SAN FRANCISCO -- Although it might have looked like Reds manager Dusty Baker was seeking the traditional lefty-righty matchup when he started Chris Heisey over Jay Bruce in right field Wednesday, it went against the grain some.Bruce, a lefty hitter, is a .243 batter vs. left-handers, while Heisey, a right-handed hitter, came in batting .148. The Giants started left-hander Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. "This guy is tough on left-handers," Baker said. "We need Heisey to do better against left-handers or else we're not gaining any advantage. He's actually been a whole lot better vs. righties, but historically in the Minors, he was a lot better against lefties."
Gomes reaches 100 homers for his career
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reds left fielder Jonny Gomes really waited to notch home run No. 100 of his career, and waited some more.It finally came on Wednesday in his first at-bat vs. the Giants when Gomes hit a 1-0 pitch from Madison Bumgarner for a solo homer to left field in the Reds' 12-11 win over the Giants in 12 innings. It was Gomes' first long ball since July 19. "You see all the big milestones, like [Alex Rodriguez] getting 600 and stuff. From where I came from and my player status, 100 home runs for me is a pretty awesome, big milestone for me," Gomes said before Wednesday's game. "It doesn't relate to other guys, but I don't think they've had the background and upbringing that I've had." By the time he turned 24, Gomes had already survived a heart attack, a fatal car accident that took his best friend and spent some time with his mother homeless as a teenager. Between homer Nos. 99 and 100, Gomes' overall production had waned. He came into Wednesday batting .196 (18-for-92) with only two RBIs in 27 games. While not happy with his personal performance, Gomes looked at the big picture. "When you're not hitting so well, it's a burden on you when the team isn't winning. But the boys have been doing a great job of picking me up," Gomes said. "There is no time to be bitter when the team is winning. At the same time, I'm getting my work in and trying to turn it around for this September push." Gomes was a huge bat behind the Reds' surge to the top of the standings in the first half when he had 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, he has three homers and seven RBIs. "It all cycles around, and that's why we are where we are right now," Gomes said. "It's not like we have two guys hitting and everyone is dropping the ball. We have a nice lineup right now and a great bench. It's easier to swallow when you're winning and in first place. It's very easy to be freaking miserable when you're not hitting and in last place."
Phillips' injured hand has Reds concerned
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Reds are concerned about second baseman Brandon Phillips, who came out of Wednesday's 12-11 win over the Giants in the sixth inning with a bruised right hand. It still might be worse than that.Phillips was hit on the back of his hand by a 95-mph fastball by Santiago Casilla in the top of the fifth inning, but remained in the game for another inning after being looked over. He later went for X-rays that were negative, but the medical staff will take another picture after the swelling goes down to be sure. "We don't know about Phillips. We hope he's OK," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. The situation was also grim looking for Laynce Nix, who has been bothered by a sprained left ankle he suffered on Monday. Nix grounded out to second base as a pinch-hitter, but could not run up the line.
Although Wladimir Balentien has 12 homers -- 24 overall -- and a .408 average since the All-Star break for Triple-A Louisville, his chances for a September callup are diminished. "He's not on the [40-man] roster," manager Dusty Baker said. "He's one of the guys that had the first nod before. If he had been playing like this earlier, with a good everything, he would've been here." ... The sixth annual CBTS Marty Brennaman Golf Classic, benefiting the Reds Community Fund, is set for Sept. 12-13 at Belterra Casino Resort and Spa in Belterra, Ind. To register a foursome online, visit reds.com/martygolf or call (513) 765-7240.