Heisey slams 3 HRs; Wood sent to minors

Chris Heisey never had a multiple home run game in MLB entering Wednesday night. However, he exploded with three long bombs in the Reds’ 10-2 win over the Yankees to enable Cincinnati to salvage the final contest of the three-game series.

Heisey – who started the game in centerfield and later moved to left – entered play with five home runs on the season. He now has eight and is batting .273 with 28 RBIs in just 127 at-bats.

Heisey is sure to see his number of at-bats skyrocket as I fully believe he is going to be the Reds’ starting LF moving forward. He’s clearly earned the job over Jonny Gomes and Fred Lewis. Not only is Heisey dangerous at the plate, he’s a very good defensive outfielder.

So, hopefully we’ll remember June 22, 2011 as not only Heisey’s first three-home-run game in the Big Leagues, but as the day he became an everyday starter for the Reds. Yes, he’s been excellent in a pinch-hitting role this season, but the Reds need more production out of the starting LF spot and Heisey can provide it.

Wood sent down

Well, so much for 2011 being a huge season for Reds’ left-hander Travis Wood. He was sent down to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday to make room on the 25-man roster for Sam LeCure. The right-handed LeCure was impressive pitching out of the bullpen earlier this season and will get another crack at that role.

Homer Bailey is close to being activated from the DL and will likely take Wood’s spot in the rotation. The other option is Dontrelle Willis who is having a fine season at Louisville. In 11 starts, Willis is 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA. In 61 innings, the former MLB All-Star has struck out 54, walked just 19 and given up 57 hits.