MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH
The Cincinnati Reds might want to make sure their batting helmets are strapped on extra tight when they go to the plate during their four-game series against the Cubs in Chicago starting June 10 -- unless, that is, Matt Garza calms down a little.
Garza was seething after Chicago came back from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Reds, 5-4, in 10 innings in the finale of their three-game series Sunday. He blamed what the Cubs saw as a serious purpose pitch by Johnny Cueto over the head of David DeJesus in the sixth inning with inciting the Cubs comeback and their tempers.
"That just goes to show, don't wake a sleeping dog," Garza said. "That's immature on his part. It's B.S. on his part -- totally immature. If he wants to say something to me, he knows where my locker is. If he's got a problem, he can throw at me, and I'll do the same. Hopefully, he grows the hell up. I hope he hears this. I really don't care.
"I don't know if there's anything between him and (DeJesus), but I'll stop it. I don't think you intentionally try to injure somebody. I hope the league looks at it. I don't want him suspended or anything. I hope his players talk to him and show him the way it is."
Cueto and both benches were warned after the pitch by plate umpire Bob Davidson, but the Reds took no notice of the so-called incident. They were more concerned about losing after leading going into the seventh inning, but even that wasn't too alarming, third baseman Todd Frazier said.
"We've got nothing to be upset about," said Frazier, who was hit by a pitch after Jay Bruce hit a solo home run to snap a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. "You just felt like it was one of those games where something was going to happen. Can't win them all. We've got nothing to be ashamed of. We'll come back tomorrow and get ready for Cleveland. We won the series. That's what we try to do every time out. Things like that are going to happen. We'll be fine."
The Reds ended up beating Cleveland 4-2 on Monday, perhaps cooling Garza down a bit.
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 7-3
NEXT: Indians (Zach McAlliser, 4-3, 2.89) at Reds (Mat Latos, 4-0, 3.17)
--CF Shin-Soo Choo was facing the Cleveland Indians, his former team, for the first time Monday and he responded by going 2-for-4 with a leadoff home run, his third of the season and eight of his career to begin a game. Choo also singled and scored the go-ahead run on Joey Votto's homer in Cincinnati's 4-2 victory. Reds manager Dusty Baker said Monday's performance was good to see since Choo has been struggling lately.
--RHP Mike Leake has been dominant lately. Aside from Jason Giambi's pinch-hit homer in the eighth, he was stellar again Monday. Leake allowed just two runs, one earned on five hits in 7 1/3 innings, a season-high. He did not walk a batter and matched a season-high with seven strikeouts. The Indians lineup provided some matchup challenges for Leake but was efficient, needing just 99 pitches to get through his outing.
--1B Joey Votto is well-known for being a perfectionist at the plate. But Reds manager Dusty Baker would like for Votto to temper his verbal displeasure at times. On Monday, Votto used his jersey to cover his mouth following a first-inning strikeout, but his tirade was still heard. Votto later responded with a tie-breaking two-run home run in the eighth. He has reached base in his past 16 games.
--SS Zack Cozart is well-respected for his defense. But his bat is beginning to improve as well. Cozart made a couple nice defensive plays in Monday's victory, but also went 2-for-2 with a walk, double and sacrifice bunt. He has hit safely in seven of his past eight games. Monday was his 12th multi-hit game this season.
--RHP Mat Latos has excelled in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park since being acquired from San Diego in Dec. 2011, going 11-3 with a 3.10 ERA, the second-best ERA for any pitcher who's made at least 10 starts there. Latos has made just two career starts against the Indians, going 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm not sure there's a correlation between being angry and having success later. I was very, very not happy. I really wanted to put a barrel on it (in the eighth) and keep it off the ground. At the very least, get a sacrifice fly." -- 1B Joey Votto after hitting the game-winning homer Monday.
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - ROSTER REPORT
--LHP Sean Marshall (sprained left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21. Marshall was on the DL due to left shoulder tendinitis from April 10-26.
--LF Chris Heisey (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28. He began a rehab assignment May 13 with Double-A Pensacola but re-strained his hamstring and was sent back to Cincinnati to be examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek.
--RHP Nick Masset (right shoulder surgery in September 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 21.
--LF Ryan Ludwick (torn labrum in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 1, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 15. Ludwick had surgery April 3. He might not return before July.
RHP Mat Latos
RHP Bronson Arroyo
RHP Homer Bailey
RHP Mike Leake
RHP Johnny Cueto
LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)
RHP Jonathan Broxton
LHP Manny Parra
RHP Sam LeCure
RHP J.J. Hoover
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Logan Ondrusek
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
3B Todd Frazier
INF Jack Hannahan
INF Cesar Izturis
LF Xavier Paul
CF Shin-Soo Choo
RF Jay Bruce
OF Derrick Robinson
OF Donald Lutz