Juan Castro has been DFA’d, Fogg is out of the rotation, and Baker has finally realized that Patterson hasn’t been hitting.  We throw out 2-0 Edinson Volquez tonight against the Dodgers’ 0-0 Hong-Chih Kuo.  We have to win tonight, right?

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. CF Hairston leading off instead of CF Patterson…Some habits die hard eh Dusty?

  2. I’m really sick of Dusty running his boys out there like they are something really special.

  3. When is someone going to snap a picture of Volquez with a Reds cap on for the baseball sites>

  4. Props to whomever noticed Dusty’s predilection for leading off his CF and batting his SS second, pretty much no matter who they were. It’s pretty striking.

  5. Anyone know much about Kuo, the Dodgers’ pitcher? It seems like he has a history of getting hit hard (career ERA 4.49) but he has a miniscule 0.79 ERA this year in 2 starts…

  6. Hairston gets a hit!!! The Reds offense is resurrected!!!

  7. Hairston to Patterson: “Dude, it’s not that hard to get a hit.”

  8. Kuo is out of Taiwan, was a high-school teammate of the Yankees starter Chien Ming Wang.

  9. Welsh says he has trouble getting the ball over the plate.

  10. Any relation to Wang Tang Sweet Pootang?

    😀

  11. He’s your boy, Dusty!!!

  12. Hmmm. Speed at the top of the order burns the Reds. Again.

  13. What a start. Double play from the outfield… Hairston apparently never learned to run the bases.

  14. He must not be able to run in reverse as fast as forward.

  15. Griffey gives it a ride, but to the deepest part of the park… 3 up, 3 down (that’s familiar).

  16. By the way, here’s a real photo of Voltron in a Reds cap. The MLB Gameday has a photo of him with a Reds’ hat on, but it’s definitely a photoshop job.

  17. Griffey gives it a ride, but to the deepest part of the park… 3 up, 3 down (that’s familiar).

    But we did it in a very unique way tonight.

  18. What did Ethier use on that hit? A 7-iron?

  19. But we did it in a very unique way tonight.

    The way things are going, I have no doubt that the Reds will continue to find new and exciting ways to make outs. 🙁

  20. The four-pitch walks works!

  21. 1-2-3 in the traditional way.

  22. Nice job of playing CF, Hairston.

  23. I’m convinced now more than ever that Dusty Baker is a fucking idiot. Norris Hopper is better than Hairston.

  24. I guess no one practiced bunting with the Reds during spring training.

  25. Hairston’s hittin’ it pretty good, though.

  26. Same old same old from Keppinger. He can’t not hit it up the middle for a base hit. Hits it right off Kuo in fact. Tied up!

  27. Since Hopper barely plays maybe he could teach bunting on the side.

  28. Kepp may not have the range but he throws it pretty well.

  29. Kepp could be the hero of the night. Nice throw.

  30. Great…..Hairston has 2 hits….that guarantees he’ll be leading off for the next two weeks.

  31. Nice inning by Volquez

  32. Let’s go back-to-back-to-back with BP-AD-EE!!!

  33. I finally gave in and just paid for MLB.tv. I predict I’ll get a whole lot less done for the rest of the summer. I did manage to get the yard work done tonight. Anyone else have a back yard full of corn husks? 🙁

  34. So much for that idea!!

    BP still can’t get solid wood on it.

  35. Building a Field of Dreams, Jared?

    😀

  36. There ya go Dunner!

  37. Dunn wants to catch up to Votto in HRs.

  38. We live in a small town now and there are corn fields all around. New experience for me. 🙂 We do live about an hour from the Field of Dreams, we’ll have to go some time.

  39. Edwin Encarnacíon en fuego.

  40. Votto took a BIG cut and missed that breaking ball. Look the play at first was CLOSE.

  41. I heard that field no longer exists and they split it into 2 fields? Absolute baseball sin!

  42. Be a hitter, PB!

  43. Votto gets a 5 1/2 foot base hit

  44. Bako is winning me over.

  45. WOW, Bako’s bunt was ugly but almost got him a hit and an RBI. Did they score Votto a hit or was it an error?

  46. Things are coming together. Looking pretty good this inning. Think Voltron can get his first hit?

  47. Let’s see where the infield plays now!!!

  48. Seriously, Ross can’t hit and LLM can’t catch. I can’t see sending him down with Ross coming back, and carrying all three ain’t the answer.

  49. Jedi Bunt Master has taught you well, EV.

  50. While LLM’s pinch hitting is a plus I think the Reds keep him around for his language skills more than anything.

  51. Living in a small town I’m lucky enough to pay $90 a month for DSL almost fast enough to stream low quality MLB.tv without a hiccup.

  52. Hey, Patterson! You aren’t starting in CF tomorrow night either.

    How long with the Hairston phenom performance last though?

  53. How many hits is that out of the leadoff hitter this season?

  54. I’d say Hairston’s making a good first impression with the bat, just like Patterson did.

  55. Wonder where this run scoring hit will go?

  56. That was a sweet slide by Bako….went right for the catchers feet and knocked him off balance….

  57. I love all the Hairston bashing earlier…I hope he keeps it up.

  58. Great…Hairston will be leading off for the next month.

  59. Less than 30 hits out of the lead off spot with about 10 walks is my guess.

  60. I’m sure we will get more bashing opportunities in the future.

  61. Volquez is looking awesome this inning.

  62. Two dynamite innings back-to-back for Volquez. Sitting at 73 pitches so I hope he can go two more innings.

  63. BP gets some wood finally!!! Hope that gets his motor running!

  64. Phillips does better when he’s relaxed, like it’s not all on him. Pretty nice.

  65. Meet Mr. Votto.

  66. Can’t wait until Bruce arrives and does the same thing that Votto is doing.

  67. 13-pitch inning by Volquez.

  68. Can’t wait until Bruce arrives and does the same thing that Votto is doing.

    That’s assuming that Dusty doesn’t get another ex-centerfielder to play once Hairston cools off… 😕

  69. Jim — that’s after walking the leadoff guy, too. Go Volquez.

  70. I’m catching up on Tivo – one point that should be noted is that Patterson catches Kuo’s double early in the game.

    This Harang interview is fascinating, by the way. I love that guy.

  71. Volquez ERA currently at 1.27.

  72. domo arigato mr. votto

  73. Definitely Hairston misjudged that ball.

    Harang interview was its best when Welsh asked the questions.

  74. Is Volquez throwing high to Ethier because of a scouting report or because he’s close to 100 pitches?

  75. I’m thinking he is getting a little gassed either mentally or physically.

  76. Chris, you are mixing up all of Dusty’s ex-Cubs. that’s Hairston, not Patterson, tonight. Unfortunately, his only good CF while with the Cubs is playing left tonight for the Dodgers, and I don’t think we’re getting him.

  77. No. Chris meant that if Patterson was playing CF tonight that he would have caught it. Of course, he would have gone 0 for 5 as well.

  78. Voltron 1 K away from creating a 3-way tie for 2nd place in strikeouts for all MLB among himself, Harang, and Cueto.

    They were passed by Smoltz this afternoon, so hours away from a 3-way tie for first!

  79. Nice job, EV. Your first complete game will happen in the near future.

    Amazing that the Reds have three of the top K artists. Credit to Baker for going with the two youngsters.

  80. Who else came with Volquez in the Hamilton deal? Would have been nice to have a CF that’s competent at the plate but even so, what a deal.

  81. Those strikeouts are VERY, VERY important to their success, given this team’s home ballpark and defense. Aside from Patterson and Phillips, there’s not a plus-defender on the roster.

  82. The other player in the Hamilton deal was, I believe, Dan Harrera, whom I know nothing about.

  83. sorry, I mis-read Chris’ comment

  84. It’s one of the few deals where both teams made out ok. In fact, if Bruce gets playing time (and does well) this year, the deal might end up being a steal for the Reds, no matter how well Hamilton does.

  85. Garciaparra looks his age.

  86. Doesn’t first base need to be open for the dropped third strike rule?

  87. Corey doesn’t like Hairston getting all the hits. Man, he’s fast. Too bad he never gets on base.

  88. Dusty will have sweet dreams tonight. His boys have done well. Heck! Everyone but Junior has had a good night.

  89. If this Reds offense can sustain this kind of performance night after night, the Reds can make up some serious ground in a short amount of time.

  90. Farney pinch hits for junior…that’s gotta hurt jr’s ego a bit.

  91. Hope Arroyo can get his pitching together since he opens two of the next three series.

  92. Baker bringing Coffey in to see if he can give up 8 runs.

  93. The rationale for Coffey pitching the ninth would be what? Dusty trying to build his ego? Starting off with a walk isn’t helping.

  94. Coffey’s pulling an OBama – can’t close the deal…
    😀

  95. Only three Dodgers had hits tonight and one was that excuse me double from Kuo.

  96. OK. Now four Dodgers with hits.

  97. We need a winning streak, Reds!!!

  98. Does anyone else find Jeff Piecoro as annoying as I do?

  99. Did anyone else not understand a word Volquez said in the post game interview?

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About Chris Wilson

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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