Willis seeks first win

Reds lineup vs Astros

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Lewis 7
Hernandez 2
Frazier 5
Willis 1

*Dontrelle Willis is 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA lifetime vs. the Astros, including a 2-0 record/1.57 ERA at Minute Maid Park. He hasn’t faced Houston though in exactly four years — 8/3/07. Willis is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts with the Reds and has been the victim of two blown saves.

*Reds pitchers have a 3.07 ERA since the All-Star break.


Mark, great job on MLB Radio today with Sterns and Bowden. Just got a twitter account and began following you. It’s great following your comments and insights during the game. I’ve replied once or twice but I don’t know if you get them. Like I said, I’m new at the twitter thing. I’ve been a Reds fan since 1962 and though a lot of the new technology is scary I do love the fact that I can watch every Reds game on MLB.com and follow your tweets in real time during the game. Well anyway, thanks again and Go Reds!

Thanks very much, Bill.

Way to go BAKER.. I am yelling to get LeCure in the game NOt MASSETT.. SAM hasnt pitched in 5 days!!! Talk about not knowing how to use your pen… prime example there with Massett of late screwing up!!

Well Baker cost the Reds the game tonight.. you cant keep running guys out there and not spread the appearances across your pen.. Goodness Lecure hadn’t pitched in 5 days.. Why the heck wasnt he brought in to pitch the 7th?? I doubt any Reds beat writer will question Dusty about his use of his pen tonight and why he didnt pull Massett after he loaded the bases till after he gave up the lead!!! this is the most frustrated i have been with a Reds team in a long time.. I hoestly am glad i only have 1 more game to watch as Dusty has to go.. Maybe if he keeps winning 1 out of every 3 games the rest of the year, Attendance will be effected and the REDS FO better not blame us the fans for not buying tickets..Blame your lack of fixing the problems with SS till it was to late and Wasting bats for Gomes when he should be gone and Edinson as well.. THEN refusing to fix anything at the deadline to help this team.. Sadly 4th place is all this team is going to get.. and its a failure after 2010.. no excuses!!

Hearing Brantley be amazed at why LeCure was not used to start the inning when Dusty brought in Massett was all I needed to hear. I chuckled. If he is hurt, DL him but this team has the mind set to play a man short for 14 days so he can be used on the 15th day and save a day. What do you know, LeCure seems to be healthy enough to pitch 2 innings and yet comes in after the lead is gone. Sad. I normally buy one hat a year thru Reds.com and go to at least one game a year (small income and live in Indianapolis). Have yet to do either this year and will NOT do either this year. What a joke of a team that carries the same name on the jersey as the Big Red Machine. Really, really, really tired of “quiet” leaders. Smash a damn bat in the clubhouse. Yell at your teammates that this is unacceptable. NOBODY on this team is a leader. The most vocal has been Cairo (one time). What a joke.

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