CINCINNATI -- Setup reliever Nick Masset's first two games were polar opposites. On Monday, Masset allowed five runs in his one inning, including a Yadier Molina grand slam in the ninth inning of an 11-6 loss. He allowed three hits and a walk in the inning, too.
On Wednesday, Masset returned and dealt a 1-2-3 eighth inning that included an inning-ending strikeout of Albert Pujols. It lowered his ERA from 45.00 to 22.50.
"I'm big on trying to get guys back in there after a rough outing as soon as possible so they can get it off of their mind," Baker said. "That grand slam was a wind-blown slam to me. It's still a slam."
Masset led the Reds with a career-high 74 appearances last season, and he took ownership of the eighth-inning role. He wasn't bothered much by the first game.
"Personally, I was kind of run down," Masset said. "I didn't feel as locked in as I normally am. Coming back to the city and surroundings, you're trying to get your feet underneath you. I felt my control was a little off and I got behind. Hitters were a little more comfortable in there. There was one hard-hit ball, and I went from one run to five runs just like that. It just made me realize there are certain things I need to focus a little more on and execute certain pitches at certain times."