CINCINNATI -- Daniel Descalso was originally scheduled to start at third base in a 3-1 loss on Sunday afternoon, but manager Tony La Russa scratched him in favor of David Freese about two hours before game time. La Russa originally wanted to give Freese the day off. The third baseman started Friday and Saturday. Freese was hitless in three at-bats on Sunday. "I watched him for two days; it's hot here, he was sweating. I thought, 'He's going to be a little vulnerable,'" La Russa said before the game. "He came in -- once the guys got here -- bright-eyed and bushy tailed. That's our veteran lineup, so he plays and Dan will come in later."
Freese finished Sunday hitting .319 this season. Descalso, who entered the game in the sixth inning when Ryan Theriot was ejected, was hitless in an at-bat and was batting .258.