CINCINNATI -- Reds manager Dusty Baker on Sunday had the kind of conversation he likes to have with Triple-A Louisville manager Rick Sweet. Part of it was about the complete-game performance Edinson Volquez had on Friday against Charlotte. Volquez, who sent down for the second time by the Reds on July 7, allowed two runs and five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. Of the 110 pitches he threw, 82 were strikes. "I thought it was awesome," Baker said. "[Sweet] said he had great command. It was great to see. Hopefully he can continue doing that. Then we'll bring him back up here eventually."
In three starts for Louisville this month, Volquez is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA, five walks and 17 strikeouts. During his first stint at Louisville in May, the right-hander was given two starts before getting a recall. This time, the stay down below is open ended. "This time, it's just pitch," Baker said. "Get on a roll and bring it here. He has as good of stuff as anybody in baseball."