05/22/11 1:00 PM ET
Chapman slated for rehab at Triple-A Louisville
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Phillips still holding down Reds' cleanup spot
CLEVELAND -- Second baseman Brandon Phillips' tenure in the cleanup spot of the Reds' lineup once seemed close to winding down when Scott Rolen came off the disabled list.That was May 13. Reds manager Dusty Baker, who originally wanted to give Rolen some time to get re-acclimated upon his return by batting him sixth, hasn't yet made the switch to return him to fourth. Phillips, who batted second before Rolen was injured, isn't complaining. "It doesn't matter what I want. It matters what the skip wants," Phillips said. "I'm going to try and do my job wherever I'm at. If we're winning, I understand that I will stay in the four-hole. "I always love hitting in the two-spot. I felt comfortable there. I feel like it's more suitable to me and the type of player I am. I can use all my tools. I'm just happy driving in runners right now and doing my job. Even though [Saturday] I didn't get a hit, I did score a run. As long as I do something positive every day, that's my goal." Phillips entered Sunday batting .323 with five home runs and 26 RBIs and he batted .395 during an 11-game hitting streak that ended on Saturday vs. the Indians. "You always feel good when you're producing the way that you're supposed to," Phillips said. "I'm having a good time and I'm trying to have some hard AB's and do what's best for the team. As long as I'm doing my job driving in runners, I think I'm OK."
Struggling Gomes sits in Sunday's finale
CLEVELAND -- Batting only .171 and mired in a 0-for-13 stretch, Jonny Gomes did not start as the designated hitter on Sunday for the Reds vs. the Indians. Gomes was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts during Saturday's 2-1 loss to Cleveland.Fred Lewis, who played left field on Saturday, was the DH for the Reds on Sunday. Lewis came in with limited DH experience and batted .211 (8-for-38) in nine games. "I try to stay loose as much as possible and try not to let one at-bat linger into the next. It's basically a mind game you play with yourself," Lewis said. "It's different when you haven't done it a lot."
The Reds' series winning streak vs. the Indians ended at seven. Cleveland hadn't won a series over Cincinnati since May 2007.