Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Milwaukee 10
Cincinnati 1

W: Y. Gallardo (17-10)
L: E. Volquez (5-6)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–None. The Reds got two measly hits, one of which was a Yonder Alonso homer.

NEGATIVES
–Edinson Volquez gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 6.2 innings. Looked like the same old Edinson to me.

–Carlos Fisher had a bad game, which makes me sad. He’s become one of my favorite players.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–As it turns out, the Brewers are better than the Reds. Good luck in the playoffs, Milwaukee.

–Yonder Alonso is good: .364/.437/.610. The future of Alonso is probably the most interesting storyline we’ll have in the offseason.

–Tonight was the Reds “Tweetup” game. Always a fun time, but last year’s Tweetup game was better (it was the game in which Cincinnati clinched the division championship).

His name is Milton, but I've petitioned the Court for a name change to "Arroyo."

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  1. So Travis Wood gets to mop up with the Reds 9 down, and Dontrelle Willis gets the start tomorrow. Willis will get routed, but Dusty will have someone else mop up.

    In the VERY little action (4 games) that Wood has seen since returning to the Reds, he’s pitched well in every outing.

  2. FWIW, I’m not in favor of re-naming the goat to Arroyo. Not at all.

    • I’m not in favor of re-naming the goat to Arroyo. Not at all.

      I’m not either. Arroyo’s having a bad season, Eric Milton (to me) exemplifies the lousy decision making and bad baseball we Reds fans endured during the ’00s.

  3. Dusty never got the word about that magic number thing. He still thinks they can come back and make the playoffs.

  4. The goat’s name should be Ol’ Toothpick.

  5. What a despicable effort on Johnny Bench night. They should be ashamed of themselves for ggiving such a poor effort jn front of the BRM crew which was in attendance and on the field during the pregame.

    Alonso is the LF going into 2012 I think. He is not going to be as bad as Dunn and some others they have sent out there and will give them as much offensively as any of them. It does concern me that they still will need a big RH bat somewhere in the line up however

    • Alonso is the LF going into 2012 I think. He is not going to be as bad as Dunn and some others they have sent out there

      I think this is important

      Dunn and Gomes are terrible defensive LFers. It is fascinating to me that anyone after years of those 2 in LF would question ANY LFers defense. Gomes, one of the worse OF defenders in my lifetime and Dunn not far behind. @#$@#$% it Alonso’s bat, like Dunn’s is worth it.

      Now, Dusty, PLAY HIM EVERY DAY for the rest of the season

      PS. I’m of the belief that Alonso should be the starting 3B next year, not LFers

  6. A RH hitter for 2012?
    How far did Juan Francisco hit the ball out of the stadium the other night – and which RH hitter tore the beloved Cardinals a new one the last time the Reds played in Saint Louis (and who had 5 RBIs in the series finale)?
    And who looks vastly improved at 3rd base and who can hit the snot out of the ball if given the chance to develop into a bonafide big leaguer as he is currently only 24 years old and did not come out of a strong program like Miami U (don’t get me wrong – I love Alonso) but out of the diminutive Dominican Republic?
    Please Reds – we finally have a stable of players who could really develop and eventually become stars – and let it happen for the Reds and not some other team – PLEASE!!

  7. Hey Jim,

    Check out my comment below in reference to a RH hitter (as we already have on)!

  8. if going to rename the goat, use “Saturn Nuts”, Bronson’s nickname. Especially since some of the homers seem to have been hit to Saturn.

    if Reds do make a trade, hopefully its for a top-end starter. Very interesting to think in 2012 Reds could have 4 new significant regulars/platoon in regular 8.

  9. @pinson343: Agree on not renaming the goat Arroyo. Bronson gave all he had to give for as long as he had it to give.

  10. Meso’s performance at the plate underscores why the Reds shouldn’t be too quick to be throwing Grandal into a deal. The Reds really just don’t know enough yet about the two of them to make a decision of which one to keep and which one to deal.

    By most accounts Grandal is every bit the receiver Meso is and has hit better sooner in his minor league stops.

    I think it would be foolish to end up making a decision to keep one over the other on the basis of the one guy being half a season to ahead of the other reaching the majors, particularly when the one guy has taken 5 years to get to where he is and the other is in virtually the same spot after two years in the system.

  11. @Peterrose14@gmail.com: Last time I checked, Francisco is a LH hitter. And I have been in his corner for quite a while.

    If Alonso is in LF and Francisco at 3B, that still leaves them looking for the big RH bat and a position for the guy. Matt Kemp in CF would fit the bill but I don’t see that happening. Maybe Heisey in CF ahead of Stubbs and hope he hits enough homers to compensate for his likely deficit in OBP

  12. Can someone just kidnap Volquez and take him out of our misery?

  13. FWIW from what I’ve read and the play-by-play, Volquez pitched better than his line showed. He made a mistake pitch on Betancourt’s HR, and he fell apart in the 7th after he reached 100 pitches. Of course the 2 7th inning runs allowed were inherited by Arredondo. Also one of the 3 walks allowed was inherited.

    Ryan Braun was impressed by his stuff, I don’t think he said that just to be gracious.

    • FWIW from what I’ve read and the play-by-play, Volquez pitched better than his line showed. He made a mistake pitch on Betancourt’s HR, and he fell apart in the 7th after he reached 100 pitches. Of course the 2 7th inning runs allowed were inherited by Arredondo. Also one of the 3 walks allowed was inherited. Ryan Braun was impressed by his stuff, I don’t think he said that just to be gracious.

      I was at the game and outside of Dusty leaving him in to long and the bad pitch to the SS when he had him in a whole, he didn’t pitch bad. He should have never come out for that 7th inning. Dusty is an idiot when it comes to handling pitching, people think we need a front line starter, I say we need a pitching coach and manager who know how to develop and use our pitching staff we have and we will be fine.

  14. @OhioJim: I feel better about Alonso in LF at this point, and would like him to be the regular in 2012. His first few games out there scared me, but he’s settled into merely being a weak LFer and not a terrible one. He’s eager to lose weight and do everything he can to improve.
    With that attitude, he can most likely improve enough to be adequate. If you look at which players improve their defense and which get steadily worse, it’s the hard workers who improve.

    Not always, of course – the word was that EE worked hard.

  15. @pinson343: One of EV’s 3 walks was intentional, not inherited.

  16. I would have preferred Chapman taking Leake’s starts instead of Volquez, and trying EV out of the pen. Also would have gone w/ Wood over Willis or Arroyo.

  17. I think it is me. The Reds are now 0-3 with me in the stands this year and are on a 5 game losing streak with me in GABP going back to 2009.

    I sadly called Braun’s 3 run dinger to my buddy right before it was thrown. Volquez starting the seventh I knew was bad news, especially after Dusty again waited until there was TWO on before going to the pen to face Braun and Fielder. At that point the Brewers had already pulled Gallardo but the game was still only 2 runs. Eh, it’s Dusty I’ve seen this movie a few times…he’ll use 3 pitchers to get 2 outs, but he will wait until the back is against the wall with the cleanup hitters up before making a move, making it a dicey proposition at best.

  18. @mike:
    ……PS. I’m of the belief that Alonso should be the starting 3B next year, not LFers

    I agree with this in principle. However since the team has decided not to have a look at him at 3B either here in Sept or over the winter, we have absolutely no idea just what he can or can’t do at 3B.

    I would guess that they are going to end up shopping Francisco as their lead trade bait; and then where does that leave them except with a (broken) wing and a prayer for 3B.

    Interesting point was being made by Ken Broo on WLW yesterday afternoon. Broo said after one sits down to do the math that unless they trade Votto, Phillips, or Jay Bruce they probably have $5M to play with over the winter for new acquisitions. That isn’t a heck of a lot.

  19. @OhioJim: Excuse the blown Bold on my previous. Sorry.

  20. Wow. How the season has turned from beginning to end. The Reds came out of the gate breaking Milwaukee’s heart, and we were giddy with anticipation of what was to come. Milwaukee was patient in waiting out the return of Grienke and finally became the team that they could be as the summer went on. They even withstood losing their version of Brandon Phillips and barely missed a beat… not something that would have likely happened for the Reds. I’ve got no qualms with them. Good luck Crew, and thanks for taking care of the WLB’s.

  21. @earl: Good summary of Dusty’s use of the pen.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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