Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 0
Cincinnati 3
WP: Volquez (3-2)
LP: Paulino (0-2)
S: Cordero (7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–By far the best start of the year for Edinson Volquez. Eight innings, no runs, 1 hit, 6 Ks, and just one BB. Volquez threw just 106 pitches, and it couldn’t have been a more stark contrast to his last start. Great work, Edinson (yeah, it was against one of the few offenses worse than our own, but I’m not complaining).

–Adam Rosales is very close to becoming a legend in Cincinnati. In his first start of the 2009 campaign, Rosales drove in two of the three Cincinnati runs, hit the ball hard a couple of times, drew a walk, had a ton of fun, and just ran around the field like he was running through hell in a gasoline suit. Then, of course, he made a fine play to end the game. He’s cut out of the Chris Sabo/Ryan Freel mode, and you know how Cincinnati fans love guys like that. (Plus, he looks like Cris Collinsworth.)

–Laynce Nix was 2-3 with a triple, a walk, a run, and an RBI. He and Rosales may make it difficult for Chris Dickerson and Edwin Encarnacion to get back into the lineup on a regular basis.

–Willy Taveras was on base three out of four times at the plate.

NEGATIVES
–TOS (This Offense Stinks.)

ETC.
–A winning month! I will take it.

–Nice pie in the face for Rosales on the post-game show.

–I’m really surprised that Brandon Phillips didn’t start, after it looked yesterday like he might be emerging from his slump.

–Via Mike in the game thread, the last 1-hit shutout for the Reds was Bronson Arroyo, Kent Mercker, and David Weathers versus the Nationals on April 26, 2006. The last time the Reds only allowed two baserunners (or less) was John Smiley versus the Cardinals on September 22, 1996. Smiley pitched 9, allowing 1 hit and striking out 8.

–Day off tomorrow, then on the road again for 3 in Pittsburgh and 2(?) in Florida.

20 Responses

  1. AnnapolisRed

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that thinks that Rosales REALLY looks like Collinsworth. It bugged me all night! Great performance tonight by Adam.

  2. GregD

    I’d like to see Bruce stay in the #4 spot in the order, especially vs. RHP. Pittsburgh throwing a LH starter Friday, but RH Saturday and Sunday.

  3. wanderinredsfan

    I think it’s about time to delete the Josh Hamilton pic from the revolving headline banner. I’d much rather see Volquez throw fire at the knees.

  4. mike

    I noticed that Hamilton has started out horrible this year.
    .660 OPS, 15Ks/3 BB and only 2 HR

    of course until today Volquez was even worse

  5. Matt Steele

    Hamilton is hurt now… but Neyer said something about how Hamilton wasn’t right today in his blog.

    Finally saw the Reds play on tv this year thanks to the DC outing… Lots of fun and wow Rosales is really enjoying himself out there, which is awesome.

    Still think EE is going to play when he gets back though.

  6. renbutler

    I also noticed the resemblence between Rosales and Collinsworth.

    Poor kid. 👿

    Great game for the Redlegs. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  7. Matt B.

    Sigh, my Brantley-ism from the game thread didn’t get put under the “Etc.” I gave you gold, Chad, GOLD! :p

  8. Glenn

    That’s really the best I’ve seen Volquez in quite awhile maybe he’s turned the corner.

  9. Bill Lack

    Actually, he looked good against the Astros last week, other than that one wild streak (he only allowed one hit). And as much as I blame him, I also blame the coaching staff for sitting on their big fat duffs and not going out to the mound to help him or to breaking his rhythm.

    Mike, what was his “game score” last night?

  10. Mark T

    Wanna bet that Dusty sits his ‘hot hands’ down and goes back to his regulars? He’s not terribly smart.

  11. Matt Steele

    I think I saw his game score being like 85?

  12. GregD

    That was already the third time the Reds shutout the opponent this season. All of last season they did that 6 times.

    In 2008 they were the victims of a shutout 10 times. So far this season, just shutout once.

  13. World

    If Rosales is hitting over .300 when EE comes back, look for Edwin to go to left field. I sat with a post-game convocation of Reds’ coaches in Cleveland a few years back and the idea was tossed back and forth over a few cold ones. There was a general consensus that EE could definitely hit and had a load of potential but he was playing out of position. If Rosales brings some fans in the park (where is everyone?) with his Charlie Hustle mantra and contributes offensively, then I can’t see EE going back to the hot corner.

  14. Matt WI

    Saw this in the si.com recap of the game… Cecil Cooper’s opinion of Volquez:

    ”I didn’t think he was all that sharp,” Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. ”It looked like he had some life to his fastball. It looked like we had some pitches to hit, but we just didn’t swing it very well. You have to give him some credit, but I didn’t think he was like a one-hit performance tonight.”

    Sounds an awful lot like things a lot of Cub fans were saying after the last series with them… it’s not the pitching, it was our hitting. Granted, sometimes that can be the case. But c’mon, Volquez beat you. Deal with it.

  15. Josh

    I thought the Reds allowed 3 baserunners last night. A hit, a walk, and a HBP. Either way, great performance last night. Hope for more of that in May.

  16. David

    Chad – My mindset has always been to break the season into months. A winning month is what it takes to be a contender for the playoffs. If you are just one game over .500 each month then the team ends up 88-74.

    That said, I don’t think major changes to the lineup should happen at this juncture. EdE to LF in favor of Rosales is a bad idea. You have to think long term as well as short term. Where’s Votto going to play? LF? 3B? 1B? What about Alonso? What about Frazier or Francisco? Rosales hitting well now is a good thing but let’s not completely change the complexity of the team based on a guy on a hot streak.

  17. Deaner

    I love the way Rosales digs into the batter’s box like he’s digging for nightcrawlers or something!

  18. Shane

    lol yeah that was great! looked like a bull getting ready to charge lol

  19. pinson343

    Matt WI, I heard the almost exact same quote from Bourne.
    Bush league crap, if you ask me, another reason to dislike the Astros. If EV isn’t that good, lite him up ! Othwerwise, shut up.