For a guy who emerged off the bench Saturday night, Reds shortstop Ivan De Jesus sure made the most of his opportunity. De Jesus smacked two hits in the loss to Milwaukee, including his third home run, a solo blast in the fifth inning. He also walked in improving his slash line to a more-than-respectable .276/.333/.483. He has six hits in his last 11 at-bats.
For a guy who plays sparingly, Reds second baseman Ivan De Jesus certainly seemed to be in the groove Monday night against Minnesota. He singled twice, scored twice, drove in one, walked twice and stole two bases. He did not sell popcorn in the stands between innings. De Jesus singled and scored in the first, slammed an RBI single in the third and walked and scored in the seventh. His fine performance sweetened his slash line to .240/.296/.420.
The Reds will shuffle the bottom of their lineup against the Mets on Saturday. Outfielder Marlon Byrd will take over center field over Billy Hamilton and bat fifth in the lineup. Left fielder Skip Schumaker will hit sixth, taking over for Chris Dominguez who held the spot for Friday's game. Ivan De Jesus will replace Eugenio Suarez at the shortstop position while batting out of the seventh spot. Finally, Tucker Barnhart will replace Brayan Pena at the catcher spot and will hit from the eighth spot.
Reds left fielder Ivan De Jesus went 1 for 4 in Tuesday's win over Detroit. De Jesus struck out twice and committed his first error of the season. The single extended his hitting streak to six straight games. De Jesus is hitting .292 with a .945 OPS over the streak.
Reds utility player Ivan De Jesus homered again Wednesday against the Phillies, which came two days after belting his first career home run Monday. De Jesus parked a three-run homer off Jerome Williams in the first inning to give Cincinnati a 4-0 lead. It was his only hit of the game. De Jesus is batting .308 (4 for 13) with five RBI in four games.