scoreless streak for the Reds bullpen.

*Scott Rolen did come up big as a pinch-hitter in the seventh with a solo home run off Brett Myers that tied the game at 2-2. Rolen was 3-for-7 last season as a pinch-hitter…with two homers. It was also Rolen’s fourth career pinch-hit homer.

*Drew Stubbs went 0-for-5, snapping his hitting streak at 13 — dating back to last season.

*Joey Votto singled in the seventh and has a 6-game hitting streak. He’s batting .391 (9-for-23).

*Brandon Phillips hads four-straight multi-hit games. He’s batting .440 (11-for-25).

*The Reds still have only one error for the season (on Opening Day). The only other team with one error in six games is the Braves.

*I did a notebook today on Paul Janish’s hot start. There will also be items on the team defense and when it’s posted, something on LeCure’s day.

Quotes:

“They put some good swings on some balls and you can’t do anything about it. I pretty much threw a lot of the pitches where I wanted to today. They found holes and found gaps. That’s kind of the way it goes. I’m not going to get down on myself. I’ve got a lot more appearances to go. We’re still out there fighting, giving it our all.” — Nick Masset

“I was fairly pleased. There were a couple of times I got a little bit complacent out there and I think that cost us. the first pitch to Lee that he hit into the gap was a get-me over fastball. I didn’t have a whole lot behind it. he took advantage and did what good hitters do. A couple of walks was me being kind of lazy.” — Sam LeCure on his outing

“We had a lot of chances today. We’ve been picking them up the last couple of days. We just didn’t get that two-out hit today that we needed. They ended up getting it.” — Dusty Baker

Until Friday from Phoenix…
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Stunning win on Opening Day

That Reds penchant for the drama didn’t disappear after an off-season. Ramon Hernandez brought it all back, and then, some with a stunning three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. It gave the Reds a 7-6 win.

Cincinnati came into the ninth down 6-3 against Brewers closer John Axford. A fun conclusion for the Reds and their 42,398 fans at GABP…but not a well-played game overall.

Highlights:

*The Reds were 1-for-10 RISP with 10 LOB. They were 0-for-9 before Hernandez came through.

*Edinson Volquez was rocked for three homers, including two in a row to start the game. Carlos Gomez hit the second one and it sailed 429 feet into the upper deck of right field. Not a cheapie by any stretch.

*Jonny Gomes made an error fielding Ryan Braun’s two-out single. It put Braun on 2B and a Jordan Smith balk later put runners on second and third. A possibly tough insurance run scored on Casey McGehee single.

*The Reds were resilent, give them credit. They did not pack it in on a freezing cold day.

*Brandon Phillips’ nifty slide step to avoid McGehee’s tag saved a rally. McGehee should have just thrown to first base and that game likely doesn’t end like it did. Scott Rolen hustled hard to beat the throw to first base, as well. Asked to describe his speed, Rolen dryly replied “Electric.”

*Credit the Reds bullpen, especially Sam LeCure and winning pitcher Logan Ondrusek for keeping Milwaukee in check.

*Gomes nearly won the game himself with a long screamer of a fly to center field. It went for a sac fly but put Hernandez in position to win the game.

*Check out this photo gallery from the game.

Notes:

*The last Reds walk-off home run on Opening Day came from the bat of Joe Randa on 4/7/2005 vs. the Mets in a 7-6 win.

*Hernandez is the fifth Reds player to collect four hits on Opening Day.

*The Reds are now 4-9-1 in their last 14 openers. The tie, incidentally came vs. MIL in 2000, after an official game was called because of rain.

*The last time a team hit two home runs to begin a season was the Reds on April 7, 1969 vs. the Dodgers. Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan each went deep against Don Drysdale at Riverfront Stadium. Crosley Field.

*Cincinnati hadn’t won an Opening Day game since 2007, so it was the first in the tenure of Dusty Baker and Walt Jocketty.

Quotes:

“We don’t want to win it like that. We got lucky enough we got the win today. To me, it’s amazing. This is one of the best opening days I’ve ever had in my career. I’m so happy that I helped my team and my team won a ballgame.” — Ramon Hernandez

“They were getting some hits with runners in scoring position and we weren’t. If you keep putting them out there, sooner or later something good is going to happen. The key is opporutunies. If you don’t have opportunities, you don’t have much of a chance.” — Dusty Baker

“We ended the season on a walk-off last year to clinch the division and start it that way this year. We kind of struggled to put together productive innings today. We got some base runners and weren’t able to capitalize and get them across. I think it’s a huge shot in the arm for us to start the year. It’s always great to win the first one and in that fashion, it’s even more special.” — Drew Stubbs, who hit a homer in the fourth inning.

“I think I was a little bit excited in the first inning. After that, I calmed down and threw my pitches.” — Edinson Volquez

“Obviously, my opinion doesn’t really matter. But if my first inclination was that he was not out of the baseline, I would have made sure I kept going towards him a little bit more than I did instead of also trying to make a throw. In hindsight, I wish I had just come through and made a thtow to first and not even worried about him.” — Brewers 3B Casey McGehee on the non-tag of Phillips in the ninth.

“I got away with one in the at-bat before with Gomes. This time I paid for it.” — John Axford, who gave up the game-ending homer to Hernandez.

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Heisey keeps hitting

 The Reds took a 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks and moved to 15-14-1 for spring with two games to go. It was the second-day in a row the opponent was held to single-digit runs scored.

The highlights:

*OF Chris Heisey extended his team lead with a fifth homer this spring in the seventh inning during his only at-bat. Other than Dave Sappelt, Heisey has been the Reds best hitter in camp. Heisey is batting .354 (17-for-48) and also leads the club with 13 RBIs. He came in with a .702 slugging percentage in the previous 22 games.

“Heisey is going to come up big before it’s over with,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s going to play. Everybody plays on my team. We’ll get him in there. There aren’t many people like Heisey that can play all three outfield positions, play them well and hit and run.”

*Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Phillips notched his first homer of the spring and it was no cheapie as it bounced hard off of the center field batters’ eye. It was a two-run shot on the first-pitch he saw from Aaron Heilman. Phillips has an eight-game hitting streak.

*The Reds leadoff hitter today, Drew Stubbs went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Stubbs led off the first inning with a single to right field and doubled to center field in the second inning. Since going 1-for-5 with 3 Ks on Tuesday, Stubbs is 5-for-8 with four RBIs and is up to a .269 average for spring.

*Scott Rolen returned from a sore elbow that kept him out since Thursday. Rolen was 1-for-3 with a sharply hit RBI double in the second inning. From my untrained eye, he didn’t look to be favoring anything.

*Ramon Hernandez (right elbow) played for the first time since last Sunday and went 0-for-1 with a sac fly.

“They’re fine,” Baker said of Rolen and Rodriguez. “We have to watch Ramon a little closer than Scotty but he threw the ball great to second base. He was throwing balls super before.”

*Jared Burton pitched a perfect sixth inning.

*The next updates on this blog will be coming from Cincinnati. Keep checking back.

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Bruce leading off

Reds vs. Rangers, 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Ohio/WLW/MLB.com

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

This is the second time this spring that Bruce has led off, I believe.

*Baker could be taking a look at contingencies for a Plan B leadoff hitter since Stubbs has struggled all camp.

“There’s a chance,” Baker said. “”I keep hoping Stubby will come around.If it’s not working, you have to go with something else. In a perfect scenario, you’d hope that it would be better than it is. Especially if you’re making contact, you have a chance with his speed. If you don’t make contact, nobody has a chance. We’re just trying to find it.”

Stubbs got seven at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday and got 4 or 5 hits, he said.

**Update from medical staff***

*Ramon Hernandez (sore right elbow) is swinging and throwing comfortably. He will be back in a couple of days.  Baker indicated Hernandez could play a minor league game tomorrow.

*Johnny Cueto (shoulder inflammation) has seen his symptoms subside. They are working on a strengthen program now.

 

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Leading off…Drew Stubbs

When asked if he had settled on a leadoff man with three weeks to go, Reds manager Dusty Baker took a long pause before answering.

“Probably Stubbs, still,” Baker said. “If it doesn’t work, I can go to somebody else. There’s a chance I was going to go with somebody else sooner or later anyway. So far, our best leadoff hitter isn’t quite ready for the big leagues.”

Baker was likely referring to Dave Sappelt, who actually led off on Friday vs. Texas. Stubbs batted second.

Stubbs has the speed but his offensive numbers didn’t lend to the leadoff spot last season. In 34 games in the top spot, he batted .220 with a .324 OBP. Overall, he had 22 homers, and 168 strikeouts.

*Coming into the day, Joey Votto was batting .125 with eight strikeouts in 16 at-bats. Baker had zero concern about Votto.

“He started out bad ever since I’ve known him,” Baker said. “The first year here, I didn’t know what to think. I liked what I saw in BP. I liked his regular season stats. It just didn’t equate to what I was seeing in Spring Training. It takes him a while to get his timing and zero in on his concentration. I’m not worried about him. I’ve seen guys every spring kill it in Spring Training but when they put that third deck on top, wouldn’t hit a lick.”

Change at the top

Reds at Dodgers, 3:05 p.m. ET. Radio on WLW with Kelch and Brantley

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

Arroyo 1

Interesting that Dusty Baker has flipped the 1 and 2 spots with Stubbs and Phillips. He did say at the beginning of camp that both could be his leadoff guy. Stubbs did it for a few games, including Thursday night vs. LA.

 “We’re trying it. It’s Spring Training,” Baker said. “We’re probably going to try Jay Bruce and a couple of other guys. If I try guys, it might just to get a guy three at-bats with less innings in the field.

Asked about his place in the lineup for the season,  Phillips did not share his preference.

“I will tell you this – wherever they put me, I will do my job,” Phillips said. “When I hit fourth, I drove in RBIs and showed I could hit fourth. When I hit second and third, I was 30-30. When I hit first, I got on base and made the All-Star team. Then I ended up getting hurt and my numbers went down. I feel like I can hit anywhere in the lineup.”

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