Reds Notebook: Keisler a Star, Hancock too
Randy Keisler was the star of tonight's game after he came into the game in the second inning to relieve the struggling Ramón Ortiz. Keisler lasted through the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits, as well as sparking the offense when he hit the first homerun of his career in the bottom of the third inning.
After the hit, Keisler reportedly returned to the dugout, sat down next to Ken Griffey, Jr. and said, “See? That's how it's done.” Griffey was taken aback but went on to hit a homerun in the fourth inning.
Hoping for similar success after a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, Sean Casey sat down next to Adam Dunn and said the same thing: “See? That's how it's done.”
Dunn responded, “That's how it's me?” and spent the rest of the game confused.
Hancock Ready for Action
Josh Hancock played for the Louisville Bats in a rehab start tonight. He allowed 10 runs on 15 hits and a walk through 4 and 1/3 innings.
“Sounds like a genuine Reds starter to me,” said pitching coach Don Gullet.
Hancock is scheduled to start with the Reds in place of Aaron Harang against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Freel Skips the Razor
Utility-man Ryan Freel made his first start in three games tonight with markedly more hair than he's had all season.
“Kearnsy and Wily Mo have been trying to get me on their hair stuff for months,” said Freel. “Besides, I hear some of my biggest fans actually liked the unruly curls.”
Reds Draft Goes Young
The Reds drafted local tee-ball hero Winter Mama in the second round of today's amateur draft. Mama led his team, the Cookie Monster Crawlers, to the Diaper League championship in 2004. Minor league director Tim Naehring calls Mama a “great natural both-y” since he still uses both hands to throw the ball.
“Weird name, though,” said Naehring. “He must have a hippy chick for a mother or something.”