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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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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Lineup, Janish note

Ryan Freel cf
Jerry Hairston Jr. ss
Ken Griffey Jr. rf
Brandon Phillips 2b
Edwin Encarnacion 3b
Javy Valentin 1b
Adam Dunn lf
David Ross c
Matt Belisle p

v. LH Andrew Miller

Paul Janish was the first player with a walkoff RBI in his major league debut since Miguel Cabrera did it on June 20, 2003. He's the first Red to do it since Eric Owens June 6, 1995. He was first player to have a game-winner with his first hit since Randy Keisler on May 24, 2005. That from Elias Sports Bureau.


at 4:00 PM Blogger doomgoblin said...

John, is Dusty trying to get Dunn to ask for a trade? The man has arguably been the reds best offensive player for the last 4 years, he has a bad start (no worse than giffey's) and he's batting behind JAVY FREAKING VALENTIN!?

Excuse the all-caps, but it's just shocking. Where does Dusty get off?

To all the Dunn bashers out there, remember that it is a testament to Dunn's team attitude that he isn't going to the media about this, I feel like a lot of players in this league wouldn't hold their tounges getting dissed like that.

So what's the insider scoop John, is Dunn really boiling under the surface?

at 4:07 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

So what is the Keppinger note?

at 4:07 PM Blogger Ray Kinsella said...

"He was first player to have a game-winner with his first hit since Randy Keisler on May 24, 2005."

Wow...and he was a pitcher.

Javy playing first? Dusty must be trying to get him some ABs.

at 4:10 PM Blogger BATSFAN said...

Im so proud of Janish! Way to go! Now time to go watch Homer Bailey maybe he can have a good game for a change!

at 4:11 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

A rainout tonight and they could skip Belisle. Could be a big break. Fish don't come back to town this year, I don't think so it could be a long, long wait. Actual attendance for the crawl tonight expected in the 4-5,000 range.

at 4:17 PM Blogger _Sir_Charles_ said...

Ummm...did I read that right? Javy starting at FIRST BASE?!?

I understand Dusty wanting to give the guy some AB's...but first?

at 4:17 PM Blogger Johnnie Flea said...

Paul Janish, 10th inning hero, rewarded with a nice firm bench to watch the game.

at 4:30 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Meant Janish note. I fixed it.

Dunn wouldn't complain Dusty hit him ninth with the way he's going.

at 4:48 PM Blogger _Sir_Charles_ said...

Quote by Johnnie Flea: "Paul Janish, 10th inning hero, rewarded with a nice firm bench to watch the game."

I think Dusty's got this one right. You ride the hot bat. And right now, Jerry Hairston Jr. is the hot bat. Janish played very well last night and I'm sure he'll continue to get some playing time, but lets not fool ourselves. He's here for his GLOVE. That means late inning defensive sub. If his bat gets hot...he'll earn some starts.

at 4:51 PM Blogger Joe said...

Dunn should be happy he is getting ABs right now. Maybe the HR last night will get him going. I sure hope so.

I'm more concerned with what the BP has been doing right now. We need a few more in the pen who can go more than one inning if needed. I like both Weathers and Lincoln but they haven't proven they can go more than 15-20 pitches with consistency.

Majewski is turning it around pretty quickly from where he was a few weeks ago. Herrara is doing great in AAA. The depth is there when you add the possibility of Belisle in a BP role.

Anyone heard anything about Fogg going to Colorado?

at 5:10 PM Blogger Rob said...

Dunn has been hitting 7th the last few games. I guess Dusty wants some power at the stern of the order.

at 6:09 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"Meant Janish note. I fixed it."
Don't let it happen again!

at 7:22 PM Blogger Richie Rich said...

Valentin is the worst hitter on the team. Look at the stats for once, Dusty.

at 8:04 PM Blogger Steve said...

No reason to even play Dunn anymore. Honestly, he's awful. Not much bang for a lot of bank.
Dusty will favor Hariston nine-times-outta 10 over Janish. No surprise there.

Instead of Javy at 1B, I'd rather see Hatty. I know Javy is a switch hitter plus needs the AB's but why waste the best pure hitter on this team who's hardly playing at all. Hatty batted .310 last year...hello?

at 8:56 PM Blogger Mutaman said...

Let me see if I got this straight:
Dunn is hitting .130 against lefties, and some guy is bashing Dusty about where he's batting Dunn in the lineup?

at 9:10 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

"Let me see if I got this straight:
Dunn is hitting .130 against lefties, and some guy is bashing Dusty about where he's batting Dunn in the lineup?"

...amazing isn't it?


at 12:03 AM Blogger Dave said...

Dunn's batting .210ish for the past month...he's a bad 7th hitter, and Dusty is trying to get him back on track (which batting 8th, in front of the pitcher, doesn't allow). For the record, it's 40 points below Griffey, and until last week, only one homer up on him. Much the same, good for Dunn for shutting up and playing, he's always been good about that.

Janish is still a young guy with a great future and a great first game - let's not go forgetting Gonzo and Kepp just yet. Hairston is hitting lights out now, too.

Final thought - we need to win. Much like two hits a day for a week cures a slump, two outta three for a month does the same. This blog would be much more positive if we weren't losing for the 8th straight year, more people would go to the games, and the trade talks would die down. I think if we take 2/3 from the Indians, we'll go have our first successful west coast swing in what feels like 40 years (I mean 4-3, maybe 5-2?) and turn the year around. We're 5 under as it stands, and picking up a couple games this next week or two would put us around .500, give us an eye towards the rest of the season (instead of next year's Reds and this year's Bats), and stop some of the crabbing on here.

at 12:23 AM Blogger Hugh D. Pohl said...

Note that Howard is getting off to almost the exact same start as Dunn, hitting .181 in Philly, similar number of Ks, HR, RBI but less walks. I wonder if their fans are villifying him. Probably.

at 10:49 AM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Its kinda like Canu. I don't care what Howard does in Philadelphia.

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