ST. LOUIS -- During Sunday's 7-5 win over the Indians, Edgar Renteria did something the Reds hadn't seen from either of their shortstops all season. He hit a home run, a solo shot which came in the fifth inning and landed in the first row of right field seats.Renteria was in the lineup again on Monday against the Cardinals, going 0-for-3 in his third start in four games. Although he began the day batting only .237 and struggled for most of the season, both offensively and defensively, the 35-year-old was batting .353 (6-for-17) over the six games that preceded Monday. The home run, off Cleveland's Josh Judy, provided his 900th career RBI. Reds manager Dusty Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty have shown patience with both Renteria and regular shortstop Paul Janish, who is batting .227. In Renteria's case, Baker believed he would catch a spark when warm weather arrived. "He's going to get there. It takes an older player longer," Baker said. "It took the hot weather longer to get here. I will play Janish [Tuesday]. I played Edgar today because I think he has a better chance of hitting [Chris] Carpenter. We'll do what we've been doing, put the best lineup out there daily."
Rolen singles against Cards for 2,000th hit
ST. LOUIS --- Scott Rolen's 2,000th career hit came in an appropriate setting for the personal milestone.Rolen notched the hit with a first-inning, two-out single on the ground to left field during the Reds' 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. The 36-year-old played in St. Louis from 2002-07 and the single came against friend and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter. "I'm not a huge numbers guy, but that's a number or plateau or a resting place, I guess, for a second," Rolen said. "I guess I can let myself reflect a little bit, since it's a milestone number. It's more a representation -- I feel like I've worked pretty hard at this game, coming up from the Minor Leagues and all the way through. It's a nice number. I will reflect on that number as a reward for a lot of sweat." The 2,000th hit ball was in Rolen's jeans pocket after the game, and he had plans for it. "I've given everything to my Dad," Rolen said. "At this point, he kind of collects it and holds on to it. My son is getting close. We'll see. I don't want to give it to him yet. He's liable to throw it in the pool or something. A ball is a ball to him."
Arroyo on track despite dizzy spell
ST. LOUIS -- Shortly before Triple-A Louisville took the field against Columbus on Monday, left-hander Dontrelle Willis was scratched without a reason being given. It was learned later in the day that Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo had felt dizziness. Arroyo is the Reds' scheduled starter on Wednesday against the Cardinals. Willis became an option to start in place of Arroyo, leading to his Triple-A start being called off."Bronson was feeling a little dizzy but then he threw his bullpen and he's fine," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. The club on Monday evening then decided not to call up Willis to step in for Arroyo, who is still expected to make the Wednesday assignment.
Cordero disappointed not to make ASG roster
ST. LOUIS -- Reds closer Francisco Cordero probably doesn't qualify as an All-Star roster snub. He could definitely qualify as being overlooked and feeling frustrated.More than likely, National League players and All-Star skipper Bruce Bochy bypassed Cordero in their selections because he lacks saves. He had 17 in 19 chances entering Monday, good for 11th in the league. "I know I don't have a lot of saves," Cordero said. "But overall, I have pretty good numbers. Last year, I understood why I didn't make it. I was leading the league with 24 saves last year, and I didn't make it because I had a high ERA. Now, because I don't have enough saves, I'm not on it. I'm disappointed. I'll just do my job and continue to do what I'm doing, getting people out and trying to make the playoffs." Cordero had a point about his numbers beyond saves being strong. His 0.85 WHIP (walks-hits per innings pitched) is best among NL closers and his 1.49 ERA was second best. Three closers were selected to the NL roster in Brian Wilson, Heath Bell and Joel Hanrahan. All had 24 saves entering July 4. The three Reds All-Stars were position players in Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. "I thought I was going to make it but that's how it is sometimes," Cordero said. "Sometimes, stuff like that happens. You have to be able to put it behind and continue to do what you're doing. I'm happy for the three guys that made it. They deserve to be there too."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three players over the last 50 years hit at least two home runs in a World Series and began the following season with a homerless streak as long as Edgar Renteria's. It was the Dodgers' Steve Yeager (129 at-bats in 1978) and Mickey Hatcher (150 at-bats in 1989) and the Tigers' Sean Casey (212 at-bats in 2007). Renteria went 129 at-bats this season before his first homer. If the Reds can get five wins on this seven-game road trip, it would move Baker into a ninth-place tie on the club's all-time list with Jack McKeon, who has 291 victories.