Looks to me like all the players are so frustrated that they're getting a bit touchy... who can blame them!
Sunday, June 5, 2005
Coaches meet with Wagner
Gesture toward LaRue Friday night not well received
By John Fay, Enquirer staff writer
DENVER - Ryan Wagner was called into Reds manager Dave Miley's office after Friday's 12-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Miley, pitching coach Don Gullett and bullpen coach Tom Hume weren't upset with Wagner because he gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning.
They talked to Wagner about showing up teammate Jason LaRue on the field.
After LaRue held the ball rather than throw to first and complete a double play, Wagner twice gave LaRue the "what were you thinking?" gesture with his hands.
LaRue didn't want to talk about the incident.
"That's not something the press needs to know about," he said.
Miley chose not to talk about the incident either.
Wagner was obviously very frustrated with his performance. Of the six hits he gave up, four were infield hits and two were bloop singles.
"I don't know what to say," Wagner said. "I did what I do - got groundballs - I just didn't get a lot of outs."
Wagner's ERA went from 3.54 to 5.34 with the outing.
COORS CURE: Austin Kearns came into Friday's game 0-for-his-last-21. He promptly went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run.
"I didn't swing that well in Houston," Kearns said. "But I felt pretty good against Pittsburgh (at home). I was hitting the ball at people."
Kearns is trying to take a different approach. "I'm trying to be more aggressive," he said. "I'm trying to have better at-bats, hit the ball hard somewhere."
MORE KEARNS: The Atlanta Braves have been making inquiries about Austin Kearns.
The Braves designated right fielder Raul Mondesi for assignment on May 31.
The Reds don't talk about trades but general manager Dan O'Brien has said the Reds don't intend to trade any of their four outfielders.
FREEL SITS: Miley's lineup for Saturday's game did not create the kind of stir Friday's did.
That's because Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn were in it. But Ryan Freel was not.
Freel went into Saturday 3-for-his-last-18 (.167).
Rich Aurilia, who homered Friday night, made his second straight start at second base.
WILY MO UPDATE: Wily Mo Peņa went 1-for-4 for Triple-A Louisville in the Bats' 3-0 loss to Syracuse Saturday.
Peņa told reporters Saturday that he expects to complete his rehab assignment Monday and return to the Reds Tuesday.
HUDSON UPDATE: In his rehab start with Double-A Chattanooga, right-hander Luke Hudson pitched 6 2/3 innings Saturday, allowing four runs on six hits. Hudson walked one and struck out seven.
TOUGH CALL: Sean Casey was stunned when he was charged with an error Friday night on a ball hit by Garrett Atkins in the seventh. "If that's an error, I don't know what a hit is," Casey said. "It was rocket. I went to the right to get it. I've got a bruise on my finger where it hit."
UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up the three-game series with Rockies today with a 3:05 p.m. game. Brandon Claussen (2-3, 3.89 ERA) faces Jason Jennings (3-6, 5.83).