Friday, September 16, 2011

Quotes & Notes: Bruce, Cueto, Bailey & More

  • Jay Bruce on hitting his 3rd career walk-off homer on Thursday: "They've all been great. Obviously, the first two were a little better. They were in tighter situations. One was my first home run and the other was to clinch the playoffs. They're awesome. To end the game, to win, to come back, it's great."
  • Homer Bailey on the team finishing the season strong: "I think it just shows the attitude of this team. No matter how many games out of first place we are, we're not in contention. But we all have a lot pride in every game we play, regardless of what the standings are."
  • Chicago's Randy Wells on his outing: "I'm most [ticked] off because the bullpen has been used quite a bit this year. I've been on a pretty good roll and I wanted to give them a break again. I let myself down, let them down, and, I don't want to say lack of concentration or lack of focus, but lately I've been doing a good job of eliminating innings and eliminating damage. Today, I lost focus and wasn't aggressive and it cost me."
  • Johnny Cueto on whether or not he may return to pitch in '11: “I don’t know if I’ll pitch again at this point,” said Cueto through a translator.“I want to throw but it hurts and I feel sore and it is painful right now. The doctor today told me I will lose the next outing and we’ll see how it progresses to see if I can pitch one more time. I would like to have kept going the way I was pitching and I was battling for the title, but if God decides something different there is nothing you can do."
  • Miguel Cairo was dubbed as the Reds' Heart & Hustle winner before the game on Thursday. The award was granted by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association for his work ethic and preparation this year. Each of the 30 big league clubs has a recipient with a national winner to be announced in November. "It means a lot," said Cairo. "I've played so many years and people recognize what I've done on the field. I feel honored to receive that recognition. It tells you what kind of player I am. It's something I take pride in that every time I go between the lines, I give it everything that I have."
  • The Redlegs welcome the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers to town for a 3-game set this weekend. Veteran Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.28 ERA) will get the ball on Friday opposite of Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.44 ERA). The game is scheduled to being at 7:10 PM RT.

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