By Kevin Kelly
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Reds have endured their share of dubious departures this season. Stephen Smitherman's arrival Monday proved a refreshing change.
Reds catcher Jason LaRue tips a ball foul in the fifth inning.
(Leigh Patton photo)
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Recalled from Double-A Chattanooga, the outfielder made it to Great American Ball Park midway through a 10-6 loss against the Brewers.
The remnants of the season's smallest crowd - 18,411 fans at Great American Ball Park - saw Smitherman hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning.
It was his first major-league hit.
"That's like something you watch on television," Smitherman said.
Because of the season-ending injury to outfielder Reggie Taylor on Sunday and Felix Heredia's departure to the Yankees, Cincinnati began the game three players short of the allowed 25 on the active roster before Smitherman arrived.
But as entertaining as his display was, it made little difference.
The Brewers, who have now won seven consecutive games, scored six runs off Cincinnati starter Aaron Harang.
"It was just one of those days when you just don't have it, when you go out and it seems like everything you throw is hit," said Harang, who was 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three previous starts as a Red.
Milwaukee hit four home runs in all off Harang and relievers Brian Reith and Joe Valentine.
Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead in the first, but managed little thereafter off Brewers starter Matt Kinney.
Shortstop Ray Olmedo hit a double to left field, scoring center fielder Ryan Freel from third base.
CUBS TRADE: Following the game, the Reds traded Chattanooga pitcher John Koronka to the Cubs for left-handed reliever Phil Norton.
The Reds were left without a left-handed reliever when the Yankees claimed Heredia off waivers earlier in the day.
Norton, who missed the 2002 season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery, will be available to pitch today.
Norton is 0-0 in four games this season with a 5.40 ERA.
NEW RED? The Reds are expected to add a player today to complete the trade that sent relief pitcher Scott Sullivan to the White Sox on Thursday. The player likely will be infielder Tim Hummel , who was rated by Baseball America as Chicago's 17th best prospect before this season. He was hitting .286 with 15 homers and 80 RBI through 127 games with Triple-A Charlotte.
INJURY UPDATES: Utility player Russell Branyan, on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, began a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday.
Pitcher Jose Acevedo (sprained left ankle) threw on the side Monday and could begin throwing off a mound in seven to 10 days.
Outfielder Adam Dunn, on the DL with a sprained ligament in his left thumb, had his cast removed.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Reds signed pitcher Scott Service and assigned him to Louisville.
The Cincinnati native was 0-2 with a 4.72 ERA in 33 games with the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks this season.
Chattanooga pitcher Josh Hall allowed one run on six hits in a complete-game performance against Mobile on Sunday.
E-Hall (3). LOB-Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 5. 2B-Podsednik (19), Hall 2 (6), Clayton (14), Olmedo (5), RMateo (7). 3B-Freel (1). HR-Stenson (2), off Kieschnick; MSmith (2), off Valentine; Smitherman (1), off Kinney; Hall (2), off Reith; Jenkins (25), off Harang; Helms (17), off Harang. RBIs-Hall 3 (10), Jenkins 2 (90), Helms 2 (55), Clayton (36), MSmith 2 (5), Olmedo (12), Stenson 2 (4), JCastro (31), Smitherman 2 (2). SB-Podsednik (29), BClark (9).
|Kinney W, 9-9||7||6||4||4||0||7||104||4.67|
|Kolb S, 12||1/3||0||0||0||0||1||6||2.08|
Inherited runners-scored-Kolb 2-0.
|Harang L, 3-1||5||8||6||6||0||4||90||4.13|
HBP-by Kieschnick (Freel). WP-Harang.
T-2:45. A-18,411 (42,263).
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