08/25/10 10:08 PM ET
Gomes reaches 100 homers for his career
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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.
Baker inserts righty Heisey vs. southpaw
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."
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.