Sunday, July 29, 2001
Dunn finally takes O-fer
By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Adam Dunn finally played a big-league game without getting a hit. Dunn was 0-for-3 Saturday with a walk and a run scored in the victory.
Dunn, who had hit in his first seven games, did have what Boone loves to call professional at-bats. He saw 27 pitches in the four trips to the plate.
STINNETT READY: Boone said Kelly Stinnett is available to play, but Boone wants to hold him out of the lineup to allow the catcher to rest his sore right elbow.
Stinnett was given a cortisone shot Wednesday.
He's better, Boone said. If I can hold him out (today), then with the off day Monday, that would give him a lot of time.
REITSMA UPDATE: Boone tentatively has scheduled Chris Reitsma to return to the starting rotation Aug.4 in San Diego.
Reitsma has been resting since going 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA in his last three starts.
Reitsma, a 23-year-old right-hander, has pitched 126 innings this year. That's 30 more than he ever threw as a minor-leaguer.
I'd like to have him pitch an inning or two in relief in one of the next three games, Boone said. If not, we'll have him throw on the side.
LaRUE'S GUN: It was easy after the game to overlook Jason LaRue's play in the first inning. Florida leadoff man Luis Castillo reached on an infield hit and then tried to steal. Castillo is second in the National League in steals, but it was no contest. LaRue leads the majors in percentage of would-be stealers thrown out. Castillo was the 32nd he has thrown out of 52 runners (61.5 percent).
POWER OUTAGE: Sean Casey has not homered since June 24. It's his longest drought of the season.
UP NEXT: The Reds end their three-game series with the Florida Marlins and the homestand today at 1:15 p.m.
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