The Cincinnati Reds look to make it five wins in a row tonight in their second of three against the San Francisco Giants.

Tony Cingrani is looking to reverse a trend of less-than-stellar starts tonight. He hasn’t been credited with a win or a quality start since he pitched 6 innings of 1-run baseball against the Pirates on April 24th. With Mat Latos making what is believed to be his last rehab appearance tonight, Cingrani’s performance tonight may help the Reds determine who Latos will replace in the rotation.

Providing the run support tonight:

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Tony Cingrani (L) P

Go Reds!

260 Responses

  1. Ellis Henry

    Who would have thought that the two most valuable offensive weapons at this point in the season would be Frazier and Mesoraco?

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Let the Reds’ bats rain down on the Giants tonight and make Cingrani’s performance moot.

  3. Dale Pearl

    10 to 4 Reds win cingrani gives up 3 earned over 6. Bruce goes 2 for 4 with 5 ribbies

    • Shchi Cossack

      I’m on board the riverboat!

  4. charlottencredsfan

    That’s fun stuff & unreal.

  5. charlottencredsfan

    Pitcher is just a little distracted.

  6. Dale Pearl

    Does hatcher play a part in the lead billy takes? He needs to take another step or two towards second

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Horrible AB, just horrible.

  8. docmike

    According to MLB Gameday, only one of those pitches was even borderline a strike.

    • hof13

      Yes but after 2 were called strikes, you can’t let the 3rd go by without swinging. If the man says it’s a strike, its a strike.

      • docmike

        Yes, you definitely have to expand your strike zone with 2 strikes. The question is should it have gotten to a 2-strike count in the first place.

  9. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I had to look for something. So surprising, I thought I had to announce it here. If anyone knows who the batting coach with Colorado is, get them over here. Stubbs is now starting over there, batting 317 BA/360 OBP. With only 3 HR’s, also, it looks like he may have hung up the idea of just swinging for the fences and actually trying to just make some contact now, K’ing only 32 times so far this season. He actually has more hits then K’s this season so far. I’m as happy as heck for him. Just sad to see that, like EE, it took some more years of continued torment before they finally decided to do something different about their play.

    • the next janish

      Unfortunately for Stubbs I think they tinkered with his batting a little too much. I believe he had only 9 home runs coming up throughout the minors. And then boom hits 6 in the last two months when he got called up. I think they fell in love with the idea of him hitting with power and after that first full season why not, but the constant tinkering to turn him into what he wasn’t apparently didn’t help out after awhile. Glad to hear its going better for him.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        I could see that. However, given that it was the Baker regime, I would tend to think that it’s more like Stubbs, being a young player, fell in love with hitting the HR and, Baker allowing his players to do what they want, wanting to be a friend to them rather than coaching them, allowed Stubbs to swing for the fences, rather than teaching him, aka toying with him, to simply make contact and take advantage of his speed.

  10. docmike

    If you say so. I’m not watching it on TV, so Gameday may be off. They showed the 1st and 3rd strikes as being low and outside, and the 2nd one just clipping the corner.

    • ProspectCincy

      You can never trust Gameday … I watch the games both on TV and on MLB’s Gameday app and the locations are very different sometimes. Not just for the Reds, but for any MLB team.

      Pitches were good. Bruce needs to be better in that situation.

      • docmike

        Ok, that’s fine. I admitted that Gameday could be off.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Bruce didn’t appear that his first goal was hitting but trying to work himself in favorable count. Just one man’s opinion.

      • muttonlettucetomato

        I think he should have adjusted to the calls, but the 3rd strike was clearly outside and low. Like you said, he needs to know what’s being called but the drag is that when you give a sinker ball pitcher a low strike, it’s going to be hard to get any thing off of him but pounding it into the ground all night.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I know it’s me but so far I think the Home Plate ump is going a real good job discerning balls from strikes. Just think it was an unusually passive AB from my guy, JBruce.

  11. mikemartz

    Somethings wrong with my tv, I know Billy was on base but at the end of the inning it shows the score as 0-0 ??
    Billy must have ran so fast they didn’t see him score…..
    Sorry just my attempt at sarcasm 😉

  12. charlottencredsfan

    Vogelsong is painting the corners so if you see a good pitch to hit, go to hacking.

  13. charlottencredsfan

    Tony <40 pitches through 3 innings. Getting it done.

  14. charlottencredsfan

    What can you even say at this point?

    • jdx19

      Too bad he didn’t just pick up his 3rd base coach like little leaguers do… might have ended up on 3rd.

      • jdx19

        He literally turned his head about 140 degrees 4 times.

      • jdx19

        Not complaining too much… just hate to see how horrible this team’s fundamentals are, like using the third base coach the Reds pay a lot of money to.

  15. Michael Maffie

    trying to take third cost us a run. I wish we would be less anxious to steal as many bases as possible.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Yes, it was good to see him in the dugout shaking his head in apparent shame. He’s a rook and will make some blunders but you are spot on in your analysis.

      • Michael Maffie

        I’m not blaming BHam there — Im not sure where the call was to steal the base came from (but my understanding is that most stolen bases are called from the dugout).

      • charlottencredsfan

        I would think he has the permanent green light.

      • jdx19

        I hope some interviewer asks at some point. Would be nice to know if he’s got that fabled “green light!” 🙂

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        No chance Hamilton doesn’t have the green light.

    • jdx19

      Agreed. Especially third, since the throw is 37 feet closer than the one to 2nd. Gotta get a hellacious jump. Hamilton wasn’t even close on that one and the’s the fastest guy there is.

  16. al

    We’ve had the conversation here a few times about why the stats say that speed is better used lower in the order, where you don’t have power hitters.

    That was an example right there.

    • jdx19

      I think it was mostly just bad decision making. Runner was already in scoring position with no outs.

      It’s that old baseball rule that even most SABR guys still subscribe to: Don’t make the first out at 3rd base.

      • docmike

        I agree. Once you’re on second with no outs, stay put and let your teammates get you in.

      • al

        That’s true. But if he had singled, tried to steal second, and been thrown out (which happens sometimes), it would have had the same result: run lost.

  17. muttonlettucetomato

    Looks like Bruce and the other fellas did a little homework since the first AB. Nice adjustment to go down and get that pitch.

  18. charlottencredsfan

    Coulda/shoulda been more but I’ll take 2.

    • jdx19

      Yeah, 2 is always nice… just tough to swallow in an inning that included a single, two doubles, a home run, and a throwing error.

      • preacherj

        Yeah, that seems hard to script to only score two.

  19. jdx19

    Welp, Vogelsong is no longer on pace to break the all-time K record in a game! 🙂

  20. charlottencredsfan

    I love that Todd Frazier guy.

  21. jdx19

    Can’t stand the Jim Day/Thom inside joke with the “What kinda guuuuy is he?” Talk about taking something not funny too far…

    • al

      No kidding. For the last few weeks I mute my tv when they do it because it’s gotten so grating.

  22. hof13

    Id like to see Hamilton hit a ball down the right field line because they both can run.

  23. preacherj

    A little late to the party: I attended one of my member’s first t-ball game. He’s four years old. Had a blast. He was standing on first, and when the next batter put the ball in play, he ran directly into right field. The batter followed him My first thought: Kids didn’t do that stuff before advanced statistics got involved. Go Reds.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Wouldn’t mind attending one of your services – excellent sense of humor.

      • preacherj

        If your in Columbus, let me know. I have CD’s available as well.

      • charlottencredsfan

        If I ever find myself in Columbus, I will. Do you have any of your services on-line?

      • preacherj

        Wow. Lots of folks have been begging me to do that, and I said I would think about it. I thought I could escape by losing myself in baseball. I guess I will now. I’ll start looking up the info after the game. I understand mysterious ways and all, but sheesh.

  24. charlottencredsfan

    Next inning we should light up Vogelsong, the guy is teetering on the edge and looks pretty well spent. Been pitching in high pressure situations all night

  25. Michael Maffie

    Did Thom really just say that the fans at today’s game looked “bummed out” before they played the song Happy?

    Someone needs to tell our announcers to avoid pop music and go back to what they specialize in: ribs and ice cream.

  26. charlottencredsfan

    Come on Tony! Throw strikes.

  27. charlottencredsfan

    Lack of a reliable second pitch killed TC there.

  28. jdx19

    So much for Tony going more than 6 tonight.

    • preacherj

      My thoughts too. He’s got to be hard to pitch to.

      • preacherj

        Whew! Alright. That really made me thirsty for some more runs.

  29. jdx19

    For once I agree 100% with the announcers… if Bruce is going to bunt (this is the 2nd time he’s tried, I think) and actually try it in a game, he needs to keep doing it come hell or highwater.

    If he CANT bunt, then he needs to stop trying.

    It’s gotta be 1 or the other.

  30. preacherj

    Did I just hear that right? Padres are up over the Buccos 3-2 and only have one hit?

  31. charlottencredsfan

    That was hit a longgggggggggggggggg way.

    • jdx19

      By a Neftali Soto caliber hitter, but with less power.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Morse is a true power bat.

  32. charlottencredsfan

    Boy oh boy, that was quick.

  33. preacherj

    Hey, where are we going, and why are we in this hand basket?

  34. preacherj

    Why would you show bunt here? He’s getting hit HARD.

  35. RedLegHerrm

    Latos was pulled from the Bats game with an ‘inconclusive injury.’ Was apparently seen throwing his glove in the dugout after exiting. Not good.

      • RedLegHerrm

        According to Latos’ wife on Twitter, it was simply his calf cramping up. Took him out as a precaution.

      • docmike

        Thank you Dallas Latos. I can rest easier now.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Wife just tweeted it was a calf cramp.

  36. charlottencredsfan

    Ondru “throwing up” in the pen.

  37. docmike

    Why didn’t Price pull him after the single? It seemed apparent that he was running out of gas.

    • jdx19

      Because he was 1 pitch away from going 6 innings of 1 run ball. Really can’t ever plan on 2 HR in a 3 hitter span.

      And if he can’t be counted on to throw 100 pitches as a starter, he either needs to go to the ‘pen or AAA.

      • docmike

        After giving up the lineout, then the homer that was crushed, then a single that was ripped, that should have been the cue. I don’t care about squeezing another out from my starter, I want the win.

  38. jdx19

    He had 65 pitches at 4 2/3 innings.. and he goes 100 pitches at 5 2/3. Something about Tony. The kid just can’t take that step. Hope he does eventually.

  39. ProspectCincy

    Very odd today … Tony Cingrani was perfect in all six innings until 2 outs.

    What happened after two outs … IDK. The sixth inning was just brutal.

  40. docmike

    Bryan Price asleep at the wheel. Makes another mistake tonight, leaving Cingrani in two batters too long.

    • jdx19

      You really can’t fault Price for that. A guy had gone 5 2/3 and given up 1 run. He needs 1 pitch to get out of the inning. No way you expect Juan Perez or whoever that was to go yard.

      • docmike

        It was clear he was losing it. I don’t care what had happened in the previous 5 innings, I care about what was happening right then. And right then, he had given up 3 straight hard hit balls and appeared to be hitting the wall. The time to take him out is while we still had the 1-run lead.

      • jdx19

        Yes, it was absolutely clear that Logan Ondrusek was the right choice…

    • Kyle

      He was under 100 pitches and had given up 1 run. Just didn’t make the pitches. I can’t blame Price for that. You’d wear out your bullpen if you yanked a starter anytime he got into the smallest hint of trouble.

      • docmike

        Sorry, but you can’t treat all your starters the same. If it’s Cueto I absolutely leave him in. If it’s Bailey or Leake I probably leave him in too. If it’s Cingrani, who is usually only good for 5 or 6 innings, you have a much shorter leash. One extra out from your bullpen is not going to kill anybody.

      • Kyle

        Assuming they get the out. Vogelsong crushed the ball off Ondrusek for the third out. There is no crystal ball in the dugout. I disagree that Price made a mistake here.

      • docmike

        Who says I wanted Ondru in there? Seems like a perfect spot for LeCure.

        Besides, I’m not going to say Price didn’t make a mistake by leaving Cingrani in, just because he compounded that mistake by going to his worst bullpen guy.

    • Vicferrari

      Disagree, that batter was batting .079, Cingrani has got to get him out plain and simple, Ondrusek should not be in this game.

  41. sergeant2

    And to think all the damage came with 2 outs. I was hoping Cingrani would pitch his way off the hot seat tonight. So, what happens when Latos returns?

    • jdx19

      Simon still goes back to the ‘pen, I think. His arm won’t hold up the entire year. He ‘s not going to throw 180 innings.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I get it but TC just can’t do it right now. Simon gives you a chance. Just can’t see TC winning out,, could be wrong though.

      • jdx19

        I guess it depends on Simon’s arm.

        He will most definitely not be pitching well in August/September, in my opinion. Just a gut feeling, but going from throwing 60 innings the last few years to being a starter for the entire season seems like a bit much.

        I’d love to see him keep pitching well, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t see him being a full season answer in the starting 5.

      • preacherj

        I dunno. I think Simon can handle the workload. It’s not ideal, but right now I think it’s the best option. But let’s see if this ‘cramp’ delays his return.

    • charlottencredsfan

      I’m with MB & The Cowboy, Simon has the job.

    • ProspectCincy

      Makes no difference anymore … Latos is done for the year.

      • docmike

        Why are you saying stuff like this?

      • ProspectCincy

        Latos came out of the game tonight with an Elbow injury. Best case scenario is he’s shut down for a couple of weeks and we restart this process.

        But this is the year of the TJ surgery. We know what’s coming …

      • Steve Mancuso

        You seem to be the only one who says it was an elbow injury. Any source on that?

      • docmike

        Elbow injury? Again, where are you getting this stuff? His wife tweeted it was a calf cramp.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Gosh, that must have been the worst calf cramp in the history of calf cramps.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Until I see Latos and Votto on the field, I’m not counting on anything.

  42. wildwestlv

    Well, we just have to knock out Vogelsong now. Need some more runs, pick Tony up!

  43. Steve Mancuso

    If Latos left the game after 67 pitches and it was really just a calf cramp, then he may need another rehab start.

    • sergeant2

      Latos won’t want to, but the Reds need to do it anyway. (another rehab start that is)

  44. VaRedsFan

    Cozart need to get on…so Ondru’s spot comes up

  45. charlottencredsfan

    Skip doesn’t let Ondru go back out there? Does he? He can’t, right??

  46. enigma

    Was Price a security guard in a former life? He seems to be asleep at the switch a lot.

    Soon the first ball hit the stands, Price shoulda been on the mound with a handshake. Cingrani needs sent down badly. His confidence seems rattled. Still a great prospect he is.

    • docmike

      I don’t think the answer is to send him down either. He was cruising right along through the first five innings. I think Price just needs to have a quick hook with Cingrani. If he takes him out after the single to Hicks, he likely finishes with a line of 5 2/3 IP and 1 ER. Price just got a little greedy.

      • jdx19

        Against a guy who was 1 for 21 coming into the game. I mean, you guys are acting like Price left in a struggling pitcher to pitch to Mike Trout or someone.

        It was bad luck. It’s gonna happen. Should Price have pulled him? Maybe. But it’s not like it was an egregious mistake that everyone saw coming.

      • enigma

        What I’m saying is, I saw it coming.

  47. Ed Lambert

    Glad to hear someone else notice (even if if is Welsh ) that Cozart head dives into pitches. I’ve been saying that very same thing ( on this site ) for a month and wondered if anyone in the Reds organization had noticed. Maybe Welsh will pass it along.

  48. wildwestlv

    I think Ondrusek is using a new mitt. Maybe he’s turned some kind of corner.

  49. sergeant2

    I don’t think the Reds have much choice but to give Simon the starters job, he definitely has earned it. The 64,000 dollar question is can Simon handle it physically. I think we’re going to find out.

    • docmike

      No way Simon can handle the starting job the rest of the year. At most he could do it till the All-Star break, then he would have to go back to the pen.

      • charlottencredsfan

        You sound like real doctor.

      • docmike

        I am (but not a sports medicine doctor). Just giving my “baseball opinion”.

      • charlottencredsfan

        When you said “no way” I thought you might have some special insight.

      • preacherj

        I really don’t think Simon is typical. I think his endurance is far above average. It wasn’t that long ago he was a starter. But until we really see what’s up with Latos, it’s a rather moot point.

      • docmike

        He was a starter 3 years ago in Baltimore. But even then, he only pitched 115 innings. If Simon stays in the rotation all year, he will end up with 190-200 innings. I just think that’s too much of a jump in workload.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Agree Preach, his build indicates, to me, that he can probably pitch a ton of innings. Price has remarked about Alfredo’s rubber arm. If Cingrani wins it outright, it’s his job.

      • jdx19

        What does his large build have to do with his elbow ligaments?

      • docmike

        Nothing. Nothing at all. And that’s what worries me,

  50. charlottencredsfan

    Ondru is in a 1-run game in the 7th???

    • charlottencredsfan

      Like I was saying: Ondru, no worries! Got to be the new glove, west.

      • wildwestlv

        Told ya. He’s flashing the brown Spalding now.

  51. wildwestlv

    If Hunter Pence comes out, tomorrow, in bicycle shorts, is that a uniform violation?

  52. VaRedsFan

    bailed out on a shoelace high pitch…thank you Panda

  53. jcredlegs

    Good job by Ondrusek. Now let’s get some frickin’ runs.

  54. wildwestlv

    Need Todd back up there to work the count on Vogelsong.

  55. docmike

    I think everyone on here is being to hasty to dismiss Cingrani. Remember, through the first 5 innings he had given up no runs with 7 strikeouts. The talent is there.

    What’s not there is the stamina. And until it is, he just needs to be handled differently than, say, Cueto or Bailey. Price must be quicker to recognize when things are going downhill and get him out. If he stops getting greedy by trying to squeeze 6 innings out of him every time out, he will be a perfectly serviceable 5th starter.

    • wildwestlv

      You just have to be vigilant w/ Cingrani and recognize when the opposing lineup starts recognizing his high fastballs. Some teams figure it out faster than others. Frankly, I was surprised the hard hitting Giants took so many at bats tonight, before picking it up.

      • docmike

        Exactly. You give guys like Cueto a little more rope. With a guy who has not shown he can go beyond 5-6 innings, you need a quicker trigger.

  56. Kurt Frost

    Why is the third base coach even standing out there? They showed the replay of Hamilton after the throw got away at first and he was looking over his shoulder at the ball the entire time instead of picking up his third base coach.

    • jdx19

      I made a comment on this as it happened. It happens every game with Reds players rounding 2nd, it seems. No one picks up the coach and runs hard. It’s always turning around and slowing down. Fundamentals. Heh.

  57. jcredlegs

    When it comes to handling pitching staffs Bruce Bochy is the best there is. Bryan Price could learn a lot from him.

  58. preacherj

    Bochy has his entire bullpen warmed up.

  59. wildwestlv

    Bucs lost. Brew Crew are trailing. Cards up 1.

  60. AD

    Just no faith the Reds can come back. Hope I am wrong !!

  61. docmike

    Be a shame to lose a game because of goofy baserunning, and poor pitching management.

    • jcredlegs

      Won’t be the first time nor, I suspect, will it be the last.

  62. charlottencredsfan

    Don Zimmer has passed. Baseball has lost a great one.

    • sergeant2

      There’s not many Don Zimmer’s left in the game of baseball that’s for sure.

  63. sergeant2

    Wow! Sorry to hear of the passing of Don Zimmer. I don’t know that a person could love the game of baseball more than Don Zimmer. Rest In Peace Mr. Zimmer.

  64. sergeant2

    I wish the radio broadcast of the game was as loud as when the commercials come on.

  65. charlottencredsfan

    Okay there’s the break we need.

  66. VaRedsFan

    Hope this guy throws fastballs for Mes

  67. preacherj

    every game is a playoff game to Bochy

    • charlottencredsfan

      It does seem he squeezes every drop of his teams abilities out of them. JV doesn’t give up any ABs, Bochy doesn’t give up any games. Winning 2 of the last 4 WS isn’t too bad.

  68. Chris

    Bochy’s moves working well tonight.

  69. sergeant2

    Click yours heels together three times and say: There’s no win like a walk off win, there’s no win like a walk off win. Go Reds!

  70. jcredlegs

    Bochy is going to win this game for them. He is Exhibit A for how a manager helps his team in tight games. I hope Price is taking notes.

      • jdx19

        Whoops, not meant as a reply to you, Bochylover. 😉

  71. charlottencredsfan

    Pena looks like he has been playing 1st base his whole life.

    • ChrisInVenice

      I’ve been so impressed by Pena this year. You’re right Charlotte. Great play by a guy who supposedly hasn’t been there much.

      • wildwestlv

        Makes it even more puzzling, given how natural he plays the position, that we were dealing with that nonsense of moving Frazier to 1B and Santiago to 3B…at least I hope that all is in the past, now.

  72. charlottencredsfan

    Don’t look now but the bullpen is coming around.

  73. docmike

    Anybody else have faith in the bottom of our lineup? Me either.

  74. preacherj

    I did hear that right. Pads beat the Buccos 3-2. The Pads had one hit: a bunt single in the first. Pirates walk everybody. Crazy game we love.

      • wildwestlv

        Romo has not been pitching well, as of late. Beatable.

  75. Dale Pearl

    Looking back and second guessing price there was very little reason to send cingrani out in the six. It was his game to lose and the way he has been pitching letting him get 5 full innings without a run would have been huge for his confidence if he could have finished with that alone

    • docmike

      I don’t have a problem with him going out for the 6th, but he has to have a short leash. I wouldn’t have minded if Price had pulled him immediately after the first homer, but certainly he needed to be taken out after the hard single that followed.

    • sergeant2

      I felt so good early on that the Reds were going to win this game. But for that fateful inning where Cingrani could get that 3rd out I say the Reds probably win this game. Even though the Reds lost I’m encouraged with the way the team has been playing lately, especially the improvement of the bullpen. Tough loss but the Reds gotta bounce back tomorrow and get back to winning, and I think they will. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  76. wildwestlv

    Oh, well. We’ll always have a shot, with Mikey on the mound, tomorrow. GO REDS!

  77. AD

    Reds just cannot get a come back win….i can’t remember all year

  78. charlottencredsfan

    BHam’s youth and inexperience really hurt the team tonight.

    Let’s get them tomorrow and for the love of God, give Cozart a couple of games off.

    • Ed Lambert

      Wasn’t BHam’s fault , he was 3-4. Bad base running getting thrown out at 3rd but no one else hit tonight but him.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Trust me Ed, I’m not blaming the loss on Billy but that was one of the few bad plays he has made all year and I try to remain objective.

    • wildwestlv

      I was reminded of another Billy: Billy Mumphrey and his unbridled enthusiasm. It was his downfall (Seinfeld, “The Doodle”, episode 106)

  79. jcredlegs

    Just not a very exciting baseball team. No pluck no fight. Have they mounted a comeback all year? Oh well. Just have to start a new streak tomorrow. Go Reds!

    • docmike

      Come on now. The team is not lacking for pluck or fight. They just didn’t hit well tonight, and their manager made a rookie mistake.

  80. Ed Lambert

    Flat gave away that game. Mishandled pitching and No situational ( pinch ) hitting at the end. Really? Did Cozart have to hit? I thought Price was starting to realize how to use his hitters.

  81. SrRedFan

    Why not a lefty Lutz with HR power to PH for Cozart? Three pop-ups in the ninth… Give up much?

    • docmike

      Pop-ups mean the batter is giving up? Seems to me they were all trying to hit one out to tie the game up…

  82. muttonlettucetomato

    I would love to know the last time this team scored a run after the 6th inning (minus some garbage homer from Ludwick). This team is just not built for a comeback. Let’s hope Mike gets it done tomorrow.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Or the law of averages might say they have comeback wins due?

  83. jbemis44

    The kind of loss that defines a season. 4 of 5 is great, but losses like this show you this team is not going to the playoffs.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Doc, I’m with you.

        Guy shows up to make one post and this is it?

      • jbemis44

        Good point CHARLOTTENCREDSFAN. I don’t have time to post all game. It was a frustrating game. I don’t think I’m wrong, but I’ll keep quiet.

      • charlottencredsfan

        JBemis – Dude, I like your posts but we are all frustrated. Objectively, the Reds are playing their best ball all season, right now. Whatever you do, do not keep quite!

      • jbemis44

        7 hits in the first 4 innings with a walk and a HBP, and only 2 runs. Other team makes 3 errors, and only 2 runs. Fastest player in baseball gets thrown out at 3rd with no outs, the next batter hits a homer, and you lose by one. Sheesh isn’t the half of it.

      • docmike

        It’s one thing to be frustrated about tonight’s game. It was a winnable game, and I’m frustrated too. it’s another thing entirely to say this game shows the Reds aren’t going to make the playoffs. That’s quite the leap.

      • jbemis44

        Totally. Too worked up. Apologies. This is (winnable) one-run-loss number… yikes. It’s a prediction. I hope I’m wrong of course. I should just curse, move on, and keep my fingers still. My bad! Go Redlegs!

  84. Dale Pearl

    On appositive note the Reds have 11 players heading to all star games throughout the minors

    • Dale Pearl

      Even more positive 5 of those are coming from Pensacola including 3 of our pitchers ( out of a total of 12 slots)

      • docmike

        That Pensacola rotation is stacked.

      • Dale Pearl

        Thanks! It gets old hearing Jocketty depleted our farm system . Truth be told our scouting team is doing a fantastic job and deserves more recognition. We have plenty of talent that is on par to be hitting the majors right about the time Several of our key players will be ready for the majors. The Reds pitching in particular is stacked.

      • Aaron Bradley

        Jocketty himself answered a question about replacing an injured player with: “who would we replace him with?” this was the 2nd week of the season. Something is wrong if you don’t have back ups ready to roll in week 2.

      • docmike

        I agree, our scouting system does a great job. We have had a lot of success in recent drafts. But the talent is all at the AA level and below. The club in Louisville is barren of major-league ready talent, in part because so many of them have promoted the last couple years, and in part because Walt has traded away so many of them for Latos, Choo, Marshall, etc. We may not have anybody ready just yet, but the pithcers should be ready within a couple years, and the hitters not too far behind.

      • Tony Cloninger

        They have a couple of options to help the bench even more at AAA. Perez has been slugging over .650 in the last 3 weeks. I mean if you are not going to use Lutz to platoon with Ludwick, let alone 1B then get Perez up here. No excuse to ever send Cozart up in a tie or game where you are a run behind ….in order to hit vs a RHP.

  85. Reed Tom

    A tough game to lose with the Giants giving up three errors. But a win tomorrow will take the series.

  86. charlottencredsfan

    With any Bochy managed team if you give them an inch, they will take a mile. You have to play smart and treat it like it’s a playoff game. No shame in this loss and I would think this is another learning experience for Skipper Price. Mike Leake has been money and we should have a very good chance to take the series tomorrow afternoon.

    Go Reds!!

    • docmike

      I agree. Bochy is one of the best in the business. He gave a clinic tonight on just how to manage your bullpen.

  87. jcredlegs

    Twins win so no ground lost to first place.

  88. charlottencredsfan

    Royals tie it up in the bottom of the 9th: Cards 2, Royals 2 and still at-bat with a RISP and 1-out.