Reds' first baseman
Joey Votto was asked by manager Dusty Baker if he wanted to take Tuesday
afternoon off after Monday's night game. Votto said no. Baker decided to
rest third baseman Scott Rolen instead and the results were impeccable.
Rolen provided the Reds with a two-run pinch-hit homer that tied the game in
the ninth inning. Votto went 3-5 with a
460-foot homer and the game-winning RBI single.
"I want to play every single day,"
"I don't want to be out of the lineup, ever. I think I can speak for every
single person in this locker room and they feel the exact same way.
Everybody wants to play every single day."
Homer Bailey started for the Reds on Tuesday and after a two-run first,
pitched concrete. Bailey's next six innings of work consisted of only one
Brewer hit allowed in the seventh. After Bailey left the game the Reds'
bullpen (Mike Lincoln) struggled, allowing two more Brewer runs, placing the
Reds behind, 4-2.
wasn’t a matter of: Are we going to come back? It was: It’s going to
said an intrepid Bailey.
"We have that much confidence right now. It doesn’t matter who we’re
playing. We have a lot of confidence in our lineup and in our pitching.
Right now, the way we’re playing as a team is pretty remarkable. We expect
every game that we’re going to win."
Homer Bailey was right.
two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the tenacious Reds managed to
win their tenth game in their final at-bat this season.
The Brewers sent Trevor Hoffman to the mound in the bottom of the ninth. It
was Hoffman's first save situation since May 5, and maybe his last. Hoffman
allowed a Paul Janish single, followed by a
pinch-hit homerun by Scott Rolen,
knotting the score at four. Chris "Vicious" Heisey then doubled to left and
Brandon Phillips drew a walk. Joey "Capone" Votto then came to plate and
drove Hoffman's first pitch to the wall in centerfield. Chris Heisey scored
easily without a throw and the Reds won their fourth game in a row, 5-4.
playing good baseball,"
said Rolen after the game.
"We’re making good pitches. We’re taking good swings. We’re putting together
good at-bats. You call it whatever you want to call it. But it’s a good
team, good players, playing good baseball."
I call it gangster.
The steadfast Reds will send Aaron Harang (2-5, 6.02) to the mound on
Wednesday to face Kenshin Kawakami (0-6, 5.79) and the Atlanta Braves at
Aroldis Chapman (3-2, 4.63) will make his eighth start of the season for the
Louisville Bats on Wednesday. Chapman will be facing Leigh Valley at 7:05pm
and will attempt to rebound from his last outing when he allowed eight runs
in just 3 1/3 innings.