Reds go for the sweep today, and try to wrap up what could be a 5-2 homestand. Not bad, but last night’s win already assured a winning homestand, so that’s good news. A winning record on the upcoming road trip to Chicago and Milwaukee to close out the first half would be even better.

Edinson Volquez will pitch today against the Nationals who, after watching them for three days, I’m convinced have a roster full of more re-treads and AAA players than any other team in the league. Good work, Nationals GM Jim Bowden!

Discuss the game here….and remember, if nothing else, the Reds are in fourth place, not last!

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  1. Better late than never. In the midst of major basement and garage cleaning,

    Today’s starting line-ups

    Jerry Hairston Jr. CF
    Jeff Keppinger SS
    Ken Griffey Jr. RF
    Brandon Phillips 2B
    Adam Dunn LF
    Edwin Encarnacion 3B
    Joey Votto 1B
    David Ross C
    Edinson Volquez RHP (10-3, 2.24)

    Felipe Lopez 2B
    Ronnie Belliard 3B
    Cristian Guzman SS
    Austin Kearns RF
    Dmitri Young 1B
    Paul Do Luca C
    Wily Mo Pena LF
    Roger Bernadina CF
    Collin Balester RHP (1-0, 1.80)

  2. Reds’ lineup:
    J. Hairston Jr. CF
    J. Keppinger SS
    K. Griffey Jr. RF
    B. Phillips 2B
    A. Dunn LF
    E. Encarnacion 3B
    J. Votto 1B
    D. Ross C
    E. Volquez P

    I actually don’t mind this lineup. With Hairston’s excellent play, I don’t mind him in the lineup right now.

  3. Would it be too much to think that Volquez could throw a no-hitter today?

  4. Volquez’s pitch count in the first:
    8 pitches (7 strikes) resulting in 3 groundouts.

  5. 4 of the 5 prominent ex-Reds are starting for DC today. Only Boone waits on the bench.

  6. I’m just happy we don’t have a cleanup “hitter” batting .186.

  7. Voltron looking wild. Also not as fast as we’re accustomed to – 93-94 in this, the 3rd inning.

  8. Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball Ball.
    (summary of Volquez’s 3rd inning)

  9. Okay, Voltron looking extremely wild.

  10. Looking like the old Volquez today

  11. I think it is time for Mario Soto to make a trip to Cincinnati.

  12. Didn’t look like Volquez didn’t care the slightest bit about what Ross had to say to him.

  13. Are they done talking to this little kid yet? Christ.

  14. The kid is finally starting to open up. Maybe we’ll get to hear all the inside crap on his Little League.


  15. Volquez is looking increasingly wild his last several outings…agree Soto needs to make a trip up to Cinci and maybe Volquez needs to learn from Cueto as he has all the sudden gotten his control back.

  16. Balester appears to have better control than his first appearance. Perfect through three.

  17. At this point that kid can pitch better than Volquez

  18. anyone else think the ump’s k zone is a little off?

  19. ๐Ÿ˜ก

  20. I think we can forget about Volquez starting the All-Star game.

  21. Yeah, I knew he wouldn’t after his first bad start since he plays for the Reds and if he’s not perfect and blowing all other pitchers away he gets no respect…alas Aaron Harang in the past!

  22. Balester in a groove…not good

  23. “Nationals no hit the Reds today”

  24. sweet, BP!

  25. Dunner with the Stunner!!

  26. Griffey didn’t make the starting OF…

  27. DUNN-TASTIC!!!

  28. Thank goodness for Adam Dunn.

  29. Sign him now Castalinni!!

  30. just another home run off the bat of the donkey

  31. The All-Star Game is on TBS? Yeck.


  32. I guess Griffey’s “Don’t Vote For Me” anti-All-Star campaign worked.

  33. Volquez looks like he’s found his touch…

  34. Why did Ross start today against a RHer?

  35. And Balester, correspondingly, looks like he’s lost his touch.

  36. This kid reminds me of Bailey but I like it!

  37. Looks like the pitcher got Volquez’ back foot on the tag.

  38. No, not another SS injury!

  39. I like this Balester kid. He bounced back from almost getting smacked in the face with a pitch. Dives trying to make a tag. Trade him to us, Leatherpants. You can have Arroyo in exchange.


  40. Hairston injured? Fantastic.

  41. Pena striking out on breaking balls. Go figure.


  42. I think Cordero has pitched three days in a row, I was leaning toward batting Volquez and letting him go another inning.

  43. Interesting. National pitching coach Randy St. Claire replaced Dick Pole in 2003.

  44. Right handed reliever to face Valentin. That’s interesting.

    At least Valentin get hits hacks in, not one for looking at a called third strike.

  45. Bray always gives a hit to the first batter he faces…now lets see if he can leave them stranded

  46. ok 2nd this time

  47. This whole Nationals team needs to go on a diet! Hire Richard Simmons. ๐Ÿ˜†

  48. Ross started because Bako started last night (day game after a night game)

    I can’t believe you guys are complaining about the little kid. He lost his leg to cancer for crying out loud. I am thoroughly convinced that some on this board will complain about everything.

  49. why Burton in the 8th instead of the 9th?

  50. That’s a botched call if I’ve ever seen one. Umpire knows he screwed it up too.

  51. This ex-Reds thing is out of control. Why Lo Duca?, Eddie Taubensee not available?

  52. I understand Lo Duca’s point but the Reds completed the play. It isn’t their fault that Lo Duca didn’t run it out.

  53. How does LoDuca get first???? Wow just terrible…

  54. My guess is the umps are saying you can’t assume the double play.

  55. Yeah, but they don’t have to assume – the Reds completed the play. Do they really think that the catcher is going to beat that throw if he runs it out?

  56. How does Jim Bowden still have a job? This Nationals team is flat out horrible and he just keeps acquiring ex-Reds. Looks like he could use Casey at 1B.

  57. I agree, DA. I’m just trying to explain what I think their rationale might have been.

    OK. Why didn’t EE slide?

  58. He would have been sliding right into the legs of the catcher. What’s the point in risking a potential injury when you’re out by 5-10 feet?

  59. Sometimes EE appears very indifferent. Is he constipated?

  60. so gamecast didn’t show it…what happened to Bruce?

  61. Ellis, maybe you’re right but it just looks bad.

    Nice job by JH.

  62. LoDuca would have easily made it to first, I think. They made the correct call to make up for the terrible first call by the first-base ump.

  63. Fielder’s choice so Bruce was safe at 1B. He is now at 3B after the JH hit.

  64. renbutler, the Reds could argue that they didn’t try to complete the DP as fast because Dreckman halted play.


  65. I agree Annapolis, nice to see they are spending time with a kid that does not have what we all take for granted.

  66. 4 days in a row, is he crazy? Nice, now we’ll need him against the Cubs and Brewers in the 1st game and he’ll be worn out.

  67. is this 4 straight games for Cordero?? playin with fire, Dusty…

  68. I think Brandon Phillips should be the official spokesperson for John Morrell Hot Dogs.

  69. Annapolis, one person said something about the kid. Big deal. Lighten up. It’s more sarcasm than anything else.

  70. Given just Bray and Thompson alone, I’d say the Reds definitely got the better of the deal…I never understood what the big question was…pitchers for batters I’d do that.

  71. Eating my words with Lopez ๐Ÿ˜ก

  72. Yep, Dusty Baker mentality…everyone holding their breath…maybe this will go 18 innings and we can burn Aaron Harang or something

  73. Dusty Baker baseball IQ = -120

  74. Shut the door, Cordero. We know it should be over.

  75. So much for my thought that Cordero would not be available, guess he goes in the ninth regardless.

    Don’t remember anyone suggesting he trained with Mike Marshall.

    For you kids that’s Mike Marshall with 208 innings in relief over 106 appearances … Yes, in one season.

  76. 4 days in a row = less velocity Dusty, with a mistake or 2 here’s what you have

  77. Well, that is more exciting than it needed to be.

  78. Whiff him!!!

  79. Whew.

  80. YES!!! REDS WIN!!!

    They have to up it a notch to do this against the Cubs though.

  81. Hey, that was a 4-game sweep! Who cares who the opponent was.

  82. 4 wins in a row. Day off tomorrow but hope we don’t need Coco on Tuesday

  83. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

  84. #70 is right on.

  85. I was surprised that Cordero got the call again as well.

    The umps totally blew the call on the LoDuca bunt. When the first base umpire called foul it should have been a dead ball. No outs should have been recorded and LoDuca should have gone back to the plate. That was totally botched.

  86. Y-City-It wasn’t funny.

  87. Can someone tell my why Jr. is not on the all-star team and Fuckodummy is?

  88. It’s a no-brainer on why Junior isn’t but there are several candidates that should have made it before Fukudome. Cub fans did a nic ejob of stuffing the ballot box.

  89. Griffey shouldn’t be within 500 miles of the All-Star game.

    Where are all those people clamoring for Kearns? It’s all we heard for two years after THE TRADE. Now, not so much.

  90. Are they done talking to this little kid yet? Christ.

    I doubt it was intended to be funny but it wasn’t intended to be vicious either. Ellis was simply stating enough of interviewing the kid who was obviously very uncomfortable in the booth.

  91. Griffey shouldnโ€™t be within 500 miles of the All-Star game.

    Why not? I used to take my time on the ballots and search for those players who were having career years to ensure that the most deserving were picked….Bah. If fans want to see Jr play in one more all-star game before he heads off to Cooperstown, should they not have that opportunity? I think Welsh is right: expand the rosters and let the soon to be hall-of-famers, even if on the decline, play. I didn’t care if Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, or George Brett were on the decline. I wanted to see them play. I didn’t live in a market to get many of their regular season games so I thought it was quite a treat to see them all together for one night at least.

    To say someone with over 600 homeruns and 5000 total bases should not be within 500 miles of an all star game is harsh, to say the least.

  92. Thanks Preach and definitely should not be over shadowed by some no name rookie. Seems like just a popularity contest…like Derek Jeter in the AL. I can’t believe the Cubs have 7 players. Actually you know that does increase the risk of someone getting injured so with 7 that is a higher likelihood than the Reds for sure.

  93. Because he doesn’t belong in the All-Star game. He would be the first to tell you that.

  94. More than anything he really doesn’t want to be there. Junior values the family time more than anything. The world needs all the dads it can find to be like that.

  95. I love being in the stands for a 4 game sweep. How ’bout you Chad? Oh wait, you didn’t stay today! ๐Ÿ˜€

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