The Cincinnati Reds (16-17) are playing for a series victory and .500 record in the final game of this three game series against the Atlanta Braves (15-18). They are expecting sunny skies and a game time temperature of 64 degrees for the final 2015 regular season meeting between these two clubs.

The Braves are sending veteran lefty Eric Stults to the hill to make his 111th career start against Reds rookie righthander, Raisel Iglesias. Carlos Contreras was optioned to AAA Louisville to make room on the 25-man roster for Iglesias.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Eric Stults 4.84 5.08 1.8 4.8% 15.1%
Raisel Iglesias* 4.10 4.59 1.0 8.2% 13.6%

*Iglesias stats are AAA/MLB combined

Stults has pitched three quality starts in his last four outings. The only poor start in those last four games was against the Reds on May 2nd. In that game, Stults gave up 11 hits and six runs over seven innings, including a homerun each to Marlon Byrd and Todd Frazier. The left-handed Stults throws about five different types of pitches, ranging from his 88 MPH four seam fastball to his 69 MPH curveball.

Because of the rainout and doubleheader over this past weekend, Iglesias is back for the day to make his second major league start. He made his major league debut one month ago against the St. Louis Cardinals. He followed that start with his minor league affiliate debut for the AAA Bats in a game I got to watch in Indianapolis. Like his MLB debut, Iglesias was limited to 5 innings and a mid-70’s pitch count in the game I witnessed. He threw mostly fastballs and sliders with his pitch speed topping out at 92-93 MPH. In his five starts this year, he’s only pitched more than 5 innings and 76 pitches once. Two starts ago, he threw 95 pitches over seven innings allowing just four hits, two walks, and two runs against Buffalo.

REDS NEWEST RELIEVER
Today, the Reds claimed RH reliever Ryan Mattheus from the LA Angels. He was a valuable member of the Washington Nationals bullpen from 2011-12 (2.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) before having injury problems the past two seasons. He was with the Angels on a minor league deal (12 innings, 1 unintentional walk, 12 strikeouts), and only pitched one game in the majors this season before being designated for assignment. In his one major league outing, he only faced four batters, walking one and striking out two. His velocity readings are back to what they were in 2012.

STARTING LINEUPS
Cameron Maybin is back in the lineup for the Braves tonight:

  1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
  2. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
  3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
  4. Kelly Johnson (L) LF
  5. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
  6. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
  7. Christian Bethancourt (R) C
  8. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
  9. Eric Stults (L) P

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart returns to the Reds lineup. Phillips is out today. Cozart was questionable, but the Reds cleared him to play after batting practice. With the only one backup infielder (Kristopher Negron) starting at second base tonight, Billy Hamilton is taking grounders at shortstop this afternoon implying that he is the emergency backup infielder.

  1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
  2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
  3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  5. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
  6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  7. Kristopher Negron (R) 2B
  8. Brayan Pena (S) C
  9. Raisel Iglesias (R) P

BILLY HAMILTON’S FIRST BUNT HIT
Dave Cameron of Fangraphs.com suggests that Hamilton could improve upon that OBP if he improved as a bunter. Prior to last night’s game, Billy Hamilton led the league in bunt hit attempts. However, until Hamilton achieved his first bunt hit of the 2015 season last night, he also was tied for last in successful attempts. We all know that Billy Hamilton is fast. He has more stolen bases than 16 major league teams have in total. He has those lofty stolen base numbers despite the fact that he has a sub-.300 OBP.

Meanwhile, Redleg Nation’s own Chad Dotson wrote for the Cincinnati Magazine that there is reason to be optimistic in Hamilton’s numbers coming back up:

Don’t get worried about him just yet. He’s still only 24-years old. He’s still a unique player with a unique set of skills. He’s still a great defensive center fielder. He still very well might develop into an All-Star. And there are signs that he’s making progress at the plate.

In the meantime, it would be really nice if manager Bryan Price would drop Hamilton to eighth in the lineup until he gets things going again. And there is every reason to believe that Hamilton will get things going again, and soon.

BULLPEN
Fangraphs also has an interesting look at 2015 bullpen usage around the majors. While the Reds bullpen ranked dead last in bullpen ERA (before games played yesterday), the future looking FIP stat has the Reds at 18th overall. The main focus of the article was bullpen usage or overuse. The Reds bullpen has thrown the second fewest innings and had the second fewest multi-inning relief appearances. They also are one of the top 4 clubs in limiting reliever appearances on zero days rest. The Cardinals are way out in front of everyone in this category:

There is little correlation between the number of games with no rest and ERA at the end of the season, but the Cardinals are on pace for nearly 200 zero-days-rest appearances when no team had more than Cleveland’s 150 last season.

This early in the year, most relievers are going to have fresh arms. As appearances even out between the relievers over the course of the season, however, some of the production may creep up when teams are forced to turn to their less talented relievers. Conversely, if some of the teams with high innings totals at the moment can get a little more production from their starters, their bullpens could look a lot better when innings are given to those same teams; best relievers. The situation in Boston looks bleak, for example. Without better results from the rotation, the bullpen is not likely to improve. And with regard to the Cardinals, they’ve gotten great production so far, although lesser results are likely in their future.

ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES
The Reds announced current and former Reds participating in various 2015 All-Star activities. Jay Bruce and Eric Davis will co-host the charity golf outing and will be joined by former Reds including Ken Griffey Sr., Dave Parker, Tom Browning, Reggie Sanders, Ron Oester, Billy Hatcher, and Danny Graves. Participation is open to the public with a $6,000 donation to play.

The All-Star Celebrity Softball game will be played and televised on Sunday, July 12 following the MLB Futures game:

Former major league players Andre Dawson, Fred Lynn, along with former Cincinnati Reds players Aaron Boone, Sean Casey, Eric Davis and Paul O’Neill will participate in the game. Olympic Softball gold medalist Jennie Finch has also agreed to play.

Other celebrities are expected to take part in the game, but commitments have not yet been announced.

CASEY AT THE BAT
Sean Casey is getting ready for the celebrity softball game inside MLB Network studios.

R.I.P. DARRELL “DOC” RODGERS
Sad news today regarding Doc Rodgers fight with lung cancer. Rodgers worked for the Reds organization in several roles including minor league pitcher, minor league pitching coach, assistant to baseball operations, and assistant general manager. You’ve heard him on 700 WLW’s Reds post game radio show since 2008.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
After two very strong pitching match-ups, it will be interesting to see what tonight’s game has in store for us. I’m looking forward to seeing how Iglesias has developed in the past month and how that translate onto the major league field. Hopefully, no one else gets hurt tonight or pitchers will be forced to field other positions!

It should be a beautiful night at the ballpark with no risk of a rainout. Wherever you happen to be watching or listening, discuss the game with us here.

Go REDS!

153 Responses

  1. charlottencredsfan

    Boy, I wish I could share Chad’s optimism about Billy’s hitting. I do agree with him batting 8th. I have seen no signs that his hitting is improving and I’d likely be the first to jump at it. The bunting success will come, and only come, when the infielders move back; with all respect to Doug. I wouldn’t waste one more minute on Billy’s bunting prowess.

    Pete Rose has it right, Billy needs to work on hitting the ball harder. Line drives will lead to the promised land – above 100 mph.

    • tct

      I agree and I think the Reds wasted a lot of time this off season working on bunting with Billy. Every minute spent practicing bunting should be a minute spent practicing hitting. Line drives and hard ground balls are what will get Billys numbers up. He just doesn’t have the bat control to slap it around wherever he wants like Ichiro did. So forget bunting for now, stay back on the ball- no pulling out your front leg and taking a running swing, and hit the ball hard. Then run!

    • wdwrolen2713

      I agree with just about anything Rose says about baseball, and it’s not just that it’s Pete Rose but everything he says just makes sense. If Pete Rose could have a job that actually matters, the Reds would improve just from his insight alone. Agree Billy should focus on hitting, but do feel there has to be something horribly wrong with his bunt mechanics for him to be that awful at it.

    • jdx19

      The infield is never going to move back, even if Billy hits with more authority. Billy needs to be able to place the ball better. He needs to be able to get it past the pitcher on the 1B side and drop the ball half way between the catcher and where the 3Bman is playing if the pitcher falls off to the 1B side.

      He can have success bunting, he just needs to do it better! 🙂 Other fast guys get bunt hits with the 3Bman in, so why can’t Billy?

      • charlottencredsfan

        Love ya’ JDX but I disagree with every word you posted. No team plays as far in as they do against Billy, you see enough baseball to understand that.

        “He needs to be able to get it past the pitcher on the 1B side and drop the ball half way between the catcher and where the 3Bman is playing if the pitcher falls off to the 1B side.” – Sounds easy enough.☺, Sure why not, they can work on that for 2 months next off-season. Not a bad allocation of time.☺

        I could argue your first point but I’m tired now.

      • jdx19

        Yeah, we can agree to disagree on this one. Billy’s the worst bunter (that actually attempts to get hits) I’ve ever seen in my life. That’s why he doesn’t get hits, in my opinion.

        Try to relax! You had a long day. I’ll do my best not to get your hackles up.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Well he did hit .349 on bunts last year. Maybe he forgot how or maybe the positioning of the infielders is effecting his success. Who knows.

  2. wdwrolen2713

    I’d like to here more on this new reliever we got, at least we know it only takes Walt a month to realize something EVERYONE else already knew. ESPN magazine had an interesting article about how little Chapman is used by the Reds and how it shows an ugly fact that managers everywhere misuse their closers. Pretty big slap in the face for the Reds being called out, but every bit of it is true. Is Mattheus already with the Reds or is he just a minor leaguer. I find it hard to believe that he won’t be on the Reds soon. By the way, what happened with LeCure? I thought sure he would be back by now. Sorry for the rant, but there’s some game thread talking points.

    • Greg Dafler

      After the first couple weeks of the season, Chapman was on pace to have more than 100 appearances.

      The Mattheus claim goes into effect tomorrow & he will be in Cincinnati. Reds will likely send down Iglesias after tonight’s start to make room on the roster for him.

      LeCure is healthy but is in AAA.

      • ohiojimw

        Since they sent down Contreras for Iglesias, it is not out of the question they would send Villareal for Mattheus. Having Mattheus gives them the leeway to sit Iglesias after the start until he would be rested enough to relieve at the MLB level (obviously I am presuming Mattheus is seen as more desirable than Villareal.

        Also depending on what’s happening with Phillips and Cozart, they might need Villareal’s spot temporarily for an extra IF to give them a day or two more to avoid DLing one of them.

      • wdwrolen2713

        I hope dearly they don’t send Iglesias down for Mattheus because that would be idiotic after the game Iglesias put in.

    • lwblogger2

      Price said LaCure needed to get his fastball command back. He hasn’t exactly been setting them down in L’ville: 15 IP, 5.40 ERA, 9 H, 9 BB (in 15 IP!!!), 1 HR, 13 K. You have to expect an even higher BB% in MLB and guys are probably going to hit him harder when he misses in the zone. LeCure is another guy I really like but I don’t see him coming back soon.

  3. lwblogger2

    The only thing I really don’t like about this is Stulz is the kind of pitcher that gives the Reds fits. Throws a bunch of crap up there and does his best to let batters get themselves out. He’s very good at starting around the edges of the zone and then working outwards, baiting hitters to swing at his pitches. The Reds, as an aggressively swinging team, HATE guys like that.

  4. lwblogger2

    And Casey! How can you hit Shehadi like that!!??

  5. lwblogger2

    Sad news about Doc Rogers… Got to talk to him quite a lot. He was a good guy.

      • ohiojimw

        yes. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Doc. Like my dad a decade ago, he was a nonsmoker who fell victim to “smokers’ disease”. I think I felt a connection because of this and pulled extra hard that Doc could pull a longer term miracle out of his hat.

  6. Jeremy Conley

    Cozart is back and Phillips is out. I hope Cozart is actually healthy, since he’s batting second.

    • ohiojimw

      I wouldn’t be surprised if tonight and tomorrow are make or break for Cozart in terms of staying off the DL. If he can’t go tonight and come right back tomorrow that could be the deciding factor.

      Of course the situation with Phillips could also play into what goes down with Cozart.

      • Jeremy Conley

        Now having Cozart, Phillips, and Mesoraco are all hurt but still on the roster, things are going to get pretty tight.

      • ohiojimw

        that’s a big part of why I think it could be make or break time for Cozart. This will be his second iteration of being “ready” if indeed he isn’t, that would be a big set back.

      • jdx19

        Might see more pitchers hitting for themselves, or see a lot of Leake and Lorenzen as the first PHer off the bench if the started needs to be lifted in the 5th or 6th.

    • jdx19

      I’m starting to think Price lost a bet, or something, early in the year and that is the reason he batted Votto 2nd. Since he moved him to 3rd, it’s been the Byrd and Cozart show.

  7. Jeremy Conley

    I have to say, I’m really excited about Iglesias. I think he may end up being one of Walt’s better pickups.

    • msanmoore

      Gameday is showing those as sinkers.

      • msanmoore

        Gameday usually differentiates between 4-seam, 2-seam and sinkers.

      • Jeremy Conley

        Some people can get their 2-seam to mostly sink, some get more arm-side run, and some people can do both. What I’m saying is that there’s fundamentally no difference in those pitches, even if Gameday calls them different things based on how they move.

    • jdx19

      I think someone might have said “Arroyo + 6 MPH” during his first start of the year. That’s a pretty good comparison if it bares out!

      • Jeremy Conley

        Yeah, I remember one time Bronson said that he was getting too much movement on his 2-seam. I could see that being a problem at times for Iglesias.

  8. charlottencredsfan

    JDX, your comment in a previous thread:Just remember velocity isn’t everything.

    “The most line drive hits are generated between 60-70MPH (based on the 2014 sample of all measured balls in play), because harder hit liners have an increased chance of carrying to OFers to be caught. The lower MPH liners come with lower slugging than liners with higher MPH, but still the most hits.”

    I believe there might be a correction due: is this for balls hit less than 97.5 mph? Balls over 97.5 have the best chance of not being fielded? By the way, anecdotally it appears there are few “liners” between 60 & 70. Broken bats and ball hit off the end of the bat, etc. Please double-check so we can confirm.

    • jdx19

      I’m glad you brought this up. I’m an idiot. I was trying to recall from memory and got it completely wrong. Here’s the excerpt from the Tony Blengino article on FG that I was attempting to cite:

      “Once you get below 97.5 MPH, you actually have the best chance of getting a hit between 75-80 MPH then at any other velocity interval. Batters hit .739 AVG-.820 SLG on 75-80 MPH liners last season, while batting only .637 AVG-.825 SLG on 87.5-90 MPH liners. Problem is, the harder hit ones carry to the outfielders more often. Still, you’re batting at least .635 on liners all the way down to 70 MPH, and you’re still at .547 AVG-.579 SLG from 65-70 MPH.”

      Not sure where I got 60-70, but yeah… I wasn’t even close.

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/getting-the-most-out-of-batted-ball-data-part-1-the-basics/

      • charlottencredsfan

        No problem, I got rid of that link and couldn’t recall. Thanks for the clarification. Favorited it again and I’ll keep this time.

        Man, I was wrong on Byrd. Happily so.

      • jdx19

        I think we all were! Let’s just hope the true norm is closer to THIS than it was to THAT! 😉

        2nd most home runs in the NL in May behind the white-hot Bryce Harper.

  9. msanmoore

    Joey’s paid to do that, you know.

  10. Indy Red Man

    We have some hackers….Cozart, Votto, and Frazier saw a total of 4 pitches but we scored

  11. Vanessa Galagnara

    nice pickup for the first inning. I might have to jump onto the Cozart bandwagon if he keeps hitting like this through May. Maybe he is the answer to lead off? Certainly isn’t Billy until he unwinds.

  12. msanmoore

    Nice settle down inning. 25 pitches isn’t too bad.

  13. jdx19

    See, Bryan! Marlon is juuuust fine in the 5-hole! 😉

  14. CBD

    I am stuck in “braves country” so am forced to watch the Braves broadcast due to MLB’s stupid blackout rules. I am so sick of them complaining about the small, “band box”, excuse for a major league ball park that they say GABP is… whining about it yesterday and when Byrd hit his homer.

    I want to call them and let them know that the braves get to use the same dimensions when they are at bat too… as far as i know the reds don’t move the fences back for Atlanta.

    end rant

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah the Cubs just hit like 3 GABP homers and went 2-0….it goes both ways

  15. hof13

    Iglesias is pitching quickly and throwing strikes. Very impressive so far.

  16. Vanessa Galagnara

    what do you guys think of the Reds waiver wire pickup? Is he going to be Gregg’s replacement?

  17. charlottencredsfan

    The kid is featuring no-hit stuff. Hardest hit ball is 88.

    • jdx19

      The thing I’m most excited about the the upcoming batted ball data is seeing if there is something certain pitchers do (and may be teachable) that limits the quality of contact people make.

      • User1022

        I think there is.

        It’s called “movement”.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Like baseball crack for nuts like us.☺

  18. jdx19

    I think I might have a mancrush on Todd Frazier.

      • jdx19

        Indeed it does. On almost all his HRs I’m not sure if he got enough of it to put it out and it ends up being like 425 ft.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Thought that ball was going to be caught in mid-outfield. 432 feet at 104 mph!

  19. jdx19

    Wiow. Cozart and Byrd both murdered the ball. . right at Callaspo. It’s almost like the have bad lu… nevermind. 😉

  20. charlottencredsfan

    Hitting Stults hard. Very impressive.

  21. msanmoore

    Well shoot! I go out to walk the dogs and y’all let our boys score 3 more!

  22. Indy Red Man

    Todd, Joey, and Byrd on pace for 124 hrs

  23. Indy Red Man

    I’m so glad Marquis has all these starts and Inglesias has had 1 so far:) We have won several of Marquis starts atleast with a bunch of runs

  24. charlottencredsfan

    Is this the best start for a Reds pitcher through 4 innings? Just dominating.

    • msanmoore

      No, I believe Marquis had that no-hitter through 5 … you know the potential goat-farting-rainbow thing?

      • CBD

        this might be a unicorn farting a rainbow. hope it happens

      • msanmoore

        He won’t go the whole way no matter what. Hard pitch count limit. But if he holds this line through 6, color me impressed.

  25. jdx19

    Iglesias should be in this rotation on stuff alone. Sure, he’ll have the occasional rookie meltdown, but his upside dwarfs Marquis’ upside. Cueto, Leake, Disco, Iglesias, Lorenzen. DO IT!

  26. msanmoore

    45 through 4 … may get 6 out of the kid at this rate.

  27. msanmoore

    And then THAT happens to start an inning.

  28. Frogger

    Got to say Frazier has become one of my favorite players. Just a very good two way player.

  29. earmbrister

    Cozart picks right up where he left off

  30. msanmoore

    Slider with a nasty factor or 75 … sounds like a LOT of movement from our guy.

  31. Steve Mancuso

    The Cardinals don’t have a hit against Corey Kluber through 6.2 innings. He has 15 strikeouts.

  32. msanmoore

    Billy Billy Billy … really wish I was actually watching instead of just Gameday!

  33. Michael G

    While this game is sure a show optimism, I love the lineup with Cozart second and Bruce down till he regroups. Would like to see Pena a little higher.

    Also its about time the Reds claim some one, there is no harm taking shots in the dark for bullpen help as it literally can’t get worse and fresh arms are at least that, fresh.

    Final thought as I’m watching so far. While I think Marquis has been somewhat, gosh I hate to say it, acceptable as a 5th guy, Iglesies and Lorenzen have to be major players the rest the year. If we have to to work some magic due to inning watch so be it but come on these guys are ready and skilled too much for triple A.

    GO REDS!

  34. charlottencredsfan

    Great catch but Zack does the job.

  35. charlottencredsfan

    Just laying the wood to Stults.

  36. earmbrister

    Eric Young Jr., of all people, breaks up the no no

  37. msanmoore

    OK, no goat. At least not one with colorful gas.

  38. msanmoore

    1 hit, 0 runs through 6. He’s probably done at 79 pitches, but a nice outing for the young man.

  39. charlottencredsfan

    Have to believe the kid earned a ticket out of Louisville.

  40. preacherj

    Nice AB by Negron. Lay up a meatball to Pena.

  41. Indy Red Man

    I would take Inglesias out….let him go out with 6 scoreless because he’s def tiring?

    • msanmoore

      He’s on a pretty strict pitch count from what I read. I doubt we’ll see him again.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Me too. Let the guy have his night. Confidence builder. Why risk that?

    • jdx19

      Ok, now lets get him out!

      7 innings of 1-hit ball? That’ll do, Raisel. That’ll do.

      • msanmoore

        Oh yes it will! 5-0 lead and no Gregg in the pen.

  42. msanmoore

    Stretching him to 7? He’ll come closer to 100 pitches.

  43. hof13

    He threw over 90 pitches in a game earlier this year in AAA. I don’t have a problem with him going another inning – at least starting it and seeing what happens. With a 5 run lead there is some leeway.

  44. preacherj

    The announcers keep talking about the growth between his last start and this one. Not to be a wet Willie, but his last start was against the Cards, and this one is not. Granted, he’s got the stuff and does look better, but there is a danger of SSS and who you are pitching against.

    • jdx19

      Agreed. He’s the exact same pitcher he was during his first start. But, the other day i was thinking about how boring of an announcer I’d be, so it’s probably good they say stuff like they do!

    • hof13

      This is a very good point. I think he is better (by eye test) but how much better is hard to determine.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Maybe a combination of not having the first start jitters and the hated Cards?

  45. earmbrister

    Iglesias has had quite a night.

  46. preacherj

    Glad we got the kid some runs to work with.

  47. Kurt Frost

    1-2 with RISP is just not going to get it done.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Depends how you look at it, .500 isn’t bad.

      • jdx19

        Kurt is usually a sarcasm guy! I think this is one of those times!

      • Kurt Frost

        😃😃😃

  48. msanmoore

    89 pitches, 61 for strikes. If he can mature and keep that up to any degree we’ll be fine.

  49. jdx19

    Kluber needs to K Bourjous-Wong-Carpenter for the MLB K record.

    • jdx19

      I think it is due to the short-handed bench.

      • msanmoore

        I was thinking the lead and bench were the incentive to do it. Plus it gives him another taste of life as a starting pitcher.

  50. AARON

    I had some free time so I went back to look at the 16 losses the Reds had this year. I wanted to see how many of those were games they lost due to late bull pen issues, etc. I was curious to see what the Reds record could be.

    4/12 vs STL
    4/13 @ Cubs
    4/24 vs Cubs
    4/29 vs Milwaukee
    5/1 @ Atlanta
    5/10 @ CWS
    5/11 vs Atlanta

    So that is 7 games that were very frustrating and avoidable losses. However, this is baseball and tough luck happens (unless you are the Cardinals apparently) so say they go 4-3 over these 7. Not unreasonable had better off season moves been made.

    All of the sudden the reds are 20-13 and we are feeling a bit better about things. Baseball is a funny game sometimes and its amazing how close the Reds are to being in the top tier. Sad thing is, even with all that, they are still 3.5 behind STL. ha!

    • jdx19

      They could just as easily be 4 games worse if they don’t get all the theatrics in the first 4 games of the year.

      • AARON

        Exactly ! i was trying to take the positive approach. Baseball is funny like that

    • charlottencredsfan

      Hopefully, he is on a batter-to-batter short leash.

    • earmbrister

      A chance to rest the BP, for the first time in awhile.

  51. preacherj

    Looked like Hatch wanted a protest there.

  52. msanmoore

    Is his stuff as filthy as it looks on Gameday?

  53. preacherj

    Don’t know who this Cirriaco is, but he looks like a player. I really liked his approach, and he has some legs and hips that he uses quite well.

  54. jdx19

    That was nice to see! Fans giving him a standing O and him tipping his cap. I feel good for the kid!

  55. charlottencredsfan

    Wow. Really nice start. God, I hope they let the kid stay with the Big League club.

  56. msanmoore

    8 innings with 2 hits by only the PH guys. No regular player on outside of a walk. Very nice night for us as Reds fans. The future with this kid looks promising.

  57. earmbrister

    Thought Byrd had another one, per Marty’s reaction.

  58. RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

    If they are going to play Jay Bruce every day then he needs to be hitting no higher than 8th in the order. Absolutely clueless at the plate.

  59. Kurt Frost

    Send him back down so marquis can continue to start.

    • wdwrolen2713

      Youth and raw talent? Bah humbug, we don’t like those young whippersnappers butting in!

  60. preacherj

    Said it about Lorenzen, and I’m glad I can say it again: It’s nice to see Iglesias sitting between Pena and Cueto.

    • msanmoore

      Smart kid. He’ll listen and learn. He’ll ride tonight’s wave for a while.

  61. wdwrolen2713

    I was so interested in Iglesias’ first win that I forgot we won the series! Great job Reds, really helps to start playing more home games. Don’t forget we gained a game on the WLBs of St Loser.

  62. jdx19

    Joe Maddon just called for bunts to get a guy from 2nd to 3rd with 0 outs. My faith in the universe is shaken.