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?

Discuss it here…

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100 Responses

  1. CeeKeR

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

  2. Y-City Jim

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

  3. Y-City Jim

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

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    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. CeeKeR

    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. Y-City Jim

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

  7. CeeKeR

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

  8. DevilsAdvocate

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

  9. Y-City Jim

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

  10. Y-City Jim

    Any relation to Wang Tang Sweet Pootang?

    😀

  11. DevilsAdvocate

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

  12. CeeKeR

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

  13. Y-City Jim

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

  14. CeeKeR

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

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  16. Y-City Jim

    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.

  17. Y-City Jim

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

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    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. 🙁

  19. Y-City Jim

    Nice job of playing CF, Hairston.

  20. Kurt Frost

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

  21. CeeKeR

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

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    Hairston’s hittin’ it pretty good, though.

  23. DevilsAdvocate

    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!

  24. Y-City Jim

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

  25. Y-City Jim

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

  26. Kurt Frost

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

  27. Y-City Jim

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

  28. Jared

    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? 🙁

  29. Y-City Jim

    So much for that idea!!

    BP still can’t get solid wood on it.

  30. Y-City Jim

    Building a Field of Dreams, Jared?

    😀

  31. Jared

    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.

  32. DevilsAdvocate

    Edwin Encarnacíon en fuego.

  33. Jared

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

  34. Matt Stiers

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

  35. Jared

    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?

  36. DevilsAdvocate

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

  37. Y-City Jim

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

  38. Jared

    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.

  39. Y-City Jim

    Jedi Bunt Master has taught you well, EV.

  40. Y-City Jim

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

  41. Jared

    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.

  42. Y-City Jim

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

    How long with the Hairston phenom performance last though?

  43. DevilsAdvocate

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

  44. Y-City Jim

    Wonder where this run scoring hit will go?

  45. Twill815

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

  46. Brandon

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

  47. Y-City Jim

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

  48. Y-City Jim

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

  49. Y-City Jim

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

  50. Y-City Jim

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

  51. DevilsAdvocate

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

  52. Y-City Jim

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

  53. CeeKeR

    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… 😕

  54. Jared

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

  55. Chris

    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.

  56. Y-City Jim

    Definitely Hairston misjudged that ball.

    Harang interview was its best when Welsh asked the questions.

  57. Jared

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

  58. Y-City Jim

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

  59. Andy

    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.

  60. Y-City Jim

    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.

  61. TylerS

    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!

  62. Y-City Jim

    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.

  63. Jared

    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.

  64. Chris

    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.

  65. TylerS

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

  66. CeeKeR

    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.

  67. Jared

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

  68. Jared

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

  69. Y-City Jim

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

  70. Y-City Jim

    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.

  71. CeeKeR

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

  72. Y-City Jim

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

  73. Y-City Jim

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

  74. ChicagoRedsFan

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

  75. Y-City Jim

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

  76. Y-City Jim

    OK. Now four Dodgers with hits.

  77. Y-City Jim

    We need a winning streak, Reds!!!

  78. Y-City Jim

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

  79. Dave from Louisville

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