The Redlegs begin yet another dreaded west coast road trip tonight with game one of a series against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Reds have lost two in a row, and stand at 22-26, 6.5 games behind first-place Milwaukee.

During this series, the Reds will face a trifecta of brilliant Dodgers hurlers: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw. This is gonna be fun, Reds fans!

Tonight, we’ll see Ryu, who is currently 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA. The last time he faced the Reds was in July of 2013, when he surrendered only two hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine and walking just one.

He’s good, but the Reds have a pretty good pitcher slated to start tonight, as well. His name is Johnny Cueto, and even after a rough outing last week against Washington, Cueto is 4-3 with a 1.86 ERA. He hasn’t faced Los Angeles in nearly two years, when he went took the loss despite going seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

1. CF: Billy Hamilton
2. SS: Zack Cozart
3. 2B: Brandon Phillips
4. 1B: Todd Frazier
5. LF: Ryan Ludwick
6. RF: Chris Heisey
7. C: Brayan Pena
8. 3B: Ramon Santiago
9. SP: Johnny Cueto

464 Responses

  1. Andrew Brewer

    My man Zack C. has been moved to the number 2 spot, but no Mesoraco ? Hope there’s no injury….

  2. mgmccoy

    Won’t get to hear Vin Scully tonight…..has a cold

    • charlottencredsfan

      Good news is they can’t score fewer runs then last night. So there’s that.

  3. ToddAlmighty

    Wow… certainly not trying to make Cueto want to give a home discount on an extension with these lineups he’s getting recently. Second straight time of no Mesoraco, Frazier at 1st, Santiago at 3rd.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Or, they’re trying to put such a crappy defense/supporting offense out there that Cueto will have such a horrible W-L that they’ll try to get a discount on the extension because of it.

      It makes as much sense any anything else.. like Walt Jocketty hasn’t been questioned once yet for failing to have a proper backup first baseman or third baseman after weeks.

    • RedAlert

      Wow Price – no Mes – why don’t you just draw the lineup out of a hat – would be just as good – Price showing some Baker tendencies – another head-scratching lineup –

      • John Walsh

        There’s a pretty clear pattern of putting inferior lineups on the field when Cueto pitches. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cueto is saying do what you need to do… I’ll take care of things on my end.

        If not, then Johnny C has to be a touch irritated.

  4. AnnapolisHoosier

    I would at least like to see Lutz at first and Frazier at third.

    • Eric the Red

      Against a really good LHP? I don’t think that’s doing Lutz or the team any favors.

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        LHP hit Rhyu way better than RHP. Look it up

  5. Michael J Hampton

    This is ridiculous. Why did they even bother to bring Lutz up if they are not going to play him? They should not have disrupted his development at AAA if they are just going to sit him on the bench in favor of Santiago (Frazier at first Santiago at 3rd). Is Price channeling Dusty?

    • Dale Pearl

      I agree that he should be playing, however, not sure what is left to develop. His minor league stats are well above average in looking at WRC+. He is a major league talent just a matter of finding a full time position for him. My guess is that he will be replacing Ludwick in LF as a regular starter soon enough.

      • doublenohitter

        No. And besides, they aren’t going to put him in against tough lefties. There is a reason he was in AA.
        He isn’t even considered a top 200 prospect in all the minor leagues.

      • Michael J Hampton

        Then why bring him up? Why not just keep Soto? He was tearing up AA, promoted to AAA. In a his very short stint in AAA he was .375 (3 for 8) with a HR, 2B. 3 RBI against LHP, so he is apparently not totally inept against LHP. The Reds think enough of him to put him on the 40 man. They have had a couple of chances already to play him, but so far they are treating him just like Soto. But you would really rather have Santiago at 3rd?

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        Again, if you looked at the numbers lefties hit Rhyu way better than righties. I know you would rather just spew than look things up.

  6. wildwestlv

    No Vin Scully. Lineup is laughable. Might be a real short night of baseball.

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Billy needs to focus on “contact”. That last swing was anything but. Boy oh boy.

  8. wildwestlv

    So, who turns over the lineup, tonight?

  9. jas428

    Don’t think Lutz is good matchup versus Ryu.

  10. wildwestlv

    It’s a good sign Johnny’s getting the corners called.

  11. wildwestlv

    The fact that Josh Beckett, out of this rotation, would be the first to toss a no-no is…why baseball is such a strange game.

  12. RedAlert

    Glad to see this offense get off to a hot start again (NOT!!!)

  13. hof13

    Reds have hit a couple balls hard … at least that is encouraging.

  14. wildwestlv

    Enjoying the Thom/Chris discussion on the geographic advantage Cincinnati has over, say the Seattle Mariners. Vin Scully cannot recover fast enough.

  15. RedAlert

    Least the WLBs now behind the yanks 5-3 in extras

  16. RedAlert

    Reds can’t even get a sniff of a baserunner – awful

    • charlottencredsfan

      These games are so important for BHam to get on base because it doesn’t require a hit for him to score.

    • RedAlert

      Johnny gonna have to pitch a shutout for the reds to even have a chance – whst else is new –

  17. Whoa Bundy!

    So the reds run lineups every day to include Pena but can’t figure out how to get Mesoraco to play more? Is Lutz ever gonna play?

  18. wildwestlv

    Everyone needs to start bunting?

  19. charlottencredsfan

    Ugh! Lutz isn’t playing because??

  20. ToddAlmighty

    Oh wow, NEVER saw that coming. You mean moving people all around again, wouldn’t work AGAIN? Jesus. Fire Walt.

  21. jdx19

    Cueto’s last start also began with an unearned run.

  22. CP (@nomoresalads)

    Why I hate playing Todd OOP, the Reds end up weakening their defense at 2 separate positions instead of one.

    • jdx19

      Yep, and Ramon Santiago can’t be much better than even Lutz against a lefty, can he? Head-scratcher.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Exactly, all so we can have Santiago’s bat in the lineup.

    • SrRedFan

      Exactly! We suffer at two positions, and give up a run because Todd is unfamiliar with a first-baseman’s mitt.

    • jdx19

      Being called by the star of my favorite “This is SportsCenter” commercial of all-time; Mr. Charlie Steiner!

    • wildwestlv

      SHHHH…don’t tell the Reds that.

  23. ToddAlmighty

    Time to turn off the game. I’m done. Call me when Walt stops snoozing for a month while the team needs a freaking backup first baseman. No other GM would keep their job while neglecting their duties for this long.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Maybe Bob C can hire me to be GM. I can do absolutely nothing just as well.

  24. wildwestlv

    JC really needs a lefty at 1B for his pickoff move. Or just an experienced first baseman, period.

  25. kywhi1

    Please make it stop. And why is Todd Frazier on first base to begin with? With this kind of stuff happening over and over again, it’s hard not to agree with Chad Dotson’s comment of yesterday.

  26. RedAlert

    And that mighty be your old ballgame – lets just keep playin’ people out of position and see how that keeps working for ya Price

  27. CP (@nomoresalads)

    I’d rather have Frazier at 3B, and Mesoraco playing first base with a catcher’s mitt than Santiago playing.

  28. Chris

    Second straight game where Frazier’s D costs us the first run. Sigh.

  29. Michael J Hampton

    And there you have it, playing two guys out of position, trading Mesoroco’s bat for Santiago’s bat. If I can’t have Mesoroco’s bat, at least give me Lutz’s bat and keep Frazier at 3rd. Lutz may strike out 3X but it won’t surprise me if Santiago does. At least if Lutz runs into one it will be 5 rows deep. If Santiago runs into one its a fly ball to shallow right.

  30. wildwestlv

    Lutz has sat for so long, that I doubt he’d even be a difference maker, by now. Seriously, he’s going to need a rehab start before coming off the bench, anytime soon.

    • Michael J Hampton

      Yeah, that was my thinking. He was on a hot streak and they moved him to AAA. He got off to a cold start (in a very short stint) but was starting to heat up and then they bring him up to the show and sit him on the bench for a week.

  31. charlottencredsfan

    Cueto’s body language is crap/

    • ToddAlmighty

      Four errors in the last 8.1 innings. Frazier at 1st, Santiago at 3rd, Bruce, Mesoraco, and Lutz on the bench. Three of his four wins he had to throw a complete game to get.

      Why would it be good?

      • charlottencredsfan

        No argument, just an observation. I think Pena let him know that there is still a job to do.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Probably asked Cueto something like, “You want to pitch or not?”.

  32. hof13

    That strike called on Cozart was called a ball multiple times when Cueto was pitching. It drives me nuts.

  33. RedAlert

    Cozart robbed twice – this team is snakebit

    • yorktownred

      Hopefully he can bowl over the Dodger catcher later.

  34. doublenohitter

    Ryu perfect through 4. back to back no hitters coming. i’m not sure if that has ever been done in MLB.
    I’m excited to see it.

  35. jdx19

    I’m officially rooting for a Ryu no-hitter at this point. I watched the Beckett game yesterday and I doubt I’ll ever have the chance to see 2 no-hitters by the same team in a row.

    • wildwestlv

      I was just thinking, “How early do you start the no-no alert?”

    • Dale Pearl

      bandwagon jumper! I will never root against the Reds… even if they stink as they do now.

  36. Whoa Bundy!

    How can neck tattoo catch 90% of games for years but Mes can only catch 70%?

    • jdx19

      Ivan Rodriguez caught 153 and 150 games in 1996 and 1997. That’s pretty wild, I think.

      Molina’s top year was 2009 when he caught 140 games.

    • kywhi1

      Given the makeup of this lineup, let’s hope he points the finger at himself while he’s at it.

  37. sergeant2

    Why is it that the people with the best seats in the house (front row right behind homeplate, and thereabouts) barely pay attention to the game. There should be a law.

      • charlottencredsfan

        She is a huge Dodger fan so you never know.

      • sergeant2

        The girl wearing the blue tank top and shorts and is hotter innafirecracker, that girl? I never noticed. Go Reds!

      • charlottencredsfan

        I need either a bigger screen or better eyesight. No doubt in the world, LA has the hottest babes. Talk about a distraction.

  38. hof13

    First and second pitch to Ludwick were at exactly same spot. One was a ball the other a strike.

  39. wildwestlv

    Ludwick could be given a night off. It’d be okay to give him a night off.

  40. RedAlert

    Understand the reds almost unbelievable slew of injury problems and realize that it is still early — but not overly impressed by Brian Price at this point and time – almost nightly questionable strategic decisions , including horrible lineup construction and bullpen management in crucial situations – all these one run loses are not srtictly due to bad luck

    • wildwestlv

      Hey, in his defense, even HE said he didn’t know what this lineup would look like…

    • Joe Atkinson

      Ryu is throwing a perfect game through five innings. Explain to me how Bryan Price could have adjusted the lineup to maximize run production under those circumstances?

      • charlottencredsfan

        You don’t get to be a first-teamer by being an idiot. Good comment, my fellow brethren.

      • RedAlert

        Not specifically referencing this game only !

    • Vicferrari

      Surprised there are not more of these, this team is awful and Price somehow got them toward respectability with a crap bench and middle relief. Maybe Cueto does not need a personal catcher against a LH, but only so many times you can win with smoke and mirrors when half the team are either playing below their potential or just should not be in the major leagues.

  41. Whoa Bundy!

    Reds in a race to get to the local Memorial Day BBQ.

    • wildwestlv

      That’s why they have to take this one. We won’t beat Greinke AND Kershaw. Our best shot is at Kershaw. He may not be 100% (although one doesn’t really need to be, against this lineup, I guess).

  42. RedAlert

    Chris Heisey is just almost brutal in any other role other than coming off the bench – nice 4th outfielder but just can’t get it done in a starting role more times than not

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Agree, teams need those types of role players too. It’s bad when they have to start though.

  43. charlottencredsfan

    JC deserves to be on a better team. I hope this guy gets a couple of rings in his career. Just a joy to watch.

    • wildwestlv

      Thom is talking about it now. Sure jinx.

    • vared

      And I think 24 of the last 25 went down last night. Something like that. But who’s counting?

  44. wildwestlv

    Alerts up now on MLB.com & ESPN.

  45. John Walsh

    Half the Nation is rooting for a perfect game. How far we’ve falling…

    (By the way, I just got the ESPN alert on my phone.)

      • John Walsh

        I didn’t mean it as a criticism. I’m just saying that if our team wasn’t such a joke right now then we probably wouldn’t be rooting for someone else making history.

      • jdx19

        Even if we were in 1st I’d be rooting for this.

      • Whoa Bundy!

        I’m rooting for history. Why not? This line up and team are poo poo right now. I feel bad for Cueto. He deserves MUCH better than this slop.

  46. vegastypo

    This is a bit reminiscent of Browning’s perfecto. I think the only run in that game scored on a Dodgers’ throwing error.

  47. vared

    Does a no hitter get an asterisk in the record books if it comes against the 2014 Reds?

  48. sergeant2

    Half the nation might be rooting for a perfect game, but surely Redleg Nation isn’t doing likewise, not against our Redlegs. Let Ryu get a perfect game against Cards if he’s going to pitch a perfect game. Go Reds!

      • Whoa Bundy!

        So? Watching history is excellent. The reds stink right now. This at least makes the game interesting. The reds themselves look disinterested in the game.

      • RedAlert

        So? >Don’t care dude -this team is struggling and I’m certainly not gonna pull for the reds to lose and get no-hit/perfect game in the process – yea they might suck , but I’m not gonna sit here and hope they lose

      • sergeant2

        Because I’m a Reds fan, have been since I attended games at Crosley Field as a kid. I want my team to win more than I want to see a stinking Dodger throw a perfect game. If a Red gets a hit I will cheer like crazy.

    • jdx19

      Two diving plays by the 3rd baseman I’d never heard of before tonight beg to differ.

  49. wildwestlv

    It’ll be too bad that Choo won’t be there to see it (if it happens, of course).

    • Whoa Bundy!

      True. If the reds showed more life in the game I wouldn’t root for it. Also, if they were in a race for first I wouldn’t root for it. I only feel bad for Cueto right now. Life’s not fair.

    • jcredlegs

      And the organization sits on their collective hands. Shameful.

  50. Joe Atkinson

    Is it wrong that I’m kind of rooting for the perfect game – both because history, and because maybe that’ll be rock bottom for the good guys. Start going to Hitters Anonymous meetings and turn this thing around a bit.

  51. wildwestlv

    Did Vin Scully call Beckett’s last night? If he did, then it won’t happen: the Baseball Gods would not let the only back-to-back, game no-no happen without Scully being able to call it.

  52. RedsfanPa

    Wouldn’t matter who was pitching, this team can’t hit, especially this line up. This is beyond pathetic. Feel so bad for Cueto, he has pitch so well again and gotten no offensive support once again. Pittsburgh won, we are now in 4th place, how long before the Cubs pass us, they are playing well lately

    • jcredlegs

      This sure smells like a last place team to me.

  53. Dale Pearl

    I can’t believe that so many so called “reds” fans are actually cheering for them to lose. Pathetic.

    • doublenohitter

      We are also baseball fans and we are looking at history. No team, ever, has thrown back to back no hitters.
      The Reds are secondary now. If they get a hit, then all bets are off.

      • sergeant2

        “We” are also fans of baseball, and we would rather see our Reds win than see this Dodger pitcher pitch a perfect game. If it happens it happens, but we are certainly not going to root for the opposing pitcher to pitch a perfect game against our team.

      • Whoa Bundy!

        Disheartening is the reds perceived lack of interest in playing this game, Cueto not included.

    • Joe Atkinson

      I feel like something drastic needs to happen to jolt this team to life. If being on the wrong end of a perfect game is that thing, then I’m all for it. Of course, if it sends them into a downward spiral, then much less so.

    • Joe Atkinson

      Also, I’m pretty sure you put the quotation marks in the wrong spot. You’re questioning whether or not we’re really fans, not whether or not they’re really the Reds.

    • jdx19

      For someone who claimed to be so successful in a thread a few weeks ago I have a hard time believing you can’t tell the difference between rooting FOR history and rooting AGAINST the Reds.

      I want the Reds to win. If they lose, I want Ryu to throw a perfect game.

      Get off your high horse and learn how to be a baseball fan or get the heck out.

      I know this will probably get deleted, but oh well.

  54. John Walsh

    The only thing worse than an offense so inept that a perfect game gets dropped on it….

    Is the fact that single solitary run he gave up was UNEARNED.

  55. charlottencredsfan

    Turner guy is putting together an AB.

  56. truman48

    This is as painful as it gets. I work with a big Dodgers fan who is sure going to let me have it tomorrow.

    • wildwestlv

      I actually live in Dodgers country. This would be very bad.

  57. wildwestlv

    Well, JC is giving Price some time to think about some substitutions.

    • jdx19

      Maybe Meso? He’s the best hitter against lefties on the team. Pretty silly he’s not in there tonight.

  58. charlottencredsfan

    JC is looking a bit spent.

  59. WVRedlegs

    Well, when they get back from this road trip, I can only hope that the hot seat Jocketty is sitting in gets the temp turned on to High.

    • jdx19

      He’s probably the worst “athlete” on the team.

    • Whoa Bundy!

      No. Bush league. Then everyone we love in the reds will get one in the ear hole.

  60. Whoa Bundy!

    Was that a big gut on Cueto or just his jersey tucked in a weird way?

  61. wildwestlv

    Anyone else think Dusty is watching this, wearing his old Dodgers uni, right now?

  62. Whoa Bundy!

    Ryu heading toward his own 16 pitch at bat.

  63. charlottencredsfan

    This needs to be Johnny’s last batter, he is out of gas. 111 pitches.

  64. charlottencredsfan

    Christ. If I’m Cueto, I’m demanding a trade.

  65. ToddAlmighty

    Wow.. I turned gameday back on, only to see Ryu 7 innings into a perfect game. How awful is this Reds team this year? Time to blow it up all up. Sell everything you can for prospects, find a new GM, and let see what we can do with a clean start in 2015.

    • jcredlegs

      Yessir. This crew has gone as far it is going to go.

  66. wildwestlv

    Let’s not destroy Cueto’s arm, to get out of this inning. Unreal.

    • charlottencredsfan

      No kidding. One thing about this Cueto fellow, he gives you every ounce of what he’s got. God, I love that guy!

  67. RedAlert

    This team is imploding on all fronts – not fun to watch

    • RedAlert

      When it rains it pours with this team – just can’t understand how Mr. C can stand by and watch this – and once again right on Q , bullpen puts the game out if reach

  68. doublenohitter

    Dodgers will get 3 more in this inning…now that the Reds bullpen is in. At least they will all be unearned.

    • hof13

      That run is earned. The assumption is an out at 1st, not at home.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I don’t think so. We’ll see.

      • charlottencredsfan

        You’re right, 1 earned run against Cueto. BS, but that is how they scored it.

    • VaRedsFan

      You’re thinking about when WE run on contact from 3rd

  69. sergeant2

    Reds gotta get out of this inning with no more damage if they hope to win. If they can break the ice against Ryu maybe they can score some runs. Go Reds!

  70. Whoa Bundy!

    Great to see a other team get thrown out at the plate on a grounder. I only thought the reds did that.

  71. wildwestlv

    Is Marty calling the game, tonight? Dare I ask?

    • charlottencredsfan

      Yes and he has kept it together a lot better than I could.

  72. jdx19

    Breaking News: Reds bullpen is terrible.

  73. charlottencredsfan

    Good old bullpen with the gas cans again.

    • RedAlert

      This bullpen is just downright brutal – yet no urgency by the reds front office to make changes or upgrades

  74. hof13

    Well …. only thing left is to see if the Reds can get a hit.

    • wildwestlv

      Pretty sure that’s what all of us are resigned to, at this point.

  75. ToddAlmighty

    The way Walt is hibernating this season, you’d think this was a 162-0 type team with zero roster holes.

  76. Bearcatville76

    I don’t think I can watch this team any more. Do they find a way to wet the bed in every high leverage situation?

    It’s ok though, they’ve proven their ability to come from behind especially when down more than 3 runs.

    • George Mirones

      “they’ve proven their ability to come from behind especially when down more than 3 runs.”

      riightttt

  77. Whoa Bundy!

    Let’s get a hit. Or runs. Or not.

  78. Paul

    Too sad… Come on, Ryu… Get your perfect game already so we can go to bed…

  79. Whoa Bundy!

    Long inning ruined ryu. Sho ryu ken!

  80. ToddAlmighty

    At least no perfect game. Small miracles, people.

  81. wildwestlv

    HA! We just made a crap-load of Koreans lose precious sleep!

  82. John Walsh

    Forget Greinke and Kershaw…

    Can you imagine what Bronson will do to this lineup? My head hurts.

  83. sergeant2

    Unfortunately overcoming a 4 run deficit for this team would be equal to climbing Mt. Everest. But hey, ya never know. Go Reds!

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Mes with a grand slam or win it.

  84. ToddAlmighty

    RBIs for Heisey as a starter. Can we stop mentioning that now?

    • jas428

      Love Heisey, happy for him, cheering for him but not sure he will be signed again.

  85. sergeant2

    4-1 Dodgers now, c’mon Reds keep chip chip chipping away, we can win this game. Go Reds!

  86. RedAlert

    Too bad the reds bullpen completely put this game ice – just sick and tired of it

    • kywhi1

      As bad as the bullpen has been, the misplays by normally reliable defenders had just as much to do with current deficit as the bullpen, don’t you think?

      • RedAlert

        Would certainly agree with that point

  87. charlottencredsfan

    Let Mes try to tie this up.

  88. RedAlert

    How bout Lutz ph here and move Todd back to 3rd

  89. charlottencredsfan

    Dodgers bullpen is better than the Reds’ but it isn’t very good.

    • vegastypo

      that happens in the sixth inning. you don’t think they go for the game, do you?

  90. VaRedsFan

    Schu instead of Bruce??? whatever

  91. charlottencredsfan

    Bruce has to be hurting or Price has lost it.

  92. charlottencredsfan

    BHam needs to come of age right here.

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Important at bat in his development.

  93. charlottencredsfan

    Billy freaking Hamilton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  94. Whoa Bundy!

    Should’ve cleared the bases.

  95. jdx19

    The one time that idiot at 3rd holds a runner…

  96. RedAlert

    3rd base coach costs us again !!???

    • jdx19

      The hold call was probably fine. Just frustrating that his terrible track record thus far would have actually been improved if he were to get aggressive there.

      He should have with Cozart coming up.

    • charlottencredsfan

      His first big time pressure-cooker hit. Way to go young man! Now, let’s tie it up.

      Ondrusek still throwing!!!!!!!

  97. sergeant2

    3rd base coach held up Schu. Why is it that the Reds can’t find a competent 3rd base coach. Why?

    • wildwestlv

      Yeah, but how would he have known the throw would be offline? Good throw gets Schumaker, there.

  98. jdx19

    BP needs to not swing at the first pitch.

  99. Whoa Bundy!

    Nearly impossible to walk Cozart. Amazing.

  100. sergeant2

    Wilson can’t throw a strike to save his life, the Reds better not swing. BP better not swing that bat.

  101. John Walsh

    I’m fine with holding Schumaker. He would’ve been gunned down. You can’t assume the throw would’ve been terrible. Schumaker was at third when the throw hit the cutoff man.

    • jdx19

      Yep, agree 100%.

      It’s just frustrating that the ONE TIME it would have worked, the 3rd base coach finally throws up a stop sign.

      • John Walsh

        That’s not fair. He sent Pena the other night. I think he’s getting better. I don’t recall any players getting gunned down the last few weeks.

      • jdx19

        I think it’s plenty fair.

        And “ONE TIME” is hyperbole.

    • kywhi1

      I agree. The Reds have already been burned several times this year by taking that very chance and the runner getting gunned down at home with a perfect throw. We’d have all been howling if that had happened again.

  102. Chris

    Hahaha. Charlie Steiner: “Brandon Phillips, probably the Reds most dangerous hitter, coming up.” Hahahahaha. Oh outside world, thou knowest nothing.

  103. ToddAlmighty

    That umpire just failed at his job. How do you let them just wait for two minutes between an AB and a pitcher change?

    • kywhi1

      And as the Reds’ announcers asked, how does the Reds’ bench just sit and let that happen?

  104. preacherj

    Don’t worry everyone, once we take the lead we have Ondrusek warming up.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Apparently this game is not too important. If Price sends him out there, I will have lost all confidence in the young skipper.

  105. Mister D69

    Respectability salvaged for one more day. That’s a pretty low bar fort he Reds to cross but I have come to not expect very much.

  106. RedAlert

    Time for this team to get a break !!!!!

  107. preacherj

    Dodgers had a perfect game through six, Reds have played bad defense, and they are threatening to take the lead. Baseball is a funny game.

  108. jas428

    Heisey will be removed from game. Betya.

  109. Chris

    Always looks like BP tries to pull every swing.

  110. VaRedsFan

    Jansen’s 97 looks faster than Chappy’s 103

  111. Mister D69

    At least JC doesn’t get a loss.

    • jcredlegs

      Sure he does. He was behind all night.

      • Mister D69

        Ah, you’re right. Wishfulness here.

  112. Chris

    Was there any doubt BP would be unable to get the job done? Any doubt?

  113. Jeff

    Geez thanks Brandon our best hitter. HA HA

  114. preacherj

    Jansen vs Ondrusek. Kinda like forest fire vs squirt gun.

    • preacherj

      Hey, we wanted consistency in the pen, right?

  115. sergeant2

    Reds gotta hold em, than one swing of the bat by a Redleg and this game is tied up. Go Reds!

  116. jdx19

    So, is Brayan Pena a better defensive first baseman than Lutz? Legitimate question here.

  117. charlottencredsfan

    Hamilton?? It wasn’t that long ago – about 30 minutes.

    • Chris

      Ya, I feel very confident with Hamilton at bat with the game on the line. ::sarcasm font::

  118. wildwestlv

    This Turner guy…came back from the year, 2112, to mess with the ONE game that would turn around the 2014 Reds season.

  119. jcredlegs

    This organization is terrible from top to bottom. Nothing in the majors nothing in the minors. And the Votto contract keeps them from doing anything. Gonna be a long dark decade folks.

  120. hof13

    Turner saw 25 pitches in two ABs. No wonder the Reds traded him.

  121. charlottencredsfan

    Just need 1 run to extend this game. Man, we are so due to have a great comeback win. Even the ’64 Mets probably have a couple.

  122. VaRedsFan

    Can Bruce at least PH for 1 of the next two?

  123. jas428

    The Reds don’t have a hit off Jansen.

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Only on a little league field. He has knothole power.

  124. Chris

    Why is Ludwick a starter??????????????!!!!

  125. charlottencredsfan

    Another pitch right down Broadway.

  126. Whoa Bundy!

    Ludwick is over the hill. Where’s Bruce?injured? Righty on the mound.

  127. sergeant2

    I’ll tell ya, Ludwick had some pitches right down Broadway, but was so far behind with his swing that the catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher before Ludwick swung the bat.

  128. charlottencredsfan

    All the pieces are now in place.

  129. preacherj

    Dodger defense is like Reds defense tonight.

  130. RedAlert

    Has someone kidnapped Jay Bruce from the park?

  131. charlottencredsfan

    Another Big League AB by Pena.

  132. VaRedsFan

    Mes needs to snap out of the slump

  133. preacherj

    Bernadina to run for Pena, I assume then Lutz would play first if needed, right? It’s not like we actually have a backup first baseman on the roster or anything.

  134. charlottencredsfan

    Devin, a single would have worked.

    • RedAlert

      Devon coming back to earth now after that hot start

      • charlottencredsfan

        IMO, just a case of being overeager. Seems like a really bright kid and hopefully he learned something. I was a little suspect that he could hit .400 anyway (smile).

  135. preacherj

    Hey, at least we are still ahead of the Cubs.

  136. wildwestlv

    What a long weekend. Go get ’em, tomorrow. Go Reds.

  137. Mister D69

    For the Reds, not being no-hit counts as a win.

  138. Paul

    First pitch swinging… Ballgame… Try again tomorrow

  139. John Walsh

    The ultimate waste of a night.

    First I get reeled in by the potential perfect game.
    Then I get reeled in by the potential comeback.

    How does it end? In the same old fashion. What’s that they say about insanity?

  140. RedsfanPa

    Darn…. (sigh). well, we’ll try again tomorrow

  141. Dale Pearl

    Brutal loss and a must win game. Though I give up hope for the season doesn’t mean that I will cheer for any other team! Go Reds! and to heck with all these losers on here cheering for the Dodgers.

  142. jas428

    No such thing as a good loss. There were some positives, including clutch hit by Hamilton. Superb defensive play was huge for Dodgers.

  143. kywhi1

    A grueling five hours and twenty minutes and nothing comes of it but more frustration. The best Reds pitching of my lifetime (and I’m 57) totally going to waste because of untimely errors and seemingly never a timely hit. Very frustrating to watch.

    • RedAlert

      Yep – almost know that it is inevitable if Reds are involved in a close game ( especially when they dip into those gascans in the pen)

      > would also be nice for just once if Price would put a half decent lineup behind Cueto when he is in the mound – getting to the point it is rediculous

  144. Michael J Hampton

    Defensive lapses cost the game, people playing out of position. I’m not sure that the ball Cozart errored, even with the infield in, shouldn’t have been taken by the third baseman. If Frazier is playing his normal position (where he had become quite proficent) maybe the error is not made at 1B early and maybe Todd makes the play at 3rd later instead of Cozart making the error. Who knows, I just don’t like playing multiple players out of position.

  145. sergeant2

    I’ll cut Mesoraco some slack cause he’s a rookie, but its been a constant bugaboo of Reds hitters swinging at the first pitch after the previous hitter was walked. Are the coaches not allowed to talk to the batter in the batters box to remind them to take the first pitch? Either the coaches are not doing their job or the players have tuned them out.

  146. RedAlert

    Never letting Bruce get an AB in this game at point where one swing could have wibit or maybe tied it is equivalent to not using all your timeouts alloted in a football or basketball game – inexcusable – can’t take em home with you Price !

  147. jas428

    Ludwick has taken lots of heat, but don’t know how you start Lutz over Heisey or Bernadina unless resting Hamilton or Bruce. If resting Bruce, then matchup won’t be good for Lutz. So why even bring up Lutz?

    • charlottencredsfan

      1st base. Heisey, Bernadina & Ludwick are not part of this team’s future. Lutz may not as well but I think it would be wise to give him a look. Let him play 1st for a while when Pena is catching. Could Lutz/Frazier be any worse than Frazier/Santiago? What do we have to lose??