Saturday, May 04, 2002

Reds notes: Pineda was too pumped to pitch

Rookie says he drank too much coffee

By John Fay,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SAN FRANCISCO — The explanation was too much coffee. That's what was wrong with right-hander Luis Pineda when he was forced to leave Thursday's game.

        “The time difference, 14 innings, I was trying to stay awake,” Pineda said.

        Pineda worked a routine 13th, but he started to feel it in the 14th.

        “My knees were shaking,” he said. “My head was spinning.”

        Pineda allowed an infield single to Eric Karros to start the inning. He would not face another batter. He felt dizzy. He bent over behind the mound. The trainers were called out.

        Pineda wanted to continue. But Reds manager Bob Boone wouldn't risk it with the game on the line.

        As it turns out, Karros ended up scoring off Scott Sullivan. So Pineda took the loss.

        He felt fine Friday.

        “I'm OK,” he said. “Ready to go.”

        KEARNS RETURNS: Austin Kearns was back in the lineup for the first time since being hit on the helmet with a pitch Tuesday by Los Angeles right-hander and former Red Giovanni Carrara.

        Kearns did pinch-hit and strike out in the 13th inning Thursday.

        Friday, the swelling around his eye was almost completely gone. It was swollen shut Wednesday.

        “There's still a little color to it,” he said. “I look like I got beat up. But I got better (Thursday night) while I was sitting on the bench. I figured it would be OK (Friday).”

        Boone considered moving Kearns up in the order. He had hits in nine of his last 11 at-bats coming into Friday.

        “Thought about it,” Boone said. “We have a lot of people who can hit in a lot of different spots.”

        Kearns has hit seventh in 10 of his 12 starts. That's where he was Friday.

        NO SECOND GUESS: Boone had no problem with third base coach Tim Foli sending Ruben Mateo from second in the fifth inning Thursday night on Jason LaRue's single.

        Mateo was out by five feet.

        Had Foli held him and he scored later, the Reds would have won 3-2 in the nine innings.

        “I think you've got to send him there with the pitcher coming up,” Boone said.

        Foli said in retrospect he would not have sent Mateo. Boone was concerned with the jump Mateo got. “He played it like it was a line drive to third,” Boone. “He's still learning. We didn't project him to be here.”

        Boone doesn't rant and rave over mistakes.

        “You address it,” he said. “You talk about it. You hope it's an isolated incident.”

        GRAVES STATUS: Boone said he would try to avoid using closer Danny Graves Friday night. Graves pitched three innings Thursday night. But Boone wouldn't rule out using him.

        “It would depend on the situation,” Boone said before the game. “I wouldn't use him very long.”

        Boone's concern was more with today and Sunday when the Reds play day games.

        “You want the bullpen loaded up and ready,” he said.

        Boone has been able to keep the bullpen fresh. The big factor is the Reds starters haven't gotten knocked out. Thursday was the 15th straight game that the Reds starter lasted at least five innings.

        “That's huge,” Boone said.“A manager's nightmare is having a tired bullpen.”

        UP NEXT: The Reds play the second game of the three-game series. Right-hander Jimmy Haynes (2-3, 5.54 ERA) faces RHP Jason Schmidt (0-0, 8.31). Haynes is coming off two good starts.

        He went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits, in a 3-2 win over Colorado on April 23. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, in a 5-4 loss to the Giants Sunday.


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