April 22, 2008

Dodgers 9, Reds 3: Ouch



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.

3 comments to “Dodgers 9, Reds 3: Ouch”

  1. BubbaFan says:

    I’m willing to give Hairston a chance. We need a right-handed power bat, and he’s the closest we got at the moment.

    He was apparently playing with a broken rib the last two years, which might explain why his numbers were so bad. He’s healthy now. Maybe he’ll have a breakout year.

    In any case, he’s better than Castro.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    In any case, he’s better than Castro.


    I hope that he has a good year, too, though at almost 32, his career 33 homers, .253 avg, and .324 not-out-percentage seem like they’re probably about in line.

  3. BubbaFan says:

    4 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI! I think we have our new leadoff man. 😉 Hairston was on fire down in Louisville. Dunno how long it will last, but given their need for a right-handed bat, calling him up was a no-brainer.

    I wonder what will happen with the roster today. Ross has to be added, which means someone has to be cut. Will they really cut Bako, who has been playing so well? Or will they do something like send Norris Hopper down?