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Without Rolen and Phillips, Reds struggle vs. Greinke and Royals

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO:

David DeJesus of Royals at bat (megasportsnews.com)

Scoreboard at Great American Ball Park (megasportsnews.com)

When members of the media saw that both Scott Rolen and Brandon Phillips were out of the lineup Sunday at Great American Ball Park, the feeling was mutual that the Reds would struggle against reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke.

We were all thinking on the same page as the Kansas City ace pitcher (2-8) pitched more like Cy Young than the one who entered the game with a 4.05 ERA. He struck out 12, walked none and was not hurt by two homers by Reds first baseman Joey Votto.

The Reds got help this weekend. While they were losing two of three to Kansas City, Arizona did them a favor and beat the injury-depleted St. Louis Cardinals two out of three in the desert. So the Reds with an off day on Monday, lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games.

Scott Rolen was out of the lineup because of a scheduled day off.

Brandon Phillips’ absence is another matter. He scratched from the starting lineup due to cramping in his right hamstring. He was out early Sunday morning trying to see if it would loosen up while jogging in the outfield and it wouldn’t. He’ll have an MRI today.

Outside hallway of the Reds Press Box (megasportsnews.com)

Reds retired numbers and Jackie Robinson's #42. (megasportsnews.com)

The Royals have been tough on the Reds the last two seasons, winning  5 0f 6 games. Sunday, the hitting stars were CF David DeJesus who went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored, a double, home run and 2 walks. 1B Billy Butler was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a homer and 4 RBI’s. It’s hard to believe the Royals are 27-37 but they have bullpen problems, no depth on the bench and they don’t play defense well. But they sure can hit as their team batting average of .276 indicates.

SOUNDS FROM THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, just click on the link)

45 125 Ned Yost KC Mgr Bob McClure working with Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 130 Ned Yost KC Mgr What impressed him about David DeJesus at bat (megasportsnews.com)

45 132 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Billy Butler and Jose Guillen (megasportsnews.com)

45 133 Ned Yost KC Mgr On Wilson Betermit’s role (megasportsnews.com)

45 134 Billy Butler KC 1B Finally put up runs for Zack Greinke (megasportsnews.com)

45 136 Billy Butler KC 1B His focus worked at the plate today (megasportsnews.com)

45 137 Billy Butler KC 1B Hitting to all fields is his key (megasportsnews.com)

45 138 Zack Greinke KC RHP The adjustments made in his delivery (megasportsnews.com)

Reds beat Royals 11-5 as Gomes belts two three-run homers

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

CINCINNATI, OHIO — Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes who is starting to become popular with the fans, cracked two, long three-run homers in his first two at bats for a career-high six RBI’s, leading the slugging Cincinnati Reds to an 11-5 win over the pesky Kansas City Royals Saturday night on Scott Rolen bobblehead night.

The Reds now lead the NL Central by 1 1/2 games due to Arizona defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-2 out in the Valley of the sun, Phoenix.

Jonny Gomes Reds (mlb)

Jonny Gomes had angered some fans by misjudging a three-run double off the bat of David DeJesus in the second inning which allowed the Royals to go up 5-4 briefly.

Hot-hitting Brandon Phillips had three hits, including his eighth homer of the season, to extend his hitting streak to 15 games-Cincinnati’s longest of the season and the longest current streak in the majors.

The Reds overcame and survived another shaky start by Johnny Cueto to snap a four-game losing streak against Kansas City. But Cueto took the win extending his winning streak to 6 games, covering 9 games to go to 6-1.

Right-hander Brian Bannister (6-4) was pounded by the NL’s number offense for 11 runs-10 earned- on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts while throwing 77 pitches, 45 for strikes. He saw his personal five-start winning streak come to an end.

By allowing 3 home runs last night, Bannister has allowed 14 home runs this season tying him for 2nd in the American League with Rich Harden of Texas. He has allowed at least 1 homer in 11 of his 13 starts this season.

Bannister said that he made a big mistake of trying to pitch in the humid, 86-degree weather on an empty stomach.

The Reds opened the scoring with four runs in the first inning, with Phillips hitting his eighth homer of the season and Gomes hitting his eighth homer.

The Royals, always a pesky team who can definitely hit the ball, bounced up off the mat with five runs in the second inning, one on Bannister’s double to right-center field and three on David DeJesus’ bases-loaded double to left field that lined over the head of Gomes after he made the initial mistake of taking a step toward the infield and then had to retreat backwards and leap for the ball.

Brandon Phillips Reds 2B (file photo)

Gomes put the Reds back on top at 7-5 in the third with his second homer of the game and 12th of his career against the Royals, more than he has hit against any other team. The eighth multihomer game of his career prompted the crowd to cheer for a curtain call, which he obliged.

Gomes leads the Reds with 47 RBI’s, four short of the 51 he drove in all of last year abd 12 shy of tying the career high of 59 he set with Tampa Bay in 2006.

SOUNDS FROM THE POST-GAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

45 115 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr Johnny Cueto solid after 2nd why (megasportsnews.com)

45 116 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr On Reds big offensive night (megasportsnews.com)

45 117 Dusty Baker Reds Mgr On what Reds should be on All-Star roster (megasportsnews.com)

45 123 Jonny Gomes Reds LF On why he gets hit so much (megasportsnews.com)

45 124 Jonny Gomes Reds LF The left field fans at GABP love him (megasportsnews.com)

GAME NOTES

* Jonny Gomes’ 455-foot home run in the first inning, was the 78th hit into the left field bleachers, the 6th this season, Gomes’ third career and second this season.

*Jonny Gomes’ 6 RBI’s is a career high for one game. He had 5 against Washington on 8/13/09.

* Arthur Rhodes extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings, the longest in the Major Leagues by a reliever this season.

* According to Stats, Inc., Reds batters were hit by pitches 4 times in a game for the first time since 9/5/1965 vs Philadelphia. The 4 HBP’s by Reds batters ties a club record going back to 1887 (third time).

*Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez allowed two hits and had three strikeouts in three innings of a rehab start with Class-A Lynchburg. It was his first start since June of 2009 and since undergoing Tommy John surgery last August. Volquez gave up hits to the first two batters he faced before retiring nine straight. Volquez threw 44 pitches in Lynchburg’s 6-0 win over Potomoc.

* Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, along with some of his assistant coach’s, the Ben-Gals, mascot Who-Dey, broadcasters Dave Lapham and Brad Johansen and players Morgan Trent, Tom Nelson and J.T. O’Sullivan, were honored in pre-game ceremonies. Safety Chris Crocker threw two ceremonial first pitches- a football and a baseball.

* In the NL Central Division, the Reds have a record of 36-27 and St. Louis is 34-28, a separation of  1 game and a half.

* The Reds and the Texas Rangers are the only teams in MLB with 4 players batting at least .300. Reds: Rolen .309, Phillips .304, Votto .301 and Gomes .301. Rangers: Vladimir Guerrero .338, Michael Young .327, Josh Hamilton .308 and Elvis Andrus at .301.

* The Reds are 22-14 at Home.

* The Reds and Royals are 8-8 all-time.

* The Reds batters rank first in the National League in team hitting (.280), runs scored (324), hits (607), total bases (968), RBI’s (312) and slugging percentage (.456). They rank second in homers (77) and on-base percentage (.348) and third in stolen bases (47-69 .676)

MLB NOTES: Kansas City Royals

from staff and wire reports

Rick Ankiel gets a fresh start in KC (stlpd)

The Kansas City Royals have long been the whipping boys in the American League. But in 2010, the fans of Kansas City hope they’ll finally have a winner and contender.

The Royals do have some good young talent with pitchers Zack Greinke and Gil Meche  and power hitting from Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Willie Bloomquist.

This past off-season, general manager Dayton Moore went out and signed free agent outfielders Rick Ankiel to play center field and Scott Posednick to play in left field. Former left fielder and fan favorite, David DeJesus will move from left to right. Most fans wonder, where will Jose Guillen play?

The Royals want Guillen to be the fulltime DH, but he wants to play outfield and nothing else. Guillen was limited last season to 81 games due to various injuries. He was disabled three times while hitting  .242 with 9 homers and 40 RBI’s. When he is in right field, no one in baseball has a better arm than Jose Guillen.

Rick Ankiel is also making a comeback. He was never the same in 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals after he ran headfirst into a wall making a spectacular catch. He said that he never got over the stiffness and soreness associated with that type of injury.

MLB NOTES: Spring Training

Dan Haren working out (MLB)

compiled from staff and wire reports

* Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch has announced that pitcher Dan Haren will be the team’s opening day starter. Hinch says he probably will select Edwin Jackson as the #2 starter and Brandon Webb as the number 3. Webb’s only game action during 2009 was on opening day, and he is rehabbing his way back from shoulder surgery. Webb has been the opening day starter the last fours for the D-Backs.

* The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through 2012. Wade, who was the Philadelphia Phillies G.M. from 1998-2005, has been with the Astros since September of 2007.

* Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus told the media recently that he is fine with moving from center field to left field. During this past offseason, the Royals added Scott Posednick to play left and Rick Ankiel to play center. DeJesus has started only16 games in his seven year career.