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Skip Schumaker Finds Himself on the Mound for the Cincinnati Reds

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:30 PM
By Cody Dalga

It was an unfamiliar scene at Great American Ballpark Thursday evening when the Cincinnati Reds took to the field in the ninth inning trailing 8-0 against the Atlanta Braves. Instead of seeing a familiar face coming out of the bullpen, Reds fans saw utility player Skip Schumaker ready himself on the pitching rubber.

Cincinnati was attempting to save the bullpen, especially after work they needed early on in the game as well as the week. The inning really didn't end up as bad as many may think. Schumaker threw a scoreless inning walking a batter.

"Whenever you're in the game as a position player pitching, it's the worst-possible scenario because you know you're getting your butt kicked," Schumaker said. "Whenever you're out there, you want to make it as quick as you can and get out of there and not try to make it a circus by walking everybody or, God forbid, hit somebody and hurt somebody."

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Cincinnati Reds Skid Reaches Six Games, Fall to Atlanta Braves

August 22nd, 2014 at 8:58 AM
By Cody Dalga

As the Cincinnati Reds returned from an abysmal road trip in which they were swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, the club had a big opportunity to get back to winning against the Atlanta Braves. However, it wasn't meant to be as the Braves took down the Reds 8-0 Thursday evening at Great American Ballpark.

Reds starter David Holmberg, who was recently recalled from Triple-A Louisville, had an outing that lasted just two and two-thirds of an inning giving up six earned runs on five hits while also walking four batters.

"Definitely not what I wanted to do," Holmberg said. "The team needed a good start. They need to win ballgames. I wanted to go out and try and win a ballgame and didn't execute pitches. Once again, they took advantage of it."

The Braves got the scoring started in the second with a solo home run off the bat of Andrelton Simmons, his seventh of the year. Atlanta blew the game open in the third with a five run inning which was headed by a two-run single by Justin Upton and a run scoring double from Chris Johnson. Evan Gattis and Jason Heyward brought in runs later in the inning to make it 6-0. Holmberg was pulled after a walk to Heyward.

"We were hoping for a few more innings there and it didn't work out," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

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Cincinnati Reds Squander Jay Bruce’s Big Night in 6-5 Loss to St. Louis Cardinals

August 19th, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Reds needed someone to step up for Monday's game against the St. Louis Carindals, and they got one from Jay Bruce who went 2-for-5 with a homerun and four runs batted in to go along with a run scored. Unfortunately, it was really the lone bright spot as the Reds fell by a score of 6-5 in extra innings at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The loss put the Reds three games under .500 (61-64), and put them back a season-high nine games behind the NL Central leader Milwaukee Brewers.

"I know nobody wants to hear it when you're three games under .500 and you're fading in the division right now, but I'll tell you, they fight every day," Reds manager Bryan Price said.

The Reds were dealing with a two tough losses on Sunday before making it to St. Louis early Monday morning.

"Considering how we lost those two games yesterday and got in at 4 o'clock this morning to the hotel, they came out early to the ballpark, busted their tails and lost in extra innings in a tough way," said Price. "It stinks to lose, but I'm proud of our guys."

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Brandon Phillips Activated Before Cincinnati Reds Take on St. Louis Cardinals

August 18th, 2014 at 7:41 PM
By Cody Dalga

After dropping both games of a double header against the Colorado Rockies which saw the Cincinnati Reds lose leads in both games and give up 20 runs combined, the organization and its fans got a little good news on Monday when it was revealed that the team activated Brandon Phillips and he would return to the lineup prior to tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Phillips has missed significant time after injuring a tendon in his glove hand which required surgery. He was placed on the disabled list on the 11th of July after trying to make a diving play to his left in which his glove got caught up underneath him.

He was able to attempt to get his rhythm back playing in three minor league games; two with Triple-A Louisville and one with Class-A Dayton. In those two games with the Bats, Phillips was hitless in five official at-bats and also walked once. He collected two hits in three at-bats with the Dragons and was also hit by a pitch.

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Cincinnati Reds Move Joey Votto to 60-Day Disabled List

August 17th, 2014 at 8:07 PM
By Cody Dalga

The Cincinnati Reds made several roster moves prior to Sunday's double header against the Colorado Rockies. Not only did Homer Bailey hit the 15-day disabled list as expected, but first baseman Joey Votto was also moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

The move was made in order to open up a spot for projected starter, Dylan Axelrod, who is starting in place of Bailey. Fortunately, it seems the Reds are optimistic that Votto's progress, while slow, is coming along.

"The process is moving along," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He did some testing, which was very positive. His strength has improved and he's getting close to baseball activity. That's certainly inevitable as part of the process. I can't really give you a timeline on what to expect. But we did get some really good feedback on the testing he did with his knee as far as the strength perspective."

It was also reported that Votto received two separate treatments of platelet-rich plasma, also known as PRP, which is used to speed up the healing process.

"But we did get some really positive feedback on the recent testing he did on his knee," Price said. "We can definitely tell there's been significant improvement since he initiated that PRP protocols."

It's unclear whether or not the Reds will be without Votto for the rest of the season or not. It may depend on several things such as how his knee is holding up or how the Reds are standing as the playoff race concludes. He can be activated on September 4th.
The Reds currently sit fourth in the National League Central Division standing, seven and a half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. They are also just three and a half games out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

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