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Casey suffers concussion as Reds give first loss to Pirates' Duke

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- After winning the opener of a doubleheader against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jerry Narron worried about Sean Casey.

"Until we know something definite, I'll be thinking about him," Narron said Friday after the Reds first baseman was briefly knocked unconscious in a collision during an 8-2 victory.

Casey, a Pittsburgh native, sustained a concussion, the Reds said during the second game. A CT scan at a Pittsburgh hospital was normal, and Casey was experiencing a headache and neck soreness.

Casey was taken from the field on a stretcher after being accidentally struck under the right eye by the forearm of Humberto Cota at first base in the seventh inning.

"Maybe I care about these guys too much, but I sure don't want to see anybody get hurt," Narron said. "He's got a lot of family here. I know we had guys on the field trying to get to them, to tell them he was OK. It's got to be scary to see your son put on a stretcher and taken off, not really knowing."

Felipe Lopez went 5-for-5, stole two bases and drove in two runs for the Reds. He capped his first career five-hit game with a single off reliever Josh Fogg in the ninth inning that scored Ryan Freel, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

Austin Kearns added a three-run homer off Jose Mesa in the ninth.

Zach Duke (6-1), making his first start since spraining his left ankle running the bases Aug. 23, allowed one run and five hits over four innings. He struck out four and walked two.

The rookie was attempting to become the first major-league starter to begin his career 7-0 since San Francisco's Noah Lowry won his last six decisions in 2004 and his first this season.

"He threw 74 pitches and hadn't pitched in a while, so we just decided to be careful with it," Pirates interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "Not that I wanted to, because we need pitchers to go late in the game. I thought he was pretty good. He had more pitches early than he probably wanted, but he looked very good for a guy who hasn't pitched in three weeks."

Brandon Claussen (10-9) allowed one run in seven innings to earn his sixth win in seven decisions. He allowed six hits, struck out six and walked two, allowing only one runner to reach third base before leaving the game after allowing a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter J.J. Furmaniak in the eighth.

Lopez's two-out double to left field off reliever Rick White scored Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh for a 3-0 lead. Chris Denorfia, who took Casey's spot in the lineup, singled and scored on Encarnacion's two-out single to left off reliever Matt Capps to make it 4-0.

The Pirates got their runs in the eighth when Furmaniak scored on Jason Bay's single to right off reliever Matt Belisle. Craig Wilson's sacrifice fly scored Jack Wilson.

Adam Dunn's second RBI of the game, a one-out sacrifice fly, scored Freel and gave Cincinnati a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Freel reached on an error by reliever Brian Meadows and moved to third on a single by Lopez.

Claussen helped the Reds to a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a leadoff infield single. He advanced to third on singles by Freel and Lopez and scored when Duke walked Dunn. Casey bounced into a double play to end the inning.


  • The doubleheader was made necessary by an Aug. 29 rainout
  • Lopez is the first Reds player to get five hits in a game since Casey did so in New York against the Mets on May 18
  • Freel's third-inning single snapped an 0-for-12 slump
  • The Reds have lost only two of their last 11 road series
  • Kearns rejoined the Reds after missing two games for the birth of his son
  • Pittsburgh started an eight-game homestand.
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Umberto Cota is consoled by Reds manager Jerry Naron as Sean Casey is placed on a stretcher.  (AP)
Umberto Cota is consoled by Reds manager Jerry Naron as Sean Casey is placed on a stretcher. (AP)

Players of the Game

F. Lopez
AB 5
R 0
H 5
HR 0

B. Claussen
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 2
K 6

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, 2B4210001 .272
Felipe Lopez, SS5052000 .288
Adam Dunn, LF-1B1002301 .249
Wily Mo Pena, CF5100027 .262
Sean Casey, 1B3000001 .312
    Chris Denorfia, LF2220000 .500
Austin Kearns, RF5123021 .247
Jason LaRue, C5000022 .261
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4111011 .224
Brandon Claussen, P3110011 .082
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .143
2B - Felipe Lopez (31, White), Austin Kearns (21, Duke)
HR - Austin Kearns (15, Mesa)
SF - Adam Dunn (2)
SH - Brandon Claussen (6)
RBI - Felipe Lopez 2 (72), Adam Dunn 2 (92), Austin Kearns 3 (60), Edwin Encarnacion (20)
2-OUT RBI - Felipe Lopez (29), Austin Kearns 3 (27), Edwin Encarnacion (6)
SB - Ryan Freel (32, 2nd base off Fogg/Cota), Felipe Lopez 2 (15, 2nd base off Meadows/Cota, 2nd base off Mesa/Cota), Chris Denorfia (1, 2nd base off Capps/Cota)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Freel-Casey
Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Claussen (W,10-9) 7611260 3.98
Matt Belisle 2211020 4.01
HBP - C. Wilson (by Brandon Claussen)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Claussen 98-63, Matt Belisle 29-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Claussen 7-6, Matt Belisle 1-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Claussen 28, Matt Belisle 8
Pittsburgh Pirates
Nate McLouth, CF3000010 .225
   a- Jason Furmaniak, PH0100100 .200
    Tike Redman, CF0000000 .251
Jack Wilson, SS4130000 .253
Jason Bay, LF4011012 .300
Craig Wilson, RF1001101 .253
Brad Eldred, 1B4000022 .248
Humberto Cota, C4010013 .236
Freddy Sanchez, 2B4020001 .273
Jose Bautista, 3B4010011 .250
Zach Duke, P1000010 .091
    Brian Meadows, P0000000 .000
   b- Michael Restovich, PH1000000 .243
    Rick White, P0000000 .000
   c- Ty Wigginton, PH1000012 .261
    Matt Capps, P0000000 .000
    Josh Fogg, P0000000 .106
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
   d- Daryle Ward, PH1000000 .262
a-walked for McLouth in the 8th
b-grounded out for Meadows in the 5th
c-struck out for White in the 7th
d-flied out for Mesa in the 9th
2B - Jack Wilson (20, Claussen), Humberto Cota (17, Claussen)
SF - Craig Wilson (1)
RBI - Jason Bay (86), Craig Wilson (14)
PK - Craig Wilson (1, Claussen)
Team LOB - 7
DP - J. Bautista-F. Sanchez-Eldred, F. Sanchez-J. Wilson-Eldred
E - Brian Meadows (1, Misplayed grounder), Jack Wilson (12, Wild throw)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Duke (L,6-1) 4511240 1.84
Brian Meadows 1110020 4.67
Rick White 2110100 3.50
Matt Capps 1211020 9.00
Josh Fogg0122000 4.99
Jose Mesa 1222001 4.97
IBB - Dunn by Rick White
HBP - Freel (by Josh Fogg)
WP - Rick White (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 74-46, Brian Meadows 23-17, Rick White 25-13, Matt Capps 20-14, Josh Fogg 10-5, Jose Mesa 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 4-2, Brian Meadows 1-1, Rick White 4-3, Jose Mesa 2-1
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 17, Brian Meadows 5, Rick White 9, Matt Capps 5, Josh Fogg 2, Jose Mesa 5
Game Information
Attendance - 0
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Bruce Froemming, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Adam Dowdy, Third Base - Jerry Meals