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Reds outfielder Chris Heisey earns Heart & Hustle Award

 

Chris Heisey

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey recently was awarded the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award.

Past Reds winners include Adam Dunn (2006), Ryan Freel (2007), Jerry Hairston Jr. (2008), Adam Rosales (2009), Jonny Gomes (2010) and Miguel Cairo (2011).

The award was created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in 2005 and is annually presented to one player on each of the 30 teams.

Additionally, the award is given to current baseball players who “demonstrate a passion for the game and best embodies the game’s values, spirit and tradition.”

The national Heart and Hustle Award winner will be announced soon.

Reds open LF for Alonso; send Gomes to Nationals

 

Jonny Gomes (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds have sent struggling left fielder Jonny Gomes to the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers on Tuesday, a move that opens the way for one of their best young hitters on the farm, Yonder Alonso.

Former first-round pick Alonso was called-up from Triple-A to take the roster spot vacated by Gomes. The plan with the left-handed hitter, is to platoon him in left with Chris Heisey and put Fred Lewis on the bench. Lewis and Heisey are the Reds best pinch-hitters. Alonso will also spell Joey Votto at first base.

Gomes, who is 30, had a rebirth in Cincinnati, which signed him to a minor league deal after the Tampa Bay Rays let him go after the 2008 season. He did good in the first half in 2010, but slumped in the second half. He hit .277 with 11 homers and 60 RBI’s at the All-Star break last year.

This year, Gomes has been struggling with a .211 average, 11 homers and 31 RBI’s.

The Reds in return received two minor leaguers, lefty Chris Manno and outfielder Bill Rhinehart from Washington. The Reds sent some money as part of the deal to pay part of Gomes’ salary.

Yonder Alonso (photo by Pinky Jones)

The 22-year-old Manno is 1-3 with a 1.04 ERA and 12 saves at Class A Hagerstown. Rhinehart, who is 26, hit .283 average with 21 homers and 59 RBI’s at Double-A Harrisburg.

Alonso, who is 24, was having a good year at Triple-A Louisville batting .296 with 24 doubles, 12 homers, 56 RBI’s in 91 games. He played 21 games at first and 62 in the outfield.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

Reds tag loss on Zambrano with seven-run sixth inning; wins 7-4

 

Jonny Gomes (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Since the season has begun, Cincinnati Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes has been inconsistent at the plate.

But in the Reds win over Chicago on Monday night, Gomes hit his first home run in almost a month (April 17),completing a seven-run rally in the sixth inning that led the Reds to the 7-4 triumph. The loss by Carlos Zambrano ended his road win streak at 10 start victories in a road.

The temperamental Zambrano (4-2) took a one-hitter into the sixth inning before the sky fell out on him and the Cubs.

The Reds sent 12 batters to the plate, matching their biggest inning of the season.

Homer Bailey (3-0) gave up four runs in six innings.

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

The NL Central Division-leading Reds have won 10 of 12, a streak that started with Bailey and Johnny Cueto coming off the disabled list and returning to the starting pitching rotation which is 8-0 with a 2.20 ERA during the streak.

 

Info courtesy of Cincinnati Reds news

Reds blast Brewers 12-4

 

Ryan Hanigan (file photo)

The Cincinnati Reds are 3-0 for the first time since 2005 after a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Catcher Ryan Hanigan went 4 for 4 with two homers and four RBIs as the Reds dominated the Brewers 12-3 in Great American Ballpark.

The 3-game sweep is very surprising because Milwaukee is expected, along with St. Louis to be one of the Reds challengers in the National League Central Division race.

The crowd of 24,805 saw the Reds hit four homers.  To go along with Hanigan’s two, Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes also got into the act as Cincinnati produced 19 hits.

Bronson Arroyo (1-0) went seven solid innings despite battling mononeucleosis.

To the fans delight, Aroldis Chapman made his season debut in the ninth inning and retired all three batters he faced. The talented lefty hit 100 mph on his first pitch and topped out at 103.

Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf, usually tough on the Reds, saw his record drop to 0-1 as he was bombed for 10 hits and 6 runs in four innings.

Reds rally from 6-2 deficit to win Opening Day game vs. Brewers

Ramon Hernandez (file photo)

When Reds starter Edinson Volquez gave up back-to-back homers to the Brewers first two hitters, Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez, an Opening Day win looked pretty dim.

The back-to-back homers was the first time a major-league team started a season off in that fashion since the 1969 Cincinnati Reds with homers from Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan.

The Reds eventually fell behind 6-2, but began to rally against the Brewers shaky bullpen.

Games are never over in home-run haven Great American Ballpark where leads of 12-2 have evaporated over the years.

Ramon Hernandez sent the remaining home crowd from the announced sellout of 42,398 happy when he hit a two-out, three-run, opposite-field homer off John Axford to give the Reds a 7-6 win over the stunned Milwaukee Brewers.

The Reds had squandered scoring chances throughout the game by swinging at bad pitches and not being patient against the Brewers spotty pitching.

In the home ninth inning, there were not going to be denied.

Brandon Phillips opened with a single and Joey Votto drew a walk. Scott Rolen hit a a ground ball to third baseman Casey McGehee, who tried to tag Phillips who was running past him. However, Phillips avoided the tag as Rolen beat the throw to first base.

The Reds had the bases loaded. Jay Bruce struck out and then Jonny Gomes lined out to deep center-field scoring Phillips to make it Brewers 6 Reds 4. Then the hero of the day, Hernandez came to the plate. On a 0-1 pitch, the Reds’ catcher got a fastball that drifted into the strike zone and hit the ball to right-field where it fell into the Brewers bullpen and that was the game.

Also homering in the game for Milwaukee, Ryan Braun and for Cincinnati, Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto.

The winning pitcher for the Reds was Logan Ondrusek who threw a scoreless ninth inning.

 

 

 

 

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