The Reds and Marlins conclude their 4 game series today in Miami. Despite yesterday’s loss, the Reds still have a shot at winning the series with a victory today. It’ll be up to Mike Leake to shut the Marlins hitters down. It may even be up to him to try and get a run across or score if the Reds want to be victorious.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B
7. Kris Negron (R) 3B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) P

Discuss the game here! Go Reds!

131 Responses

    • Vicferrari

      Several must wins were already lost the past 2 weeks, the team is out of the race at this point and must win head to head games from here on out to even have a shot to get back in

  1. vegastypo

    Ha, on the radio pregame show, the Reds historian recounted a game in 1989 against the Astros when the Reds scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Man, do I long for the days of better offense!

    • NCRedsfan

      I was at that game. My very first reds game at 9 yo.

    • vegastypo

      The only thing I can figure is that Price doesn’t want to play both rookies Negron and Lutz at the same time, but with so many guys struggling, not sure it matters. I’d just as soon see Frazier at third and Negron at second if possible.

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        Probably wanted to give Pena a day off. Price doesn’t seem terribly fond of playing rookies (isn’t given a choice on Billy) but Lutz hasn’t shown much anyway.

    • RedAlert

      Knew reds couldn’t go more than a game or so without a TOOTBLAN – just unbelievable

  2. vegastypo

    Give us this day our daily TOOTBLAN….It just doesn’t get any better, does it?

  3. hof13

    Glad I turned on the game just in time to see a TOOTBLAM. Shakes head.

  4. RedsFanPetaluma

    It is unbelievable how this team and players refuse to make corrections ( batting and base running). How is this ?

  5. Jake

    Too much grit for one play, my tv can’t handle it

  6. SrRedFan

    Top first is a microcosm of Red futility- Hamilton after two balls tops a 2-1 pitch, Bruce tops the very first pitch, Todd after solid single tries to make something happen= Tootblan!

    I give up…

  7. Jake

    Keep hitting the ball like that, Bruce

  8. Jake

    We need to tack on the hits with a pitcher like this

  9. RedsFanPetaluma

    That a baby Jay……way to be a smart hitter..step that way and go tha way.

    • Vicferrari

      So glad he was not wasted in the 8th so if the game extended last night to 11 or 12 innings he could have came up in a key situation

  10. VaRedsFan

    6 hits in 3 innings…I’m beside myself! Go Reds! 1-2-3 Leake

  11. Thegaffer

    I know we have no one else right now but Mes cannot be our cleanup hitter. He is great hidden away in the 6 hole but is too much all or nothing for the cleanup spot. I would rather less power but more bat control for that spot.

  12. BigRedSaguaro

    team can’t handle good fortune

  13. RedAlert

    Looked like Todd should have stepped on bag first before throwing to home – mighty close to bag not to do that

    • Vicferrari

      Not himself any favors, 3 BB and an error- maybe he can get it together and give 7 solid, Broxton and Chapman should be relatively fresh

  14. vegastypo

    Kind of a typical “fall apart” inning brewing there for Leake, but that was an impressive comeback.

    • Vicferrari

      Does Leake have typical “fall apart” innings?, he seems to have good games when he does not give up HR’s

  15. hof13

    Leake’s hitting has regressed. I guess thats what happens when you watch Reds batters all the time.

    • Vicferrari

      I am amazed at how bad he has been since the April games against Pittsburgh, 4 starters have a higher OBP than him (if you count Cingrani)

      • Thegaffer

        He had an interview 2 years ago where he said he would get worse. He said the lack of minor league experience was the only reason he hit so well, as he hit regularly in college and played in the field on nonpitching days.

    • RedsFanPetaluma

      It looks like Bruce was mad at Steve Smith for sending him. Steve Smith AKA..most mediocre third base coach in history. My gosh …does Smith have any vacation time as a Reds employee. We all need a vacation from him.

  16. zwil

    Bruce looked real mad at Smith after that out. Looked to be chirping at him pretty good.

    • Thegaffer

      Maybe the players will revolt against Smith. I have 30 years of reds baseball and this is the only year I remember that a 3rd base coach had so many bad calls.

      • vegastypo

        There was some unhappiness here about Berry early last year, and the volume really went up with Speier down there, now this. Finding a third-base coach must be harder than it would seem.

  17. yorktownred

    Marlins third base coach doing his best Steve Smith imitation. Too bad the runner had more sense.

  18. George Mirones

    5 innings 1 run, 3 hits. Seems like Mike has been in trouble every inning yet only 1 run. I may need to check my TV.

  19. BigRedSaguaro

    Leake making Stanton look bad

  20. VaRedsFan

    you mean you’re allowed to catch a day game after a night game? Hopefully, Price can remember this

  21. muttonlettucetomato

    Nice outburst of runs thus far today… Maybe this team can start to get back to where it was before the all star break. Here’s to hoping…

  22. George Mirones

    6 innings 1 run. Nice job Mikey. I would think that this is the type of game you might rest a regular or two but the bench is already playing, so much for planning.

    • yorktownred

      At least a grand slam will not beat us…..yet.

  23. RedAlert

    Only kinda game I ever want to see Homerun Hoover in – 7th inning with a six run lead and nobody on

  24. BigRedSaguaro

    so from now on, Hoover pitches when we’re up 7-1

    • RedAlert

      I’m for that – as long as it’s from 7th inning on – and must be at least a 6 run lead (we indeed might not see him for the rest of the year under these circumstances !)

  25. Steve Mancuso

    Another tremendous start for a Reds pitcher. Best rotation 1-5 in how long?

  26. Ken

    Hoover had his best outing of the year. Trade him now

  27. yorktownred

    Hmmm…..never saw that coming.

  28. doublenohitter

    JJ Hoover gives up a home run in his second inning. That has happened far too many times this year.

  29. nyredfanatic

    Oh JJ… I want to like you… I really do

  30. yorktownred

    So much for JJ building up his confidence. Should have taken him out after 1 inning.

  31. RedLegHerrm

    What has happened to JJ Hoover?

  32. RedAlert

    Please DFA Hoover – raise your hand if you didn’t see that coming – second inning of work – I’m sick of seeing thulis guy come in and give. up runs – he stinks !

    • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

      That’s going a bit far; he was very effective last year and is only 26. He still has options; sending him down until September 1st wouldn’t be a terrible move.

      • RedAlert

        Well – there is no denying he has indeed stunk this year – yet they have refused to send him down – cannot out him in any situation with any amount if confidence that he will not give up a run or runs – he has completely and utterly imploded this year

    • Jake

      Why do we still even have him? We have enough people in our bullpen to get rid of 1 relief pitcher. Guy provides no relief whatsoever

  33. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    Shame; if Price had taken him out after one inning it may have been a confidence builder. Sometimes I don’t understand his thinking.

    Luckily we still have a fairly safe lead unless he sends JJ out for the 9th, too.

    • Sparky

      That second inning has been getting him in trouble lately.

  34. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    Great win and a good series; knocked the Marlins back and took 3 out of 4.

    Pitching matchups look good with Cleveland; about even tomorrow and very much in our favor the next three. Let’s get the Cleveland monkey off our backs and win at least 3 of 4. With all our injuries and misfortunes, the Reds remain very much in the race.

  35. RedsfanPa

    Nice W for the Reds, and a real team effort. Nice start by Leake. With 15 hits today , it was nice to see a more relaxed Frazier and Mesoraco at the plate, both seemed to be pressing lately with no one hitting. Nice to seeBruce with a few hits, and BHam doing his thing. On to Cleveland.