The Reds received some good news, finally, about 1B Joey Votto. He has missed nine (and counting) games since May 7 with the flu and dizziness. He was diagnosed with an inner ear infection after a solid week or so of mystified doctors. I was fairly convinced he was a witch, but whatever. He won’t be on the disabled list, and he’ll be back on the field in a few days.
Also, Edinson Volquez is headed to the DL retroactive to Sunday, which means he’ll be eligible to return on June 2. Volquez has been suffering from back spasms. Homer Bailey has been called up from AAA Louisville and will get the start on Saturday against the Indians in the Battle for Ohio.
As for this week’s first series, the Reds dropped two of three to the Phils. Ahead is all you need to know:
Tuesday: Johnny Cueto pitched quite well (again). 7 IP, 4 R, 4 K, 0 BB. But when you’re going against Cole Hamels, you gotta be better. Jay Bruce hit his 12th bomb and Hamels had to work to get through 6 innings on 117 pitches, but the bullpen locked it down. The Reds put two on in the 9th with one out, but couldn’t push across the tying run. Phillies 4, Reds 3.
Wednesday: Aaron Harang went all bossman on Philly, throwing seven outstanding innings with 9 strikeouts. Cincy broke a season-long 4-game losing streak thanks to Brandon Phillips and his 3 RBI on the evening. Jamie Moyer was probably tired thanks to the 7:05 p.m. start time being well past his 5 p.m. bed time, so the Reds took advantage. Also, Willy Taveras got his first hit in about a week. Things looking up in the ‘Natty. Reds 5, Phillies 1.
Thursday: Micah Owings took to the hill with a chance to grab a series win for the Reds, but he got touched up early. The Phils scored in each of the first four innings and led 6-0. The Reds scored five in the bottom of the 5th, but the bullpen yakked all over the place like tequila was the drink of choice. Ramon Ramirez and Jared Burton were the main offenders. Phillips finished off a nice series with a 3-run jack. He’ll head into Cleveland to face his old team on a mini-sized hot streak. He went 5-for-12 with 6 RBI, 2 triples and the homer in the series. Phillies 12, Reds 5.
As previously mentioned (holy shit, pay attention, people!), the Reds take on the Indians in a 3-game home set this weekend. Bronson Arroyo pitches Friday, Homer Bailey gets his first start of the year on Saturday and Johnny Cueto duels with Cliff Lee on Sunday in the finale. (Ed. note: They will not actually duel; they will merely pitch against each other.)