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Saturday

Reds lineup vs. Giants

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

In light of his bullpen being spent and coming off of Friday’s 13-inning win over the Giants, Reds manager Dusty Baker did not hide what he’s hoping for tonight out of Mike Leake.

“A complete game would be wonderful,” Baker said.

It’s unlikely that Aroldis Chapman or Jose Arredondo are available tonight.

“That was a gutsy performance from those guys,” Baker said. “I really don’t know if we have any of those guys tonight. Chapman, he wasn’t even supposed to pitch. Arredondo wasn’t supposed to pitch. But they were fresher than Ondrusek and Sam LeCure.”

Closer Francisco Cordero is available to pitch tonight if needed.

“I had Coco slated to go two innings yesterday, which I try not to do too often,” Baker said. “He said he feels pretty good today. He came out of it pretty good, considering (he threw) two innings. What 30 pitches? That’s one inning sometimes.”

Knuckleballs and missed chances

R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball messed with Reds hitters just as much as missed chances tortured them during a 4-2 loss to the Mets.

New York seized control of the game with a four-run seventh. The Reds were 1-for-9 RISP and had 11 men left on base. A shot at a .500 record was missed as the Reds fell to 51-52 as their short-lived winning streak ends at two.

 “We had chances a couple of times. They got the hits when they needed them and we didn’t,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said

Notes:

*Mike Leake deserved better again with 6 1/3 ip, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He’s allowed 3 ER over his last two starts and has two losses.

*Dickey had only 57 pitches thrown through five innings and finished with 86 pitches/61 strikes over 6 2/3 innings.

*Paul Janish was 3-for-4 with a run scored in his first game after being recalled from AAA Louisville.

*Brandon Phillips made a nice diving stop to rob Carlos Beltran to end the top of the third inning.

*Logan Ondrusek did not fare very well. Upon entering in the seventh with a runner on first base and two out, Ondrusek gave up three-straight hits and allowed the one inherited run and two of his own runs. He had a 1.53 ERA going in and no runs allowed in his previous 11 appearances.

*Jose Arredondo had a shaky start to the ninth with a hit batter and a walk but he escaped with a 5-4-3 double play and a line out to first base to give the Reds a chance in the bottom half.

Quotes:

“I remember he throws different kinds of knuckleballs – some hard and some soft. You know the basic rule – see it high, let it fly. See it low, let it go. But it’s tough when never see it every day of the week. You can see it high still, and the ball still moves a little bit and you won’t get a good piece.” — Todd Frazier on R.A. Dickey

“During the beginning of the game, once you see him, the more you get used to him and you know what to expect. Once he comes out of the game, the next pitchers that you see, it’s pretty tough on you. When you have a dude come in throwing 100 mph when you’re so used to seeing 70 mph, you be like, ‘Man, wow.’ It messes your timing up. There’s no excuses, but Dickey messed me up for the remainder of the game. I was so used to swinging at the high pitch.” — Brandon Phillips

“Hopefully we’ll put together a string of five or six or seven together soon just to take some pressure off people. The good thing is this division is still up for grabs. Even though we’re not even close to mid-stride, all these other teams are letting us stay in it. We seem to keep battling and hopefully we can put something together.” — Mike Leake

“I don’t worry about it. I’m going out there when the phone rings and just getting people out. I faced the Reds many a time when I was with the Cardinals, so I’m familiar with their hitters. With Bruce, I know he comes up big a lot of times so I didn’t want to give in to him.” — Jason Isringhausen on the decision to pitch around Jay Bruce for a two-out walk in the 9th to face Phillips with the bases loaded. Phillips struck out to end the game.

Cordero overlooked?

The other day on the radio with Marty Brennaman, I predicted the Reds would have three representatives and I was right on the count but missed on one guy. Instead of saying Jay Bruce, I felt like closer Francisco Cordero could go.

Yeah, it was a long shot because Cordero is nowhere close to the lead in saves. Today, he notched his 17th that is good for 11th in the NL. Brian Wilson has 24 saves while Heath Bell and Joel Hanrahan each have 23 and all three are going to Phoenix for the All-Star game.

Among closers, Cordero came into today with a league-best 0.85 WHIP (walks-hits per 9 innings). His ERA after Sunday is 1.49 and trails only Hanrahan. He also has 11 walks with 26 strikeouts over 36 1/3 innings

Cordero, a three-time All-Star, felt overlooked this year.

“To tell you the truth, it’s fairly disappointing,” Cordero said. “I know I don’t have a lot of saves. But overall, I have pretty good numbers. Last year, I understood I didn’t make it. I was leading the league with 24 saves last year and I didn’t make it because I had a high ERA. Now because I don’t have enough saves, I’m not on it. I’m disappointed. I’ll just do my job and continue to do what I’m doing, getting people out and trying to make the playoffs.”

“I thought I was going to make it but that’s how it is sometimes. Sometimes stuff like that happens. You have to be able to put it behind and continue to do what you’re doing. I’m happy for the three guys that made it. They deserve to be there too.”

Notes from the Reds’ 7-5 win over the Indians:

*Edgar Renteria notched the first home run this season for a Reds shortstop  with his fifth-inning solo shot to the first row of right field seats. It was also the 900th career RBI for Renteria.

*Fred Lewis was 2-for-5 and is batting .424 (14-for-33) with seven RBIs in his last 13 games.

*Mike Leake (6 ip, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. 93 pitches/62 strikes) had retired 11 in a row until he issued walks in top 6th that would later score. Dusty Baker believed the heat and running the bases in the bottom of the fifth affected Leake in his final inning. Overall I felt it was a very good effort for Leake.

*The Reds finished the Ohio Cup series 1-5 vs. the Indians and 6-12 in Interleague Play. It’s all NL baseball from here and it starts with a huge road trip to St. Louis and Milwaukee. See you Monday from Busch Stadium.

Smooth 5-0 blanking of Rays

As far as games go, the Reds could not have asked for one to go much better or smoother. They were more than pleased to leave Monday with a 5-0 win.

“First day into a new city, pretty much for a lot of guys, [the Rays] had just come off a great series in Houston, swinging the bat well and pitching well,” Jonny Gomes said. “It all starts with Mike Leake. Pitching and defense win you a lot of games.”

Leake provided 6 ip, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K….99 pitches/57 strikes.  He is 4-2 with a 2.49 ERA in seven games since returning from Triple-A Louisville.
 

Notes:

*Another strong night for Brandon Phillips — 4-for-5, 2 RBIs. Phillips has multiple-hit days in six of his last seven games. His average is up to .299.

*Pregame, I was curious about the Tropicana Field catwalks. Gomes appeared to be the right guy to take care of that. He went deep to left field for a homer off of the catwalk over left field leading off in the fifth inning. It was Gomes’ ninth career homer off the catwalks. He was tied for the Rays team record with eight catwalk shots.

*I saw something you don’t see often…a runner called out for passing a teammate on the bases. It happened in sixth when Evan Longoria passed Ben Zobrist at second base on Matt Joyce’s fly ball to Fred Lewis. It was huge break for Leake, who started the inning with runners on first and second with no outs. Zobrist, who tagged up on the play, was left stranded at third base. If you’re scoring at home, it’s a flyout 7 on Joyce and 6 unassisted for the Longoria out.

*Nice middle relief from Sam LeCure, who allowed one hit over a scoreless seventh and eighth innings.

*Like many managers, Dusty Baker didn’t see everything through rose-colored glasses. He pointed out some missed chances as the Reds went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners.

“We still could have tacked on a few more runs, which is something we’re still in the process of learning,” Baker said. “To throw the knockout punch when you get them.”

*The Rays winless lifetime vs Reds (0-7).

*I learned who DJ Kitty was for the first time.

Quotes:

“It was a good opportunity to show the Reds the guidelines on the catwalk.” — Jonny Gomes on his home run.

“The results are showing up, and I’m happy it’s finally showing. I’m trying to stay positive and keep grinding. I talked to my Dad, looked at some old video and decided to go back to my old ways go up there and drive the ball instead of just guide it. It’s paying off. I’m just going to stick with that.” — Brandon Phillips

“I didn’t put any balls over the middle, maybe just one or two. Luckily they didn’t do anything with them.  I was just nibbling a little too much and a little more side-to-side with my mechanics than normal.” — Mike Leake

“He’s an absolute pitcher. He knows what he’s doing out there. He knows how to change speeds and he can throw a strike when he wants to. … I can understand why he has been successful.” — Rays manager Joe Maddon on Leake

“That was a double play that we’ll take. It’s probably something you’ll never see Longoria do again. That ball did look like it was in the game. Freddy closed the gap pretty quickly and made a fine running play.” — Dusty Baker on the Longoria base running gaffe.

Huge win before welcomed day off

Even if Joey Votto doesn’t agree, the Reds needed that game in a bad way. A 4-3 win over the Brewers came in the Reds’ last two at-bats on a two-run homer by Jay Bruce in the seventh and Joey Votto’s game-winner with a two-run shot in the eighth. Cincinnati was trailing 3-0 after four innings.

Votto hasn’t gotten as many pitches to hit, and especially drive, this season. But he got one very favorable matchup against Milwaukee reliever Kameron Loe, coming in 3-for-6 with two homers. Not only did Votto crush the 2-1 pitch, it was still carrying upwards as it smacked the center field batters’ eye. Estimated distance: 439 feet.

“Every single game is equally important,” Votto said. “This one was important because we’ve been losing quite a bit lately.”

Manager Dusty Baker had a different point of view about the meaning of the game, which was the Reds’ 20th in 20 days.

“Best one in a long time. That was huge that we found a way to win the game,” Baker said.

Notes:

*Francisco Cordero recorded his 300th career save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Cordero is only the 22nd player to reach that plateau and it tied him with HOFer Bruce Sutter on the all-time list.

*Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks has started three games against the Reds this season with a home run. Oddly enough, his team is 0-3 in those games.

*In his last 17 games, Jay Bruce is hitting .403 with nine homers and 25 RBIs. His long ball tonight was his NL leading 17th.

*The Reds have 15 come-from-behind wins this season.

*Before tonight, the Reds had lost their last five one-run games.

Quotes:

“It was so great tonight. We’re down by a run in the bottom of the eighth, two outs, and Joey Votto came big and hit a homer and I get the save. Now we have a great day off tomorrow and enjoy the day off and come back ready to play against the Dodgers and keep doing what we’re doing — just keep winning games, just keeping saving any time I get the chance. Who knows? Maybe next time we’re talking about 400. You never know.” — Francisco Cordero

“Shaun Marcum obviously had a lot to do with it. We ended up getting some big hits at the end of the game, myself and Jay. Jay has obviously been a go-to guy over the past month.” — Joey Votto on the Reds’ first six scoreless innings and the turnaround.

“Both of them are great hitters. Votto is always hot. Bruce has been unbelievable for the last month. When you make a mistake to them, neither one is going to miss it.” — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.

“We finally won a series, won a rubber match game that has been eluding us for so long. Hopefully now we’ll take this day off and enjoy it. It’s been a tough run these last 20 days. Up and down and a lot of emotional swings, mostly down.” — Reds manager Dusty Baker

“Any time you’re in the central division and win, it’s always good. But going into a day off and winning, it’s a little better feeling than going in with a loss. We’ve got a tough stand coming here with L.A., we’ll have to battle.” — Reds starter Mike Leake, who allowed three runs over six innings.

Arredondo active, Leake optioned

The Reds activated RHP Jose Arredondo from the disabled list Saturday and optioned RHP Mike Leake to Triple-A Louisville. As you know, Leake skipped the Minors when he made the team out of camp last year.

Leake was 3-2 with a 5.70 ERA in nine games, including six as a starter. His last three outings were in relief after he was removed from the rotation. His demotion is as much of an endorsement of the work Sam LeCure did so far out of the bullpen and his flexibility to pitch in different situations. Leake had not adjusted as well.

“We just felt right now that LeCure is more suited and adept to the pitching out of the bullpen, whether it’s long or short,” Reds GM Walt Jocketty said. “He has experience doing that and Mike really hasn’t.”

“It’s very difficult,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Leaky is one of our favorites and the fact he hadn’t really done anything to be sent out. It’s just a matter of numbers and again, a business decision. We had to call up Arredondo or else lose him and have to pay him anyway. It’s similar to the Fred Lewis move. Sometimes there are baseball moves and business decision moves. Not only was it a business move, they told me he was throwing the ball well.”

Leake will go into the Louisville rotation, which will enable him to be on a fixed schedule every fifth day.

Said Jocketty: “He’ll continue to do that for a while, for a couple of reasons – in the event we have a need for a starter, but there are still some things he needs to work on to get back to pitching like he did last year.”

Arredondo was signed last year even though he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with his command during Spring Training but his numbers in the Minors while on a rehab assignment were solid. He had a 2.30 ERA in 12 games for Double-A Carolina and a 2.25 ERA in six games for Louisville with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

He will be able to fill different situations — two innings, one inning, one batter and even though he’s right-handed, Arredondo has a strong track record vs. lefty hitters.

“We’re anxious to see what he can do,” Jocketty said. “We signed him for a reason. Hopefully, we’ll see the guy we thought we did when we signed him.”

Reds lose, Cueto to pitch Sun.

It looks like changes are afoot to the rotation. Dusty Baker revealed tonight that Johnny Cueto will be activated to pitch on Sunday vs. the Cubs. He will replace Mike Leake.

That decision appeared to have been made before Leake was roughed up for seven runs over 3 2/3 innings for a 10-4 Reds loss to the last-place Astros

“We’ll probably move him to the bullpen,” Baker said. “We were trying to do that anyway. Remember, coming out of Spring Training, he was going to be the long man. He performed well in those other guys absence. Tonight was the first time he got whacked around in a while. You can’t exactly pick your nights when you get whacked around.”

“I’m ready. I’m pretty happy. I feel good,” said Cueto, who has been out since Spring Training with right biceps/triceps irritation.

Cueto was originally slated to get another rehab start at Class A Dayton Friday, but that has obviously been changed.

The rotation has a 5.56 ERA for the season and entered the night ranked 15th out of 16 NL teams. Before Cueto comes back, Homer Bailey returns on Thursday.

Notes:

*The Reds are under .500 for the first time this season at 14-15. It’s the first time they’ve been sub-.500 since 5/7/10.

*Since starting the season 5-0, the Reds are 3-9 in their last 12 home games.

*Joey Votto extended his reach safely streak to all 29 games this season by going 2-for-4 with a first-inning double and fourth inning single. His latter two at-bats brought two outs on a total of two pitches. Votto made the third out in the fifth on a fly ball to center field with runners on first and second. In the seventh with runners on the corners and two outs, he popped a first pitch to second base.

*That pop out was Votto’s first of this season and according to fangraphs.com, it was his first since he had two in 2009. He was also caught stealing second base in the fourth inning when his team was down 7-1.

“That wasn’t trying to do too much,” Baker said of the caught stealing. He thought he had a good jump and I green light certain guys who think they can get a good jump. It looks bad when you get thrown out, but sometimes you try to slow-walk a team by inching them back. It’s not like we had a whole bunch of offense going against Happ in the first place.”

*Incredible play by 2B Brandon Phillips…he made a third inning barehanded stop on Jason Burgeois and flipped the ball to first base between his legs for the out while on the move.

*Did anyone watch the Jonny Gomes piece on ESPN’s E:60 tonight? If so, how was it? Anything we didn’t already know before?

Quotes:

“That inning, I was leaving the ball over the middle and not getting ahead. I was getting 2-0 counts quite a bit. I just wasn’t attacking, getting ahead.” — Mike Leake on his fourth inning.

“I know I sound like a broken record, you just hate to keep going to your bullpen so early. It destroys you, but the bullpen is in decent shape. We had some guys give us some innings in there just to save us for tomorrow and the ensuing days.” — Dusty Baker

Leake pleads guilty to lesser charge

Reds pitcher Mike Leake pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of unauthorized use of property – a fourth degree misdemeanor — stemming from his April 18 arrest on accusations of shoplifting six shirts valued at $59 from the downtown Macy’s.

Leake was accepted into court sponsored diversion program. If he completes 30 hrs of community service and counseling, his case to be dismissed. The deal was agreed to by prosecutors, Leake’s attorneys, Leake and Macy’s.

This afternoon, Leake held a press conference in the Reds dugout. He offered apologies to the Reds, the Castellini family, the front office and his teammates.
“I sincerely apologize to them for putting all this pressure on them and the drama I caused,” Leake said.

Leake then told his side of the story.

“On April 2, I went into purchase six shirts and they did not fit – wrong size. I proceeded to go to Macy’s and exchange them on my own instead of talking to the clerk. I set the six shirts down and got the correct sizes myself, walked out and they stopped me. I realize how boneheaded of a move that was. It was very wrong and I sincerely apologize.

“It was a serious lapse in judgment. For that, I  will be willing to do anything I have to do.”

There is much more. Go to MLB.com/Reds.com later for the full story.

Not much to support Leake

Marco Estrada of the Brewers did a nice job to keep the Reds offense’s hot-game streak to one.

The Reds notched a season-low two hits for the game and took a 3-2 loss, rendering a very nice night from Mike Leake moot. Milwaukee had three solo homers to win while Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer amounted for the Reds lineup’s moment.

Leake has back-to-back seven inning performances and three-straight quality starts. He allowed seven hits and two runs with no walks and six strikeouts.

Notes:

*Phillips is batting .364 (12-for-33, two HRs) over his last eight games.

*With two walks, Joey Votto’s streak of reaching base extended to all 24 Reds games this season.

*The Reds are 0-7 this season when scoring fewer than three runs.

*Drew Stubbs and Jay Bruce were a combined 0-for-7 tonight with four strikeouts.

Quotes:

“We didn’t have a lot of offense today. Both pitchers pitched well. Both pitched outstanding. That was perhaps the best game Leakie pitched this year. We’ve got a big rubber match game tomorrow. We’re due to win a get-a-way day. I don’t think we’ve won one all year. Odds are in our favor tomorrow.” — Dusty Baker

“I’m just pounding the zone and attacking them. I’m not showing that I’m there to lose. I’m showing that I’m there to win.” — Mike Leake

“I thought I threw a pretty good change-up. I kept it down, and he must have hit that on one knee. I don’t know what happened. He golfed it. He’s strong. He must have been sitting on it.” — Marco Estrada on the Phillips’ homer in the fourth inning.

Bad homestand ends well

For Reds pitcher Mike Leake, that went about as well as could be expected. The crowd supported him (I didn’t hear any booing) and he pitched well. And most important, there was a 7-4 Reds win that snapped a four-game losing streak and ended a rough home stand at 2-5.

Leake: 7 ip, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He had first pitch strikes to 16 of 26 batters and retired 16 of his last 17 batters. He couldn’t talk at all about his arrest on shoplifting allegations or the details of his case but he shared a little of his feelings. See more later on MLB.com/Reds.com.

“It was nice to go out there and be able to erase some things and go out there and pitch and I don’t know, let some things go,” Leake said.

Notes:

*Arizona scored a run in the top of the first, making it the fifth-straight game Reds pitchers have given up at least one run in the first inning. Cincinnati leads the Majors with 23 first-inning runs allowed.

*This time the deficit was mitigated by the Reds scoring four in the bottom of the first and sending nine to the plate. It helped that Daniel Hudson walked three (including two with the bases loaded) and hit a batter.

*Jonny Gomes walked for the 16th time in the top of the first. His 16th walk last season did not come until June 9.

Quotes:

“I respect him. I love him to death. Regardless of what happens, he’s family. He’s not a distraction to the team. He had nothing to do with it [the losing streak]. We got the win today. I’m very proud of him. He kept his head up, went out there and pitched like he normally pitched and did a good job.” — Brandon Phillips on Mike Leake.

“I didn’t want to back down so I just went after them. I wanted them to hit my pitch. They got a pitch every once in a while but they didn’t really do much damage with it. I just attacked them.” — Leake on what he did to pitch well vs. Arizona

“That’s the most runs we’ve scored in an inning in a while. It’s seems like it’s been a won a game, seemed like a month. That’s the way to end a homestand. It wasn’t a good homestand but it was a good ending. Hopefully it can be the start of some big things on this very important, tough road trip.” — Dusty Baker

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