19th Nervous Breakdown
It’s kind of hard to criticize Edinson Volquez’s “performance” when the rest of the Reds got no-hit by Roy Halladay.
When Volquez lasts only 1.2 innings — giving up four runs — and the rest of the Reds pitching staff shuts down the Phillies, it’s slightly frustrating. The idea behind not starting Bronson Arroyo in Game 1 was that lefties eat Arroyo for lunch, and the Phillies have a lot of lefties in the lineup. Instead, Dusty throws Volquez out there — a guy who is great when he’s on and awful when he was off. On Wednesday, Volquez was awful.
It’s safe to say that the Reds looked completely lost at the plate today. Brandon Phillips grounds out on the first pitch. Unacceptable. Take some pitches!
The deeper Halladay took the no-hitter the more the Reds pressed.
Now the Reds have to take the field on Friday with Arroyo, and guess what, the Phillies still have a ton of lefties in their lineup.