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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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Friday, May 16, 2008

Welcome home, Jensen Lewis

Right-hander Jensen Lewis, a graduate of the Anderson High, was the losing pitcher for the Indians.

He came in with one out in the eighth. He walked Brandon Phillips, then gave up a bloop double to Joey Votto, he then walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. He went to a full count on Adam Dunn. Dunn fouled one back, fouled another, then took ball four to force in the go-ahead run.

"It wasn't exactly the the homecoming you envision," Lewis said. "Obviously, some emotion played into it."

Lewis was Cleveland's third round pick out of Vanderbilt in 2006. He was 1-1 with a 2.15 ERA in the 26 games last year. He came into Friday 0-1 with 2.82 ERA in 16 games this year.

Today is his 24th birthday.


at 11:04 PM Blogger NVreds said...

I'll break my own rule:
Hamilton is crushing the ball tonight 5-5 so far 2 hr's and a triple.
ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: Hamilton's swing is different than it used to be, he cocks his shoulders more and keeps his hands back better than when I last saw him play for the reds. His swing is still similiar to what jacoby had him change (when he had him start doing the toe-tap approach) But it's ZERO gaurantee he would have had 40whatever RBIs if he stayed here.

Volquez has Cy young type numbers so far, though I doubt they stay that way given his control issues & shaky pitching from the stretch which i hope he improves on, still a young top of the rotation pitcher is tough to find, we cant, i repeat, we cant judge this trade until like 5 YEARS from now so anyone who wants to cry about hamilton needs to just shut up until then.

I'm sure jackie will come on here and stroke his ridiculous ego some more, and I'm shocked he still trys to argue with people on THEIR OPINION on why they dont pay for tickets. Only jackie-boy will try to pick a fight on something that really isnt a debate at all. if this blog ever was discontinued he would be bored out of his mind all day.

That quote about a genius saying its hard to be humble if your perfect? Whoever made that quote is a complete deutche because its not hard to be humble, its only hard to be humble if you're weak and want attention for everything you do right.

and your not right all the time dude apparently you just ignore it when your wrong, guessing the reds would suck is not that much of an accomplishment.

Hamilton is dominating for my fantasy team!

at 11:10 PM Blogger Craig said...

I hope Dusty realizes that the Reds have "walked across home plate" three times already this year.

at 11:13 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Josh Hamilton 5-5, 2 HRs, triple, 5 RBIs. He may get to 600 before Griffey.

at 11:21 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

Congrats Reds. Take 2 out of three from the Indians to get some fire back... just don't get swept by the Pirates like last time.

Maybe I have been too harsh. Lets see how the next 10 days go. It would be nice to vault out of the cellar...

at 12:59 AM Blogger ADMS said...

"He came in with one out in the eighth. He walked Brandon Phillips, then gave up a bloop double to Joey Votto, he then walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. He went to a full count on Adam Dunn. Dunn fouled one back, fouled another, then took ball four to force in the go-ahead run.
Today is his 24th birthday."
...and in other news, he was struck by lightning, lost the lottery by one number, saw a black cat cross his path, had his car break down and had a strange rash appear.
Talk about a crummy birthday!

at 10:33 AM Blogger Joe said...

Tough homecoming for Lewis, but how about Josh! Great trade for both teams so far. You have to love what is happening for Hamilton and Volquez.

Reds are playing better of late. But I believe they have to put some big numbers in the win column over the next two weeks. It is not going to be easy. Cleveland then to the West coast - Dodgers, Padres, back home - Pirates and Braves. If they are still in last place or haven't made significant strides up the standings by June 2Jocketty will have to live up to his word and the housecleaning will begin. We are 1/4 of the way through the season and are still watching a last place team.

I believe they will rise to the challenge and we will see them jump a could spots in the standings by June 2.

nvreds: you're pretty tough on JBA! Opinions on baseball should not stir up that much emotion, it's bad for the blood pressure.

at 10:47 AM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

CSA..great post.

Hamilton 5-5 5 RBIs..Hamilton is not swinging any different. The difference is that he now has a year under his belt and he is in baseball shape

Ill judge this trade anytime I please

The true fact of the matter ..and for anyone that has reseached this..is that Texas was not that enamored with Volquez and I would imagine something else could have been worked out

I am glad we have Volquez but it appears WK was not such a great negotiator

If you want to diminish me please learn to spell at at least a 5th grade level. thank you


at 10:59 AM Blogger SDB&R said...

Hamilton still helping the reds by killing the astros.

John, off topic, can you check on what opposing pitchers are hitting off the reds over the last two years? It has to be the highest in baseball against any team.

at 11:10 AM Blogger ankurv5 said...

As a fellow Anderson grad, all I have to say is....HAHA! That's what you get Jensen, for saying you grew up rooting for the Indians!

at 12:30 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

This was a great night," Hamilton said. "That's why you play the game. It doesn't happen all the time, it's like the terrible golfer who gets the hole-in-one, and keeps you coming back. It was an awesome night."

Hamilton's 13 total bases, which also included two singles and a triple, were tied with Juan Gonzalez for the second most in one game in club history. Jose Canseco had 14 on June 13, 1994 against the Mariners.


at 12:54 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

I love how this slog (an excruciatingly slow blog) has become more about Jack and CSA than the Reds and how John Fay is the chief promulgator of such.

For as much as you dislike these two, you sure do pay an awful lot of attention to their every printed word.

at 1:10 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Sorry about this guys, just have to clear something up W/ you know

"Kevin you told us this past winter that you moved from Bellevue Kentucky to Florida when your father got a new job.. Lets show a little maturity and honesty. Thank you ..as I am sure John would appreciate that"

JBA, I am convinced you have the worst reading comprehension and retention skills of anyone I have ever met.

The closest I have ever been to Bellevue is Newport, I was born in Florida, been to the family home in Ft Wright every summer for 33 years. This is how I came to be a Reds fan. In the eighties when you could get in for $10.00 - $15.00 (decent seats too) we would go to like 15 games each summer. Usually business man specials and week nights, and watched on TV or listened to on radio almost every other game.

Now I come up with my wife and two children which is why I referenced $150.00 for a complete ball park experience.

My family history goes back to pre 1900 in the greater Cincy area, My grandfather worked for CG&E and read meters from a boat during the great flood. His stock from his pension is now in my portfolio. (Duke)

Later in the 50's my grandparents owned a restaurant on Dixie Highway called Skyline (pre Skyline Chili).

We have the afore mentioned home in Ft Wright, and 1+ acres land in Taylor Mill.

Please Jack, copy and paste this to your word processor, print it, and tape it to your monitor.

Sorry again guys, just tired of someone thinking they know something they dont and then calling me a liar based on misinformation.

John, I realize this post is misuse of this blog, but I hope because I was civil, and in the interest of accountability for blog misconduct, you could make an exception and let this through.


at 1:15 PM OpenID durhambluedevil said...

Because this is a REDS blog, how about we talk about the REDS and not the RANGERS?

Just a thought....

I love beating the Indians, trying to get to the game on Sunday!

at 1:32 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

"For as much as you dislike these two, you sure do pay an awful lot of attention to their every printed word."

Thats because their posts are usually contrite, condescending, and passive agressive towards other posters.

Hard to ignore sometimes, and letting them get away with it is as good as condoning it. The only way to handle a bully is to stand up to them. If the rest of us dont keep them in check their egos would become so bloated from never being challenged they would be unbearable.

Unfortunate that it has to be that way.

at 2:31 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

Kevin, FYI

Skyline Chili opened it's first restaurant in 1949 at the apex of Warsaw, Glenway and Quebec Avenues in Price Hill.

at 2:48 PM Blogger Arden Dulou said...

I would love to have Hamilton too but obsessing over it isn't going to bring him back.

In the end, the Reds needed the pitching more than an outfielder, even Hamilton. It still would of been nice to have both but oh well.

at 3:04 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

Reds need everything..the outfield is very marginal

good post sdbr


at 3:44 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

LMAO, Very interesting posts Kevin and you have the nerve to complain about me. Still laughing.


at 3:56 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

"Kevin, FYI

Skyline Chili opened it's first restaurant in 1949 at the apex of Warsaw, Glenway and Quebec Avenues in Price Hill."

I can assure you the owners of Skyline would not have allowed an independent to use their name 5-6 years after they established their business

chuckle /chuckle

Kevin please focus on baseball.. I feel certain that John would appreciate such. Thanks


at 4:12 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...


I have been pondering...I think the Reds trade Griffey..keep Dunn and bring Bruce and Bailey up.. maybe they just need some fine tuning..

what do you think?


at 4:57 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Skyline Drive In Restaurant was open from aprox. 1953 to 1967 and
was located at the intersection of 25 (Main ST)and 42 (Dixie HWY) in Florence.

I was mistaken about it being pre skyline chili.

Even today, JBA several establishments have Skyline in their name, (case in point Skyline Tavern on Johns Hill Road, just beyond the edge of campus) it is not a trademarked word. My grandparents place did not sell chili and did not have chili in their name, thus no infingement.

I guess you know my family history better though.

at 5:23 PM Blogger Jeff said...

Jack - What happened to those free tickets four rows behind the Reds' dugout? A big fan like you would never pass up on anything like that. Did you decide to stay home and work on your Josh Hamilton shrine instead?

at 6:51 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Adam Dunn!

Earning his money! How refreshing.

5 in a row!


at 6:56 PM Blogger Monclova Steve said...

If it helps to put your mind at ease, we don't need a "knight in shining armor" to protect us from anyone.
How posters express themselves says more about them than anything else.

Don't worry, we're perfectly capable of determining the quality of someone's post.

This IS a Reds blog, isn't it?

at 7:07 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Listened on the radio today because game was on Fox and in my region we had the Brewers / Red Sox, so I couldnt even watch on MLB TV, but I could get the big one.

Marty was all over winning in front of a sellout crowd is the best marketing, (I agree), but was also saying if the Reds lose its 5 in a row in front of SO, blah blah, anyway, Im sure hes happy to have been wrong in his concern about losing today.

Check this out:

I agree with CSA!

Brantley, not so good.

I dont mind him as much on TV, maybe because you have video to buffer the commentary, but on radio, when he does the play by play, its just boring and choppy.

And as color, he tries to be Marty as far as being critical. That would be correct in alot of towns, but in Cincy, Marty handles the critcism. He just needs to bring the player insight.

Marty is the voice of Reds fans.
JB needs to reign it in a little.

at 7:12 PM Blogger KevinFtMyers said...

Sorry Steve

Wish it wasnt this way.

at 10:30 PM Blogger Nate said...

This blog is a joke...

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