The Cincinnati Reds (26-31) look to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies (22-38) and push their winning streak to four games in this afternoon’s business day special.
2015 stats (Moscot’s stats are for AAA and MLB combined) for today’s starters:
After allowing just one run over six innings in his 2015 debut, Jerome Williams hasn’t allowed less than three runs in any of his other 11 starts. He’s only pitched more than five innings once in his last eight starts, dating back to April 26th.
Jon Moscot is making just his second Major League start. He gave up four hits (including two homeruns), four runs and three walks in his five inning debut.
Among the changes to the Phillies lineup, Ryan Howard was dropped to 5th in the batting order with rookie Maikel Franco taking the cleanup spot. The Phillies have backups playing in right field, shortstop, and catcher:
- Ben RevereÃ‚Â (L) LF
- Odubel HerreraÃ‚Â (L) CF
- Chase UtleyÃ‚Â (L) 2B
- Maikel FrancoÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Ryan HowardÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Jeff FrancoeurÃ‚Â (R) RF
- Cesar HernandezÃ‚Â (S) SS
- Cameron RuppÃ‚Â (R) C
- Jerome WilliamsÃ‚Â (R) P
The Reds starting lineup:
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Brayan PenaÃ‚Â (S) C
- Ivan De JesusÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Skip SchumakerÃ‚Â (L) LF
- Kristopher NegronÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Jon MoscotÃ‚Â (R) P
As of publishing time, there is no new update on the injuries to Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips, both of whom remain out of the lineup. Hamilton is dealing with a left hand/wrist injury, while Phillips suffered what is described as a “mild groin strain” during last night’s game.
VOTE REDS ALL-STARS
While you’re checking out today’s game online, take the time to vote for your favorite Reds in the 2015 All-Star Game. Follow this link for a ballot with Reds player highlighted for your convenience. You can cast 35 votes per e-mail address. Currently, Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart are the only Reds in the top five at their respective positions. It would be great to see the entire Reds infield play in the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark!
VOTTO TIES BENCH
Yesterday’s three homerun game from Joey Votto was the third three homerun game of his career. Johnny Bench is the only other Reds player to hit three homeruns in three separate games.
2015 DRAFT UPDATES
A list of all the Reds players drafted this year can be found on the MLB.com website. Doug Gray has all the Reds draft information that you could ask for and more here at Redleg Nation and at RedsMinorLeagues.com
NUXHALL DEBUT ON THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY
6/10/1944 Reds lose 18-0 in the most lopsided shutout in 38 years, a local teen (15) Joe Nuxhall pitches too. pic.twitter.com/m1soCAHDR9
— Baseball (@baseballminutia) June 10, 2015
I’ve been a fan of Pat Venditte since his early days in the Yankees organization. He can pitch upper 80’s MPH left-handed and right-handed and has succeeded throughout his minor league career. He wears a unique six-fingered glove so that he can switch arms from batter to batter while using the same glove. The Oakland A’s signed him to a minor league deal in the offseason after the Yankees let him go without a single call-up. Now, two months into 2015, he’s made been promoted by the A’s to the major league club and has pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in three big league appearances. The only baserunner that he’s allowed is a single that was quickly erased on a groundball double play.
Just remember, the correct spelling of the word is “ambidextrous”.
Favorite headline of week. He pitches righty, lefty Ã¢â‚¬â€ and evidently, also underwater. Faces Aquaman in next outing. pic.twitter.com/efxaQxFp8Z
— Neill Woelk (@NeillWoelk) June 8, 2015
Now, there’s draft-eligible college pitcher Ryan Perez, who might have been taken in yesterday’s rounds had he not hurt his left triceps earlier this season and been limited to pitching just right-handed most of this season. When healthy, Perez throws 91-93 MPH with each arm.
Until the 2015 season, there had only been one pitcher to throw ambidextrously in a major league ball game since the late 1800’s. Former Reds reliever Greg Harris did it once in his career in 1995 as a member of the Montreal Expos against his former Redlegs. In the top of the 9th inning, of a ballgame that the Expos were losing 9-3, the club finally relented to Harris’s requests and let him pitch with his left arm in one appearance of what would be his final season. Harris started out right-handed to Reggie Sanders and induced a groundout. He threw left-handed to Hal Morris and Eddie Taubensee (walk and groundout) before switching back to his right arm to retire Bret Boone on another groundout.
The injuries continue to pile onto the Reds, but hopefully the most recent injuries to Hamilton and Phillips are truly short-term. Still, certain players would have likely had a day off today anyways, so, the lineup probably isn’t too different that what we might have seen had everyone been healthy.
With a win today, the Reds will match their longest winning streak of the season. Go REDS!