Results tagged ‘ Jay Bruce ’

No deal with top pick yet

UPDATE at 10:21 pm: Still no deal…

“We’re hopeful  but we can’t tell if it’s going to happen or not,” Reds director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said. “‘Cautiously optimistic’ is the phrase.”

And in case you’re wondering, LHP Jeremy Sowers in 2001 was the last Reds first round pick to not sign. He went to college and eventually signed as a first-round pick of the Indians.

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It’s getting down to the zero hour before the 12:01 am ET deadline to sign 2011 top draft pick RHP Robert Stephenson.

As of right now, a deal does not appear to be close with the 27th overall selection.

“If we sign him, it won’t be until later,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. “Hopefully, we’ll get it done. Right now, we just don’t know. We haven’t gotten any positive sign from their side.”

A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one spot.

Stephenson has a contingency plan since he is enrolled to play for the Univ. of Washington. Either way, I will let update you when I hear something later tonight.

*In other news, Jay Bruce was named the NL Player of the Week. Here is a portion from the MLB press release:

In seven games last week, Bruce led baseball with 15 RBI, a 1.120 slugging percentage and 28 total bases, and tied for the Major League-lead with five home runs and nine runs scored. The 24-year-old collected the second-most hits among National Leaguers while his .440 (11-for-25) batting average ranked third and his .481 on-base percentage ranked fourth. Bruce had five multi-hit performances on the week, including four multi-RBI efforts.

*Also, I’d like to thank Barry Bloom for covering the Reds during the home stand and staying on top of everything while I was on vacation.

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).

Bruce missing from Friday lineup

Reds lineup vs. Braves

Heisey 9
Cozart 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Lewis 7
Stubbs 8
Cairo 5
Hanigan 2
Arroyo 1

*Something must be up with up with Jay Bruce, because he is 5-for-9 (.556) with a homer lifetime vs. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens. And Dusty Baker is very big on maximizing matchups whenever he can. When the clubhouse opens, I will see what the word is.

**Update: Bruce is under the weather and having dizzy spells. He is scheduled to see a doctor today.

*Coming off Wednesday’s victory at Pittsburgh, the Reds are trying again for back-to-back wins. That hasn’t happened since the three-game sweep at LA June 13-15.

*Some game time changes ahead: The Aug. 20 game at PIT has been changed from 7:05 p.m. to 4:11 to accommodate the FOX national broadcast…the Sept. 10 at COL is no longer is on the FOX broadcast schedule…that new starting time is TBA.

NL takes 5-1 win over AL

The Reds were not huge factors in the National Leagues’ 5-1 win over the American League Tuesday night. Cincinnati’s hitters were a combined 0-for-6 with four Ks.

Scott Rolen — started, was 0-for-2 with two Ks.

Joey Votto — entered in the top of the fifth and was 0-for-2 with a K and a groundout to 3B

Brandon Phillips — entered in the top of the sixth and was 0-for-1 with a fly out.

Jay Bruce — entered as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out. He played right field in the bottom of the ninth and made a throwing error on Matt Joyce’s single that moved him to second base.

Here are some quotes from the Reds All-Stars today… Be sure to check out my full story when it’s up on Reds.com and MLB.com.

“Arizona has done a great job. The clubhouse is beautiful. I feel like it’s been a nice experience.” — Joey Votto

“That was not the two draws I was looking for, for sure.” — Scott Rolen on facing pitchers Michael Pineda and Jordan Walden. Pineda was throwing some killer sliders and Walden had two pitches reach 100 mph and another at 99 to Rolen.
“I say thank you, Prince, because he just gave the Reds home field advantage for the World Series. I’m going to give him a kiss on the cheek. I told him already. I’ll give him a kiss…when I get dressed.” — Brandon Phillips on Prince Fielder, who was named MVP for his fourth inning three-run homer that snapped a 1-1 tie.

“My family and friends are getting to experience everything. It’s been awesome. I’m just taking it all in. it’s been great.” — Jay Bruce.

 

At the HR derby

I’m writing to you from my spot in the auxiliary press box, which happens to sit in left field at Chase Field during the home run derby. Several BP balls made it in this vicinity so it could be fun dodging some more during the derby.

Be sure to check out my stories on Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce and another one on Scott Rolen from the All-Star game.

Here are some video clips:

Scott Rolen talking about the All-Star game

Jay Bruce discussing his first All-Star experience.

Here are a bunch of quotes, some that did not make my stories today:

“I’m really happy to be here. I would have been disappointed had I not made the All-Star team. If you ask anybody in the room, they answer the question the exact same way. I don’t want the four days off. I strive to be the best player I can. I made the All-Star team last year and really wanted to do it again this year. … It’s easier this time because I know how to pace myself. Last year, I was beat up before because I had to do the Final Vote thing and then I was beat up afterwards because I stretched myself too thin. I think this time I will take it in and enjoy it a little more. Last year, it just felt like it happened so quickly. I didn’t get to stay in the moment and take it in.” — Joey Votto

“The way we’ve been playing, I’m glad the All-Star break is here. It came at the right time. Recharging isn’t the word. We need to shock them. I’m glad we’re going through what we’ve gone through in the first half. It shows we’re human and we have a lot of things we need to do. At the beginning, I didn’t know we were going to be where we are now. I thought we’d be much better. We have some of the best players in all of baseball and for us to be only four games out the way we’ve been playing, it shows you what our team is.” — Brandon Phillips

“I’m doing something not everyone gets a chance to do and I’m really, really excited about it to be able to represent my family, represent my team and represent the city I’m from and represent myself.” — Jay Bruce

“It’s always special. I kind of viewed last year as my last All-Star game. I thought ‘ok, bring the whole family, do it all.’ And here we are again. I rolled it all out last year and this is an add-on. Everybody is here but we had to go and collect them.” — Scott Rolen

Photos: 

My view for the State Farm Home Run Derby

Former Reds 1B Sean Casey near the MLB Network set.

Scott Rolen near the BP cage with Matt Holliday

Joey Votto

Votto: ‘We’re frustrated too’

It’s Monday morning in Phoenix and everyone is at the Arizona Biltmore Resort for the All-Star media sessions. The National League team is just wrapping things up. Three of the four Reds All-Stars are here — Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. Scott Rolen had returned home to gather up his family and was still flying out. He will be here tonight.

Lots of print, internet, TV and radio reporters peppered the players with all sorts of questions — ranging from what music they like to which pitchers they want to face or not face. Although this is a work trip for the Reds players — it’s also a four-day break from the season. I will have a more detailed story later today but here is something for now….
 
“It’s  very helpful. Jay and I were talking about that on the ride here and how nice it will be to put the season on pause,” Votto said. “I think, speaking as a player on the team to the Reds’ fans, we’re frustrated too. We’re frustrated about the inconsistency of the team, not necessarily the players, but the wins and losses. We’re frustrated that things haven’t been easier. I think that if we pull this division out, this will almost be, to us, it might end up feeling more satisfying than last year. Last year, we just felt like ‘this is our season. We’re going to do it.’ This year, we feel like we’re supposed to repeat but we’ve kind of been in a hole the whole time and have to dig ourselves out.”

Joey Votto

 

Brandon Phillips

 

Jay Bruce

All-Star selection Sunday

NL All-Star starters, as voted by the fans. No Reds will start.

C Brian McCann
1B Prince Fielder
2B Rickie Weeks
SS Jose Reyes
3B Placido Polanco
OF Ryan Braun (leading NL vote getter)
OF Lance Berkman
OF Matt Kemp

Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce were voted in by the players as reserves. For Votto and Phillips, it’s their second consecutive time. It’s the first for Bruce.

My story on Reds.com and MLB.com.

Winning series, .500 road trip

There were some smiling faces and relaxed dudes in the Reds clubhouse and they earned it with a 4-3 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.

That meant a winning series, two of three.

That meant a .500 road trip at 3-3.

The trip featured two walk-off losses on home runs and a two-run defeat. Tampa Bay pitchers — Jeremy Hellickson, David Price and James Shields — gave the Reds all they could handle and combined for 31 strikeouts.

But the Reds tandem of Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez were as good or better.

Two-out hits were huge today — Ryan Hanigan’s three-run homer in the fourth and Fred Lewis’ RBI single in the seventh were the the game offensively.

 “Hopefully, we’re close here to making a run,” Hanigan said. “We’re starting to play better baseball. I think guys are healthy and I think if few things go right for us, we can make a little push here.”
 

Notes:

*Nice afternoon for Volquez, who worked 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He had no hits allowed through four innings and retired 11 of the first 13 he faced and 15 of 18.

*Two relievers that were  left frustrated last night — Logan Ondrusek and Bill Bray — bounced back very well today with a combined 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

*Hanigan’s home run was his third of the season and first since he hit his other two on April 3.

*Tough day for Jay Bruce, who got the “golden sombrero” with 0-for-4, four strikeouts game.

*The Reds were not pleased with the work of home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Dusty Baker had a long and animated talk with Hernandez after Drew Stubbs had a check-swing strikeout in the second inning. Leading off the eighth, Joey Votto was called out on strikes on a pitch that sailed over the other batter’s box. Votto argued pretty intensely but was spared an ejection when Baker intervened. He knew the club could not afford to lose Votto from the game.

*The Rays are 1-8 all time against the Reds.

*Rays DH Johnny Damon received a standing ovation after his sixth-inning single. It was career hit 2,654 and tied him with Ted Williams for 71st all-time.

Quotes:

“Big series win. We played good baseball this series, all the way through. We had three tough guys we faced. I thought we did a good job against Price even though he pitched well. We got him late and fell behind and came back, which shows a lot of character for this team. Today with Shields, we got the lead and never gave it up.” –  Ryan Hanigan

“Me and Brook [Jacoby] have been working on keeping my hands in tight and getting to my strong point and driving the ball. Basically, I just worked the count and got a good pitch to hit. Volquez kept us in the game. Hanigan had a great day at the plate. We played good defense.” — Fred Lewis

“We played a very good series and they played a good series. I’ll tell you, they’ve got some good pitching over there too. Especially the last couple of days, we faced some of the best pitching we’re going to see. You see why they are where they are and you can see why we’re getting to where we’re trying to get to.” — Dusty Baker

“You can’t walk guys out there, especially two guys in a row with no outs and put runners on first and second. I did a good job with guys on first and third to strike the guy out there and I left the ball over the plate to Freddy Lewis and I think that if I get that ball where I wanted it, I end that inning with no runs.” — Rays starter James Shields, who struck out 10 over seven innings.

Bruce in, Gomes returns to TB

It might be hot and muggy outside….and I really mean muggy…but we are indoors at Tropicana Field. This might be 11th season on a team beat, but this is my first ever visit inside this particular venue.

I’m curious to see how often the infamous catwalks come into play here. I’m just thankful that it will be comfortable and there is a guarantee of no rain delays.

Reds lineup vs. Rays

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

Leake 1

*Catcher Ryan Hanigan is out for the second-straight game, one that he might have caught with Leake on the mound. He’s been bothered by a back strain for about a week.

“We’re doing what we can to let it calm down,” Hanigan said. “It’s spasming. I could play if I had to. We’re letting it cool down because it hasn’t been getting better.”

*Jay Bruce is back in the lineup after being sick yesterday. Bruce was given some antibiotics but there was no real explanation of the illness he had. Whatever it was, it seems to have passed.

“I’m a little tired but I feel good today,” Bruce said.

*Jonny Gomes was in the Rays organization from 2003-08. In 2005, he set the club’s rookie home run record with 21. It’s since been surpassed by Evan Longoria. Gomes is meeting the local media here this afternoon. I’m sure he will be well received by the fans tonight.
 
Jonny Gomes speaks with Tampa Bay area media.
 

Bruce gets a rest

 Reds lineup vs. Orioles

Heisey 9
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Gomes DH
Lewis 7
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Cairo 5
Janish 6

Bailey 1

*Jay Bruce is 2-for-10 in the series so far, including a 0-for-5, 3 strikeout game last night. Not surprised he’s getting a break.

**UPDATE - Bruce is sick today. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the clubhouse and looking rather lousy. He was going to see the Orioles team doctor to find out what he has.

“I don’t feel good this morning,” Bruce said. “I felt perfectly fine last night. But when I got back to the hotel and went to bed, I caught a chill and couldn’t shake it.”

“We’re going to find a place to quarantine him if he’s contagious so he doesn’t get anyone else sick,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

*As expected, RHP Homer Bailey was activated from the 15-day disabled list to make the start today. To make room on the roster, Carlos Fisher was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

*In the last 18 games, Reds pitchers are 10-8 with a 2.82 ERA, with the starters 10-5 with a 3.03 ERA.

*Joey Votto became the eighth Canadian born playuer to reach the 100 career home run milestone last night. The other seven are: Larry Walker (383), Matt Stairs (165), Jeff Heath (194), Jason Bay (193), Justin Morneau (185), Corey Koskie (124) and George Selkirk (108).

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