05/27/12 5:45 PM ET
LeCure turning in yeoman's work for Reds' 'pen
By Jeff Wallner / Special to MLB.com
"I haven't pitched much, which is good for the team," LeCure said. "It means our starters are going deep. I have to swallow my pride a bit. But that's the way it goes."
LeCure, who has allowed nine earned runs in 19 1/3 innings, tossed two scoreless innings in Saturday night's victory, with a walk and three strikeouts. "It felt really good," he said.
LeCure has been a workhorse this season, pitching more than one inning in 14 appearances, and two innings on six occasions. With the Reds starting staff pitching well, LeCure hasn't had many opportunities to work on things in game situations.
"He's a team man," said Reds manager Dusty Baker of LeCure. "If he's pitching a lot, things aren't going well."
The mustachioed LeCure said he's tabled his personal frustrations and has enjoyed being a spectator for the Reds' team success, and the success of his bullpen mates.
"We know we can be the best bullpen in the National League," LeCure said. "We all pull for each other, and push each other. I've felt like I'm the caboose, bringing up the rear."
Reds, Rockies set two homer records
CINCINNATI -- Some attributed it to the 90-degree weather and humidity. Reds manager Dusty Baker credited poor pitch location. Rockies manager Jim Tracy said it was just one of those days at Great American Ball Park. One thing's for certain, Sunday's 7-5 win by the Reds was like an episode of the classic Home Run Derby television show.
Dexter Fowler's pinch-hit home run with one out in the eighth inning off of Reds starter Mat Latos was the ninth home run on Sunday, and it set a Great American Ball Park single-game record.
Eight home runs had been hit in a game at Great American Ball Park three times previously, the last coming on August 13, 2011, in the Reds' 7-1 victory over San Diego.
"You've got a day here with this kind of weather, the ball travels real well in this park," Tracy said. "There's nothing we can do about the first four innings of the game. Six of their seven runs come via the home run. We can't catch those."
The Rockies hit five home runs off of Latos, accounting for the only hits he allowed. Carlos Gonzalez hit a pair of homers. Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer added solo shots for Colorado. Cuddyer's homer sailed 448 feet and struck the batter's eye pavilion in center.
Latos became the first pitcher in Reds history, and just the 11th in Major League history, to earn a victory after allowing five home runs.
For Cincinnati, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier homered off of Rockies starter Jamie Moyer.
"The ballpark doesn't matter much to me, I don't try to hit home runs," said Bruce, who homered for the first time in 16 games and 60 at-bats.
Fowler's home run was the 29th hit during the Reds' homestand. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is a Great American Ball Park record for a homestand of seven games or fewer.
"If you make quality pitches, you could be playing in a shoebox, and it won't matter," Baker said. "If you don't, you could be playing in Yellowstone."
Rolen not expected back any time soon
CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen was eligible to come off of the disabled list on Sunday, but manager Dusty Baker says the Reds third baseman needs considerably more time to nurse his left shoulder.
"Right now, he's progressing slowly," said Baker. "He's working hard in therapy to get strength and range of motion back."
For now, third base is in good hands with Todd Frazier, who has started at third in 13 of the past 15 games, and Miguel Cairo.
In 14 appearances since Rolen went on the DL, Frazier has batted .216 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit a walk-off solo homer in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Atlanta.
"The guys that are playing third base have done a good job," Baker said. "But Scott Rolen is Scott Rolen. You miss his consistency, and lack of flare when he's not in there. He makes all the plays."
Griffey Jr. visits Reds' clubhouse on Sunday
CINCINNATI -- The Reds clubhouse had some added star power on Sunday morning, when future Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. visited.
Griffey visited with Dusty Baker in his office, and got reacquainted with members of the media and former teammates. He was joined by his two sons: Trey and Tevin.
Griffey, who played nine seasons in Cincinnati, where he hit 210 of his 630 career home runs, said he's enjoying spending time with family and attending his kids' sporting events.
Griffey was in Cincinnati to watching his daughter Taryn play in a basketball tournament. She's a highly-recruited sophomore point guard at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando.
Trey recently committed to play wide receiver at the University of Arizona.
Griffey is noticeably more muscular than during his playing days, but as Baker noted, he also was sporting an expanded waistline. "That happens to all of us," Baker said, laughing.
Baker talks to Heisey about bunt attempt
CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker had a conversation with Chris Heisey about his bunt attempt in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game.
Heisey, who had homered and singled in his previous two at-bats, attempted a bunt with one out and runners on first and third. Heisey was easily retired by Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who threw on to first baseman Todd Helton.
Heisey has been hot, hitting .405 in his past 12 appearances with four doubles and a homer. Baker respected Heisey's intention, but preferred for him to be more aggressive in that situation.
"He was trying to do something, which is better than trying to do nothing," Baker said. "That's the time we wanted to blow the game out. You're in a situation to drive in runs there."
Jamie Moyer, Colorado's starting pitcher on Sunday, made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986, 18 months before Mat Latos, the Reds' Sunday starter, was born.
Prior to Sunday's game, the Reds and Rockies observed a moment of silence as part of Major League Baseball's participation in the National Moment of Remembrance for the Memorial Day holiday.
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.