Monday, September 26, 2011

D-Train on first win, Phillips' contract update, & More

  • Dontrelle Willis on picking up his first win of the season on Sunday: "The guys really battled for me today. They knew it was my last start and the way I pitched poorly the last start I wanted to finish the season with confidence. We went out there and played a good game."
  • On the shortstop position being Zack Cozart's job to lose: “It was his,” Dusty Baker said. “He looked good. He looked very good. You don’t pay too much attention to short runs. At least I don’t. He’s going to have every opportunity. When a guy gets the opportunity, it’s up to him. Of all the young guys who have come up, he looks the most ready to play winning baseball in all phases of the game.”
  • Pirates' reliever Daniel Moskos on allowing a two-run double to Willis: "He's one of the better, if not the best, hitting pitchers in the league...But that being said, he is still a pitcher. No knock on him, he can still handle the bat. But I need to make a better pitch. I left a slider up after I got ahead. He did some damage with it."
  • According to Mark Sheldon of, GM Walt Jocketty is to meet with Brandon Phillips' agents in New York this week when the Reds play the Mets to discuss extending the second basemen's contract beyond 2012. The team holds a $12 million option for next season.
  • The Redlegs will embark on their last series of the season on Monday when Homer Bailey (9-7, 4.32) takes the mound to counter the Mets' Chris Schwinden (0-2, 5.06 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Citi Field.
  • Bailey has one career start against the NYM and it came earlier this year. He surrendered nine earned runs on 12 hits over just four frames in that start.

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