The Reds (8-12) and Matt Belisle (0-1) discovered that minor league batters aren’t as good as their Major League counterparts when they played the Dodgers (8-11).
Belisle had dominated during rehabbing in the minors, but managed only one scoreless inning in the four he pitched. He sure didn’t provide Josh Fogg any competition for that fifth starter’s spot.
Meanwhile, for the Dodgers, Brad Penny (3-2) cruised to a win and Chan Ho Park (S 1) pitched the final three innings to pick up his first career save.
Lots of misery for the Reds over the last few series. Bright spots were provided by the young guys as both Edwin Encarnacion and Joey Votto homered.
Also worth noting, Jerry Hairston, Jr, made his first appearance as a Red. Yes, he was called up before the game when Juan Castro was DFAd. I envision it as a big fight between Wayne Krivsky and Dusty Baker. I mean, these players are on the receiving end of some serious man-crush action from the higher-ups despite never providing any benefit to their teams. Perhaps Krivsky and Baker are made for each other, given their love of no-hit, crappy-fielding middle infielders.
The Reds try not to lose another series when they Edinson Volquez against Hong-Chih Kuo tonight at 7:10pm EDT.