One more reason to love Welsh … and a decent Votto factoid

Once again, Welsh is the man. Not afraid to point out that among Jim Bowden’s first moves as general manager of the Reds was to leave Trevor Hoffman unprotected, allowing the Marlins to acquire him via the 1992 expansion draft.

hahahahaha … thanks, Jim, for making sure Hoffman didn’t get any of those 596 saves as a Red.

Three other thoughts:

  • When is the last time the top 4 hitters in any lineup collected 15 hits in one game? Wow. (The Twins, who won 19-1 Monday night, had 13 hits from their first 4.) Jeff Piecoro said during Reds Live post-game that it was the first time since 1989 the Reds had three different players collect four or more hits.
  • Jay Bruce has struck out at least once in all but two games he has started in July. He has 11 multi-strikeout games since June 13. He’s driven in 4 runs this month (he did get one tonight); scored 6 runs, walked 4 times and hasn’t homered in July; and he got off to a fast start on the basepaths this season – with 5 stolen bases by May 22 – but he hasn’t stolen one since. Maybe the kid needs a little more rest than he’s getting.
  • Votto, meanwhile, has 7 multi-hit games this month. And he’s reached base in all but one game (July 19) he’s started since April 24. And here’s the exclusive Votto-stat of the day … Votto has had seven 4-hit games in his career, and 5 of them have happened on the road. In five different cities: Milwaukee, St. Louis (6/1/10), Pittsburgh (9/23/09), Toronto (6/25/09) and Chicago (4/23/09).

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