PHILADELPHIA -- As Reds teammate Carlos Fisher pitched inning after inning during Wednesday's 19-inning game against the Phillies, reliever Sam LeCure could only watch from the bullpen.
It wasn't publicly known before the game, but LeCure, who pitched 3 1/3 innings on Sunday, was not available to pitch because of a tight right forearm."They told me before the game they would try to stay away from me," LeCure said. "I knew that, but I tried to get loose later. I don't know if it was a combination that I was still sore or that I was sitting out there for 4 1/2 hours. I felt terrible because Carlos went out there and threw almost 100 pitches. I felt more bad he had to lose the game than anything. I could have gone out there. I wouldn't have looked like my normal self. I wish I could have done something."
Bailey leaves start early with shoulder spasm
PHILADELPHIA -- Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey was headed back to Cincinnati Thursday afternoon after he suffered a right shoulder spasm during a 10-4 loss to the Phillies.Bailey allowed four runs and five hits with one intentional walk and two strikeouts for a no-decision. The injury came when Bailey was hitting in the fourth inning, when he grounded out to first base. The club did not immediately know the seriousness of the injury. "He said he just felt some discomfort on the swing when he was hitting," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You could tell his velocity went down quite a bit after that." Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek will examine Bailey on Friday. The club will likely be holding its breath because the right-hander has been exceptional this season with a 3-1 record and 3.00 ERA in five starts. He started the season on the disabled list because of an impingement in the shoulder. "It's a little different," Baker said. "He just said he felt pain when he went to reach when he was swinging. We'll have to wait to see what we hear from Dr. Kremchek tomorrow."
Fisher no worse for wear after lengthy outing
PHILADELPHIA -- The morning after the longest relief appearance of his career, Reds pitcher Carlos Fisher felt remarkably well."A lot better than I thought I would," Fisher said Thursday. "Last night, I went to bed and I felt pretty bad. My back was pretty tight. Today, I woke up feeling pretty good. I was surprised." Fisher worked 5 2/3 innings and threw 95 pitches but was the losing pitcher when Raul Ibanez hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 19th inning of a 5-4 loss to the Phillies. A Reds reliever hadn't thrown as many pitches as Fisher since Dan Serafini did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 17, 2003. Although no one outside of the Reds dugout knew it at the time, Fisher was the last available pitcher. Sam LeCure and Matt Maloney were in the bullpen, but both were sore and unable to pitch. "I knew it would be at least two innings, if we score a run," Fisher said. "Then two turned into three, three turned into four, and it got to the point where I lost track of how many innings I had. I was trying to throw the best strikes I could throw. "That last inning, I went to all fastballs. After four innings, the breaking ball got real sloppy. I couldn't throw it for a strike anymore." The taxing Fisher's arm took was evident in the 19th on Placido Polanco's sacrifice bunt. Fisher fielded the ball and gingerly threw to first base for the out. "After having a game like that, the last thing I wanted to do was throw the ball away and give it to them like that," Fisher said. "I'm not going to lose throwing the ball into the stands. I probably focused more on that one throw than any other pitch."
Phillips apologizes on Twitter for mistake
PHILADELPHIA -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was accountable on Wednesday night for a mental mistake made during Wednesday's 19-inning loss to the Phillies. Phillips was chatting with shortstop Jimmy Rollins when reliever J.C. Romero picked him off second base while he represented the go-ahead run in a 4-4 game.Phillips accepted blame with reporters after the game and tweeted on his way back to the team hotel. "I want 2 apologize 2 all the #Reds fans 4 my mistake tonite," Phillips tweeted. "It was my fault 4 the loss, but I will keep my head up and get ready 4 the next game!" Reds manager Dusty Baker did not plan on having a conversation with Phillips, who is known to have a good time on the field while playing. "He apologized for it on the bench, but it's too late to talk to him," Baker said. "That's stuff you tell your kid. Don't be distracted by the other guys because they might be your friend, but they're trying to find a way to pick you off ... there are certain guys who are social on purpose. If you want to be social, keep your foot on the bag while being social. "It's all cool as long as you don't get burned. When you get burned, you've got to chill ... I don't really have to talk to Brandon. The whole world is talking to Brandon."
Maloney placed on DL; Thompson recalled
PHILADELPHIA -- In need of a fresh arm after Wednesday's 19-inning game, the Reds called up right-handed pitcher Daryl Thompson from Double-A Carolina on Thursday prior to their 10-4 loss to the Phillies. Lefty Matt Maloney was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique."We need bodies and quality bodies," Reds manager Dusty Baker said before the game. Maloney pitched 3 1/3 innings of long relief on Monday against the Phillies. Both he and Sam LeCure, who pitched 3 1/3 innings on Sunday at Cleveland, were unavailable Wednesday. LeCure had a sore right forearm. "We had to make a decision on which one had the chance to be back the soonest," Baker said. Thompson, 25, allowed five runs in three innings on Thursday during his return to the Major Leagues for the first time since he made three starts for the Reds in 2008. Since then, he's been bogged down with numerous shoulder injuries that had him contemplating retirement as recently as last year. In nine starts this season for Carolina, he was 1-4 with a 4.44 ERA. "No problems, no major soreness or anything like that. Everything has been going pretty good," said Thompson, who was notified of the promotion at 2 a.m. ET. "It's a blessing right now. My dream is to be in the big leagues. I realize it's easier to get there than it is to stay. I don't know how long my time is here right now. I will enjoy it while I'm here."
Dusty no stranger to marathon games
PHILADELPHIA -- As manager Dusty Baker strategized when he ran out of pitchers and players during his team's 19-inning loss, he had personal experience on his mind. As a player with the Dodgers, Baker played a 21-inning game against the Cubs on Aug. 17, 1982, at Wrigley Field."It was an 18-inning suspended game. Jerry Reuss started the continuation game and the second game," Baker said. The Dodgers had to use pitcher Fernando Valenzuela to alternate at the corner outfield spots with Baker, who began the game as in left field. "A left-handed hitter up, he'd move to left field and I'd move to right," Baker said of Valenzuela. "Then right-handed hitter up, I'd move to left and he'd move to right. I got a fly ball and then I moved to right with a runner on third. A sac fly, I threw him out at the plate and we won the game in the top of the next inning. That's what I was looking to last night." Had Wednesday's game reached a 20th inning, Baker would have used Sam LeCure in left field, left fielder Chris Heisey at second base, moved second baseman Brandon Phillips to shortstop and had shortstop Paul Janish pitch.