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. Y-City Jim

    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. CeeKeR

    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. DevilsAdvocate

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

  4. CeeKeR

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

  5. DevilsAdvocate

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

  6. CeeKeR

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

  7. DevilsAdvocate

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

  8. TylerS

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

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    Okay, Voltron looking extremely wild.

  10. Y-City Jim

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

  11. renbutler

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

  12. Ellis

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

  13. Y-City Jim

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


  14. mhopp

    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.

  15. Y-City Jim

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

  16. mhopp

    At this point that kid can pitch better than Volquez

  17. mhopp

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

  18. Y-City Jim

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

  19. mhopp

    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!

  20. mhopp

    “Nationals no hit the Reds today”

  21. Ellis

    Griffey didn’t make the starting OF…

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    Thank goodness for Adam Dunn.

  23. Justin Anderson

    just another home run off the bat of the donkey

  24. Y-City Jim

    The All-Star Game is on TBS? Yeck.


  25. DevilsAdvocate

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

  26. Ellis

    Volquez looks like he’s found his touch…

  27. Y-City Jim

    Why did Ross start today against a RHer?

  28. DevilsAdvocate

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

  29. mhopp

    This kid reminds me of Bailey but I like it!

  30. renbutler

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

  31. Y-City Jim

    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.


  32. DevilsAdvocate

    Hairston injured? Fantastic.

  33. Y-City Jim

    Pena striking out on breaking balls. Go figure.


  34. jbsh

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

  35. Y-City Jim

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

  36. jbsh

    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.

  37. mhopp

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

  38. mhopp

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

  39. AnnapolisRed

    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.

  40. Nate

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

  41. renbutler

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

  42. jbsh

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

  43. Y-City Jim

    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.

  44. Kerm

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

  45. Y-City Jim

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

  46. DevilsAdvocate

    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?

  47. Y-City Jim

    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.

  48. Y-City Jim

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

    OK. Why didn’t EE slide?

  49. Ellis

    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?

  50. Y-City Jim

    Sometimes EE appears very indifferent. Is he constipated?

  51. Nate

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

  52. Y-City Jim

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

    Nice job by JH.

  53. renbutler

    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.

  54. Y-City Jim

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

  55. Y-City Jim

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


  56. mhopp

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

  57. mhopp

    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.

  58. Nate

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

  59. Y-City Jim

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

  60. Y-City Jim

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

  61. mhopp

    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.

  62. mhopp

    Eating my words with Lopez ๐Ÿ˜ก

  63. mhopp

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

  64. Y-City Jim

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

  65. jbsh

    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.

  66. mhopp

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

  67. DevilsAdvocate

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

  68. Y-City Jim

    YES!!! REDS WIN!!!

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

  69. DevilsAdvocate

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

  70. mhopp

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

  71. AnnapolisRed

    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.

  72. mhopp

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

  73. Y-City Jim

    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.

  74. AnnapolisRed

    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.

  75. Y-City Jim

    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.

  76. preach

    Griffey shouldnรƒยขรขโ€šยฌรขโ€žยขt 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.

  77. mhopp

    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.

  78. AnnapolisRed

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

  79. Y-City Jim

    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.

  80. Chris W.

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