MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH
Joey Votto is best known as one of baseball's best hitters. But Votto is a self-made defender who takes great pride in the way he plays first base.
Votto's failure to make a play Saturday on a Paul Goldschmidt ground ball started a rally that led to a loss. The play was ruled a hit. It could have gone either way. Votto already has eight errors after making six all of last year.
"You can't be as a first baseman happy with eight errors not even to the halfway point," Votto said. "That's just too many. Without making excuses, I feel like there is a randomness to it. Sometimes, you go through a stretch where you strike out a lot or like Jay (Bruce) where his last seven hits are home runs. You can't explain it, why a guy who's had success defensively has made so many errors.
"It just happens sometimes. I'm not going to make an excuse for myself. At the same time, it's not like I'm not getting the work in. It's not like I don't prepare myself. It's just happened that way. I'm not happy about it."
Votto, who went 1-for-4 in a 4-2 Cincinnati win over Arizona on Sunday, won a Gold Glove in 2011. He works a defensive coach in the offseason and is diligent during the season.
"He practices every day. He practices a lot," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Defense is more of concentration thing. It's not like the guy is not working on it."
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - NOTES, QUOTES
PAST 10 GAMES: Won one
NEXT: Tuesday -- Reds (Bronson Arroyo, 6-5, 3.13) at Athletics (Tommy Milone, 6-7, 4.98)
--RHP Mat Latos did not need long to recover from his first defeat in almost 10 months. Latos tied a career high with 13 strikeouts, going 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory over Arizona on Sunday. His defeat to Pittsburgh on Tuesday was his first since Aug. 24, 2012, a span of 21 starts. "That was good. It was fun, but you can't go perfect all year," said Latos, 7-1, who gave up six hits and two walks. "When he's good, he's real good," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "We're just trying to get him some runs, and we're trying to get him to stay out there a little longer. He did that today."
--2B Brandon Phillips's two-run home run in the first inning, his first homer since June 10, gave the Reds a 3-0 lead Sunday and proved to be the biggest blow of the game. "It felt good to come through for the team," Phillips said. "I'm trying to step my game up. I'm not my normal self. I'm not 100 percent. But there are no excuses. I'm still in the lineup and I have to do my job." Phillips, who leads the majors with 24 go-ahead RBIs, also had an RBI Friday.
--RHP Bronson Arroyo will make his 15th start, his seventh against Oakland, when the Reds begin a two-game series at the A's on Tuesday. Arroyo is 3-0 with a 1.57 in four June starts, all quality, having given up five runs in 28 2/3 innings. The bullpen blew a lead in his only no-decision. Arroyo is 3-1 against the A's, 2-0 with a 3.74 ERA in three starts at O.co Coliseum.
--OF Chris Heisey (right hamstring) is likely to return for the Reds' five-game interleague road trip that begins Tuesday in Oakland after playing all nine innings in left field in a rehab game for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday. Heisey, who has four hits in 19 at-bats in five rehab games, is a career .266 hitter and has 27 of his 35 career home runs against left-handed pitchers, and manager Dusty Baker is counting the days. "We want him to be more than ready," Baker said, "especially with the left-handers we will be facing." The Reds expect to face a lefty in a two-game series at Oakland and at least one in a weekend series in Texas.
--The Reds conclude interleague road play with a two-game series at Oakland that begins Tuesday and a weekend series in Texas. In their previous two interleague road games in Cleveland on May 29-30, 3B Jack Hannahan and C Devin Mesoraco served as the designated hitters. "I've got some options," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "The Reds lost both games, and the DHs were a combined 1-for-8. LF Ryan Ludwick, who is the on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, was the Reds' most-used DH in 2012, appearing twice in six games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It took me a little while to get into a groove. First inning didn't feel too good. Came out in the second inning and made a little bit of an adjustment and it worked." -- RHP Mat Latos, after a win Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - ROSTER REPORT
--OF Chris Heisey (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on June 17. He played in the fourth game of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on June 21.
--RHP Jonathan Broxton (flexor mass strain in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 14. He could begin throwing the weekend of June 22-23.
--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 April 10-26.
--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 Johnny Cueto
RHP Mike Leake
LHP Aroldis Chapman (closer)
LHP Manny Parra
RHP Sam LeCure
RHP J.J. Hoover
RHP Alfredo Simon
RHP Curtis Partch
LHP Tony Cingrani
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Zack Cozart
3B Todd Frazier
INF Jack Hannahan
INF Cesar Izturis
LF Derrick Robinson
CF Shin-Soo Choo
RF Jay Bruce
OF Xavier Paul
OF Donald Lutz