PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Chris Heisey was slated to start one of the remaining two games against Pittsburgh in center field, instead of Drew Stubbs. Heisey has only made one start since being called up from Triple-A.
Reds skipper Dusty Baker decided to start Heisey in Tuesday night's contest.
"He was just getting his stroke down in Triple-A," Baker said. "He was really here out of necessity as much as anything, and I don't think it's a matter of comfort. I think it's helped him to sit here and learn and listen and see what it's all about. I don't think he's overwhelmed. I think he's going to contribute at some point in time. He's a tough kid and he's not intimidated by anything, and he's had to fight his way to get to where he is."
Gomes back in lineup Tuesday
PITTSBURGH -- Left fielder Jonny Gomes was out of the lineup against the Pirates on Monday, despite going 10-for-18 with seven RBIs over his last four games. Gomes was back in the lineup for Tuesday night's game in Pittsburgh.
Gomes has a five-game hitting streak, including three multi-hit games and ranks second on the team with 19 RBIs.
"I'm seeing the ball pretty good," Gomes said. "It's still early and Laynce Nix and I have been platooning. So, our at-bats are kind of low right now and our average is going to fluctuate with a few hits here and there. But I'm just seeing the ball and working pretty hard with our hitting coach Brook Jacoby, who's a real good fit for me and he knows my swing pretty well and I've been working hard with him."
Bronson Arroyo allowed one run in seven innings and earned the win in the Reds' 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Monday night. Since May 1 of last season, Arroyo has thrown at least seven innings and allowed one run or less in 14 of his 36 starts (38.9 percent). The only pitchers with a higher percentage over that period (minimum: 30 starts) are Zack Greinke (40.0 percent) and Chris Carpenter (39.4 percent). ... Catcher Devin Mesoraco was 4-for-5 with a triple and a double in Class A Lynchburg's 6-5, 10-inning loss to Wilmington on Monday. He accounted for a third of the Hillcats' hits and also scored once. Mesoraco is batting .333 with six home runs and 18 RBIs. The Triple-A Louisville Bats took their first come-from-behind victory on Monday night with a 7-6 decision over the Buffalo Bisons at Louisville Slugger Field. Luis Terrero was the late-inning hero when he drilled a seventh inning three-run homer to center field, giving the Bats their first lead of the night. For Terrero, it was his first homer in a Louisville uniform. ... Louisville's Juan Francisco, the reigning International League Batter of the Week (6 games, 14-for-24, .583 avg., 2 HR, 5 2B, 14 RBIs), on Monday, had surgery in Louisville to remove his appendix and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.