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Friday, two days until Deadline

Reds lineup vs. Giants

Stubbs 8
Lewis 7
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Cairo 5
Hernandez 2
Janish 6
Willis 1

*RHP Sam LeCure leads the NL with a 0.61 ERA as a reliever (min 29 1/3 innings)

*LHP Matt Maloney and RHP Jared Burton are both scheduled to make rehab assignment appearances tonight for Triple-A Louisville.

*Vs. Reds LHP Dontrelle Willis — Freddy Sanchez is 12-for-20 (.600) but is on the DL. Pat Burrell is 13-for-49 with three homers, and is also on the DL. And in another break — Mark DeRosa is 5-for-12…and guess what? On the DL.

*Vs. Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong — Brandon Phillips is 5-for-7.

Wood optioned, LeCure activated

Before Wednesday’s first game of the doubleheader, the Reds optioned starting pitcher Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville and activated reliever Sam LeCure from the 15-day disabled list.

In 16 starts this season, Wood was 5-5 with a 5.11 ERA and he had 34 walks with 65 strikeouts over 93 1/3 innings. He last pitched on Monday vs. the Yankees and took a 5-3 loss after allowing four first-inning runs with eight hits overall, one walk and six strikeouts. He retired his final 11 batters in a row.

LeCure had been on the DL since May 29 because of a strained right forearm.

The move all but assures that Homer Bailey will be activated to take Wood’s next turn to start, which was Sunday vs. the Orioles.

Bautista, Blue Jays here

Reds lineup vs. Blue Jays

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

As Dusty Baker said on Wednesday, we have to see what the West Coast trip means in these games coming up. If the Reds can keep some momentum from the 5-2 trip, all is well. The last thing they need is to lay an egg this weekend vs. Toronto.

I will be very curious to see how Major League home run leader Jose Bautista handles his bat  in GABP. With the warm weather and the small confines, there could be a few souvenirs this weekend if he’s not pitched carefully.

Rehab assignment updates:

*RHP Homer Bailey (right shoulder) pitched last night for Triple-A Louisville vs. Toledo, his second start. He allowed three runsand 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. There was one homer. He threw 83 pitches/55 strikes

*LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder) pitched Wednesday for Double-A Carolina. His line for a one-inning start in the Mudcats’ 7-0 loss at Jackson was 1 ip, 0h, 0r, 1 bb, 2k, 28 pitches, 18 strikes.

*RHP Sam LeCure (right forearm) is scheduled to pitch again Saturday vs Toledo.

Bruce, Stubbs rested

Reds lineup vs. Dodgers

Heisey 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 7
Lewis 9
Hanigan 2
Wood 1

“A lot of changes today,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re going with fresh bodies. We want to take advantage of two days off and take advantage of a five or six hour night everybody is working on.”

*Jay Bruce is not off as a result of the home plate contact he had with Rod Barajas last night. He is 2-for-20 on the road trip.

“I see him fouling off pitches now and slowing down a little bit from being so hot,” Baker said. “I remember Ted Williams said that most guys go into a little tailspin because they’re running the bases a lot.”

Bruce still had a whole bunch of scrapes on his right shin after getting the business end of Barajas’ shin guard.

“I’m fine. It didn’t feel great,” Bruce said. “If you’ve ever slipped a pedal on your bike into your shin, that’s what it was like. It hurt a lot in the beginning but it wears off.”

*Sam LeCure took the loss for Triple-A Louisville last night. Against Lehigh Valley, he pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run and two hits with one walk and three strikeouts. That included a home run. In three rehab outings, LeCure has a 2.45 ERA over 3 2/3 innings.

*The Reds will be wearing 1944 throwback uniforms today. The Dodgers have throwback uni days any time they have a weekday matinee game. Cincinnati’s uniforms are the type that a 15-year old Joe Nuxhall wore when he debuted that season.

*Today is Baker’s 62nd birthday.

Ambush!

 Sometimes it seems, the Reds do their best work from behind. They laid low — very low in fact — for the first half of Monday’s game against Carlos Zambrano. But a 4-0 deficit after 5 1/2 innings quickly became a 7-4 win over the Cubs. It came on seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jonny Gomes had the big offensive moment with his two-run homer that capped the scoring. The Reds sent 12 to the plate in the sixth and had nine-straight batters reach safely with one out

“This team’s got a lot of fight,” Gomes said. “One hit through five and some change. You saw that again tonight. It’s a magical team with a bunch of hot hitters and a bunch of real good hitters and they’ll shine at any time.”

Notes:

*It’s the second time since Friday that the Reds have bounced back from a 4-0 deficit. It also happened on Friday vs. St. Louis. It was also the Reds’ 12th come-from-behind victory this season

*Gomes homer in the sixth was his first since April 17 and it gave him first RBIs since April 30. Oddly enough, he did not see the ball clear the fence on the fly and thought he had a ground rule double and stopped at second base. The umpire told him it was a homer before Gomes headed home.

*Bailey did a nice job in the first to work out of his own mess. He walked the bases loaded with one-out but also struck out the side. It was a 32-pitch inning but he went on to retired 10 of the next 11, which included a double play.

*Superb one-hop throw to the plate from CF Drew Stubbs in the eighth to nail Alfonso Soriano, who tried to score on a Marlon Byrd single. The throw beat Soriano by a step as he slid into the plate.

*Reliever Sam LeCure has not given up a run of his own in his last 5 appearances since moving to the bullpen.

*Francisco Cordero had a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his 8th save while working his fourth straight game. That was career save No. 298 for Cordero.

*Reds starting pitchers are 8-0 with 2.20 ERA over the last 12 games.

*The Reds have won four-straight and eight of nine. Thirteen games into this stretch of 20 in a row, they’re 10-3.

Quotes:

“It’s interesting. If you’re on a last-place team, no one’s paying attention to your struggles, but if you’re playing on a first-place team and everyone’s banging it kind of gets exposed a little bit. I might get some days off with the struggles, but I’ll never get some days off with a lack of effort and not hustling. At the end of the day, that’s going to shine.” — Jonny Gomes, who entered the night batting .186

“I knew something was off, mechanically, after that second batter. I threw one pitch after the bases loaded, figured out what it was and was able to correct it on the fly. I wish it wouldn’t have taken three hitters to do that, but nonetheless we were able to get out of it without any damage.” — Homer Bailey on escaping his bases loaded jam in the first by striking out the side.

“That was kind of like a thunderstorm that came in and all of sudden, we had seven runs and a chance to get some more.” — Dusty Baker

Game ppd, Bailey on Thursday

As you likely know by now, the Reds series opener vs. the Astros on Monday was postponed because of rain. It was re-scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET on Thursday.

It has a created a chance to alter the rotation and get Homer Bailey back from the disabled list. Bailey started the season on the DL because of a right shoulder impingement.

“What did they say, rain is a good thing? Is there a song about that?” Bailey said. “I’m definitely glad I can be back in at this level of competition. More than anything, I feel prepared. I went down and felt I threw well in all my rehab starts. Everything progressed pretty well. I’m kind of ready to step back in and get this thing started.”

Bailey pitched 6 1/3 innings for Louisville on Saturday while throwing 91 pitches. He allowed one run, five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. In three starts for Louisville, he was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA, four walks and 11 strikeouts.

The Reds had planned to give Bailey one more rehab start at Class A Dayton, only because the team was originally scheduled off. His return means that Sam LeCure is moving to the bullpen. LeCure was supposed to start Tuesday. Mike Leake will move back a day and pitch. Travis Wood is still on for Wednesday.

“Had we had a game here without revamping the whole rotation then [Bailey] probably would have been throwing that day,” manager Dusty Baker said. “But, as it is, it worked out. He didn’t really feel, necessarily want another rehab assignment. It just would have been better for our rotation.”

Other notes:

*Baker did change his mind about Edgar Renteria at 3B had the game been played tonight.

“I changed my mind because he’s not really comfortable there yet,” Baker said.
 
*Johnny Cueto [rt. biceps/triceps irritation) appears to be getting one more rehab assignment start at Class A Dayton on Friday. He will have a side bullpen session with Bryan Price so he can see his progress. Cueto threw 99 pitches over 4 2/3 innings on Sunday at Louisville and gave up two runs (one earned) with five hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

“He had good velocity,” Baker said. “His pitch count got high early, and he was kind of spinning off away from the target, which Bryan feels is easily repaired.”

*After Tuesday, the Reds will play five day games in a row…two here and three at Chicago.

Rainout history at GABP:

This is only the fourth PPD in the nine seasons since the yard opened.

*The game on 6/15/03 vs Phi was postponed after a 1-hour, 25-minute delay in the top of the second inning.

*The game on 5/15/08 vs Fla was postponed before the gates opened.

*The game on 4/10/09 vs Pit was postponed after a 20-minute delay at the start of the game.

*The game on 5/2/11 vs Hou was postponed before the gates opened.

*Three other games were shortened by rain but completed (4-3 win vs Atl in 4.2 innings on 4/22/04, a 2-2 tie vs Hou in 7 innings on 6/30/05, 4-2 win vs Cubs in 5 innings on 9/22/06).

Maloney down, Fisher up

 Tough break for LHP Matt Maloney. He pitched long relief and was needed in long relief to help save the bullpen three times in a week. But he is the one that got optioned to Triple-A Louisville because he has options left and the Reds needed an extra arm. Carlos Fisher was recalled from Louisville and is on site.

Maloney made the spot start last night afte the rain delay and pitched two-plus innings with three runs and eight hits allowed. He also threw 73 pitches. Jordan Smith (three innings) and Nick Masset (two innings) were all used pretty heavily. Dusty Baker said Masset could be available for a short situation.

Fisher had a 7.71 ERA in six games for Louisville, but had four saves in four chances. He last pitched Tuesday at Columbus and saved the 4-2 Louisville victory (1.1ip, 0h, 0r, 1bb, 1k, 20 pitches). He was in Toledo last night and flew this morning to Chicago and then to Evansville before making the two hour drive to St. Louis since Lambert Airport is closed because of tornado damage.

*For those wondering, Dontrelle Willis (2-0, 0.53 ERA) last pitched five innings on Wednesday. He would not have been available this quickly. It came down to Fisher was on the 40-man roster and available to give the Reds a little length if they needed it.

*Dusty Baker is not revealing, yet, is plan for Edinson Volquez and if he might start Sunday. He only said he’d announce a decision “tomorrow.” As for current Sunday starter Sam LeCure’s availability for today, Baker said “we’ll see.”

Reds drop eighth of last 12

 Remember that 5-0 start? What happened since. The Reds have dropped 8 of 12, including a 5-4 loss to the D-Backs on Tuesday.

The ball was carrying in the muggy air and in the press box, it felt like Kramer and Elaine’s experience at H & H Bagels on Seinfeld.

Even the outs were loud against Sam LeCure, who also surrendered four home runs — a season high for a Reds pitcher.

Some notes:

*Brandon Phillips tested his sore right groin with a dazzling defensive play in the third inning. On Ryan Roberts grounder to the hole between first and second, Phillips made a running pick to his left and threw to first base on the run.

“I really didn’t want him to make that play going into the hole to turn and throw. He had the presence of mind to just keep running and not try to stop,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
*The Reds have rallies in the eighth and ninth innings where they had the tying run up. It was a killer in the eighth after Phillips’ RBI single when the heart of the order — Votto, Rolen and Bruce went down in order. Votto struck out on three pitches, Rolen popped a 1-0 pitch behind the plate and Bruce skied a long flyout to center field.

*The Reds have given up at least one run in the  first inning in the last three games. Roberts hit the first of his two homers in the top of the first inning.

*The Reds haven’t lost three in a row since Sept 22, 24-25 of last season.

*Joey Votto was hit by a pitch in the first inning and has now reached in all 17 games this season.

*Nice night for the bullpen. Bill Bray worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings with one hit and Logan Ondrusek had two perfect innings with two strikeouts.

*It’s been quite a workload for that bullpen of late. The Reds rotation has only 24 1/3 innings pitched in the last five games. They’ve allowed 24 runs in that stretch.

Quotes:

“I was frustrated I was not able to go deeper in the game to save the bullpen, more than the runs.” — Sam LeCure

“I got him on a slider. He had a great at-bat. Some of the splits I threw weren’t really where I wanted them. I had him just out in front enough for him to pull them foul. Couple of those made my heart stop. I thought they were down the line. We were fortunate to get out of this one”. — Arizona closer J.J. Putz on facing Paul Janish in the ninth. Janish fouled off four 2-2 pitches before grounding out in a key at-bat.

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“You can’t get down. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. You just have to keep playing. We knew it was going to be a tough road sooner or later, especially when you have two of your main horses – Cueto and Homer out. Hopefully we can win some games until they come back and really get on a roll…and save my bullpen.” — Dusty Baker.

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.

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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