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Reds seeking series win

Sunday lineup vs. LAD

Phillip 4
Cairo 5
Votto 3
Gomes 7
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2 Hanigan 2
Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Arroyo 1

Dusty Baker tipped yesterday that Rolen might not play and that Heisey would definitely play. But it’s an unexpected twist that Hernandez is catching since Hanigan is usually paired with Arroyo. Hernandez has been super hot at the plate of late (.379 with 17 RBIs, last 15 games) but it’s still worth asking.

**Sorry — there was a mistake is the info. Hanigan is the starting catching, not Hernandez. It’s not a scratch or anything.

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Postgame: 14 over .500

A 3-0 win over the Cubs put the 62-48 Reds a season-high 14 games over .500. They are 4-1 on the road trip, have won five of six and seven of nine. This was a nicely played game in all facets for the Reds, who got enough key hits, good pitching and terrific defense.

The good —

*It was another sterling performance by Bronson Arroyo, as he pitched seven scoreless innings with five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts for his 12th victory.

*Arroyo had a huge escape in the fifth inning. After having runners on second and third with no outs, he struck out pitcher Tom Gorzelanny, got Tyler Colvin to pop out and fanned Starlin Castro.

“Sneaking out of that fifth inning was huge,” Arroyo said. “It kind of deflates a team a little bit to get nothing out of that situation. It gave me an opportunity to pitch to the seventh with relative ease.”

*Arroyo said Gorzelanny’s quick innings and having to hit twice and run the bases took a lot out of him on a muggy afternoon.

“I didn’t get a lot of rest,” Arroyo said. “I got a pinch tired and started missing spots with my fastball. I was getting into some jams.”

*Defense was big today. Scott Rolen robbed Castro with a diving stop on a grounder in the fourth and threw him out from his knees. Jonny Gomes made a diving catch in left field to take a hit away from Geovany Soto in the seventh.

*One final defensive gem came on the last play of the game. With the tying run at the plate, Blake Dewitt hit a chopper back to the mound. Francisco Cordero made a nifty barehanded grab over his head and threw Dewitt out at first base, barely, to get his 30th save.

“That was a shortstop, Brandon Phillips type play,” manager Dusty Baker said. “I didn’t think he had a chance to get him at first base.”

*Not much offense but just enough. Ryan Hanigan hit his third homer with a two-run shot in the second inning. Brandon Phillips provided a big insurance run with his two-out RBI single in the seventh.

*For a guy who hates day games, Arroyo has thrown 13 scoreless innings vs. the Cubs in two winning starts at Wrigley Field this season.

*Rolen was 2-for-4 and is batting .483 (14-for-29) over his last eight games.

Roster move —

*During the game, the Reds revealed that IF/OF Drew Sutton was claimed off of waivers by the Indians. That leaves the 40-man roster at 39 players and opens a spot up for Chris Dickerson’s return from the 60-day DL. No word on what will happen to make room on the 25-man roster, if the Reds are ready to activate him.

*Baker said he and Walt Jocketty and the staff would likely talk about that potential move and the one possibly involving Russ Springer back at the team hotel later tonight.

More quotes —

“You look at the boxscore and you never see it show up. That kind of stuff right there, especially the first play on Castro from his knees, that changes the whole inning. I’m going through the meat of the order with Castro on first base, who is pretty fast, if he doesn’t make that play. I wound up being in a jam anyway.” — Bronson Arroyo on Scott Rolen’s defensive gems.

“We got a couple of runs today. The pitching was great and we played good defense. We were able to pull out a tight one.” — Ryan Hanigan

“We wanted some more [runs] but that was all we needed today. That was a big win for the first game of a series in Chicago.” — Dusty Baker


Postgame: Wood wins No. 1

There was no shortage of highlights worth mentioning from Wednesday’s 10-2 Reds win over the Brewers. For starters, it completed a 4-2 road trip with two series wins.

The good —

*There always seems to be hand wringing about the offensive shortcomings but the NL’s best hitting and scoring team cranked out 22 runs and 32 hits over the last two games to win this series. As Larry David might say “pretty, pretty good.”

*Travis Wood finally got his first big league win. His outing was shortened by the long sixth inning and his turn coming up in the midst of a big rally. Wood pitched five innings and allowed two runs and five hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

“It feels good,” Wood said. “Coming out today, every game, I’m trying to get that first one.  Today I was able to throw well and keep the team close. We ended up getting a lot of big runs late. We battled and got it done.”

*The most impressive moment of the five-run Reds’ sixth was the sound execution of Ryan Hanigan’s perfect suicide squeeze. Miguel Cairo was sprinting home from third base as Hanigan dropped his bunt back to the mound. Milwaukee was definitely caught by surprise there.

*Defense was nice today as Jay Bruce robbed Carlos Gomez with a diving catch in the fourth inning to save a run after Milwaukee had just taken a 2-0 lead. Trying for a triple in the seventh, Gomez was also nailed with a very nice one-hopped throw by left fielder Jonny Gomes.

*Brandon Phillips slugged a 450-foot grand slam off of Bernie Brewer’s yellow slide in the eighth. Other than Sammy Sosa in the Home Run Derby in 2002, no one had ever hit the slide. I even asked Bernie and his handler. Bernie replied by nodding his enlarged head “no.”

*Four more scoreless innings by the Reds bullpen gave them 15 scoreless for the six-game road trip.

*Jonny Gomes’ RBI double in the sixth gave him 300 RBIs for his career. He is still sitting on 99 career home runs.

*Joey Votto hit his 26th home run of the season in the eighth. That established a new career-high and extended his NL lead.

What happened there? —

*Wood had oops moment when he walked off the mound and to the dugout after striking out Joe Inglett in the third inning. There were only two outs. Wood wasn’t alone since Hanigan also went that way.

“He was strutting pretty good,” Dusty Baker said. “Guys were all on him for strutting like the inning was over. The second one wasn’t as good as his first one.”

Why Leake? —

Some folks on Twitter wondered why Mike Leake was sent to pinch-hit in the eighth inning for Arthur Rhodes. It wasn’t just because Leake was a .366 hitter.

“We were kind of short of people today,” Baker explained. “We tried to stay away from Scotty after his big day yesterday. He was sore. We didn’t want to use Ramon because he caught about 150 pitches yesterday. He was a little sore. I had to save Janish because Cabrera injured his shoulder a little bit on that slide into third. I took a chance of bringing Nix in early. I couldn’t afford to use anybody else and I didn’t think they’d walk him.”

Give Leake credit for working a full-count walk to load the bases just before Phillips’ grand slam.

More quotes —

“It was kind of strange to get a five-inning win, especially after all the great games he’s pitched. We needed that one badly. It was a big getaway day win for us.” — Dusty Baker on Travis Wood

“My pitches were working pretty well. I had some trouble getting the curveball at first and then finally found it. I was able to make some good pitches at some good times and get some guys out.” — Travis Wood

“You go into some ballparks and some lineups, and they’re all home run threats. You keep them in the ballpark and you’ll be alright. But I think we’re deeper than that. We’ve got some situational hitters. You saw the squeeze. The top of our lineup is going to get on and we’re going to run. We’ll go from first to third and steal bags as well. I don’t think we’re just home run threats.” — Jonny Gomes

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Friday lineup

Fri lineup vs. PHI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5 Gomes 7
Bruce 9

Cairo 5
Heisey 8
Miller 2
Leake 1

UPDATED: Scott Rolen was scratched because of a sore back.

Ramon Hernandez was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 5, because of a sore left knee. Ryan Hanigan was activated from the DL. Hernandez is eligible to return on July 20, which means with the All-Star break, he won’t miss a ton of games.

But Hernandez was very unhappy about the situation — not at the club but at his knee. He went through a similar injury on the same knee at the same time last year. It required surgery and missing two months. This time, he didn’t believe it was as bad.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” Hernandez said. “It’s the same time of year. Especially now that the team is playing very well. It stinks more because of the way we’re going about our business and playing, to miss some games when the team is playing well.”

Hernandez said he basically could not run at all.

“Some days I get up and it’s not painful,” he said. “It kind of tells you it’s going to better. Last year, it wasn’t getting better at all.”

Hanigan didn’t play tonight because he had a stiff neck that he had the last couple of days at Louisville.  He said he felt better and could catch if needed.

*From the Reds notes: Beginning tonight the Reds will start rookie pitchers in 3 straight games for the second time this week…according to Elias Sports Bureau, when RHP Mike Leake (Sun at Chi), LHP Travis Wood (Mon at NYM) and LHP Matt Maloney (Tue at NYM) pitched earlier this week, the Reds started 3 straight rookie pitchers for the first time since LHP Brandon Claussen, RHP Josh Hancock and RHP Luke Hudson did it from 9/27-9/29, 2004…barring a change in the rotation this weekend, for the first time in their history the Reds will start rookie pitchers in their last 3g prior to the All-Star break.

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Hernandez out again

Thurs lineup vs. PHI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Stubbs 8
Miller 2
Cueto 1

*This is Ramon Hernandez’s fourth game in a row out with a sore left knee. Whether he can be back by Friday is unknown.

“Maybe, but we possibly have to make a decision here soon too,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “The All-Star break is coming up. He hasn’t caught in a few days. If he’s not better, we can still backdate stuff. It’s tough duty with one catcher and Janish as the backup. We’ll make a decision probably tonight after the game.”


*Ryan Hanigan was 2-for-3 last night for Triple-A Louisville on his rehab assignment. He is likely ready to be activated from the disabled list if the club had to DL Hernandez.

*It was an off day for Jonny Gomes, for a couple of reasons:

“It’s been hot out there and Jonny has been struggling a little bit. Kendrick gets right-handers out a lot better than left-handers, especially in this ballpark,” Baker said. “It’s a perfect time and Jonny will play the next three days.”

*Baker views these next four games and the ones right after the All Star break as prime opportunity to make a move in the division.

“You can’t start thinking about vacation before vacation gets here. This is a time you hope everybody else is thinking vacation and you’re thinking through the break vs. to the break…The teams I’ve been on or had, it’s something I’ve stressed to them. Most jobs, those last couple of days before you go on vacation are non-productive days. Then when you come back, you’re still in vacation mode and you have a couple of more non-productive days.”

*Several players were having a good time watching the Rockies-Cardinals game this afternoon in the clubhouse. Many on the bus were watching last night’s Colorado walkoff win on their iPads while bussing from New York to Philadelphia.


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Notes on Volquez, Hanigan, Gomes

*Edinson Volquez is scheduled to make his next rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Monday at Indianapolis. But that’s not set in cement, just yet.

“We haven’t decided yet. We’re going to talk about that today,” manager Dusty Baker said.

UPDATE: GM Walt Jocketty said Volquez will start Sunday on regular rest. How many minor league starts he gets after that is up in the air.

“We’ll determine it after his next start,” Jocketty said.

*Through six games of his rehab assignment at Louisville, catcher Ryan Hanigan (broken left thumb) is hitting only .143 (3-for-21). He’s made two starts behind the plate and four as the DH. Hanigan is expected to get tonight’s game off. There remains no timetable to activate him from the DL.

“He’s catching well,” Baker said. “He doesn’t have any pain in his thumb, I’m told. We’re just waiting for him to get his stroke together. We want him here, ready, not just here to catch. His offense was a big part of our offense as well. He hadn’t gotten a lot of hits. We want him to get a few more quality at-bats and hits and he’ll be here shortly.”

*Jonny Gomes had a very big leadoff single in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay and the Phillies Wednesday. It came just before Jay Bruce’s game-winning two-run homer.

“I was just trying to get on in any way. I would’ve taken getting hit by a pitch in the neck,” Gomes said this morning.

Gomes is 8-for-45 (.178) in 12 games since the start of the West Coast trip on June 18. But over his last 50 games, he’s hitting .314 (54-for-172, 7 HRs)

“It’s those numbers that go up and down that I don’t worry about but everyone else pays attention to,” Gomes said. “I’m still grinding out a hit a day. Everyone looks at it as it was such a hot month I had and they were thinking I was going to keep on hitting .400. I don’t worry about stuff like that when you’re in first place.”

*And from the Elias Sports Bureau: The Reds’ 25th comeback win of the season on Wednesday matches the most come-from-behind wins the Reds have ever had through the end of June.  They also had 25 such wins before July 1 in 1957, 1975 and 1978.

*Several Chicago reporters were in the office this morning. With things going bad for Lou Piniella lately, Baker was asked if Chicago was a tough place to manage.

“Yeah, it’s tough,” he responded. “One reason it’s tough is because nobody lets go of the past. Everybody is still counting. I was here for four out of the 100 years. You talk to most and they act like I was here the whole hundred years. I’m only 61 years old.”

Monday vs. Philadelphia

Monday lineup vs. PHI

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Cueto 1

*Dusty Baker said the club has not decided on a starter for Thursday against the Cubs. “Soon,” Baker said.

I think it will be Travis Wood, who has a 2.82 ERA over his last 10 starts and a 0.63 ERA over his last four starts. He last pitched on Friday and worked eight scoreless innings.

*Homer Bailey (right should inflammation) threw for the first time today since he was shut down over two weeks ago. Bailey threw on flat ground and made 30 throws from 60 feet. He will increase the intensity and distance each day.

“When you don’t throw for two weeks and all of a sudden throw, it’s kind of like sitting on the couch for a long time and then walking,” Bailey said Monday. “The first few steps you’re like ‘oh man.’ After that, it’s all right, I’m good. It was pain free. Everything was nice and loose. Granted, it’s only day one but definitely they’re good signs.”

*Outfielder Chris Dickerson (right hand/wrist surgeries) is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday but that’s not even close to happening. Dickerson, whose rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville got scrubbed last week when he was sore following batting practice, got a cortisone shot in his wrist Sunday.

“It’s sore today and hopefully some of that point from the shot will go away and I can start swinging again tomorrow,” Dickerson said. “It’s not exactly following the plan of being out four-to-six weeks. I’ve talked with specialists from all disciplines and when you get into the wrist, it’s very delicate. And it can be very touchy sometimes.”

*Baker will have a deeper bullpen with Bill Bray joining fellow lefties Arthur Rhodes and Daniel Ray Herrera. The Phillies starting lineup tonight features four lefty hitters and two switch hitters. A fifth lefty is on the bench.

“It’s not a luxury. It’s something I think is a necessity at this point,” Baker said. “If your lefties are getting lefties out, that’s when the luxury comes in. Boy, do they have some lefties.”

*Through three games of his rehab assignment at Louisville, Ryan Hanigan is 1-for-11 (.091). Hanigan is scheduled to DH for the third time tonight in the game at Norfolk.

*After this series, the Reds don’t play again at Great American Ball Park until they open the second half of the season on July 16 vs Colorado…the 15 days without a home game is the Reds’ longest since a 15-day stretch from May 31-June 14, 2001.

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The Ohio Cup, part deux

Friday lineup vs. CLE

Phillips 4
Cabrera 6
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Bruce 9
Stubbs 8
Hernandez 2
Aaron Harang 1

*Orlando Cabrera is 8-for-60 in his last 15 games, including a current 0-for-18 slide. He is out of the leadoff spot for now. 

“At-bats are piling up for Cabrera,” Dusty Baker said. “Maybe getting some non at-bats, some sac bunts, some hit-and-runs and different things will take some pressure off him.”

Cabrera has a better chance to break out tonight since he  is 7-for-18 (.389) in his career vs. Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey.

“I know but when you’re not going good, track record don’t mean nothing,” Baker said. “He had a good track record against some of the guys on the road too.”

Baker was asked if the just-signed Gary Matthews Jr. could eventually fill the leadoff role.

“Matthews has got to get his act together first,” Baker said. “How do you do that without your act being together? Matthews is going to Triple-A to get his act together. If his act was together, he’d be playing somewhere and probably leading off.”

*Ryan Hanigan was 0-for-2 Thursday as the DH in his first rehab assignment game for Triple-A Louisville.

*Homer Bailey (right shoulder inflammation) said he is going to resume a throwing program on Monday — nothing too intensive at first however.

“I feel like I can probably start throwing now,” Bailey said. “I feel pretty good. But we have this plan working. It seems to be going pretty well. We’ll take our time and stick with it.”

*Reliever Mike Lincoln (strained right side muscle) hoped to begin throwing by next week.

*Tonight is Irish Heritage Night, so the Reds are donning green caps for the game vs. the Indians.

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Volquez, Chapman, Leake — news

*Edinson Volquez pitched five innings and allowed one earned run on three hits with no walk and one strikeout in his latest rehab start for Triple-A Louisville. Volquez threw first-pitch strikes to nine of his 19 batters and reached as high as 98 mph. Of his 80 pitches, 49 were strikes.

*In 13 innings over three starts, Volquez has yet to allow a walk.

*Aroldis Chapman is pitching in relief today for Louisville for the first time this season. And for the first time this year, Reds GM Walt Jocketty indicated that he could be looked to eventually come up as a reliever.

“We may look at that,”  Jocketty said. “If Volquez comes back and Bailey isn’t far away, the best opportunity will be out of the bullpen. But we could still possibly use him as a starter.”

Update: Chapman pitched two innings of relief and allowed one run, two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

*Mike Leake is being pushed back from his next turn in the rotation and will not pitch in the Cleveland series. Leake, who pitched this past Monday vs. the A’s will start on Tuesday vs. the Phillies. Aaron Harang, Sam LeCure and Bronson Arroyo will start the next three games vs. the Indians.

*Ryan Hanigan will leave Thursday for Louisville and his rehab assignment. Hanigan will be gone 7-10 days, and DH the first couple of games. He will be behind the plate for Volquez’s next start.


Postgame extra: 180-degree turn?

Suddenly, this road trip tastes and smells a might bit better for the Reds. After going 0-3 in Seattle, two wins in Oakland improve the outlook. A 4-2 win means they can get a sweep with another victory on Wednesday.

The good —

*Bronson Arroyo — a very smooth eight innings pitched. His only mistake was a two-out, two-run homer to Coco Crisp in the fourth. Arroyo lasted 105 pitches and said he was done.

*Arroyo also did not walk a batter after he walked a career-high six last time out vs. the Dodgers. He’s won seven of his last eight decisions.

*There were 13 hits collected, including 10 from the 2-6 portion of the order by Brandon Phillips (three hits), Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jonny Gomes and Jay Bruce (also three hits).

*After Drew Stubbs sacrifice, ninth-hitter Corky Miller came up big with a two-run single.

*Francisco Cordero got the save after a lousy Monday night where he blew it. But it was a nail-biter again as Cordero gave up two singles to bring the winning run to the plate with one out. He ended the game by getting a double play.

The not-so-good —

*Reds for 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

Quotes —

“When you get swept like we did in Seattle, you just take the mindset that you have to take at least two out of three from these guys and get back home feeling somewhat positive about what we’ve done. Tomorrow if we can take one more, we’ll great about going 50-50 on the road.” — Bronson Arroyo.

“I always say if you give it up, the best thing that can happen is come back in the next day and get it done. That’s not a good taste when you blow the game. Being able to come back today and get it done, that made me feel a lot better.” — Francisco Cordero

“That’s Bronson, he can get on a roll. It’s much welcomed. He was dealing tonight. He made just one mistake on a breaking ball to Coco Crisp. He gave us all he had and went as far as he could go.” — Dusty Baker

Quick note —

GM Walt Jocketty expected to have the plans set Wednesday for catcher Ryan Hanigan’s rehab


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