By John Fay
Enquirer staff writer
ST. LOUIS - These are difficult times for John Riedling. He is struggling professionally, while dealing with a personal trauma.
Riedling's father, Jack, died Aug. 3.
"It's tough," John said. "But that's life. You've got to go on."
Riedling was on the bereavement list from Aug. 3-9.
When he came back, he struggled with his control. He walked four in his first outing.
"I hadn't picked up a ball in seven days," he said. "Then (Monday), I decided I was going to go after hitters and not walk anyone."
Unfortunately for Riedling, the first hitter he faced was Albert Pujols, arguably the best hitter in baseball.
Riedling got ahead of Pujols 0-2, then hung a slider. Pujols hit the ball 480 feet into the night for a three-run home run.
Riedling was perplexed by the whole thing.
"I normally don't throw an 0-2 pitch like that," he said. "I don't know how it ended up down the middle."
Riedling's struggles go back a ways. Going into Tuesday, he had a 6.87 ERA over his last 34 games. Early in the season, Riedling was untouchable. He had a 0.41 ERA after his first 20 games.
"I think I'm thinking too much," Riedling said.
SKIPPING ACEVEDO: With the off day Thursday, the Reds will skip right-hander Jose Acevedo's turn in the rotation.
That means Luke Hudson, Aaron Harang and Brandon Claussen will start the three games against the Diamondbacks in the Arizona.
"We'll keep those guys on their fifth day," manager Dave Miley said.
Yes, the Reds do get Randy Johnson in Phoenix. He goes Friday against Hudson.
Acevedo is available in the bullpen. He was used as a reliever twice the last time his spot in the rotation was skipped. He threw a total of three scoreless innings.
NOT SO FLY: The Reds have failed miserably over the last few games with a runner on third base and less than two outs.
That is no surprise. They are last in the National League with 19 sacrifice flies. By comparison, the Cardinals lead the NL with 55 sac flies. Neither the cleanup hitter (Adam Dunn) nor the No. 5 hitter (Wily Mo Pena) has a sacrifice fly.
"We've got to find a way to get those runs in," Miley said.
SO MUCH FOR STATS: Wondering why the Reds used Todd Van Poppel Monday for the seventh inning?
Pujols, Scott Rolen and Edgar Renteria were a combined 3-for-21 off him. Pujols and Rolen doubled, and Renteria singled to score two runs.
KEARNS UPDATE: Austin Kearns was 2-for-5 with a double Monday in the second game of his rehab with Triple-A Louisville.
FARM REPORT: Right-hander Dustin Moseley went seven shutout innings, allowing six hits, in Louisville's 7-0 victory over Toledo Monday.
Lance Caraccioli pitched seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball in Double-A Chattanooga's 9-1 win over Greenville. Caraccioli, a 27-year-old left-hander, was signed by the Reds after being released by the New York Mets. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA for the Lookouts.
UP NEXT: The Reds wrap up the three-game series tonight with an 8:10 game. Right-hander Josh Hancock (2-1, 8,04 ERA) faces right-hander Woody Williams (9-6, 3.78).
REDS FACT: Cincinnati entered Tuesday 2-53 in games it trailed after eight innings this season.
Through Monday's game
|Vander Wal ||.162||.184||37||2||6||2||0||2||4||1||14||0||0||0|
|Team Totals ||.255||.335||4024||561||1027||208||18||151||534||436||927||46||19||82|
|Van Poppel ||3||5||6.15||31||10||0||93.2||1108TD >65||64||16||20||60|
|Team Totals ||56||62||5.34||118||118||37||1048.2||1181||676||622||168||392||704|
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