Archive for April, 2008

Bronson Arroyo Picks Up First Win, Cardinals Go Down

At least he didn’t go winless in April.  Bronson Arroyo improved to 1-3 on the season with a nice start as the Reds took care of the Cardinals 4-3.  He gave up three runs on six hits and three walks and he struck out six in six innings.  Kudos to the pen.  Francisco Cordero was one of three relievers to throw shutout frames and he picked up his fourth save of the season.

Edwin Encarnacion doubled twice and drove in two while the Dunnster went two for four with a walk, a run and an RBI.  That puts Adam back over the Mendoza line.  E squared is off to a nice start if you count his hitting.  He also made his eighth error of the season. 

Johnny Cueto gets the nod tonight.  Joel Pineiro throws for the Cardinals.

Reds Score Ten Again

For the second straight night, the Reds put a pair of numbers in the run column instead of just with a 10-1 pasting in their final against the Reds. It’s nice to win a series because it’s been a while and it was also nice to see Edinson Volquez improve to 4-0. In the meantime, Barry Zito fell to an ugly 0-6. What happened to that guy.

Adam Dunn sat this one out but Brandon Phillips picked up the power bat with a pair of long balls. He drove in three and scored three while Ryan Freel went two for five with two runs and two RBIs.

Volquez struck out ten in seven solid frames. He gave up just one run on five hits and three walks. His ERA of 1.23 looks very nice as well.

Next up are the second place Cardinals in St. Louis. Bronson Arroyo gets the nod against Todd Wellemeyer in the opener tomorrow night.

See Ya Wayne

It was a love hate relationship.  You brought us Brandon Phillips and Bronson Arroyo and I definitely love you for that.  On the other hand, there was The Trade.  Yeah, that one.  Does the name Gary Majewski and Bill Bray ring a bell?  What about Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez?  Anyway, Walk Jocketty is your new GM and like the Reds current manager, he comes with his pedigree.  The timing is questionable, but it is what it is.  If Jocketty signs Adam Dunn to a nice fat extension, then I’ll be happy.  If he lets him go, then he’s definitely under suspicion.

The Reds lost so the Walt era is off to a poor start.  Johnny Cueto throws tomorrow in an afternoon game.  I like our chances because I don’t recognize the name of the pitcher the Astros will be throwing out there. 

Adam Dunn Belts Third Homer In Reds Blowout Win Over Dodgers

You have to like series opening wins and the Reds put the wood to the Dodgers tonight in a 8-1 win.  Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips both homered while Jerry Hairston, Jr. is made the most of his call up with a four for five, three RBI game at the leadoff spot.  He got the start in center so it’s yet another guy blocking Jay Bruce.  Still, it’s hard to complain today because he got the job done.

Edinson Volquez improved to 3-0 with a very nice start.  He gave up one run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  Jeremy Affeldt and Todd Coffey both threw shutout frames to hold the Dodgers scoreless the rest of the way.

A split isn’t all bad considering the way the Reds have been losing.  Next up are the Astros, which are one of the bottom feeders in the Central with the Reds.

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Matt Belisle Knocked Around In Season Debut

Matt Belisle’s season got off to a rough start as he was shelled in his season debut.  He gave up seven runs (five earned) on twelve hits and a walk in just four innings of work.  Hopefully this is a blip in what is a decent season in the rotation for Belisle’s.  If he matches last year’s .301 batting average against, he might not be around for too long.

The offense didn’t do much in the 9-3 loss either.  Edwin Encarnacion doubled, homered and scored twice while Joey Votto belted his fourth of the season.  The Reds grounded into three double plays and that negated what could have been some run production with their nine hits and four walks in the game.

It’s a two game set and Edinson Volquez gets the start tomorrow.  Hopefully he can work some magic and get the Reds going.

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Joey Votto Drives In Five, Reds End Skid

The Reds ended their five game losing streak this afternoon and they did it behind the stick of Joey Votto.  The first baseman finished the game two for five with a homerun and five RBIs.  Ken Griffey, Jr. also got the bat going and he went two for five with a three run homer.  Votto’s hitting .351 now, which is a testament to how this guy can rake.

Edinson Volquez improved to 2-0 on the season with a nice start.  He gave up just one run on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in five innings in the 9-2 win.

So the skid is over and next up will be the Brewers.  Milwaukee sits at 9-6 and it’d be nice if the Reds brought them down to earth this weekend.  Bronson Arroyo gets the nod in the opener against Brewers ace Ben Sheets.

Josh Fogg Is Shelled, Reds Drop Fifth Straight

After a nice start to the season, the Reds have now lost five games in a row.  This one was ugly and it was over pretty quick as Josh Fogg was dismantled nine runs in two innings.  By the end of the third inning, you had a 10-1 deficit so from there on, the only reason to watch the game was to see if Adam Dunn would hit a homer or not.

And he did.  Dunn belted homerun number two and with a two for three game, he’s now right at the Mendozza line.  Joey Votto doubled twice, drove in a run and scored.

The Reds try to avoid a sweep this afternoon.  Edinson Volquez will get the ball and the Reds hitters will have to contend with Ted Lilly.

Tough Weekend = Sweep to Pirates

Johnny Cueto looked pretty mortal today as he suffered his first major league loss at the hands of Pirates.  The three game sweep turned a nice 6-4 record into a rather mediocre 6-7 record and the Reds sit just one game ahead of the last place Astros.  Still, they’re just three games out of first place and they can take care of one of those teams this week in the third place Cubs.

Adam Dunn was given the day off because Dusty Baker felt it might help him get his shit together.  Okay, he didn’t use those exact words, but Dunn’s off to a slow start, sort of.  He has a rather ugly .167 batting average but because of 13 walks, he has a .380 OBP.  Yeah, his slugging is .250, but how long is that going to last.  My bet is, his OPS is back up over .850 by mid-May.  We all know Baker has something against walks, so my feeling that Dunn’s days are numbered as a Red  have a ton of validation.

Next up are the Cubbies.  I like the Aaron Harang/Ryan Dempster matchup but Josh Fogg/Carlos Zambrano not so much.  I’d be happy if we walk away with the rubber game and get back to winning series instead of losing them.

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Shutdown and a Blowout

Aaron Harang showed his aceness today with his best start of the season in a 4-1 spanking over the Brewers.  He gave up just a single run on five hits with three strikeouts in eight solid frames.  Francisco Cordero did his thing in the ninth inning and just like that, the Reds had a series win over a former first place team.

Edwin Encarnacion had the big hit of the game with a two run poke that scored Adam Dunn.  And this is a great segue into last nights 12-4 pasting.  Here’s what’s messed up.  Future Hall of Famer Adam Dunn belted his first homerun of the season while Corey Patterson hit his fourth.  The big guy will heat up soon, I just know it.

The Reds head into their three game series with the Pirates at 6-4, which isn’t too shabby.  Edinson Volquez gets the start tomorrow and Pat Maholm throws for the Bucs.

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Reds Can’t Make it Three Straight As Bronson Arroyo Gives Up Four Long Balls

It was like the second coming of Eric Milton.  Bronson Arroyo gave up four homeruns as the Reds lost their series finale to the Phillies 5-3.  Arroyo gave up the five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.  The pen did a nice job and three relievers combined to throw 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball to allow the team to come back.  Unfortunately, the offense never came.

The Reds managed just five hits against Cole Hamels and company.  Jeff Keppinger and Paul Bako each reached base twice with a hit and a walk while Adam Dunn had the tough luck game with three strikeouts. 

Next up are the division rival Brewers.  Milwaukee is tied atop the standings at 5-1 and they’ll send Jeff Suppan to the mound.  The Reds send Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto who will try to follow up his exception debut with an equally exceptional second start of the season.

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