MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - INSIDE PITCH
Maybe once a year, Bronson Arroyo will have one of those nights.
This year's came on Tuesday. Arroyo went four innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Arroyo had given up a total of five runs over 28 2/3 innings in his previous four starts.
Arroyo went four innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits in a 7-3 loss to the A's.
"They had a great approach," Arroyo said. "I predicate my game on being able to play a mental chess match with guys and beating them to the move first. They beat me to the punch. They did some things I didn't expect them to do.
"I usually pitch off the beaten path. They came at me with an approach that was a bit awkward."
Arroyo was OK physically.
"I felt all right," Arroyo said. "I didn't have a breaking ball. My curveball was spinning out. When I don't have that, it makes it hard for me to get back in come at-bats."
The A's stacked the line with left-hander hitters (five) and switch-hitters (two)
"I'm been better with that because of bringing the sinker back on the inner half," he said. "If there are seven righties in the lineup, I'm more comfortable. But I'm less uncomfortable against lefties than I have been in the past. Almost every team runs those lefties against me and I haven't had a problem with it."
MLB Team Report - Cincinnati Reds - NOTES, QUOTES
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NEXT: Reds (Johnny Cueto, 4-1, 3.21 ERA) at Rangers (Martin Perez, 1-1, 3.65 ERA)
--RHP Johnny Cueto will make his ninth start of the season and first career appearance against Texas on Friday when the Reds open a three-game road series against the Rangers. Cueto is coming off a rough outing at Arizona. He allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits, tying his career high. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings in an 11-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Cueto has had two stints on the disabled list this season, the first for a strained right lat and the second for a strained right shoulder. He'll make his third start Friday since being activated June 16.
--RHP Homer Bailey allowed four runs on six hits over 6.0 innings Wednesday, taking the loss as the Reds fell 5-0 to the Oakland A's. Bailey's record dropped to 4-6. He's 1-3 over his past six starts. Bailey struck out seven and walked only two, but he gave up four runs on four hits in the fourth, including a three-run homer to A's 3B Josh Donaldson, who crushed a first-pitch slider.
--CF Shin-Soo Choo's struggles at the plate continued Wednesday when he went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 5-0 loss to the A's. Choo has one hit in his past 15 at-bats over five games. For the season, he's hitting .271 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs.
--2B Cesar Izturis started his second straight game Wednesday against Oakland in place of Brandon Phillips, who missed the two-game series while on paternity leave. After going 3-for-4 with a double on Tuesday night, Izturis went 0-for-3 but just missed hitting a two-run homer in the second inning. A's RF Josh Reddick caught his blast at the wall.
--2B Brandon Phillips missed his second straight game Wednesday against Oakland while on paternity leave. He's expected to rejoin the Reds for their next game on Friday at Texas. Phillips leads the Reds with 60 RBIs.
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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. He was activated from the DL on June 25.
--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 (paternity list)
SS Zack Cozart
3B Todd Frazier
INF Jack Hannahan
INF Cesar Izturis
INF Henry Rodriguez
LF Derrick Robinson
CF Shin-Soo Choo
RF Jay Bruce
OF Xavier Paul
OF Chris Heisey