Reds lack big bats in loses
Monday, May 19, 2014 11:00 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The short-handed Reds could have used some power bats on Sunday.
Unfortunately for Cincinnati, sluggers Jay Bruce and Joey Votto were still unavailable.
Cody Asche, Jimmy Rollins, Wil Nieves and Marlon Byrd all homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Reds 8-3.
Cole Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career win 12-1 over the Reds on Saturday night as Homer Bailey (3-3) was pounded for six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco had a career-high four hits Sunday, including two doubles and an RBI. The Reds, already without Bruce (knee), again played without Votto, who remained in Cincinnati during the three-game series with a left knee injury.
Manager Bryan Price said there is no timetable for Votto's return. The Reds are reluctant to put the four-time All-Star and 2010 MVP on the disabled list in hopes that he will return sooner than the 15 days required for the DL.
"We don't know exactly how much time it will take for him to be game-ready, so we don't want to make a commitment to a DL," Price said. "That's the challenge we have. We don't want to DL him and find out in two or three days he's ready to play."
The Reds open a three-game series at the Nationals tonight, and Price couldn't say whether Votto even would be in Washington, let alone play.
Bruce, a two-time All-Star, is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
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