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This incident came a day after Votto was ejected in the first inning for arguing about a called strike three in Atlanta.
“Really, more than anything, there’s a common tug of war at the plate,” Votto said. “It’s been that way since I entered the league, since I started playing professional baseball. Balls and strikes are always at a premium. I’m just trying my very best to make sure I get a quality pitch to hit. If that doesn’t come about, then I take first on a walk. (Wednesday) I was pretty clear about going too far, but at no point today was it anything along those lines.”
Injury update: Nick Senzel, the top prospect in the Reds organization, underwent surgery Thursday to reduce the fracture in his right index injury, the Reds announced.
There was no damage to the tendon in the finger. The first report indicated Senzel had torn the tendon in the finger. Dr. Thomas Graham performed the surgery in New York City.
There is no timetable for Senzel's return. He suffered the injury Friday while playing for Triple-A Louisville, and the Reds announced he would miss the rest of the season.
Senzel, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, hit .310 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 44 games this season.
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Hot bats: Through Wednesday, in the last 15 games, the Reds were hitting .270 and averaging six runs per game.
The Reds infield led the big leagues in batting average (.289) and on-base percentage (.367). Scooter Gennett led the league with a .336 average. Jose Peraza was hitting .270. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez were each hitting .301.
“We’ve got a good team,” third baseman Eugenio Suarez said. “We’ve got a good offense. We’re hot right now. We’re playing good baseball, and we’re trying to enjoy this moment. Now we’ve got an opportunity to win a lot of games.”