04/28/12 9:41 PM ET
Hanigan's experience helps pitching staff
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Strike one key to Arredondo's success
CINCINNATI -- When the Reds signed reliever Jose Arredondo in 2010 knowing that he couldn't pitch because of Tommy John surgery, they were anticipating the kind of results they have gotten from the right-hander lately.Arredondo -- who entered Saturday with a 2-0 record and 2.70 ERA in nine appearances -- came in with a streak of 16 straight batters retired, and hadn't allowed a run in seven-straight games. Last season, Arredondo had a 3.23 ERA in 53 games, but 31 walks to go with his 48 strikeouts in 53 innings. He retired only 31 of his first batters faced, as he was prone to pitches up and out of the strike zone. What's been the difference this season? "Strike one," Reds manager Dusty Baker replied on Saturday. "Strike one is always a change. We figured he'd be even better two years removed from his operation. He's approaching where he was when he was with the Angels. He was coming in before and walking that first batter a lot of times." Left-handers came in 0-for-13 vs. Arredondo, who signed a two year, $2 million deal in the offseason, while right-handers were 5-for-20 (.250).
Bruce trying to stay consistent at plate
CINCINNATI -- Following a career-long 0-for-19 slump, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been on a tear lately.Bruce came into Saturday with hits in seven of his last eight games, while batting .406 (13-for-32) with two home runs and six RBIs. Four of the games have had at least two hits. "I'm just trying to be more consistent," Bruce said. "Obviously 0-for-19 and then going on a tear is not consistent. I just try to take the cliché one day at a time thing. Honestly, I try to be prepared every day. It's hard, but I try not to focus on the results as much as the work that I do, and the way I go about my business, and just be ready to play every single day and help my team win every way that I can. Pieces will fall where they may."
Bengals 2012 draft picks Devon Still, Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson delivered the game ball to the field before Saturday's game. Entertainer Nick Lachey attended Saturday's game, and served as the Reds' honorary team captain as part of a fundraiser for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.