Found June 04, 2012 on
Fox Sports Ohio:
In hindsight, Bronson Arroyo probably should have thrown the sinker.
Justin Maxwell hit a curveball out for a two-run home run Sunday off Arroyo in the seventh inning of the Reds' 5-3 loss to Houston.
"It was a back and forth between me and (catcher Ryan) Hanigan," Arroyo said. "I wanted to go sinker in. He wanted me to throw a sweeping breaking ball. I knew he didn't want me to throw the sinker. It was breaking ball. It was wasn't the sweeping one. It was 12-6. It stayed over the middle of the plate."
The Reds have scored a total of six runs in Arroyo's last four starts. He knew he couldn't afford to give up more when Maxwell came up with one out in the seventh and the Astros ahead 3-2.
"Those are the chess-match battles that go on when you don't have unbelievable stuff," Arroyo said. "It's a head game. You try to figure it out quickly and on the spot. Hanigan is trying to size guys up quickly as well. We got beat."
Arroyo went 6 13 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five. He has only put up one quality start in his last four outings. Arroyo has allowed nine runs in 10 13 innings his last two times out.
Arroyo was 8-0 in his last eight starts against Houston before Sunday. Houston used every left-handed hitter it had but one.
"I felt decent (against the lefties)," he said. "I was running a two-seamer in there and freezing those guys for punch-outs. Ultimately, it was right-handers that broke our backs. That's the way it goes. It didn't roll our way today."
Votto keeps beating up on Astros
--1B Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 10 games, during which he is 19-for-33 (.578) with 10 runs. Votto has hit safely in 21 consecutive games at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
--RHP Sam LeCure threw two scoreless innings to earn the victory in the Reds' 12-9 win over Houston on Saturday night. "I looked at some video," LeCure said. "They didn't foul a pitch off. They might have swung at two pitches out of the strike zone, but otherwise they were taking balls and swinging at strikes. That sounds self-explanatory, but it makes it tough on us. You have to throw a strike to get a strike. ... I'm thinking I got to be a little bit careful. I walked a couple of guys. I was trying to find the middle ground between being aggressive and careful."
--RHP Mat Latos (averaging 5 23 innings per start) lasted 3 13 innings Saturday. "We've got to find a way to get Mat through the innings," manager Dusty Baker said. "We thought we were over the hump." Latos went seven and 7 13 innings in his previous two starts.
--3B Todd Frazier doubled in an eight-pitch, pinch-hit at-bat Sunday. He went 4-for-14 with three RBI on the road trip.
--SS Zack Cozart hit his sixth home run Sunday, his first homer since May 5. Even after going 2-for-4 Sunday, he batting .201 (30-for-149) with a .242 on-base percentage in that position.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1.26 -- The Reds' bullpen ERA on the six-game road trip that ended Sunday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm sorry they're going to the American League." -- 1B Joey Votto, on the Astros. He's hitting .427 at Minute Maid Park, where he has hit safely in 21 consecutive games.
--RHP Nick Masset (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26. He threw on flat ground May 24 for the first time. There is no timetable for his return.
--LHP Bill Bray (strained left groin) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Louisville on April 29, but he moved back to extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., after one outing. He resumed throwing May 28, and he threw a bullpen session June 1. He might be able to start a rehab assignment in early June.
--3B Scott Rolen (strained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list May 12. He had yet to resume baseball activities on May 29.
--RHP Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list April 4. He is out for the season.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
For information on our other picks, check out the links below:
1st Rounder RHP Nick Travieso (HS Florida)
Supplemental 1st Rounder (#49) OF Jesse Winker (HS California)
Supplemental 1st Rounder (#57) OF Jeff Gelalich (UCLA)
I will be updating this post with information for each of the players throughout the day, then creating a new post for the players who are drafted in Rounds 9-16 later.
The Reds have selected Nick Travieso in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Fastball – Has gotten as high as 99 MPH, sits 92-95.
Slider – Good pitch with late breaking action on it.
Change up – It needs some work, but flashes itself as a solid pitch at times.
Former Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Pedro Borbon died Monday from complications of cancer, the team announced. He was 65. Borbon is the Reds leader in career pitching appearances with 531, and from 1970 through 1978, he appeared in more games than any other National League pitcher. He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2010. "He may have been the most...
Pedro Borbon, who pitched 10 years for the Cincinnati Reds and helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles, has died of cancer. He was 65.
His son, Pedro, tells The Associated Press that Borbon had been in hospice care and died at home in Pharr, Texas, on Monday. He requested no memorial service.
Borbon was a key member of the bullpen on Cincinnati's 1975...
With the 14th pick in the first round of the First Year Player Draft, the Reds have selected RHP Nick Travieso. Congratulations, kid. Maybe we’ll see you in 3 or 4 … [visit site to read more]
The Reds set themselves up for a series sweep last night by winning the second game against the Astros, 12-9.
Mat Latos started for the Reds against notorious Reds killer, Wandy Rodriguez. However, Latos was in true April form and turned out to be closer to a Reds killer than his opponent. In 3.1 innings of work, he allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk. Then came the parade...
HOUSTON (AP) -- Drew Stubbs homered and drove in four runs, Brandon Phillips added three RBIs and the Cincinnati Reds outlasted Houston 12-9 Saturday night to hand the Astros their eighth straight defeat.
Joey Votto went 4 for 4 with a home run and a walk. Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick also connected for the Reds, who set a season high for runs. Brandon Phillips doubled in the go...
It’s just like two years never passed, and not just because the Reds are atop the division again (albeit feeling much less green this time around). I’m also talking about my RHM inbox, which features four emails that I’ve been holding on to since 2010. I was neck-deep in MBA coursework then, so I just held on to them thinking, “someday…”
I figure it’s now or never...
After their second day off in a week (seems like the Reds
are dogging it after 20 straight days with a game), Cincy welcomes in Pittsburgh
to GABP. Ah, the Pirates, it seems like they’re an old friend with as much as
these two teams have played lately. Let’s check out the pitching match-ups,
Homer Bailey (4-3, 3...
It was a solid series, but the Reds just couldn’t put together the sweep last night as they lost to the Astros 3-5. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have been getting beaten up by the Mets, putting the Pittsburgh Pirates in second place when I woke up this morning.
The Reds are off today; it’s their second off-day in less than a week. Tomorrow they host those second...
Pedro Borbon, who pitched 10 years for the Cincinnati Reds and
helped the Big Red Machine win back-to-back World Series titles,
died of cancer on Monday. He was 65.
The Reds will select 14th overall, 49th overall and 57th overall tonight. Here are the most up to date mock drafts:
Baseball America: Deven Marrero, Shortstop, Arizona State
Baseball Prospectus: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State
Minor League Ball: Marcus Stronman, RHP, Duke
Mlb.com: Coming soon
Here are my two draft previews, with scouting reports on Courtney Hawkins, Deven Marrero...
The Pirates open a three-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday night. Right-hander A.J. Burnett will be on the hill for the Bucs. The Reds will toss right-hander Homer Bailey.
THROUGH THE OTHERSIDE
The Red Hot Chili Peppers took batting practice at Great American Ballpark with, naturally, the Cincinnati Reds.