Baker's advice kickstarts Cozart's season

Baker's advice kickstarts Cozart's season

CINCINNATI -- It wasn't quite a phone a friend, or ask the audience, but Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart found a lifeline that might have helped him escape a prolonged slump.

It was advice from manager Dusty Baker, who was loath to take any credit for helping Cozart.

"We're all here to help," Baker said on Wednesday. "He just wasn't starting soon enough. Sometimes you see certain things and you hope whatever you saw can be the thing that gets a young man back on his way. It's very discouraging to make outs, especially if you're getting pitches to hit and not hitting them. I could see the frustration on his face."

Cozart was 2-for-26 on the previous seven-game road trip, but entered Wednesday 4-for-11 in his last three games with two home runs.

Overall, Cozart came into Wednesday's game batting .239 with five homers and 11 RBIs. Baker gave him a day off on Saturday at New York to help him regroup.

"Sometimes you get out of synch," Baker said. "Usually it's something very minor that puts you back into synch. You're looking for something that's a major adjustment that you have to make, but usually it's something so minor that you can't see it, because you take certain things for granted sometimes."