Dusty Baker was going to send Ryan Ludwick home. Instead Ludwick sent his manager home with a win.
The man the Reds signed to revive his career in the middle of the Reds lineup, was sick for two days.
Dusty Baker tried to send him home but Ludwick insisted on playing.
The Reds trailed 4-3 when Ludwick connected off Loek Van Mil with Chris Heisey on first.
"I was wondering when we were going to hit some home runs, dang. I looked at the stats and we've been out homered 32-20."
Baker's stats were up to the minute. Vernon Wells and Roberto Lopez homered for the Angels. Lopez blow put the Angels up 4-2. Paul Janish led off the eighth with a home run off Kevin Jepsen to put the Reds in position to pull the game out.
Bronson Arroyo bounced back after an awful outing on Friday in which he walked five in giving up five runs in four innings to San Diego on Friday.
"Bronson threw the ball great," Baker said.
Brandon Phillips had two singles and scored a run as he heats up for the season. Drew Stubbs and Ryan Hanigan hit back-to-back doubles off Dan Haren. Scott Rolen hit a triple then Baker removed him from the game.
"The starters were only going to play four innings anyway and when he hit the triple (in the third inning) that was his fourth inning," Baker said.
Minor leaguer Travis Webb gave up Lopez's home run.
"Our young guys got roughed up a little," Baker said.
- Gary Schatz
- I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.