Well, this road trip has been a disaster. This is not a recording.

At least Edinson Volquez is on the mound today. Let’s hope he can get the good guys back on the right track before the Reds return home to face the Cardinals, Redsox, and Dodgers. (After that, I will be in New York for the Reds’ series against the Yankees.)

Discuss the game here….

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  1. Y-City Jim

    I am in shock. I figured that HR yesterday would propel Patterson into the starting line-up again.

    Jerry Hairston Jr. ss
    Jay Bruce cf
    Ken Griffey Jr. rf
    Brandon Phillips 2b
    Adam Dunn lf
    Edwin Encarnacion 3b
    Joey Votto 1b
    Paul Bako c
    Edinson Volquez p

  2. Justin Anderson

    To continue the biggest discussion from Chad’s earlier post, “Road Woes”, I think I would have to agree with the consensus that Phillips needs to be moved out of the clean-up hole.

    It amazes me how many double plays he hits into as well given his speed. He just hits the ball so damn hard, he could teleport to first base and the ball would have already beaten him.

    I think I would move Dunn to 4 to give Griffey better pitches but phillips at 5 would draw the same problem (dunn walks, phillips grounds into double play) so I would give EE the opportunity to prove something there and put phillips behind votto. The only problem is dusty wont try lefty, lefty, lefty at 2,3,4. Why I dont know cuz their chances of bruce starting any particular inning is not that great.

  3. Chad

    Jim, I was just signing on to post that I’m very surprised that Patterson isn’t starting.

    And Justin, I agree 100%. I just don’t think Dusty will ever do it. Phillips is a good player…but in the eyes of Cincinnati, he’s the golden boy.

  4. Justin Anderson

    This game getting under way just in time for my 500th Redleg Nation Comment 😉 Good Luck tonight to our boys in Red!!!

  5. Chad

    Marlins announcer just said that the Phillies are already in town to play the Marlins starting tomorrow.

  6. Chad

    And good work, Jerry Hairston, who just legged out a leadoff infield single.

  7. Justin Anderson

    Chad, yeah he is percieved as the golden boy and face of the franchise. He is very good off the field and is heavily involved in club extra-curriculars. He plays gold-glove defense, and is somewhere around average offensively for a 2nd baseman (better than average power, average to slightly less than average OBP) so there really isnt much not to like about Phillips other than he isnt patient enough at the plate which is why I think he should hit further down in the order where ground ball double plays wont occur as much and OBP/walks arent AS important.

  8. Justin Anderson

    600!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Justin Anderson

    someone in Florida has an un-deserved valuable souvenir

  10. Chad

    I’m glad I got to see that. And both my kids were here, as well.

  11. Justin Anderson

    Congrats to Ken Griffey Junior. I hope this lifts a huge weight off of his shoulders. No more 600 distractions. Now he can get back to swinging the bat and helping his club win ballgames.

  12. Mike Martz

    it’s a shame it didn’t happen in Cincinnati though.

  13. Mike Martz

    2 runs on the board for Volquez, he’s gotta be happy about that!

  14. Chad

    Based on his ERA, Volquez shouldn’t need any more than that two runs he already has.

  15. BenL

    Uh oh, Hairston was removed from the game.

  16. mhopp

    I can’t believe I missed it, I’m glad it’s over. Why is Hairston out?

  17. Y-City Jim

    Now many Griffey can start producing and helping this club develop some offensive consistency.

  18. Y-City Jim

    How many fans witnessed it at Delphins Stadium>

    10,000?

  19. nycredsfan

    If I had to guess, I’d assume Griffey was more happy it happened down there with all of his family there and his son in the dugout.

  20. Chad

    His wife just said she had hoped it would happen in Cincinnati, for what that’s worth. She said it would be “sweeter.”

  21. Dave H

    Dusty has managed 3 of the 6 600 club members.

  22. Mike Martz

    Griffey looked like he was fighting back tears as he crossed home plate. Just my opinion.

  23. Nate

    Is gamecast lying to me, or did Paul Bako just go yard?

  24. Mike Martz

    This is gonna be a great game!
    I gotta wonder how much Volquez is paying these guys to score runs for him? You think he does like an NFL quarterback does for his lineman? Maybe gold watches or steak dinners…..LOL

  25. Justin Anderson

    Has there been any word on Hairston yet???

  26. Mike Martz

    Marty mentioned Hairston had been taking treatment for some kind of leg injury and he may have agrevated it.

  27. Mike Martz

    Griffey up to bat again, can he do it again?

  28. Mike Martz

    LOL, Bruce should have been out, but ends up at 3’rd

  29. Mike Martz

    Looks like luck is on our side tonight

  30. Justin Anderson

    Shame Bruce doesnt get the SB there. Aww.. Griff Ks. I would have liked 601 right there. haha

  31. Justin Anderson

    Actually let him save some of those for the homestand. Volquez has already been given a comfortable lead.

  32. Todd

    Why can’t we have Marty on the Telecast he is so much better than these two losers

  33. Mike Martz

    Hopper and kepp are supposed to be playing and kepp could be activated friday

  34. CeeKeR

    I’m late to the game, but I wanted to add a congrats to Griffey as well. He’s really seemed to struggle with these last few homeruns leading up to 600 (understandably I think), hopefully the weight will be off his shoulders and he can start pounding the ball again!

  35. mhopp

    We don’t need a lot of runs. This would be the game to take someone out who may need a rest. Assuming things are still 6-0 or more by the end of the 7th, they can pull Jr. or Dunn and put Outterson in.

  36. Justin Anderson

    This should be the only situation where Outterson gets playing time.

  37. LVW

    Runs scored in 1 Edison Volquez start= Runs scored in 8 Adam Harang starts

  38. Justin Anderson

    And obviously winning/losing blowouts are where he excels (see his HR yesterday when we were down 9-1). He’ll play when his actions provide no impact to the outcome of the game otherwise he’ll just hold your team back. haha. Good ‘ol Outterson.

  39. Mike Martz

    I feel bad for Harang, it’s got to be tough going out there without run support and pitching your guts out time after time.

  40. Mike Martz

    Hendrickson is gone.
    Too bad, he was pitching just right for our team. Heh heh.

  41. Justin Anderson

    No wonder Harang has been struggling, he isnt the Aaron he once was. Poor Adam Harang. 😉 had to tease a little LVW. But yeah, it is rediculously crazy how some starters get a lot of run support and others get none. Last year it was often Arroyo. This year he has been given plenty of runs (and has sucked but still gotten a few wins here and there) but Harang has been this year’s Arroyo

  42. Y-City Jim

    Is our SS position cursed? If so, can Patterson play there?

  43. Justin Anderson

    haha! I’m all for that Jim! Let him go out there and get hurt… The cowboy just said that Hairston hurt his thumb sliding into 2nd. At least it isnt the hamstring.

  44. Y-City Jim

    Story of the 600 ball:

    Controversy ensued in the stands following the home run. Justin Kimball, a 25-year-old from Miami, said he caught the home run ball, put it in a wool cap and then had the cap ripped from his hands. Kimball said someone ran off with the ball.

    Police said they had found the fan with the baseball and would look at video tape to see if Kimball’s claims could be supported.

    Shouldn’t be too hard with twelve fans in the stands.

  45. Y-City Jim

    Wlesh needs to add that Dunn also SCORES 100 runs a season.

  46. RedRedMan

    Hairston’s thumb is broken, not sprained.

  47. Y-City Jim

    If you can’t argue balls and strikes then why is Cantu still in the game?

  48. Chad

    Wow, our shortstops are jinxed. Keppinger, come back soon!

  49. mhopp

    Good grief the Reds are cursed. I thought that it might happen after trading Hamilton but what we got in return was just as good. Another hit batsman? And it’s our SS!!

  50. Brian

    As well as Hairston has been hitting, and not to be flip about his injury, this isn’t the worst thing. He was bound to come back to his normal numbers and this gives Dusty a reason to sit him. I don’t mind Janish at all, and Keppinger will be back shortly. My only concern is, of course, Dusty. He has this obsession with having the stereotypical leadoff hitter, and without Hairston, that leaves only one “Dusty” leadoff guy-CP. I vote for Votto or Bruce, but I don’t know if Dusty can handle that.

  51. Y-City Jim

    Bat Bruce at leadoff and Dunn behind him

  52. Y-City Jim

    How about the story of the guy with the ball? Guy wanting financial security?

  53. Y-City Jim

    Good point by Welsh. If players can charge for autographs then fans can charge for returning a ball.

  54. Y-City Jim

    My price would simply be a lifetime free pass for four to every MLB stadium including post season.

  55. DevilsAdvocate

    Janish can work it in the field. I’m glad we’re (apparently) going to see him play for a little while.

  56. Y-City Jim

    I really hate Cantu, who should have been tossed earlier in the game.

  57. mhopp

    This looks bad, looks like he’s getting the other pitcher’s disease.

  58. TylerS

    ESPN.com is showing an error and 3 unearned runs. MLB.com is showing a hit and 3 earned runs. Can anyone weigh in on this?

  59. TylerS

    ESPN switched to earned runs now. Nevermind.

  60. DevilsAdvocate

    Hmmm. E-6 on Janish, though Marty thinks it ought to be another error charged to Votto.

  61. Y-City Jim

    I think Votto’s future has to be in the outfield. Could Dunn be any worse at 1B?

  62. Y-City Jim

    You could tell he was under it. Thank goodness!!!

  63. mhopp

    Dear Lord I thought it happened again!!

  64. Y-City Jim

    The Florida official scorer is killing Volquez’s ERA.

  65. Y-City Jim

    Florida sure can hit the ball. I’ll give them that.

  66. mhopp

    I agree with Votto in outfield with Bruce and Dunn using Freel and Hopper as platoon, maybe Kepp at 1st, Gonzo at SS, EE or Hairston at third after a trade of Jr. (he does need to be in the AL). This is assuming that the injuries go away. EE struck out, maybe the Reds should rid themselves of him.

  67. Dave from Louisville

    Volquez was gettign hit pretty good towards the end. I hope he’s done.

  68. Dave from Louisville

    Gonzo won’t play until September.

    Keppinger is needed in the worst way.

  69. Y-City Jim

    I would not want to go to a show or concert with George.

  70. AnnapolisRed

    Votto is a embarrassing at first base. As much as EE gets killed, Votto is just as bad at first base.

    Losing Hairston is a killer. He had been playing really well (I don’t understand what people are talking about when they say he was starting to come back to earth). Janish is not nearly as good as Hairston at the plate and it is debatable in the field.

  71. Y-City Jim

    Griffey won’t get traded unless they can find a contender that wants him.

    Good 3B are hard to find. EE needs to stay.

  72. Y-City Jim

    I say we sign Trey Griffey now.

    😀

  73. AnnapolisRed

    Hairston was 8 for his last 18 and 25 for his last 69. He had hits in 15 of his last 17 games. This is a blow.

  74. mhopp

    True about Jr. and the Mariners are horrible this year. Seems like EE can do it but someone has to hound him or he has to be threatened 🙄

  75. Y-City Jim

    If this team had a captain, maybe they could light a fire under those needing it now and then.

  76. mhopp

    EXACTLY!! I’m not sure Dusty has that affect?

  77. Y-City Jim

    These Marlins just can flat out smash a baseball.

    Psycho Weathers warming up. Maybe he should pitch with the big winter coat on.

  78. Y-City Jim

    I’m not sure who it should be. Maybe Keppinger.

  79. mhopp

    I like Bray but when he comes in he almost always gives a hit to the first batter…I don’t get it?

  80. Y-City Jim

    Marlins are building a lead over the Phillies for team HR’s.

  81. ChicagoRedsFan

    Wouldn’t be shocked to see Dunn and Votto switch positions by season’s end.

  82. Y-City Jim

    Bray needs to grow up and develop a reliever’s attitude. They should invite Randy Myers to tutor these guys simply in the area of attitude.

  83. mhopp

    We’re done, it’s weathers…ha ha to the “big winter coat” comment. I thought he might have a heat stroke on the mound many times.

  84. Y-City Jim

    Votto’s experience is in LF. RF is a whole different thing plus I don’t know if his arm is strong enough for RF.

  85. Y-City Jim

    At least Weathers in nuts enough to be a reliever.

  86. mhopp

    Say your prayers, it’s Cody Ross vs. the stormy weather. We may see the team ERA get destroyed

  87. Y-City Jim

    The Marlins are loose cannons. Ross overreacted to that pitch. I’d pitch that guy inside the rest of the season.

  88. Ron

    Bruuuuuuucccee! Nice catch … Jr would have never gotten there

  89. Y-City Jim

    Jay Peyton got tossed from the Orioles game yesterday for arguing balls and strikes. He said after the game that he had it coming because the rule is you don’t argue balls and strikes. Obviously the Marlins are unaware of that rule. If Cantu had been tossed earlier the Reds would have a larger lead now.

  90. renbutler

    Hmmm, I’m 1 for 5 tonight, how can I make up for it? I know, I’ll catch the ball falling over the wall!

  91. Y-City Jim

    Bruce is still psyched about the catch. That needs to rub off on his teammates.

  92. mhopp

    Well, he didn’t burn the Reds that time and he won’t make any more good catches on 400ft out from Votto.

  93. BenL

    Bako has had years where he didn’t hit two homeruns!

  94. AnnapolisRed

    Hopefully some of you will quit crying about Bako now. He is a superior defensive catcher to Ross and Ross is no great shakes on offense himself.

  95. Y-City Jim

    Has this ever happened before in Bako’s career? With it being #21, I think likely not.

    Upstaging Griffey.

    😀

  96. mhopp

    You know that when CP was at AAA there was no picture of him in the Bats uniform at milb.com I’d say he thinks he is too good for that…too bad he’s wrong.

  97. Y-City Jim

    Patterson 2 for his last 2.

    Resist the urge, Dusty.

  98. TylerS

    Looks like the Corey Patterson show has a re-release beginning tomorrow.

  99. Y-City Jim

    mlb.com still has him in an Orioles cap, don’t they?

  100. Y-City Jim

    Tyler, it might be tough to play him tomorrow. Griffey has to play since he hit #600 tonight. Fans will revolt if Bruce isn’t starting. Dunn had a day off just a few days ago. Of course, Dusty could insert him at SS.

  101. mhopp

    MLB.com has him in a Reds hat. If anyone pays attention to AA Lookouts…Ben Juckich pitched 7 innings of shutout ball before giving up 2 runs in 8th. He is now 6-2 with a 2.61 ERA

  102. Y-City Jim

    Any word on attendance tonight?

  103. DevilsAdvocate

    In Miami, attendance was listed at 16,003.

  104. mhopp

    I’ll take a split on the road but should have won 2/3

  105. TylerS

    If the fans revolt because Bruce doesn’t play, it could get ugly. They’ll already be revolting because CP is in. This could be one time to be thankful for 7 dollar beers.

  106. Y-City Jim

    One would think tomorrow night’s attendance at Great American should be pretty good with the dual Nuxhall/Griffey tributes.

  107. Y-City Jim

    A cheap beer night would be real ugly with Patterson in one of his 0 for infinity streaks.

  108. Y-City Jim

    Hope Homer and the Reds have a good game in them tomorrow night.

  109. BenL

    Wow, that attendance is unbelievably bad. Here in Philly the Thursday 1pm start game last week was basically sold out because Griffey was going for 600.

  110. TylerS

    BenL,

    I was at that game as well. I believe they said over the PA system that it was the 3rd largest crowd in stadium history.