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‘Disheartening’ sweep at home

There wasn’t a lot of talking in quiet the Reds clubhouse after a 10-9 defeat to the Mets Thursday afternoon. But veteran Miguel Cairo wanted to make sure he was heard by all as he spoke with reporters. Cairo didn’t yell but he spoke clearly and made his points.

“We’ve got to start playing the way we know how to play. That’s the bottom line. We stink right now as a team,” Cairo said. “We don’t do the little things to win games. It’s not like everything is going wrong. You’ve got to make it happen. And you’ve got to go out there and make it happen. You’re not going on the field and ‘oh, everything is going to go wrong.’ That’s the not the mentality we got to have. The attitude has to be tomorrow is another day and we’re going to expect to win. Right now, I don’t think we have that attitude.”

Welcome to the lowest point of the Reds season. They are 50-55, five games under .500 (a new season high)

It was the Mets first-ever four-game sweep in the city of Cincinnati — whether it be Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium or Great American Ball Park. New York scored 30 runs in the series.

And this was a team that had traded one of its best player before Wednesday’s game.

The Reds hadn’t been swept four games at home by anybody since the Astros Aug. 7-10, 2008 by the Astros.

“It’s disheartening to have a four-game sweep in your house,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

More Notes:

*Logan Ondrusek’s ninth inning hurt badly as a single and two walks loaded the bases. His wild pitch to Willie Harris made it a 10-8 game and proved to be the difference in the game after Joey Votto homered in the bottom on the ninth.

*Speaking of Votto, he is 6-for-13 in three games since Monday’s break with a homer in each one.

*Miguel Cairo hit the second PH homer of his career, a three-run shot in the seventh. His last PH homer was 2001. It played a big role in a nice comeback attempt as the Reds scored four in the fourth and one in the seventh.

*Homer Bailey: 4+ ip, 12 H, 9 ER (career high), 2 BB, 2 K.

*The Reds eight doubles in the game were a season high and their most since…8/26/01 at Montreal.

*Aroldis Chapman’s eighth inning walk of Jose Reyes snapped his streak of 17 batters in a row retired.

*The last time the Reds were five games under .500 was the end of the 2009 season when they were six back.


“We’ve got to change the attitude. I don’t like to lose. No one likes to lose. We’ve got to go out there and expect to win. Right now, we’re not playing like it. We’ve got to change the attitude. Tomorrow, we’ve got San Francisco and they’re going to come over here and try to kick our butt. And we’ve got to react. We’ve got to do something about it. We’ve got to take our tail out of our butt. That’s the way we’ve got to do it. Everyone has to put more effort than what we’ve been doing.” — Miguel Cairo

“They were hot this series. They weren’t missing anything. You notice the averages on the board; they came in one thing and left 10, 12 points higher. That’s hard to do this time of year.” — Dusty Baker

“There was the bases loaded double, there were a couple walks in there and there were some more hits, so I don’t think we can sit back and look at a bunt single and say that was the difference. It was more of a matter of a pitcher not making pitches; that was me. Bottom line: we just didn’t get the job done. Offense came up with plenty of runs; we definitely should have won that game with as many runs as we put up. A starter doesn’t go out there and do his job, that’s what’s going to happen.” — Homer Bailey

Arroyo: ‘Yeah, it’s totally frustrating’

 The Reds have scored two runs or less in five of their seven losses since the All-Star break. Wednesday fit the desciption of lackluster in every manner during an 8-2 loss to the Mets.

A team that was first in runs during the first half, came into tonight 11th in runs in the second half. The Reds are 5-7 since the break and at 50-54, a season-high four games under .500.

 “Obviously the team hasn’t had a long winning streak in such a long time,” starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo said. “Yeah, it’s totally frustrating – not just for myself but for the whole ballclub. There’s nothing else to do but come in tomorrow and have a good attitude about playing the game. The further and further it goes in games like this and series like this, it definitely becomes a little harder to be optimistic about the mood of the team.”

Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, who came in with a 5-9 record and 4.73 ERA stuffed the Reds for a complete game. Cincinnati only had three runners in scoring position all night.

“Not a whole bunch to say. They beat us up pretty good,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.


*Baker wonders if there is a health concern with Arroyo after another poor outing. Arroyo finished with five runs (four earned) and seven hits allowed over six innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He’s allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts, including his most recent victory on June 25 at Baltimore. He is 7-9 with a 5.58 ERA.

“We have to discuss it and find out if indeed there is something wrong,” Baker said. “We don’t know at this point. Everybody is a little banged up. It just depends how banged up somebody is. Hopefully we’ll get a truthful answer from Bronson.”

Arroyo claimed that his health was currently fine. His 30 homers allowed eclipsed last season’s total of 29 and left him one shy of his career high.

“I felt pretty good. I’m just not getting it done,” Arroyo said. “I feel better now than I did two months ago. Pitching performances — not to say I’ve been throwing the ball well — you win a ballgame 5-4 and it looks OK. You lose the ballgame 5-0 and it looks terrible. The mediocre outings look even worse, especially tonight.”

*I didn’t address this from the pregame blog, but Baker certainly noticed the Cardinals big trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto and brought in starter Edwin Jackson, right-handed reliever Octavio Dotel, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and outfielder Corey Patterson.

“There’s some level of frustration in here because the the rich teams get richer at this time of year,” Baker said. “They usually do something this time of year. They usually did something when Walt [Jocketty] was there.”

*After getting the night out of the lineup Monday, Joey Votto is 4-for-8 with two home runs. He hit homer No. 15 to left field in the fourth inning against Pelfrey.


“I don’t know if it becomes more urgent because you can’t win two games in one day. All you can do is play each one out. You’re not capable of doing more than you can. You go out there, prepare and play the game hard…I don’t know if it’s urgent or any kind of panicking. It definitely becomes hard to be optimistic about the thing as a whole.” — Bronson Arroyo

“He threw the ball well tonight. He threw strikes, got ahead. We just couldn’t muster much other than Joey and a couple of other hits.” — Dusty Baker on Mike Pelfrey

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).

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 and

“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


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 and

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).

Votto in a slump

Reds lineup vs. Orioles

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

*Although he often gets that big clutch hit when the Reds really need it, Joey Votto hasn’t been his usual robust self at the plate. In his last 11 games, Votto is batting .182 (8-for-44) with 11 strikeouts and a .282 OBP. He has also gone nine games without a home run, with the last one coming June 13 at Los Angeles. Might it be time for an off day? Votto last got one on May 9 at Houston and went on a pretty strong tear after that.

***UPDATE — I asked manager Dusty Baker about resting Votto sometime soon and there are no plans to do it, especially with the tough teams ahead on the schedule — Tampa Bay, Cleveland, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

“Now is the time you dig deep and try to play through the [All-Star] break. I thought about it,” Baker said. “He’s just off. He’s not tired. They’re pitching him tough. The American League clubs are pitching him real tough. He may be frustrated but he’s not physically tired. One thing is he’s showing he’s human. Sometimes you forget that stars are human and capable of ups and downs. We’ve just been so spoiled because he has very few extended down periods. I wouldn’t mind being down and hitting .318. One thing for sure is you know he’s going to get hot again. Count on it.”

Votto, who was the ballpark early today doing extra work, said that some technical glitches in his swing have been spotted by Baker, hitting coach Brook Jacoby and even teammate Edgar Renteria noticed something.

“It’s hard for me, even watching video, to see some of the technical mistakes I’m making,” Votto said. “But luckily I have some good people surrounding me and they’ve pointed out some things that were off a little bit with my swing and causing me to miss a lot of the pitches I’ve been given lately. Over the past month, I’ve been getting plenty of pitches to hit. I haven’t been taking advantage of them. It’s a mechanical thing. It’s my fault.

“You have some many components to success. For hitting a baseball, for hitting success, those smaller adjustments can really make a big difference. I kept scratching my head wondering what the hell is going on? Why am I not driving the ball? Why am I missing certain pitches I wasn’t missing before? It helps when you’ve got good eyes on you. It takes time. This will pass. With or without their help, I’m going to get through this.”

*By a .001 percentage point. the Reds are in fourth place for the first time this season and behind the Pirates.

*The Reds’ first-inning ERA of 6.66 (77ip, 57er) ranks 29th in the Majors, behind only the Royals (6.81, 75.1ip, 57er)

*At Triple-A Louisville, Dontrelle Willis pitched eight innings and allowed four runs and eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts for a 5-4 win over Toledo last night. In 12 starts, Willis is 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA, 19 walks and 61 strikeouts.

Happy Father’s Day

To all the Dads out there…Happy Father’s Day. Hope you get a nice day with your kids if you can be with them today.

Reds lineup vs. Blue Jays

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

*Last night at Double-A Carolina, Aroldis Chapman worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Of his 21 pitches, 14 were strikes. The Reds have a decision to make soon since Chapman’s 30-day rehab assignment is just about up.

*Joey Votto didn’t reach base in either of his last two games, his longest such streak since he failed to reach safely over 3 games on 8/30 vs LAD and 8/31 vs Pit (DH), 2009.

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