Did Volquez really say that?
Edinson Volquez had a rough day and has been having an inconsistent season. That made his postgame comments after a 12-4 loss all the more curious.
“I think everybody has to step up and start getting some runs,” Volquez said. “The last five games, we’ve scored how many runs? Thirteen in five games? (Actually 12). It’s not the way we were playing last year. We’re better than that.”
Keep in mind that Volquez allowed seven runs (six earned) with seven hits, four walks, one hit batter and three strikeouts. He is 3-3 with a 6.35 ERA this season. His first inning ERA is 18.00
Stay tuned, because I can’t see that comment going over well.
Reds manager Dusty Baker indicated changes could be afoot and that he might not keeping rolling Volquez out there.
“We’re mulling that around now,” Baker said. “Last time, he was a lot better. This outing, he didn’t start off well again. We’ve got discuss what to do.”
You can read much more about this day and what lurks ahead in Philadelphia in my game story. The full version should be up shortly if it’s not already.
*In today’s notebook, hopefully you saw that Aroldis Chapman is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Monday. Chapman will meet the team and pitch an inning in Norfolk.
*Joey Votto’s first inning home run was his first since April 27, a span of 21 games.
*Since returning from the DL, Scott Rolen has hits in 7 of 9 games and is batting .343 (12-for-35)
*Jay Bruce was 2-for-4 with a homer, his 11th of the season. He’s 8-for-14 (.571) over a four-game hitting streak.
*Overall, the offense is having trouble. In the five game losing streak, they are batting .207.
“I know people around here – it was kind of like that for us last year – it’s going to take a little while for them to come around and believe the Indians are for real. I think they’ve got a good team. I thought their pitching was good and obviously their offense really broke out today. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, because they’ve been playing well all year.” — Chris Heisey on the Indians
“He had a bunch of pitches that inning. It’s tough to keep going to your bullpen that early and you keep hoping he’ll give us some innings so it didn’t tear up everybody out there. We have 10 days in a row before we get an off day.” — Dusty Baker on Volquez in the first inning.
“They’re playing good baseball and they beat us. They got us pretty good. It doesn’t get any easier in Philadelphia, obviously, when we face those guys. We can’t make up a series. We’ve got our hands full in Philadelphia and Atlanta both. We will try to play a little better baseball and hopefully try to win a series there.” — Scott Rolen