Thursday, September 07, 2000

REDS NOTEBOOK


Casey picks right time for hit off lefty

By Chris Haft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Reds' victorious six-run rally in Wednesday's eighth inning was especially sweet for first baseman Sean Casey, who contributed an RBI single — off a left-handed pitcher, former Red John Franco.

        Casey, who frequently has been benched against left-handed starters, began the game batting .221 against lefties, compared with .319 against righties. He was 0-for-2 in his career against Franco before drop ping an 0-2 pitch into left field, scoring Chris Stynes to narrow New York's lead to 8-6.

        “I just tried to "inside-out' the ball,” said Casey, describing his swing.

        Dmitri Young followed Casey's hit with another single, scoring Ken Griffey Jr. Alex Ochoa walked to load the bases before Armando Benitez relieved Franco and yielded Benito Santiago's grand slam.

        The Reds won their fourth consecutive series and finished 4-2 on this homestand. But they weren't feeling at all giddy, given the 10-game bulge that separated them from first-place St. Louis in the National League Central Division as the afternoon be gan.

        “You never want to lose hope, but we have to get a lot of help,” Casey said. “We just want to concentrate on winning and seeing how many games we can get over .500. That should be our goal now.”

        TV TIME: Keith Glauber appreciated the opportunity for exposure.

        Promoted Tuesday from Triple-A Louisville, Glauber made his first Reds appearance since Sept. 23, 1998 and worked a career-high four innings. He allowed two runs but restored order after starter Rob Bell yielded five runs in 1 innings, his second-shortest outing of the year. Bell worked just two-thirds of an inning June 18 at San Diego.

        Glauber, who was born in Brooklyn and attended Marlboro (N.J.) High School, knew that plenty of relatives and friends were following his every move.

        “Probably when I was a kid they were all Mets fans,” Glauber said. “Now they're just rooting for me. It was good to get in there against the Mets because it was televised back in New York. My dad, my mom and everybody got to see the game, so that was pretty nice.”

        Glauber said he felt strong, despite never pitching more than three innings this season at Louisville and Double-A Chattanooga.

        “I'll do whatever they say, as long as I get out there and try to help the team,” he said.

        DITTO HEADS: Though Bobby Jones relieved Bobby Jones for the Mets on Wednesday, no rules were violated.

        Bobby J. Jones, a right-hander, started for New York and lasted only four batters into the third inning. He was replaced by Bobby M. Jones, a left-hander, who yielded just one hit in four innings.

        It marked the first time that the Joneses had pitched back-to-back for the Mets. It also was the sixth time in Mets history that pitchers sharing a name had appeared in the same game. In their inaugural 1962 season, they had Bob L. Miller and Bob G. Miller, who worked together — but never consecutively — five times.

        ETC.: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 38th homer of the season in the first inning, creeping closer to becoming the fourth player to hit 40 homers in at least seven different seasons. Babe Ruth (11), Henry Aaron and Harmon Killebrew (eight apiece) are the others.

        • Reds catcher Eddie Taubensee, who will undergo surgery Friday to repair a ruptured disk in his back, plans to start rehabilitation exercises on Monday and said that he'll be ready to resume baseball-related activities in three months.

        • Reds right-hander Osvaldo Fernandez pitched for the first time since July 6, the day before he went on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Fernandez relieved Bell and faced just three hitters, allowing an RBI single to Lenny Harris before finishing the second inning. It was Fernandez's first relief appearance since his 1996 rookie season.

        UP NEXT: The Reds have today off before starting a four-game weekend series at Pittsburgh, beginning with a Friday night double-header.

       



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