Rather than take his off-day Wednesday to skip a day game after Tuesday night's clash with the Phillies, the Reds' third baseman adjusted his schedule and will play when his squad faces Philadelphia and ace Roy Halladay at Great American Ball Park.
Halladay will be hoping for a strong ending to June, which has been his worst month so far. Of course, bad by Halladay's standards is still solid. He's had quality starts in four of five June starts, going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA. In his most recent outing, he blanked the Blue Jays for seven innings in a 9-0 win.
As for Rolen, Miguel Cairo took his place Tuesday, and he didn't want to sit out and give Cairo the task of hitting off one of baseball's best pitchers, especially after Cairo faced Royals ace Zack Greinke earlier this month in his stead.
"We kind of discussed it," Reds manager Dusty Baker. "[Rolen] said it wouldn't be right on Miggy to draw those tough assignments."
The switch also lets Rolen get used to the Reds' daylight-heavy upcoming schedule. They'll play five consecutive day contests starting Wednesday.
For Phillies hitters, the challenge will be getting to Aaron Harang, who has three quality starts in his past four tries. They'll have to do it without second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco, both of whom were placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Reds: Votto continues amazing streak
Joey Votto's third-inning single Tuesday gave him 37 straight games of reaching base. That's the longest streak in the Majors this season, and he's 11 games away from the franchise record set by Pete Rose in 1978. ... The Reds' loss and Cardinals' win Tuesday dropped Cincinnati to second place in the National League Central, ending a run of four days at the top.
Phillies: Ready for July
The Phillies are now 13-12 in June, which has been their second-worst month during the past 10 years (.492 winning percentage). Conversely, July is the team's second-best month in that span, where they stand at .550. ... Joe Blanton's 7 2/3 innings Tuesday gave Philadelphia 34 starts of at least seven innings, a total that tied the club with the Giants for most in the Majors.
The Reds, who are first in the Majors with 24 comeback wins and rank second with 13 wins in their final at-bat, looked set for another Tuesday. Cincinnati sent the game to extra innings with a three-run ninth, but the Phillies' 10-inning win moved them to 3-4 in extras this season.
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Let's call a Bruce: Reds rally to top Phils
The Reds' 25th comeback win of the year came against the best -- Phils ace Roy Halladay. Joey Votto started it with a solo homer in the sixth, and Jay Bruce finished the rally with a two-run homer in the eighth vs. Halladay.
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|Cabrera, O, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.246|
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HR: Sardinha (2, 4th inning off Harang, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Victorino 2; Dobbs; Howard; Werth; Valdez, W 2; Sardinha 4; Gload.
RBI: Sardinha 3 (6).
2-out RBI: Sardinha 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Werth 2; Sardinha; Victorino.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Gload (1, 2nd base off Cordero/Hernandez, Ra).
2B: Gomes, J (16, Halladay), Phillips, B (22, Halladay).
HR: Votto (18, 6th inning off Halladay, 0 on, 0 out), Bruce (10, 8th inning off Halladay, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Phillips, B 3; Cabrera, O; Votto 4; Rolen; Gomes, J 3; Bruce 5; Stubbs; Hernandez, Ra 3.
RBI: Votto (55), Cabrera, O (30), Bruce 2 (36).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Harang; Hernandez, Ra; Rolen.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Halladay 6-4, Harang 4-8, Ondrusek 0-2, Rhodes 0-0, Cordero 2-0.
Batters faced: Halladay 37, Harang 28, Ondrusek 2, Rhodes 3, Cordero 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Ondrusek 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Doug Eddings. 1B: Dana DeMuth. 2B: Kerwin Danley. 3B: CB Bucknor.
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media