Battle For Ohio notes; Cincinnati Reds
Hoping for repeat of the success he found with previous lineup tinkering, Reds manager Dusty Baker slotted Jonny Gomes in the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time in his Cincinnati career Friday.
"That's the best lineup I could come up with," Baker said. "Hopefully, it will get him going the way it got Jay Bruce going."
Since a six-game stint in the No. 2 spot, Bruce is hitting .291 with five home runs and 13 RBI.
It didn't work on the first night with Gomes. He went 0-for-4 with a walk while serving as the Reds' designated hitter in a 5-4 loss at Cleveland.
"You still got to swing at strikes," Baker said. "I remember I put Glenallen Hill in front of Barry (Bonds). They were still throwing him balls, and he was still swinging at them."
Gomes is a free swinger, but Baker thinks at times Gomes is not aggressive enough.
"Perhaps Jonny will get more aggressive early in the count," Baker said. "He's hitting behind in the count a lot. That's makes it hard to hit."
Gomes, who is batting .176, thinks hitting in front of Joey Votto could help more than the mere fact of batting second.
--LHP Travis Wood had a no-hitter through the 5 1/3 inning Friday night at Cleveland. Indians LF Austin Kearns broke it up with a single to center. Two more hits followed, and Wood was done after a walk and a hit batter. He wound up charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings. "That sixth inning was unbelievable," he said. "That can't happen. I've got to find a way to bear down and get some outs. You have to get out of that."
--LHP Aroldis Chapman threw off the mound for the first time since going on the disabled list Monday due to left shoulder inflammation. "We've tried to really get the delivery back together," pitching coach Bryan Price said. "At times, that's what is a little taxing to his arm. It's not really significant -- it shouldn't say not significant -- but it's not wholesale changes. We're just making sure the timing is right. When you're putting that type stress on the arm, he gets a little ahead of himself. You want to make sure the timing is right. It will help command and most importantly will keep him healthy."
--2B Brandon Phillips went 1-for-4, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He's hitting .395 with four doubles, a triple and eight RBI during the streak.
--1B Joey Votto has reached base in 10 consecutive games since his season-opening, 33-game on-base streak ended. Votto, however, has not homered since April 29.
--SS Paul Janish went 0-for-2 with a walk, extending his slum to 1-for-22. His average is down to .238.
BY THE NUMBERS: 91-112 -- The Reds' all-time record in interleague play, which began in 1997.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not really sure. We sticking to our game plan. The next thing you know, the bases are loaded. They rattled off some hits. I walked a guy and hit a guy. Downward spiral." -- LHP Travis Wood, on giving up four runs in the sixth inning after taking a no-hitter into the inning.
--LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 16. He threw off a mound May 20, and he might be able to return as soon as he is eligible.
--RHP Jared Burton (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29. He suffered a setback in early April, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He underwent arthroscopic surgery April 22, and the timetable for his return was unknown.