CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Chris Heisey may have been 0-for-5 at the plate in his Major League debut on Monday, but he made a couple of good defensive plays vs. the Mets. He crashed into the wall to make one catch and did a nice job diving and trapping David Wright's ninth-inning hit that could have been extra bases. Wright was held to a single."The box score doesn't show everything," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He scared me a little bit on that potential triple. The ball came in and he smothered it. But that showed me also that he's not scared and has confidence. Most kids would have played it safe on the hop." With outfielder Chris Dickerson out four to six weeks because of wrist surgery, Heisey has an extended opportunity to prove himself. Baker called reaching the Majors for the first time one of the toughest things for a young player to deal with. "We just hope he doesn't put any undo pressure on himself -- just be in control, relax and play the game," Baker said. "The hardest part for a young player is to reach their goal. It's been all of our goals since Little League. What happens when you reach your goal? You have to set some other goals. ... It's a heck of an opportunity.
Gomes not sweating lack of results
CINCINNATI -- As a power hitter, Reds outfielder Jonny Gomes is capable of ruining a pitcher's day with the long ball at any time. That he hasn't had many homers or hits lately isn't spoiling his own day."I'm not going to be snapping and breaking stuff 60 at-bats into the season," said Gomes, who entered Tuesday batting .197 (13-for-66) with two home runs but was ranked third on the team with 12 RBIs. Gomes, the right-handed portion of the platoon in left field, is 3-for-his-last-20 and hasn't hit a homer since April 13 at Florida. "We try to talk about contact and base hits and hitting the ball out of the park, too," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "But you want more quality at-bats. The only thing about being up in the air is it's feast or famine. He's working every day.
"Jonny is like a three-point shooter in basketball. When you're hot, you're hot. When you're cold, you're cold. When you're a fly ball hitter, there's not much margin for error."With right-hander John Maine starting for the Mets, left-handed hitter Laynce Nix started in left field for the Reds on Tuesday. Gomes believes he is seeking competitive at-bats and hasn't been cheated from getting good rips. He's just missed on a few hits and went to the video room with hitting coach Brook Jacoby. "We're looking and I'm missing by a quarter to a half an inch every time," Gomes said. "If I was missing by an inch, inch and a half or swinging at balls, we'd have something to work on. "I was talking to Laynce, too. It's the life of platooning. You know you have four or five at-bats and might sneak a hit in and it wasn't even the best swing of the day. Then you have to sit on it for two days instead of having that in-game adjustment. When it's not there, one thing you can bring is situational hitting. I still feel like I'm driving guys in when they get on. I need to keep my head above water."
Rolen's home run reviewed
CINCINNATI -- It certainly looked like Scott Rolen gave the Reds back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets, but not until a video replay confirmed it.
After Joey Votto went deep and closed the Mets' lead to 4-3 with two outs, Rolen took Fernando Nieve deep to right field. The ball landed in a fan's hand in the first row of the right-field seats as Angel Pagan made a leaping catch attempt. The ball came back on to the field, but second base umpire Bill Welke immediately signaled home run.Mets manager Jerry Manuel asked the umpires if they were sure Rolen's ball was over the fence. Following a brief stoppage of one minute, 45 seconds, Welke's call was upheld.
It was the sixth time a play has been reviewed for the Reds since instant replay began in 2008.
Taser incident sparks discussion
CINCINNATI -- There was some talk Tuesday about the 17-year-old boy that was tasered on Monday in Philadelphia after he illegally ran on to the playing field at Citizens Bank Park."Don't ask my opinion. It doesn't do any good. He's already been tased," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. Baker has personally witnessed two of the most famous on-field incidents involving fans. He was with the Dodgers in 1976, when teammate Rick Monday tackled a fan trying to burn an American flag. Baker was on deck for the Braves in 1974, when Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth with career homer No. 715. As he ran the bases, two fans trailed Aaron -- who had been subjected to death threats. "Hank was cool about it. He was real cool," Baker said.
Cloaked in a Reds robe
CINCINNATI -- A few players, including Orlando Cabrera and Ramon Hernandez, received new cotton bathrobes that resemble their Reds uniforms, including names and numbers on the back. Jonny Gomes facilitated the orders."I got the connection, but they bought them," Gomes said.
The Reds will have the 12th pick in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft, which will be held on June 7 at 7 p.m. ET and carried live on MLB.com and MLB Network. ... According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Laynce Nix's 11th-inning walk-off homer in Monday's win over the Mets made him only the third Reds player to hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning or later. The other two were Tony Perez (1984) and Chris Stynes (1999).
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.