Edinson Volquez pitched masterfully yesterday in recording his 17th win of the season. Who was the last Red to win at least that many games?

Good opportunity for reflection on that great Red and his wonderful career….


From Fay:

“I’ve never gotten so many rave reviews,” first baseman Joey Votto said. “Everyone who came to first was saying that was best stuff they’ve seen from him. It was electric. You don’t see that too often: A guy who throws that hard and has breaking stuff to make guys look bad.”

Volquez was consistently at 96. He hit 97, 98 a few times. Striking out Lance Berkman with three straight 96 mph fastballs with a runner at second in the first inning was one of most impressive feats I’ve seen by a Reds’ pitcher.

“I didn’t try to throw hard,” he said. “I just let to go.”

He also skipped his bullpen session, throwing off flat ground instead.

Voluqez’s 206 strikeouts tie him with Gary Nolan for the most by a pitcher in his first season with the Reds.

Awesome. I love having this kid on the team.