The Reds face the Red Sox in the finale of a two-game series at GABP. The pitching match-up is Mike Leake vs. Anthony Ranaudo.

Ranaudo (RHP, 24) is a AAA call-up for Boston, making his second big league appearance. His first start was against the Yankees on August 1. In six innings he gave up four hits, four walks and struck out two. He’ll face this lineup from the Reds:

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Kris Negron (R) 2B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Skip Schumaker (L) RF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) P
Jay Bruce was initially scheduled to play but was scratched due to illness. Remaining bench: Heisey, Hannahan, Santiago, Barnhart.
The Red Sox lineup features Mike Napoli in for David Ortiz, Kelly Johnson in place of Will Middlebrooks, Dan Butler catching for Christian Vazquez and Brock Holt at 2B instead of Dustin Pedroia:
1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
2. Daniel Nava (S) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Dan Butler (R) C
Go Reds!

119 Responses

  1. George Mirones

    I was thinking that eventually, as an opposing manager, I would start putting Devin on base if 1st is open because long term the 4 position hitters behind him do not pose a very consistent threat. We have seen this before with Votto when he was in the line up.

  2. Redgoggles

    Didn’t get a chance to post last night, but does anyone know the rationale behind starting the stats over for players who are traded across leagues in mid-year? I’ve never really understood it, but now even more so considering the frequency of interleague play.

    • Vicferrari

      the only reason I can think of is league leaders and antiquated ways, do they do this in any other sport?

    • jdx19

      Maybe something to do with having a different pool of pitchers to face, or perhaps the possible proximity of a DH in the lineup changing management strategies.

  3. WVRedlegs

    “Remaining bench: Heisey, Hannahan, Santiago, Barnhart.”
    Lord have mercy. And to think that the Reds front office and ownership are content with this travesty.

  4. sergeant2

    FYI- The Red Sox @ Redlegs game is being broadcast on the MLB television network. (regional coverage) Go Reds!

  5. Steve Mancuso

    Brandon Phillips just tweeted that he’s starting his rehab assignment on Friday.

    • pinson343

      Good news, but probably too late.

    • jdx19

      Nice to hear! I hope he doesn’t hit any snags.

  6. pinson343

    Hamilton’s bad throw cost a run.

    • Steve Mancuso

      His arm is inconsistent, at best.

      • pinson343

        Brantley said the ball seemed to slip out of his hand. Whatever.

  7. jdx19

    Unrelated, but interesting: did you guys know Votto has the 5th highest BABIP in MLB history? And Shin-Soo Choo is 15th? Pretty silly looking at the 2013 lineup in retrospect.

    • Kurt Frost

      Even though many people hate it, Votto seems to know what he’s doing with the bat.

  8. Jake

    Leake not looking too sharp, already giving up hits

  9. RedAlert

    Have a good afternoon nation / ain’t gonna stick around for a Mike Leake batting practice session today

  10. jdx19

    Ten of the 18 batters in today’s game with sub-.300 OBPs. Eight of the 16 non-pitchers.

  11. pinson343

    That was close at first, Holt can run a bit.

  12. Jake

    Cozart with a popup? Color me shocked

  13. pinson343

    Ranaudo started overthrowing with 2 on base but Cozart helped him out by popping out on 2-0.

  14. Vicferrari

    Leake may have had the last shot to get the Reds back in the game, he has had a bad year at the plate for him.

  15. pinson343

    Last shot in the 2nd inning, against this pitcher ?

  16. pinson343

    Good AB by Negron, this guy walks a lot of people if you let him.

  17. pinson343

    Pena swinging for a HR in a situation where a single ties the game.

  18. renbutler

    I guess Leake got another chance…

    • pinson343

      Exactly. And looks looks like the Reds have gotten some more chances.

  19. CP

    If only it was back-to-back-to-back Skip, Cozart, and Leake. Pretty decent chance that would have been the worst trio in history to accomplish the feat.

  20. renbutler

    Schumaker now 7 for his last 21.

    I know he’s struggled this year, and as a Jocketty pickup he’s a pariah, but I’m glad to see him contributing a little bit.

  21. Jake

    Alright Leake, time to stop throwing batting practice

  22. zaglamir

    Leake should be used as a pinch hitter more often. To heck with the “rules” about who a manager can use. With this bench, he’s legitimately a contender for pinch hitting duty.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Wonder if he can play centerfield.

      • lwblogger2

        Wow… So, you’re done w/ Hamilton?

  23. WVRedlegs

    BP is going to begin his rehab on Friday. How long will it be? 3 games Friday-Saturday-Sunday? And then off to meet the team next Monday in St Louis for that 3 game series? You know BP wants that but I wonder if the Reds keep him in Louisville and bring him back on Thursday to start the Atlanta series in Cincinnati. They can’t rush him if his hand isn’t ready. But I’d still like to see him open that St. Louis series at 2B.

  24. sergeant2

    That was a relief, I would have hated to see the Reds not score after getting a lead off triple.

    • Vicferrari

      Let that bum off the ropes, it is now or never as I do not have much faith judging by what last night’s line up did with the pen

  25. Jake

    This can’t end well with home run Hoover on the mound

  26. VaRedsFan

    Why Hoover? There isn’t the mandatory 7 run margin.

  27. Vicferrari

    would prefer an off Leake at 83 pitches, than a fresh Hoover

    • Vicferrari

      if 2 batters get on next inning, who would rather have in their Leake or any of the rest of the bench

  28. Jake

    If that was not a foul then I’m Leonardo dicaprio

  29. Drew

    Why did the Red Sox take down their second best hitter for a guy no where near as good?

  30. RedAlert

    Anther one run miserable loss coming – geeze – just hard to watch this crap -like Groundhog Day

  31. pinson343

    Ludwick stares at a fastball right over the plate for strike 2 and then swinging strike at a changeup. Easily done.

  32. renbutler

    Is Bruce at the park and available to PH?

    • lwblogger2

      Good question. Sounds like he was pretty sick though.

    • Dan

      Yesterday it was the top of the order. Today, it is the bottom. Got to use Chapman for those easy outs.

  33. preacherj

    Lets get some free pizza right here.

  34. preacherj

    Imagine all the pizza if Chappy would pitch more….

  35. jcredlegs

    I’m so happy Bryan Price didn’t use Chappy for a 2 inning outing last night so he could pitch today! I am so tired of that guy and his nonsense.

  36. zippy

    Again, Cozart hitting in a 1 run game in the 9th inning. Why? So he can intentionally make an out.

  37. preacherj

    Should have taken one for the team there.

  38. George Mirones

    Don’t anybody picked off here

  39. preacherj

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times: Free Cozart.

  40. preacherj

    Whatever Smith told Schumaker to do, do the opposite.

  41. zippy

    Price’s smartest decision of the week was the result of his player not being able to do what Price wanted.

  42. preacherj

    Look, if you can’t hit; you need to be able to bunt. One or the other.

  43. zippy

    This bunting idea really seems to be a good one.

  44. pinson343

    Bunting with 2 strikes ? Really ?

  45. RedAlert

    Nice effort Ramon – pathetic baseball – and Billy hacks at the first pitch

  46. zippy

    Reds’ players the Reds’ manager deserve each other.

  47. preacherj

    Two leadoff hits, and they didn’t move. I’ve seen this movie.

  48. RedAlert

    And there is your 2014 reds – first 2 men on and they don’t move because the reds are the worst fundamentally sound team in MLB – pack it in boys , it’s over – don’t rush back Brandon , no use

  49. Jake

    Unbelievable. We had 2 out there on base. Tying run on second with no outs and we can’t score. Frustrating is an understatement

  50. pinson343

    Santiago wasn’t even close to getting a bunt down the first two times. So … have him bunt again. Automatic out, runners don’t advance, rally killed against a very hittable pitcher.

  51. George Mirones

    Well after the first 120 games the reds are at .500 With 42 more games. I just don’t know.

  52. preacherj

    At least the crowd got free pizza. And we won the Ohio cup. And, really, isn’t that the important thing?

  53. RedAlert

    … As Walt continues to enjoy his year long 2014 siesta from being a GM of a Major League Baseball team

    • zippy

      What does he DO all day, anyway? This is something I’ve never understood.

  54. jcredlegs

    I have never see a manager this incapable of making a correct decision late in a close game. Bryan Price is as inept as they come.

  55. sergeant2

    On to Colorado and a sweep of the Rockies. Hah! Well, actually I guess you never know. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  56. zippy

    Someone please wake me up when Price is fired.

    • wildwestlv

      But…he used Chapman in a non-save situation. See? He thinks outside the box.

    • RedAlert

      Some of his in-game straregy is just brutal – really thought he would be better than this – just has not transpired into results – these one run loses are boardering on insanity