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. Y-City Jim

    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. Y-City Jim

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

  3. Phill

    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.

  4. Y-City Jim

    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.

  5. Y-City Jim

    Is that a deeper than normal warning track?

  6. mhopp

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

  7. mhopp

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

  8. mhopp

    Wow, a win tonight means a guaranteed 3-3 road trip to the 2 biggest Reds rivals! ๐Ÿ’ก

  9. mhopp

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

  10. Y-City Jim

    Comback player of the year – Kyle Lohse

  11. mhopp

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

  12. Y-City Jim

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

  13. Y-City Jim

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

  14. Y-City Jim

    Correction – The Reds are NOT being too patient.

  15. mhopp

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

  16. Y-City Jim

    Hairston didn’t help the cause with the error.

  17. Y-City Jim

    and the Prince Fielder HR didn’t help either.

  18. mhopp

    Does he have a sister named princess?

  19. mhopp

    Why not flip where Votto and Bruce are?

  20. Y-City Jim

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

  21. CeeKeR

    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.

  22. Y-City Jim

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

  23. CeeKeR

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

  24. mhopp

    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

  25. Y-City Jim

    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?

  26. mhopp

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

  27. Matt B.

    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.

  28. mhopp

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

  29. CeeKeR

    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).

  30. mhopp

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

  31. Jared

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

  32. mhopp

    Will Dusty ever get over Corey Patterson?

  33. mhopp

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

  34. mhopp

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

  35. Y-City Jim

    Bruce needs to sit tomorrow against Sabathia.

  36. mhopp

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

  37. mhopp

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

  38. mhopp

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

  39. Matt B.

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

    Great pitch there by Weathers.

  40. Y-City Jim

    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.

  41. Y-City Jim

    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.

  42. mhopp

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

  43. Y-City Jim


    Which one of those tonight was the meaningless shot?


  44. CeeKeR

    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…

  45. TylerS

    Gagne really earning his $10m tonight.

  46. Y-City Jim

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

  47. CeeKeR

    EE! Man, I’m happy the Reds didn’t get Gagne…instead they stole Milwaukee’s closer then the Brewers signed about blunders! ๐Ÿ˜†

  48. Matt B.

    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.

  49. mhopp

    could this be sign of things to come? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. mhopp

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

  51. Y-City Jim

    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?

  52. Chad

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

  53. Y-City Jim

    Is any time a good time for Majewski?

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

  54. CeeKeR

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

  55. Matt B.

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

  56. Y-City Jim

    How far you have fallen, Eric Gagne.

  57. Y-City Jim

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

  58. Chad

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

  59. Y-City Jim

    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.

  60. Y-City Jim

    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.

  61. mhopp

    I love Dusty Baker and Corey Patterson too!!

  62. CeeKeR

    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!

  63. mhopp

    ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰ :mrgreen: โ—

  64. Y-City Jim

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

  65. CeeKeR

    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!)

  66. CeeKeR

    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!)

  67. TylerS

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

  68. mhopp

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

  69. mhopp

    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

  70. Y-City Jim

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

  71. mhopp

    The pirates beat the Cardinals!! 12-11

  72. Y-City Jim

    I think the Reds should sign Brett Favre.


  73. mhopp

    Something tells me he can throw better than Bako and Majewski

  74. Relient k car

    he must pursue baseball!

  75. K-Patt

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

  76. pinson343

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