Ondrusek gives 'pen lift in Madson's absence

Ondrusek gives 'pen lift in Madson's absence

Ondrusek gives 'pen lift in Madson's absence
PITTSBURGH -- The Reds' bullpen was stung when Ryan Madson was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

The bullpen has stepped up and leads the National League with a 2.54 ERA.

One of the key cogs in the bullpen has been right-hander Logan Ondrusek, who, in a team-high 13 appearances, has not allowed a run. His 12 innings are tied for third-most by any reliever in the Major Leagues who hasn't allowed a run (Aroldis Chapman with 13 1/3, Oakland's Ryan Cook with 12 1/3, Baltimore's Luis Ayala with 12 and Detroit's Duane Below 12). Including Spring Training, Ondrusek has not allowed a run in any of his last 19 appearances, didn't allow a hit in any of his last six outings (5.1 IP) and has stranded 10-of-11 inherited base runners.

"He's pitched great," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He's been throwing the ball great, he's been outstanding. He's thrown as well as anybody in the league."

Ondrusek is pleased that he has been able to step up and help the team.

"So far so good," Ondrusek said. "There's still some things I need to work on, just like everybody does. As a group, when one person goes down, everybody feels that they need to step up in their roles and try to do what they can to fill that void, and so far we've been able to do that.

"I've been doing well, some of it is getting lucky and making good pitches and getting myself in good counts where I can go after guys and don't have to worry about being in hitter's counts. Make them swing at what I want to throw and I'm just trying to keep that rolling."