Dust off those brooms everybody, the Reds are going for their first sweep of the season. The club is flying high after reaching the .500 mark with last night’s win and now look to finish off the Pirates in today’s afternoon tilt in Pittsburgh. Watching this team at full health and full strength has been fun and positive the last week or so. Let’s hope the Reds we’ve seen over the last week are the ones we see today and over the final 90 games of the regular season.

It’s an afternoon game so per Redleg Nation tradition, tell your boss to take a hike because you have a game to watch.*

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Fraizer 3B
3. Votto 1B
4. Phillips 2B
5. Bruce RF
6. Ludwick LF
7. Mesoraco C
8. Cozart SS
9. Bailey P

*Telling your boss to take a hike may have consequences. The editors here at RN have done extensive research on this action and doing so may result in: loss of job, loss of income, more time to watch the Reds, more time to comment on our blog, the ability to sleep in, stay up late, more time to impersonate Votto’s swing, more time to pretend you’re faster than Billy Hamilton, and time to dream about hitting a Chapman fastball.

335 Responses

  1. AO

    Out of town-er here. Is the weather going to cooperate?

    • renbutler

      Showers in Pittsburgh are light and sporadic at the moment. Delays should be limited, if any.

  2. preacherj

    It’s nice to see all of our projected starters actually starting. That hasn’t happened in too many games this season. Looking forward to a sweep! Hopefully the Brewers and Cards will cooperate like they did last night and lose again.

  3. charlottencredsfan

    Here is hoping Homer can bring the heat and a victory for the good guys.

  4. WVRedlegs

    Lets get this thing started. PLAY BALL !!

  5. Chris

    Just reviewing the NL Central standings thus far we are the epitome of an average team:

    Overall we are playing .500 ball. Oddly we are 17 – 17 at home and 18 – 18 on the road. Our run differential is -1 (wow) while the Cardinals and Brewers are 27 and 25 respectively.

    The good news? Our starting pitching is fabulous. And our bats are coming around. So there’s hope. We’re trending up!

    • the next janish

      I wish I remember whose preseason power ranking it was but I remember that he broke up the rankings into 5 groups with the Reds being 15th overall and in their own respective group.

  6. WVRedlegs

    Ludwick scratched, Heisey starting in LF batting 7th, Mesoraco batting 6th.

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Hmm.

    What do you know. Reds are off and running.

  8. al

    Has anyone heard or read anything about the Hamilton’s hitting as a righty? That was a nice double, but so far this year he’s been terrible, and that’s his natural side?

    Small sample size or something else?

  9. charlottencredsfan

    Right and think he has only been SWH a couple of years. 1 plus years in CF. Quick study, I’d say.

  10. charlottencredsfan

    As he learns the pitchers’ moves, it just won’t be fair. Stealing candy from……………

  11. jcredlegs

    I really, really hope we are finished debating whether BHam should be batting lead-off or not.

    • charlottencredsfan

      In a couple of weeks, we may be debating if he deserves a spot on the ASG Roster.

      • Vicferrari

        If he continues hitting at this pace and is leading the league in steals, I say it would be a crime to keep him out of the game. He might be the best base stealer in the league and I am pretty sure is acknowledged as being the fastest. .280 exceeds all expectations (especially considering his slow start)

      • jdx19

        He’s batting .356 in June. It’s a pretty easy call to say he won’t continue that. However, if he can stabilize around .280 to .290 then you’ve got an All-Star on your hands.

        Only problem is Gomez and McCutchen ahead of him in CF, regardless of what Billy’s stats are.

      • cincytww

        Agree with JDX OFis stacked in the NL

    • jdx19

      He’s doing well, yes.

      I don’t understand why you guys can’t understand the other side of the argument, though. Most of the folks advocating him batting lower in the order just want to minimize the impact his immenent slumps (everyone has slumps, and rookies are more prone than others) have on the offense.

      It’s very easy to say “Man, he’s the clear leadoff hitter!” when he’s riding a hot streak.

      What about when he drops into a 3 for 45 with 2 walk over a week? A seasoned, major league leadoff hitter doesn’t have slumps like that because they’ve developed the plate discipline to walk more often, so even when their hits are falling in, they still maintain somethign like a .275-.290 OBP during a slump. Right now, Billy’s slumps can’t be mitigated because he hasn’t shown any evidence of being able to work walks at even a league-average rate.

      No one has ever said he’s bad, and no one thinks he doesn’t deserve a shot to win the job, but winning the job doesn’t have to be done from the #1 hole.

      Caution, rather than unbridled optimisim. I think that’s the difference in our opinions. I’d LOVE for him to be our leadoff hitter for years to come. But, once he proves he can do it consistently. (And this recent, “hot streak,” if it turns out to be closer to the norm, then yes, you’ll not be hearing arguments from anyone else about it.)

      • charlottencredsfan

        Accept my POV as I accept yours. Just telling you what I observe and my analysis of him. We’ll see how it goes. Okay?

      • jdx19

        My comment wasn’t directed at you, Charlotte. Okay?

        I think that should be abundantly clear by the way I present my arguments.

        I was referring to JCRedleg’s implication that, due to Hamilton’s current hot streak, all of the people who have been urging caution with him (or batting him lower, really) have unbased opinions that are pure poppycock.

        I think it’s your side, not mine, who needs to work on accepting the other point of view.

      • charlottencredsfan

        “Caution, rather than unbridled optimisim”

        I guess. Not going to question your conservative approach and it is probably prudent but I’m not going to argue against myself either. Just different t personalities that’s all – all is subjective.

      • jdx19

        Good deal!

        The moment Hamilton gets his first inside-the-parker, I’ll probably be a full convert. 😉

      • Vicferrari

        I was all for bat Hamilton 9th, mainly to let him adjust. There just is no other lead off hitter, Votto made the most sense but I suspect too radical for most. What I have noticed he goes into minor tailspins, then actually gets better on his hot streaks.
        At this point there is no argument, he has made adjustments, I suspect pitchers will start respecting his power and he might be able to coax more walks- if he truely has what it takes.

      • Drew

        Many ballpayers have slumps like that…

      • Skatedog

        I understand your position, but if not BH then who? And I don’t think Votto is a realistic option. Even when or if BH slumps he’s better then any other option the Reds have. It’s not like others wouldn’t slump also.

      • preacherj

        While I agree in theory with that, I don’t think our current roster has anyone other than Hamilton who could consistently be in the leadoff spot. I’m not in the Votto for leadoff camp. I like him 2 or 3. What I said earilier in the season still seems to hold true: Either bat him 1, 9, or AAA; except he’s proving that AAA comment wrong.

  12. PhoenixPhil

    TV said Ludwick out from back tightness.

    • Dale Pearl

      I call that millionaire wallet syndrome. Baseball players never missed games for back tightness until their wallets became so fat.

      • al

        not true. back spasms have been an issue forever. sometimes they lay you out. difference is back in the day you didn’t know why a guy was out.

  13. Dale Pearl

    That was an easy inning for Homer? Was he inspired to outdo Kershaw’s thunder today?

    • Vicferrari

      I will settle for 2 runs over 7; very few of those this season from him. Has had a solid season outside of the first few starts and the one in Philly- he just has not been able to string the dominant innings an entire game.

  14. sergeant2

    FYI- The Reds @ Pirates is being broadcast on MLB television network. (regional)

  15. charlottencredsfan

    No one can claim Heisey doesn’t hustle.

    • Dale Pearl

      True dat hope the guy can break it out and see more playing time. I still think we havent seen his best.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Worst case if he is an extra OFer for a couple of more years, that isn’t a bad thing. My issue with Heisey is hitting. To me,it appears that many times he makes up his mind to swing before the pitch is thrown. Much like Drew Stubbs incidentally.

      • Dale Pearl

        I really wonder if our previous hitting coach tinkered to much with Stubbs and Heisey. Their woos are all to similar. I am not convinced that Stubbs new found success is all attributes to the Colorado high. Sometimes to many suggestions breaks a person psyche to the point where they just shut down on learning and go straight into regression. That is my fear with Heisey.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Extremely possible if not likely. Great point.

  16. PhoenixPhil

    5 down, 22 to go to be tripplenohitter.

  17. Dale Pearl

    Looks like Bailey’s velocity is a bit down but all his pitches are perfectly located.

  18. Vicferrari

    Reds need to tack on some runs, hopefully 1 run is enough the way Homer is going, but would like to see them rough up this lefty and wear out their bullpen, go for the throat

  19. charlottencredsfan

    Votto scoring here would be huge.

  20. charlottencredsfan

    Great AB by Bruce. Heck, 2 runs might even do it today.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Looking mighty important right now.

  21. mwvohio

    Bailey so far is having one of those games where his pitches seem to just find the bad part of the bats even when they make contact. That was not a bad swing by Cutch but the ball tailed in and killed all the power making it an easy lineout to Bruce.

  22. Kyle Farmer

    And now we are treated to Homer pitching with a lead.

  23. Kyle Farmer

    Good job pitching out of a little trouble there!

    • mwvohio

      Dem strikeouts, they are good. This is why advanced stats favor the guys who can get ’em.

  24. charlottencredsfan

    Bailey has really perfected his bunting skills.

    • mwvohio

      Might be the best bunter of our starters.. I can’t remember how well Leake does it but Cueto is awful and I don’t remember Latos being so hot.

  25. preacherj

    I really don’t like Barmes. I think we are the only team he hits on.

  26. Kyle Farmer

    I just cannot shake my bad feeling about this game. Nice play by Mes there though.

  27. jdx19

    To folks watching the game; was the balk a good call?

    • PhoenixPhil

      If there were ever a balk call, it would have been called on this play. Looks like he may have slipped and the ball didn’t come out of his hand.

    • jdx19

      The guy sure can hit. I think the Pirates have a winner with him.

  28. Kyle Farmer

    Love the fact that Price backs his guys up. Dusty would just be chewing on his toothpick.

  29. Kyle Farmer

    How many leads has Homer blown this year?

    • jdx19

      A lot, since he’s been incredibly unlucky on balls in play; this inning is an example.

  30. mwvohio

    What an aggravating inning. Only two legitimate hits were Marte and Cutch so far.

  31. al

    Man, what a nightmare of an inning. Hardly a single hard hit ball.

  32. RedAlert

    Get him out – he has totally lost it !!!!!

    • jdx19

      And bring in… Ondrusek? Yeah. Let’s stick with Homer. 4 nearly perfect innings followed by a bunch of weakly hit singles. I’ll take that over our bullpen (assuming it’s not Broxton or Chap, of course).

  33. Josh Henderson

    What a tough luck inning for Bailey. A couple of weak singles, a shot of his body, and a balk due to what look like a slip on the mound. Wow.

    • mwvohio

      If he gets the out here it’s a great comeback from a week’s worth of bad luck all in one inning.

  34. jcredlegs

    This inning is a perfect example of why Homer will never be elite. Too much of a head case.

    • mwvohio

      Head case? What about that made you think it was mental? He gave up a bunch of bloops, a shot off his body.. a balk due to him slipping mid-pitch and then Marte fought off a hard inside fastball and Cutch is Cutch.

    • jdx19

      Well said, MWV.

      That post above is why JCR will never be elite. 😉 (All in good fun, I assure you)

      • jcredlegs

        Trust me, I do not hope to be elite. Too many yahoos in the blogosphere to criticize me.

  35. charlottencredsfan

    Time to get to work Reds.

  36. RedAlert

    Seems to happen to Homer every game – dude cannot stand prosperity – always blows a lead given to him !!!

    • charlottencredsfan

      Every game is just a little strong but happens more then it should.

  37. George Mirones

    reds need a “brain” coach for Homer. Based on the past he should come back stronger in the 6th. Now if the offense can come up with a rally we get into Pirates bull pen.

  38. al

    Literally everything going the Pirates way.

  39. Kyle Farmer

    Talk about a freaking perfect bounce off the wall. Ridiculous bad luck.

  40. RedAlert

    Wow – What a time for a TOOTBLAN – guess asking for a sweep was just too much –

    • RedAlert

      More if just a bad break than anything I guess

    • Kyle Farmer

      Not sure that was a tootblan. Lucky bounce and perfect throw.

    • charlottencredsfan

      I can’t see 3 runs winning this game, at least I certainly hope not.

      Close the dang door Homer.

  41. jcredlegs

    And among the many things that bother me about Bryan Price is the fact that he waits way too long to send Pico out to talk a guy down when he’s in trouble.

    • jdx19

      What evidence do you have that a pitching coach going out does anything at all?

      I venture none.

      • jcredlegs

        Oh I know it does. Gives them just a little mental break from what’s going on. Just because you can’t quantify something doesn’t make it less true. I know that’s heresy around here but whatever.

    • Drew

      When would you prefer he sends him out in a inning like that?

    • George Mirones

      You may be right but my thought is that the catcher needs to make the first visit he is seeing the ball that Homer is throwing, unless Homer is so high strung that he just can’t deal with it.

  42. PRoseFutureHOFer

    Listening to the radio broadcast while I’m at work. The way Marty just called the Frazier baserunning blunder . . . THAT is how you call a play in the moment, as it is happening. Most broadcasters end up describing something like that AFTER it has already happened – with Marty, I knew Frazier was in trouble the moment he rounded first. I know people have their problems with Marty, but the man’s skill at play by play is undebateable.

    • charlottencredsfan

      +1. When the action starts, MB is on it with the best of them. Voice cadence tells you a bunch about what is transpiring on the field.

  43. RedAlert

    Whst r u waiting for Price – homer is done !

    • RedAlert

      Guess price waiting till completely out of reach

  44. preacherj

    Have I mentioned I don’t like Clint Barmes? Man, he’s annoying.

  45. charlottencredsfan

    Where is Price?? This is a very big game.

  46. mwvohio

    What is with this Bailey head case meme? Is it just people missing saying that about Latos so much that they’ve adopted Bailey now?

    • charlottencredsfan

      Not a head case but could it be a loss of concentration??

    • jdx19

      I think that’s probably closer to the truth than Bailey actually beinga “head case.” You know, beceause most head cases excel enough to become major league baseball players.

      • preacherj

        I’m not saying Bailey is a head case, but there certainly have been a plethora of them in the MLB.

      • jcredlegs

        His “stuff” is second to none. These meltdown innings he has are almost certainly of a mental nature. Call it loss of focus if you want. It all starts between his ears.

  47. charlottencredsfan

    Need an out by hook or crook. Pitcher up, just got to stop it right here.

  48. ToddAlmighty

    Reds should have known better than to score another run. 1 run is barely a lead. 2 runs is just asking to be blown.

  49. Drew

    I do love the sit at home psychologist who think they can tell by wathing a game on TV or even live the mental state of any player…

    • preacherj

      Well, I’M certainly turning into a head case.

    • charlottencredsfan

      “Head case” is probably just symbolism for, “what the heck just happened!!”.

  50. jdx19

    OK, I’m on the bandwagon now. Walk a pitcher and get the hook.

  51. RedsfanPa

    Oh boy….here we go…. Bailey….ugh

  52. RedAlert

    Inexcusable !!!!! Total lack of concentration

    • Alewitz

      I guess I equate losing it with “head case”, meaning he freaks out mentally, seen it over and over.

  53. charlottencredsfan

    That my friends is a mule kick.

  54. jdx19

    Rain delay? Maybe the water was making it hard to grip the ball or something. Who knows.

  55. ToddAlmighty

    I’m torn. If the game ends now, the Reds lose, but if the game continues after the rain delay, we have to watch the middle of the Reds bullpen. Not quite sure which is worse right now.

  56. hof13

    The rain delay may be a blessing…. if LeCure can get out of this without giving up another run. Reds haven’t had much luck against Locke. Pirates may have to switch pitchers when they come back next inning.

  57. preacherj

    Jeff Locke’s line: .100/0HR/0RBI. Just underhand the ball in the strike zone.

  58. RedsfanPa

    Yeah, especially since it looks like Lecture will be pitching…with the bases loaded no less. Yikes…

  59. CP

    If you were ever going to use Aroldis Chapman in the 6th inning, in the middle of June, this would be it.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Doesn’t LeCure have to pitch to a batter after he is announced? If that is not the case, then bringing in Chapman after the rain delay would be absolutely the best call Bryan could make. Let Chapman get a full warmup and preparation, just like preparing for a save, then have him finish the 6th and pitch the 7th too. That leaves Brox to pitch the 8th & 9th assuming Brox is healthy right now). This is a big game for the Reds and bases loaded with 2 outs pretty much defines an absolutely high leverage situation.

      • Dale Pearl

        I dont buy into bringing him in while we are already down. If we had the lead sure why not. Might as well leave him in to pitch the rest of the game if he has the energy for it

  60. RedsfanPa

    I don’t think Cingrani has pitch since Sunday…any reason they wouldn’t bring him in?

    • the next janish

      Besides not getting it done lately?

    • RedsfanPa

      He tossed 2 scoreless innings in his first relief appearance Sunday since joining the pen.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Rather see him come in with no one on base. Bases loaded is a completely different deal. I think a gamble is worth taking here. Let Chapman or Broxton pitch to finish the inning. If the Reds do some damage in the top of 7th, keep the pitcher in and if not, let Cingrani at it. Cossack has a great suggestion but I would not burn both Chapman & Broxton unless the game was at least tied after the top of the 7th. This out is c-r-i-ti-c-a-l.

  61. Drew

    The non use of Tony C to me is the biggest blunder Price and Walt have made to this point in the season. This kid needs…no MUST be in AAA working with Ted Powers and pitching every 5th day, not sitting in the pen on the ML roster pitching 1 or two innings every once a week…

    • Dale Pearl

      Reds biggest weak link is middle relief and the best pitcher to fill that void right now is Tony Cingrani.

  62. Redgoggles

    I’m a bit confused why not Parra? This situation is LOOGY territory if there is such a thing.

  63. charlottencredsfan

    Chris could get a lot of street cred right here.

  64. charlottencredsfan

    If Cozart can just get on and clear the pitcher’s spot for the 8th inning.

  65. charlottencredsfan

    Not optimal but sets up the 8th inning very nicely. Pen needs to hold the line.

  66. Dale Pearl

    You know the season isnt going well for a sports fan when you see several empty bottles of mylanta on the coffee table instead of beer cans

  67. charlottencredsfan

    Here we go – nice job Logan.

  68. charlottencredsfan

    Right man at the right time.

  69. Drew

    As long as Logan has outings like this every so often the Reds are going to stick with him throughout the season…

  70. ToddAlmighty

    So.. will it be the first 7th inning or later comeback of the Red’s season?

  71. George Mirones

    As long as they keep throwing off speed stuff to Clint B. he will continue to serve them to the outfield. Need to bust him inside with heat.

    • preacherj

      It can’t be a difficult formula: Every other team has figured it out.

  72. SrRedFan

    Does Pitt put the shift on Bruce? Think I would bunt…

  73. George Mirones

    The Pirates have 10 hits and have left 7 on base. Only 3 runs scored. Team defense has a way of leveling the field.

  74. preacherj

    MES!!!!!!!! I like playing a team with a bullpen like ours!

    • preacherj

      You’ve been patiently waiting to use that, huh?

      • ToddAlmighty

        Probably longer than he’d be willing to admit. Lol

  75. charlottencredsfan

    Mes-o-rock-o!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. RedsfanPa

    Sweet swing by Meso there! Nice!!

  77. User1021

    It’s the Mesoroco Horror Picture Show…..

    For the Pirates.

  78. ToddAlmighty

    Looks like the first Reds comeback win of the season in the 7th inning or later will have to wait at least another inning.

  79. George Mirones

    If Broxton can hold the tie, the Reds have top of the order in the 10th. The win probability meter show be leaning towards the Reds.

    • preacherj

      I’m sure there is some unbelievably complex stat abbreviated with both upper and lower case letters and a plus sign that could tell us.

  80. preacherj

    Hold on tight. I sure hope that’s not gas I’m smelling.

  81. ToddAlmighty

    Not good at all. 5 of his first 6 pitches have been balls.

  82. Redgoggles

    Wow, Snider hits well for a pitcher. :whew:

  83. charlottencredsfan

    I don’t care Billy Hamilton is the best defensive CFer in baseball. There I said it, sue me.

    • mwvohio

      I dunno, every time I think of center defense I have nightmares about Gomez robbing Votto.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Billy Hamilton is going to cause more nightmares than Freddy Krueger.

      • mwvohio

        I really really worry about Billy’s longevity though, guy just dives and slides all over the field.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Yes indeed, plays as fearless as Pete Rose. It is a very legit concern.

    • preacherj

      I’m sure there are some defensive metrics that support that claim…. And some that are diametrically opposed.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Actually as of this morning he was the highest rated by FanGraphs.

  84. preacherj

    Polanco. Swell. I’d love to see a ground ball to Cozy.

  85. Redgoggles

    Marte’s numbers against Broxton are, um, decent.

  86. ProspectCincy

    Broxton has not looked good the last two appearances. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him on the DL tomorrow …

    Using Chapman! (But only because Bryan Price has no one left other than Cingrani).

  87. hof13

    Crap. I wonder if Broxton is hurt. He barely got to 90 mph (if at all).

  88. earmbrister

    McCutchen. Swell. I’d love to see a ground ball to Cozy.

    • preacherj

      Proof that people sometimes read what you write…….

  89. RedsfanPa

    Brox is not sharp …. Shakey inning …

  90. ToddAlmighty

    Broxton looked really bad there. Hopefully Chapman can lock it down and the Reds can score a run for Chapman to shut down the Pirates in the 10th.

  91. charlottencredsfan

    I’d walk McCuthcen, Chapman or no Chapman.

    • mwvohio

      I’d throw him a first pitch change up, then high gas then it barely matters.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I just wouldn’t even mess around with him.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Chapman does not approve of your lack of confidence in him.

      • charlottencredsfan

        LOL. Don’t blame him a bit. No worries.

  92. Redgoggles

    Glad Chapman is still available.

  93. BearcatNation

    CHAPMAN: ALL YOUR BASE AND BALLS BELONG TO ME!!!!

  94. mwvohio

    Wicked. Both those change-ups froze him like a pond in January. Beautiful.

  95. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    as Brantley said, “That’s abuse”….way to go Chappy

  96. preacherj

    Wow. Way to bring an extinguisher to that fire. Now let’s score a couple.

  97. ToddAlmighty

    100mph fastball (ball), 88mph slider (called strike), 101mph fastball (swinging strike), 88mph changeup (called strike)

    That should be illegal with how nasty it is.

  98. renbutler

    Only the fifth extra-inning game so far this year. The Reds already had 12 through this date in 2013.

    • mwvohio

      He didn’t throw a slider in that at bat. 2 fastballs and 2 change-ups.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Both the announcers and Gameday list his 2nd pitch as a slider. It even moved like a slider.

  99. BearcatNation

    Credit to Price there for bringing in Chapman. He knew how important that at-bat was. Price seems so bi-polar this year with the bullpen. Sometimes I’m cursing him, then I’m praising how different he is than Dusty.

  100. ToddAlmighty

    Shame Votto’s AB wasn’t somewhere with like a slightly smaller centerfield.

  101. earmbrister

    heckuva AB by Harrison. Way to hang tough Chapman.

  102. ToddAlmighty

    Oh you know, 4 batters faced, 4 strikeouts. Ain’t no thang…

  103. hof13

    Question is, if the Reds get the lead, does Chapman go back out for the bottom of the inning?

  104. the next janish

    Time for an extra helping of relentlessness and grit.

  105. ToddAlmighty

    You know you’re in Pittsburgh when the people in the diamond seats are drinking Miller Lite. Ugh.

  106. ToddAlmighty

    That’s what happens when you burn a PH to bunt. Awful idea.

    • hof13

      At least Hurdle used the pitcher that is going to pitch tomorrow so didn’t really waste a bat doing it.

  107. VaRedsFan

    Cin Granny as per Bucs announcer

  108. BearcatNation

    Way to grind it out Tony. Nice job kid!

  109. the next janish

    I hope he snarled on that last pitch! Relentless, now lets get it done.

  110. RedsfanPa

    Wow…the way that inning started, wasn’t sure he would get out of it… whew

    • ProspectCincy

      Maybe. Gomez threw a lot yesterday, even pitched on Tuesday. So he might not be available …

      Doesn’t look like Cincy is gonna win this in 12. Tough line-up comin up for Tony.

    • Redgoggles

      And, that’s one more than the Reds (after Tony).

  111. renbutler

    There’s just one tiny blip on the PIT radar — directly over the ballpark. Unless it blows up, I don’t forsee any delay right now.

  112. Chris

    We don’t score here and I think McCutchen makes us pay bottom half of the inning.

  113. VaRedsFan

    Cutch leading off vs Tony….scary

  114. charlottencredsfan

    Tony is due to hit a long one.

  115. BearcatNation

    Wow that was quick. At least make him work boys.

  116. mwvohio

    Weird, that’s the same pick-off move he has used all year and it was fine till now.

  117. ProspectCincy

    Pickoff every single time … terrible.

  118. ToddAlmighty

    Looked an awful lot like a step towards first to me.

  119. VaRedsFan

    I hate waste pitches…no chance of a swing…just tightens the count

  120. RedsfanPa

    Barmes has owned Reds pitching… gulp

  121. BearcatNation

    Yikes, here comes the walk-off walk…

  122. RedsfanPa

    Walking in a run….darn, crappy way to lose….

  123. VaRedsFan

    Tony throws his hat into the bullpen roulette wheel…he fits right in

  124. BearcatNation

    This Reds season. Man oh man. Its hard to have the stomach for baseball sometimes. Need a good showing this weekend to get back to .500.

  125. ToddAlmighty

    Bad balk, guy doesn’t even try to move out of the way of the HBP, and then a strike that’s called a ball wins it.

    Did the umpires just want to get out of the rain or something?

  126. Redgoggles

    Just can’t quite get over the (.500) hump.

  127. muttonlettucetomato

    That one hurts. Back under .500 again. When you are that wild, you are not going to get close calls like the last 2 pitches.

  128. jcredlegs

    Honestly, Cingrani belongs in Louisville working on his secondary stuff and staying sharp.