Reds finding success when Stubbs reaches base

Reds finding success when Stubbs reaches base

CINCINNATI -- The Reds employed some small ball in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the D-backs. It began when Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs, who walked for the second game in a row after not drawing a walk previously all month.

"He stayed off some tough pitches and fouled off some other pitches," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not that easy to walk. I know we've tried him a number of times [at leadoff], but he's where I need him on this team. When he scores, our record is remarkable. Right now we have to change our game a little bit because we don't have the power in the middle of the lineup with Joey [Votto] out."

The Reds came in 31-2 this season in games when Stubbs scores a run.

Following Stubbs' first-inning walk Tuesday, he and Zack Cozart also executed a successful double steal. Cincinnati entered the night 15th in stolen bases out of 16 National League clubs, but that may not change soon.

"Everybody wants to know why we don't run more, but we can't run into outs either," Baker said. "It's about stolen-base percentage, not getting thrown out trying to steal. We've been a little limited on hitting and running because we have some swing and miss guys. Especially in our ballpark, you don't want to run into outs. In this ballpark, we're more dependent on guys that can hit the ball out of the ballpark too."