Final R H E
  Cincinnati Reds  (38-38) 4 7 0
  Chicago Cubs  (32-43) 1 6 0 
 W: M. Latos (1-0)      L: E. Jackson (5-8)
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Positives

For, I believe the first time all season, the Reds clustered their four best hitters together. The result? Their 2-5 hitters (Todd Frazier, Joey Votto, Devin Mesoraco, and Jay Bruce) combined to go 5 for 13 with 3 walks, 4 runs scored and 3 RBI. That will get it done, folks. Skip Schumaker also broke out the heavy grit sandpaper to go 2 for 3 with a big ol’ rib eye steak.

Mat Latos got his first win of the year on seven innings of one run ball. His velocity was down, but you cant’ argue with results and he’s been good since coming back.

Broxton and Chapman did what they do.

Negatives

Nada.

Not so random thoughts

As mentioned above, Latos’ velocity was not where it normally is. The best I saw was 91, but I missed a few innings doing bedtime with the kids. In any case, here’s hoping it’s nothing serious.

The Reds are once again over .500. They are now six games over .500 since their loss on June 10 (Joey Votto’s first game back). That’a a 9-3 stretch against mostly good teams. Interestingly, the Reds are one game over .500 against teams with a .500 or better record this year. After past complaints about them not beating good teams, that’s worth a little praise.

Speaking of playing good teams, heading to San Francisco tomorrow to face a very good Giants team. After that, the schedule really eases up. The Reds have had a rough first half with lots of games against good teams. Their second half schedule certainly makes a major run possible, but we’ll have to see.

As I type this, ESPN lists the Reds has having a 30 percent chance of making the playoffs. That ain’t good, but it’s a whole lot better than it looked a few weeks ago. Have hope my friends, have hope.

30 Responses

  1. Steve Checkosky

    “Speaking of playing good teams, the Reds will try to take this series tomorrow before heading to San Francisco to face a very good Giants team.”

    The Reds are at San Francisco tomorrow.

    • L.A. Red

      Wow…we must of been typing at the same time…you beat me.

  2. Vicferrari

    Reminded me of good Bronson in the 7th, do not think a pitch topped 90 and struck out the final batter with 75 mph curve ball. The way Simon and Latos dominated it makes one a little concerned for Bailey- so hopefully he comes through solid in SF as I was also worried about Leake.

  3. L.A. Red

    Correction: The Reds TOOK the series 2-1 and will Begin a new series tomorrow with the same very good San Francisco Giants team you mentioned in your recap.

  4. ToddAlmighty

    Negatives:

    Devin Mesoraco didn’t hit another homerun to set the record. Bench that slacker!

    • Vicferrari

      If he does not hit one tomorrow, I know he will be on the bench for sure Friday

      • Vicferrari

        Do you think he plays less than 32 considering he will not catch Cueto?

  5. SPRO

    “Reds will try to take this series tomorrow before heading to San Francisco”. Umm, Bedtime get to you Jason? I believe the Reds took the series, that’s 5-0-1 in the last 6 series!

  6. sergeant2

    I would like to think the Reds have paid their dues in the injury department, and will remain healthy for the rest of the season. (fingers crossed) Meanwhile the other teams in our division are just now starting to deal with the injury bug. For example so many Cardinal pitchers are being DL’d they could fill the wing of a hospital. There is a long way to go in the season, and many twists and turns on how things will play out for teams in our division. Its not far fetched at all to think the Reds could be in first place, or at least be in contention to win the division come September. Steady as she goes Redlegs, steady as she goes, maintain course. Go Reds!

  7. Vicferrari

    Really felt this was a must win kinda game as far as keeping the good vibes. Could not start off the road trip losing a series to the Cubs. Pretty bad game by the offense save one good stretch in the 6th- Cubs sticking with a bad starter too long. To me Shumaker has been a major disappointment but he stepped up today, picking up Heisey after a horrible AB.
    Game felt like it was slipping away, but Latos rebounded after a shaky 4th, so bizarre what happened Friday- makes no sense.
    Need a 6-4 road trip at least, I will take a split with the Giants.

  8. Robert

    Why does Heisey start? I don’t get it. He does nothing. He’s barely above the Mendoza line. Ludwick was playing well the last two weeks, and suddenly Price is back to platooning him. I understand using Schumaker in left against a RHP, but I do not understand playing Heisey over Ludwick. I know Ludwick had a tight back last week, but why wouldn’t Ludwick start tonight?

    • John Walsh

      Heisey is one of the most divisive players on the team. People either love him or hate him.

      I fear that he’s a bellwether for the season. Whenever people are talking about “freeing” Chris Heisey, it always seems that we’re struggling. (Remember 2011?) Not really relevant here, but an observation. Hopefully we’re not destined to trend water and eventually submerge like three years ago…

    • sezwhom

      Prior to last night’s start in LF, he had 20 AB’s in June. Think about that. Once in a while, you gotta give guys a spot start or two. I have no problem with Heisey starting last night. Trust me, barring injury you probalby won’t see him much in SF

    • VaRedsFan

      He did start the 9th inning rally with a 2 out hit just 2 games ago. After a hot 2 week stretch Ludwick is retreating back to his norm. I expect the 3 headed left field monster to continue…with Luddy still getting the majority of the time.

  9. Earl Nash

    I look at the schedule and the Reds need to do like the rest of the division and beat up hard on the East clubs in the next swing and hope St. Louis stumbles against the West.

  10. User1021

    A softer schedule coming up + Latos and Bruce getting stronger = Reds about to go on a tear. I can see them easily going something like 25-10 over a stretch of games.

    Optimism abounds.

  11. doctor

    Another optimistic positive: the Reds are now in 3rd place.

    Also, after that horrible start in 1-run games, Reds are now 14-15.

  12. VaRedsFan

    It’s a shame we will miss Lincecum…We have fared well in the past against him

  13. brmreturns

    Anyone else still concerned with Votto? OPS .799 since returning from DL (.393 SLG).

    Also, his H v A splits this year are reminiscent of a Colorado Rockie split:
    H = 27G , 92AB, 30H, 16XBH, 13 RBI, .326BA, OPS 1.096
    A = 27G, 100AB, 21H, 4XBH, 9 RBI, .210BA, OPS .607

  14. cfd3000

    Actually, I am a little concerned about Votto. He seems to have stopped pulling the ball and settled in with warning track power to the opposite field. He doesn’t need to be Mesoraco-ish with his hit distribution but he does seem most effective (and I suspect he would confirm this) when he uses the whole field and not just center and left. Right now he looks like the post-knee Joey who knew he had diminished options and made the best of it. I hope that’s not what’s going on and I hope he gets back to turning on the ball more. He absolutely blistered one (though caught) to left center in his first at bat Tuesday. I’d like to see more of that to ALL fields.

    • arizonareds

      I can get on board with the Votto in the 2 hole (it seemed to be going well earlier in the season), but in all honesty I am REALLY loving the Frazier, Votto, Bruce, Mesoraco combination in 2-5. I’ll take those 4 batting together in any order.

      As an aside, do you think Price is batting Frazier #2 over Votto purely based on his speed? It seems to be the only logical reason to have the hitter with more power batting in 2nd. Put your 2 fastest guys on the bases in front of your best hitter = runs.

      • Pooter

        I just hope when BP comes back he gets moved to lower in the order. I hope Price is assertive enough to do that. Perhaps this injury is the catalyst needed to make such a change.

  15. Grand Salami

    I hope Jay has figured out right field in AT&T Park. I recall a year or two ago watching one of the worst plays of his stellar defensive career as he badly misjudged the warning track.

  16. Grand Salami

    Hi-C and B level prospect for Didi back? I’d be all for it. Is that unrealistically cheap?

    • Grand Salami

      Maybe a more helpful and realistic target is Trumbo. He should be had cheaply considering his current DL stint. A LF/1st baseman with a lot of power. Pena subbing out there is less than ideal.

  17. Redsfan48

    Saw him touch 93 a few times, a lot of 91s and 92s. Also, I saw Broxton hit 95 or 96, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen that