Nice win last night, followed by Edinson Volquez’s turn in the pitching rotation. That sounds good, doesn’t it? On the mound for the Brewers is Seth McClung. I generally root for McClung when he pitches, since I know his brother fairly well. The Reds beat up on McClung pretty badly earlier this season; we’ll see if anything changes tonight.

The Reds still have a shot at a 4-2 road trip, which would be outstanding. Discuss the game here….

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  1. Tonight’s starting line-up:

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

  2. According to Fay, tomorrow’s line-up will be stacked with RH bats whatever that entails.

  3. Bobby Murcer – RIP

  4. Jim, all I can figure out is that means that he’ll put Andy Phillips in the outfield and Valentin(not really a righty) at first.

  5. Is Dusty oblivious to the Hairston-Keppinger success in the 1-2 spot? The Reds need to win this series. Someone else could have sat tonight such as Junior.

  6. Is that a deeper than normal warning track?

  7. DUNN – CLUTCH!!!

  8. Let’s give Dusty a hand…Reds ahead 3-0

  9. Branyan, reminds me of Dunn but not nearly as good. 11HR and 19 RBI’s.

  10. Wow, a win tonight means a guaranteed 3-3 road trip to the 2 biggest Reds rivals! 💡

  11. Mike Lincoln for comeback player of the year? Know anyone else who qualifies at this point?

  12. Comback player of the year – Kyle Lohse

  13. hahahha…true, it’s an ex-Red unfortunately

  14. 5 VolK’s through 3 innings!

  15. In the AL, my guess for comeback player would be Cliff Lee. He has dropped his ERA by about 4 runs.

  16. McClung has settled down. 52 pitches through 4 innings. The Reds are being too patient.

  17. Correction – The Reds are NOT being too patient.

  18. VolK’s needs quick inning but probably not during this inning with the Brewers middle line up coming.

  19. that did NOT help!

  20. Hairston didn’t help the cause with the error.

  21. and the Prince Fielder HR didn’t help either.

  22. Does he have a sister named princess?

  23. Why not flip where Votto and Bruce are?

  24. WOW!!! Edwin with an outstanding play that almost became even more phenomenal!!!

  25. I don’t mind Bruce batting second, I simply wish he’d start hitting again. We all knew his first couple of weeks were off the charts (in a good way), but he’s scuffled a lot since then.

  26. I sure wish Chris Chambliss was around to work with Jay. He would unleash the beast in Bruce.

  27. Edinson gave up three singles, but managed to escape without any damage done, so I’ll take it!

  28. CeeKer–does anyone else think he is not handling the pressure of batting 1-2 in the Majors at age 21? JV is 24 and has more milb seasoning. He just appears uncomfortable. I sure wish he’d start hitting too but all players go through struggles and we know who’s job it is to make adjustments in the line up. We’ll see

  29. How much do you think Dusty Baker interferes with Jacoby doing his job? Are these hitters having to listen to two different people giving them advice?

  30. I thought it’s the manager’s job to decide who bats where?

  31. In response to 22, there actually was a running back at Colerain High School in 2004 who was named Sir. And he had a sister named Princess.

  32. Wonder if Ned Yost knows that JV hits LHP better than RHP’s?

  33. I hope Burton is warming!

  34. mhopp: I’m disinclined to believe that there is currently much pressure on a Reds #2 hitter (or anywhere in their lineup). They aren’t in the thick of a pennant race or anything, so I don’t see why batting second or fifth or seventh would change the amount of pressure on him. I do, however, think that he is pressuring himself (but I think he’d be doing that no matter where he is batting in the lineup).

  35. True, could be CeeKer. Would like to see Dusty try it, that’s all.

  36. They say it’s quiet in Reds pen?

  37. Yes!!!

  38. Hey! They found a pinch hitter with a (marginally) better AVG than Volquez!

  39. Will Dusty ever get over Corey Patterson?

  40. Edinson is only batting about .140 lower than Patterson. Ouch

  41. I ask again, why not Valentin? Seems he finds his relationships more important than winning.

  42. That was a great slide by Hairson

  43. How about Jerry Hairston jr? I can’t believe he’s still hitting like that, but I like it!

  44. Come on Bruuuuuce!

  45. Bruce needs to sit tomorrow against Sabathia.

  46. Exactly Jim, he’s not doing well against LHP, .297 against RHP’s.

  47. Is he bringing STORMY WEATHERS in? OMG, where is Burton?

  48. Nice job by KGJ.

  49. Juuuuunior!!

  50. Gange (without the ‘roids) is quite hittable now!

  51. Always love to see Weathers in a 2 run game 🙄

  52. 😡

  53. According to Welsh, Dusty’s apparently saving Burton’s arm.

    Great pitch there by Weathers.

  54. Saving Burton’s arm for what?

  55. Back to the subject of Jay Bruce; if the Reds could get him on track and if they could stay healthy then they could play some good baseball after the All-Star break.

  56. It also would be nice of Jocketty could do something in the next week or two to strengthen this bench because it flat out stinks. When the choices are Patterson, Phillips, and Valentin you might as well let the pitcher hit.

  57. i noticed burton was throwing more balls lately. maybe he’s tired?

  58. Dunn with his second homer of the game!!!

  59. dunner dus it again


    Which one of those tonight was the meaningless shot?


  61. Re Y-City Jim: Indeed. The Reds’ opponents winning percentage for their remaining schedule is under .500. They still have 13 games against the Astros and 10 more against the Brewers. They only play the Cubs 6 more times, but they have the Cards for 9 games. The rest of the games are what should be relatively easy victories…


  63. Edwin! Nice! No save opportunity for Cordero now.

  64. Gagne really earning his $10m tonight.

  65. Eric Gagne might actually be uglier than Casey Blake. It’s probably the glasses that send him over the top.

  66. EE! Man, I’m happy the Reds didn’t get Gagne…instead they stole Milwaukee’s closer then the Brewers signed about blunders! 😆

  67. Chad – Welsh said that since Burton, isn’t used to working a full season, it’s best for Dusty to give him a break every now and then. That, and because he pitched a lot on the homestand.

    I don’t know.

  68. could this be sign of things to come? 😛 😀 🙂 :mrgreen: 😯 😮 😆 😛 😉

  69. now would be good time for Maj and save Coco!?!?!

  70. How come C.C. Sabathia isn’t playing for the N.L. All-Star team? Wasn’t he originally picked to play for the A.L. team?

  71. If nothing else, I’m happy that Dusty is concerned this season, for the first time in his career, with not abusing his pitchers.

  72. Is any time a good time for Majewski?

    Gagne reaches a new low by giving up a base hit to Corey Patterson.

  73. Proof things are going the Reds’ way: Corey Patterson just got a hit.

  74. Man, they really hate Gagne. Of course, for his 10 million salary, I would, too.

  75. How far you have fallen, Eric Gagne.

  76. Too bad Jay Bruce didn’t get a shot at Gagne.

  77. Tonight has been fun. Hope the Reds can hold on. Bruce’s 2-run single puts the Reds up 8-2.

  78. Thom Brennaman puzzled why Reds fans are so critical of David Weathers, which means he must read the blogs. He may have a point since he has been pretty solid the last month except for the Pittsburgh game on July 1.

  79. At least three wins on this road trip against the top two teams in the National League. As a Reds fan, I couldn’t be happier. Nice job, men.

  80. I love Dusty Baker and Corey Patterson too!!

  81. I’m also thrilled. After the first two losses to the Reds, I was ready to throw in the proverbial towel on the season. At least now they’ll go into the all-star break on a bit of roll (no matter what happens tomorrow)… We can still hope!

  82. 🙂 😀 😮 😯 😎 😛 😉 :mrgreen: ❗

  83. Good luck tomorrow, Homer Bailey. Be solid and shock the baseball world.

  84. It should be noted that Edinson looks like he’s back to pitching how he has most of the season (which is great news). 7 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, and 10 Ks. I hope that start pushes him over the top for the starting spot in the All-Star game (not that it means anything, but with only 1 Red there, you gotta root for it happening!)

  85. Fogg was good yesterday, so let’s have Homer be good tomorrow and sweep the Brewers! (I never thought I’d be saying that this road trip!)

  86. Pittsburgh just scored 7 times in the final 3 innings to tie STL.

  87. Geesh, with the Reds playing this good I can’t complain about Dusty Baker.

  88. If there is one line up I would not want to face it is the Texas Rangers, good grief they beat Lackey like a minor league pitcher yesterday. Of course they lost like 11-10

  89. If the Reds face Texas I would want it to be in Cincinnati. The Rangers bat 34 points lower on the road.

  90. The pirates beat the Cardinals!! 12-11

  91. I think the Reds should sign Brett Favre.


  92. Something tells me he can throw better than Bako and Majewski

  93. HAHAHA
    he must pursue baseball!

  94. Gagne’s so bad, I even got a hit off him.

  95. Gagne’s so bad, Corey Patterson hit a game-winning home run off him early this season. Go Reds !!!

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