As trade rumors have been swirling all afternoon, the Reds find themselves without a familiar face in the dugout tonight. No, no trades, but Joey Votto got tossed by noted Canada-haters Phil Cuzzi and Jerry Crawford for arguing a check-swing strike. "Fucking horseshit," Joey called it, and I'm inclined to agree.
Meanwhile, the rest of the (good players on the) team have decided to beat the crap out of the Padres. Home runs by Brandon Phillips and Jonny Gomes, and shutout pitching from Homer Bailey have the Reds up 4-0 in the top of the 4th.