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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Reds 7, Brewers 3

This was a very nice win by the Reds. A lot of players had a part in it. But when you see a player down and bleeding like Pedro Lopez was, it kind overrides what happened in the game.

Lopez was hit flush in the face by an 83 mph Matt Wise pitch. I took a look in the binoculars and you could see the blood pouring from his mouth. He never lost consciousness. But it looked pretty serious. He was taken to the hospital. Dr. Tim Kremchek thought Lopez has a broken bone in his face.

"You feel the poor kid," Pete Mackanin said. "He was so excited to be here."

We'll know more tomorrow. The Reds were making a move to get a player up here for tomorrow's game. I've got no idea who. Enrique Cruz? Not a lot of middle infielders to choose from.

Kyle Lohse pitched well enough -- 5 2/3 innings, one earned run -- that the Reds will be able to move him is my guess.

Jeff Keppinger looks like a keeper. The Reds scored seven runs without a home run and an 0-for-5 from Ken Griffey Jr., who is 2-for-his-last-26.

First pitch in the series finale in 13 hours. Sleep fast, as Jack McKeon would say.


at 11:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to Lopez; a kid who has shown that he knows the game and was excited to be in the Big Leagues. Having said that, why not move Phillips to short stop? It's not like we have much to lose and I think that many are itching to see how he would do after the year that he's had at second.

at 12:53 AM Anonymous Red Faced said...

Where to begin? Lopez I guess. Man was that scary. We wish you all the best and a speedy recovery Pedro!

My money is on that we won't see Lohse pitch for the Reds again. He's pitched well enough for someone to take interest. The Mets perhaps?

Sticking with pitching... he hasn't gotten a lot of credit this year but Weathers deserves a big pat on the back for the effort he's given this team. He did another super job tonight and when you look at his numbers you realize how good a year he really has put together for us. Everyone is so ready to bring in a legitimate closer but in reality we just need someone to pitch the 7th and 8th.

Griffey may need an extra day off, he's in a bit of a slump at the plate right now. Dunn has looked surprisingly good of late. I really like Dunn and have since he first came up with the Reds. I just wish he could drop about 40-50 strikeouts a year but I don't see it happening. If he can't produce more with runners on base and cut back on his strike outs every year then I don't see how a team with the Reds payroll can pay him 13 million. We just have to move him for the good of the team I'm afraid. And oh by the way, if you look at Dunn's numbers for his career you will notice that July is almost always his best month. True to form I'm sure he will have a September to forget once again as well.

Keppinger continues to impress me and I think someone with his hitting skills could really, really help this team. I was very intrigued to see him playing second and Phillips moved to short for the ninth inning. Could that perhaps be a sign of things to come? I'd like to see them line up in those same positions for a couple of games just to see how they work together.

Hope Ross can throw with a bum pinky, I think most people underestimate his impact on the opositions running game.

I guess that's it for now, would love to see us pull out another win tomorrow afternoon.

at 4:11 AM Anonymous redifil said...

I say put Phillips at short until Gonzales is back, and how about bringing up Aaron Herr? I'd like to see him get a few at bats in the bigs.

at 8:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


enjoy your passion dude but the season is over it really dont matter what is done

specific to weathers...compared to the rest of the miserable bullpen we have.. weathers stands out.. but he is only an average pitcher.. more often than not he gets in major jams.. and he has had the crap beat outta him many times just like everyone else in that bullpen

No..in reality Weathers aint even close to being a closer. I n reality, we need an entire new bullpen

Why would you keep a 38 year old Griffey. He does not produce with runners on base, he strikes out on a consistent basis and he is ten years older than Dunn .OH by the way Ken Griffeys superstar year is now becoming average

Redsfan quit trying to play GM ..You aint very bright

at 9:40 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get well Pedro! He was doing so well too.

The future rotation... there are two questions to ponder. One who should replace Belisle (the new Milton) and who replaces Lohse once he is traded. While a Gosling-Belisle switch sounds great don't forget Phil Dumatrait. I thinkt he Reds are better off with PD starting and both Belisle and Gosling in the bullpen. If/when Lohse is traded is when Homer would come back up. Let him suffer just like the Tigers did with their now great young pitchers.


at 9:46 AM Blogger Mchael A. said...

I sure hope and pray that Lopez is okay, and will return. I'm sure that incident hurt Matt Wise, and it showed in his pitching. Being a Reds AND a Brewers Fan, I' always rooting for both teams. I know Wise feels HORRIBLE about this. Matt is a real good guy, and would NEVER hurt anyone intentionally.

at 11:16 AM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

I can't stand it when people post as anonymous on here. Even though you have the occasional anonymous person that will state an opinion and move, you will always have the person who trash talks every poster because his opinions are skewed farther than the Riverboat over the batter's eye at GABP.

Griffey's year is becoming average? You do realize that we have over two months of the season left, right? Griffey will hit close to 40 homers this year and 100 RBIs, and that's considered "average"? How about YOU don't speak, because you're not a very bright person either!

David Weathers has had the crap beat out of him this year? When? he had ONE...I repeat...ONE GAME where he gave up like 6 runs. His ERA is below a 3.50, and he more often than not pitches 2+ innings because the other members of the bullpen can't get the job done. I find it really hard to consider David Weathers as a 'mediocre' reliever. His statistics for the past 2-3 seasons with the Reds don't lie, especially pitching in GABP.

Again...you are a MORON if you think the season is over. There's over 2 months left, and the Reds will probably not be in contention for the division, but they can at least make the season somewhat salvageable.

at 11:31 AM Blogger John Fay said...

I wish people would use a name of some sort so people could respond to them. It obviously doesn't have to be your real name.

One thing I find if someone posts something really silly, other posters correct them quickly. I saw the thing about Weathers and thought: Wow, that's off base. Before I could respond, Rob set him straight.

at 12:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob and John

weathers is an ok pitcher he is not a closer. sorry you two cant deal with reality. Without fail, almost everytime the dude pitches he ends up having to pitch himself outta a jam

Griffey will end up hitting around 260 . Strikes out way too many times with runners on base. You don't build a team around a 38 year old outfielder nearing the end of his career. You both need to ask yourself something.. How have we done since Griffey arrived? Furthermore, even Dunn is gonna hit 40 homeruns .. OUR RECORD IS WHAT?

And all these teams that simply play baseball correctly come in her and beat the crap outta us without the homeruns..HMMM

Rob for you to contribute with a straight face andin anyway suggest that this season is not over, I would imagine that everyone that post here would be falling outta their seats

How do u salvage another losing season. I guess its ok if u wanna be a loser.

at 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robby and John

weathers is an ok pitcher
almost everytime he pitches it is a struggle and he has to get outta a jam. John if you suggest that weathers is a closer you dont know baseball dude

Griffeys batting average in sinking, he still strikes out with me on base way too ofetn. The season ain't 100 games Robby and Griffey ain't the answer in Cincinnati. What is our record with all the home runs that
Griffey and Dunn hits?

Other teams without the big bats beat the crap outta us on a regular basis because they play baseball correctly

Robby, the season is over and there is nothing to salvage. You have become so used to losing u have lost perspective.

John if would be kind enough to post our record over the past 17 years perhaps Robby will see how silly is is

Robby name calling gets you no where and furthermore, I am typing.. not speaking ..take a chill pill and deal with reality

at 12:48 PM Blogger Brad said...

I wish people would use a name of some sort so people could respond to them. It obviously doesn't have to be your real name.

You can control that John. You can set the blog to not allow anonymous posts.

at 1:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


You can always report to an anonymous post

Please quit crying like a child ty

at 1:52 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

I'm really hoping that you mean David Weathers COMES INTO jams and pitches himself out of them, because anything other than that is absolutely wrong. 90% of the time Weathers is called upon in the 7th or 8th inning because he is the ONLY pitcher in the bullpen that they can rely on.

I would be lying saying that Weathers doesn't pitch himself into a jam every now and then, but 20 converted saves out of 24 save opportunities is not too shabby. He's not a closer? Why does he have 20 saves for a losing ball club then? THAT's ODD!!!

Griffey is batting .293 with runners on base this season, and .250 with runners in scoring position so far in 2007, and will only get better if you base it off his career stats. He is also a lifetime .290 hitter, so...are you basing your estimated statistics on him because he's 37 (no, he's not 38), or what? I'm not sure I understand your reasoning. Considering that Hank Aaron and Willie Mays both had good numbers into their late years, this "because he is old" crap is getting ridiculous.

at 2:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, I appreciate your enthusiasm. But to suggest that weathers is good by comparing him to the rest of that bullpen is somewhat ridiculous

Again, Rob, what is our record with this great year that Ken Griffey is having.? Rob what is our record since he has been here?

The makeup of this team don't work and we need to dump the dinasaurs that are eating payroll.

Rob, u have a real problem in dealing with the reality of the situation. Correct me if I wrong.

The Reds have stunk essentially since 1990. The Reds have essentially stunk since Griffey arrived. The Reds stink now?

Deal with it I am not going to argue with someone that has lost touch with reality

at 3:05 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Anon: By your criteria, you've got to take Ernie Banks out of the Hall of Fame because he played on bad teams. Weathers' ERA is 3.10. He's given up 41 hits 52.1 innings. He's given up two home runs in 52.1 innings. He's converted 20 of 24 saves.

at 3:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please don't tell me what my criteria is. The discussion was general and wide ranging.

All of you are pretty amazing getting lost in individual statistics.

It is a team sport.. it is a matter of chemistry.. This team don't work

Weathers is ok... not fantastic.. What does it matter?

As Dick LeBeau said week 15 during the season he lost 14 games "the boys are playing hard" Uh huh

Phillips is having a good year as is Dunn as is Griffey( so far) as is Harang... and once again.. and it ain't hard John What is our record?

thank you you all have fun pondering this team time to move on to football

at 11:43 PM Blogger Rob Dicken said...

Mr. Anonymous:

Do us all a favor, and quit trying to persuade all Cincinnati fans into think you know what you're talking about.

Basically what you're insinuating, is that stats don't mean anything. I'm sure that's news to Team and General Managers around the country!! HA!

You're right, this is a team sport. But without 'individual performances' that players make, what would actually be the POINT of a team? It's like you're saying that players go out there and play for THEMSELVES and not the team? That doesn't make any sense what so ever! Anything that a player does GOOD on the baseball field is 'for the team.' Anything a player does BAD, it's 'for the team.' Either way you look at it, a player can shine in the MLB, but won't shine if the rest of his team isn't that good.

So you're saying the core group of guys you just mentioned only cares about themselves and their individual statistics? Give me a break! These guys are paid to do a job. If they don't do it, they get fired just like any other job around the country. The core group of guys you just mentioned are actually DOING their jobs and are good at it. DAMN THEM FOR BEING GOOD AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE TEAM INDIVIDUALLY!!

I still don't get what you're trying to put forth here credibility wise. You argument is off sheer opinion, not facts/statistics. Statistics don't lie, whether this is a team sport or it isn't, Weathers is 'good' right now and has been for last 2 years with the Reds. He's not just 'okay.'

The Reds went to the playoffs in both 1995 and 1999. So, we haven't had losing baseball clubs for the past 17 years. You assessment is incorrect.

John, some people are too thick headed and opinion based that it's hard to talk sense into them. It's almost like some people in Cincinnati THINK this entire team sucks. That's not the case...it's mis-management, and that's the way it's been for the last 8 YEARS, not 17.

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