After big night at plate, Votto supports Buffalo, Uvalde communities

CINCINNATI — What did Joey Votto do after hustling hard for a rare triple on Wednesday vs. the Cubs? He checked his pulse.

Yup, there appears to be plenty of life left in Votto’s game — and plenty of fire, too, which surfaced in the late innings. After the Reds first baseman’s team fell behind in the first inning, Votto delivered a home run and the two-run triple, and his three RBIs were the key in Cincinnati’s 4-3 victory at Great American Ball Park.

“I’m in the lineup. I have to do my job,” Votto said. “We all have a responsibility to produce and play for one another. Today was my turn, among others, of course.”

It has shaped up to be quite a nice — and much needed — first week back to work for Votto.

Since returning Friday from a 15-game stint on the injured list while battling COVID-19, Votto is 6-for-19 (.316) with five extra-base hits, including two homers in six games. Before his time on the IL, he was slashing .122/.278/.135 with one double in his first 22 games.

“First of all, the bat was a real difference-maker,” said Votto, who tried out bats with a “hockey puck” knob earlier this season. “Then a lack of concentration on contact and using the entire field. I was pulling the ball too much. There is more specifics technically, but the essence of it, I just wasn’t making enough…

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