The Cincinnati Reds will be looking for somewhat of a repeat showing of last week’s matchup that saw Nick Lodolo and Phillies starter Ranger Suarez face off. Both pitchers were outstanding, but the end result was a 1-0 victory for Cincinnati. After losing the series opener of the 4-game series the Reds hope to even things up in Philadelphia tonight. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for today’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan India – 2B Kyle Schwarber – LF
Nick Senzel – CF Rhys Hoskins – 1B
Kyle Farmer – 3B Alec Bohm – 3B
Mike Moustakas – 1B J.T. Realmuto – C
Donovan Solano – DH Nick Castellanos – DH
Aristides Aquino – RF Jean Segura – 2B
Stuart Fairchild – LF Yairo Munoz – RF
Jose Barrero – SS Matt Vierling – CF
Austin Romine – C Edmundo Sosa – SS
Nick Lodolo – SP Ranger Suarez – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Lodolo 54.2 4.12 1.57 26 72
Ranger Suarez 114.1 3.31 1.29 41 97
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Ranger Suarez’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Coming off of an 8-strikeout, 7-shutout inning performance against the Phillies in his last start, Nick Lodolo will be looking for a repeat appearance. He’ll be hoping to get more than one run from the offense like he did last time out, but that’s out of his control.

Opposing managers have done their absolute best to avoid sending left-handed hitters to the plate against Nick Lodolo this season. He’s gone three starts without facing a single one, and in the other eight he’s managed to have just 32 plate appearances against a lefty. The few that have been given a shot to face him haven’t done much other than draw a few walks. Right-handed hitters have found far more success against him, hitting .290/.384/.447. There’s not been a ton of power in there, but they are turning limited contact into hits at a high rate and drawing plenty of walks against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 219 55 9 0 7 22 62 .290 .384 .447
LHH 32 5 1 0 0 4 10 .200 .375 .240

Pitch Usage

Sinker Slider Change
Velo 94.3 88.2 82.0
Usage 57.9% 15.0% 27.0%

Ranger Suarez

Last week saw Lodolo and Suarez face off and they each picked up eight strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings of a game that the Reds eventually won 1-0. Suarez has been dominant since returning to the Phillies active roster on July 16th after missing a few weeks. In six starts that have covered 35.1 innings he’s allowed just four earned runs (1.02 ERA) while walking just eight batters and striking out 33.

While teams haven’t been as stingy with sending lefties to the mound against Suarez as they have Lodolo, they still try to avoid it as much as they can. And they’re doing so for good reason – they can’t hit him at all. Right-handed hitters find more success, but they aren’t exactly doing a ton, either. They hit for an ok-ish average against him, and have an ok-ish on-base percentage, but they don’t hit for much power at all.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 381 88 19 1 9 37 78 .258 .331 .399
LHH 99 18 5 0 1 4 19 .194 .235 .280

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 93.3 92.6 89.3 82.1 85.2 77.0
Usage 19.1% 42.6% 5.7% 4.7% 21.8% 6.0%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:05pm ET
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 84°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Graham Ashcraft, Matt Reynolds to the IL

Some not so good news this afternoon as the Reds announced that Graham Ashcraft was heading to the 15-day injured list with biceps soreness and that Matt Reynolds would be joining him as he was placed on the 10-day injured list with left hip pain. The team also called up T.J. Zeuch, Stuart Fairchild, and Chuckie Robinson while optioning Michael Papierski to the minors.

Reds sign Stephen Piscotty

The Cincinnati Reds have picked up big league veteran Stephen Piscotty on a minor league deal. He was released by the Oakland Athletics last week. Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com we have more on the Piscotty signing as well as a whole lot of roster moves that took place on the farm this afternoon if you’re interested in reading any of that.

194 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Nick Senzel taking ground balls.
    Bobby Nightengale says he could be a super utility player in September

  2. Jim Walker

    I look forward to learning if Romine is going to do the heavy lifting behind the plate now or whether Chuckie Robinson is the new Papierski in terms of playing time.

    The outfield situation should be interesting too. Are we going to see a straight platoon system or perhaps more of a rotation? If it is a rotation, is Senzel more equal than the other 4 or does he also sit 2 games in 5 or however exactly the math of 5 into 3 works?

    • Jim Walker

      And Old School has scooped me (maybe) as our comments pass each other in the cloud!

      • Old-school

        I think it makes sense. Votto is done for the year. Moose is done at 3b and while we all love solano’s bat, he’s not a 3b and wont be here next year.
        I could see Solano at DH 4 games a week, Moose at 1b, and putting Senzel at 3b twice a week, 2b once a week and cf 2x a week and DH once a week frees up the OF for regular at bats. Farmer plays 3b 5 days a week, DH once and rest once.

      • Jim Walker

        It could also in part be that playing beside or between Almora or/ and Aquino almost every day has exposed Senzel’s weaknesses as a CF.

        Next man up for CF, EDLC?? I was disappointed to see that in a plethora of minor league moves today, he did not get moved to Louisville.

  3. Redsvol

    we had better get another infielder or outfielder training on how to play first base if they aren’t going to bring up someone from AAA that can play it. One of Farmer, Senzel or Fraley needs to learn it asap. Moose won’t stay uninjured long “playing” every game.

    • Redsvol

      shoot, me too. Old School is on it!

      • Jim Walker

        I should keep an eye on Twitter while I am flapping my keyboard jaws 😉

    • Jim Walker

      Farmer is my guess. He has 26 career 1B appearances, including 18 in 2019 when he was a super sub type. He has also made 5 appearances at 1B this season.

      • Redsvol

        Good call, Jim Walker. He’d be my choice but given Senzels injury history and experience inside the diamond I can’t help but think he could learn it quickly and we may need it next year.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Aquino, Fairchild, and Barrero. Whats the Over/Under on Ks? I’m going with 7.5

  5. Kevin H

    Good Evening RLN… Alot happening and lets hope a victory this evening. I am in the corner of why not add and call up Williamson. See what he can do the next month+

    Agree as well with someone else playing first. No Lopez sighting since his 3 hit game. Just odd that he hasn’t played since if I am not mistaken.

    • Mark Moore

      Williamson might be an innings limit thing, a 40-man thing, some combination of things …

      As for Lopez, he obviously tortured DTBell’s dog after his multi-hit game. No other explanation fits the narrative.

  6. Mark Moore

    OK, it’s Pig Kicking Time!!

    Nice hit by Senzel.

  7. Mark Moore

    Notice to all … I’m going to lay off Mr. Moose tonight. No matter what happens … 😮

    • Jim Walker

      I was going to say Moose was officially the new Votto, playing and batting 4th versus a LH pitcher. What’s wrong with Lopez at 3B and Farmer at 1B?

      • Melvin

        For one thing, for whatever reason, David Bell protects Farmer as much as he can and probably doesn’t think he would like being moved to 1B. Who knows? One thing is for sure, for a team that doesn’t hit much, keeping Lopez on the bench makes no sense. Stick him in the outfield at times if nothing else. Make him the supersub. The old saying “If you can hit they’ll find a place for you” doesn’t apply on this team.

    • Old-school

      You sure? I wont hold you to that.
      Moose lefty hitting 4th? Solano righty hitting 5th? Solano may have extended that inning or done something with Speedy Senzel on 1b

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. Silence in failure. Celebration for whatever goes well. Tonight only.

    • LDS

      Right MM, and Bell is the best manager I’ve seen in all my years

      • Mark Moore

        No really, I’m moot on the Moose tonight 😀

        I didn’t realize you’ve only been a Reds fan for a brief time 😉

  8. Mark Moore

    Oh, and I’m completely down for an alien invasion tonight.

    • Kevin H

      Well, time will tell and if Chuckie Robinson gets in the game and hits a game winning Homerun then we all better run. As the invasion is on..

  9. Bet on Red

    So now we are stuck with our only for sure starter for next season. I think in addition to the trio, we can also count on Overton, but will need to get a FA for the 5th starter. I do think Jonney Cueto does fit the bill

    • Mark Moore

      He had to be pressing up against an innings limit. This is the first time he’s gone on the IL, isn’t it?

      • Bet on Red

        No, he missed a month and a half at the beginning. I think he is good for an Inning limit

      • Mark Moore

        Thanks for the reminder. Let’s hope the toll of his first MLB season is just getting to him.

  10. Mark Moore

    Fairchild and his .080 vs. Fraley LH vs. LHP is baffling to me. I mean, I know guys need some rest. But is that really the best line-up option?

    I know, I know … 😮

    • LDS

      Neither Fraley nor Fairchild can hit LH’ers. Lopez has a career .300 average against lefties. Though he had 3 hits in his last start so it’ll be awhile before we see more of him. But again Bell is the best I’ve seen so alls good

      • Mark Moore

        I’m assuming Lopez will never see daylight again. Otherwise, I’d have much preferred him playing SOMEWHERE tonight.

  11. Kevin H

    Call me stubborn its okay. I feel like we shouldn’t bring in a free agent starting pitcher. We have pitchers in the minors who can step up. I realize you have Dunn, Greene, Ashcraft, Lodolo, and Williamson and maybe Abbot… Not alot I know, but heck they had two pitchers who were under team control for this season and next season.

    They got a nice return for Mahle and Castillo yes, however now we are seeing the price paid with injuries to the starters who are left. HIndsight I know… LOL

    Be all in with the rebuild and who cares if they lose 120 games..

  12. Dennis

    The dummies at Breezeline Ohio are playing the SoCal feed instead of Cincinnati. Tennis, anyone?

  13. Mark Moore

    OK, AA … that was right in the Zone. The walk toward first was not warranted.

    • Kevin H

      That all right handed lineup is working so far with Aqunio and Fairchild… sigh…

      • Mark Moore

        Exactly … the aliens aren’t even in the solar system at the moment.

        Though the BB by Barrero may signal and alert.

  14. Old-school

    Fairchild literally moves his back foot 12 inches on every swing. Thats like 8 yo stuff…You squash the bug with your back foot. you dont have a moving back foot like its on ice skates. His back foot literally moved out of the box.

    • Mark Moore

      Lay off Fairchild … he’s only 12, you know (or at least looks like it to this aging fan).

  15. Old-school

    Barrero got his 1 walk for August.
    On to September. I’m confident he finishes the season with 2.
    Get me a prop bet Indy for 5 +. I’m feeling it.

    • Luke J

      Welp, you might want to rethink. He’s actually looking like he’s learning of late.

      • Old-school

        I’m the President of the Jose Barrero fan club.
        Sorry you didnt get the invitation.

  16. Kevin H

    Alert, Alert, Barrero walked ,Aliens are making contact… Over and Out

    • Mark Moore

      It’s a Level 3 (out of 10) since nothing came of it. Had he made it to 2nd ahead of the throw, it would escalate.

  17. Old-school

    Per Eno Sarris, Nick Lodolo has the best curve ball in baseball by a lefty.

  18. Moon

    Aquino, Barrero, Fairchild, Romine….really weak once you get past Solano. And Sandwich Solano with Moose and there is just not a lot of offense.

  19. Mark Moore

    I’m gonna need to take a brief walk. Y’all keep the aliens at bay for me, okay?

  20. Bet on Red

    Norad has confirmed that alien sightings were just infact weather ballons. all normal, nothing to see here

  21. Melvin

    Aquino blowing bubbles as he runs down the line and legs out a base hit. lol Maybe that’s the secret. Should have blown a bigger bubble trying to steal. lol

  22. Redsvol

    Williamson with what is looking like a quality start for the ole Louisville bats tonight. Keep it up young man- we need ya!

  23. Jim Walker

    Barrero 2 PAs, a BB and an out on a ball in play. Small steps and every journey starts with the 1st small steps????

  24. LarkinPhillips

    Barrero pulls at least one ball way foul or hits one of himself nearly every at bat. That is a huge sign of trying to pull everything. At what point does Zinter help him make a change? Same with AA, a hitting coach should be able to help these two make adjustments, not continue the same thing over and over.

      • Luke J

        That’s not fair. All reports are Barrero is putting in more time than anyone trying to make adjustments.

    • LDS

      Name the batter that Zinter has fixed. He has the job because he and Bell know each other from SF Giants. Remember, San Diego fired Zinter after 2017 because their team was one of the worst hitting teams in baseball. Who does that remind you of?

  25. Old-school

    Lodolo is getting soft contact AND strikeouts and pitch efficiency.
    Best 5 innings I’ve seen a reds pitcher pitch since Castillo but Castillo wasnt pitch efficient. He was just a horse pounding away in the 8th inning at 110 pitches.

    Overton had some great starts with soft contact and pitch efficiency but not nasty stuff or K’s . Green has had some good starts but no pitch efficiency and Ashcraft hasn’t had the K’s. Mahle had some great starts but no pitch efficiency.

    Phillies look really uncomfortable in the batters box.

  26. Mark Moore

    I’m back. My wife described the game as “ping pong” so far. Maybe we can step it up here. Sounds like Lodolo is having himself a career kind of night (for his very young career).

  27. Jim Walker

    So, while this pitcher’s duel moves ever closer to the arrival of the Reds pen, what do folks think about the announcement today that Arte Moreno has put his controlling interest in the LAAoA up for sale?

    Does it stroke any hopes about the Reds ownership maybe following suite?

    • Redsvol

      My thought is Moreno has decided that he can’t be successful at it so why keep trying. He keeps bringing in free agent after free agent for beaucoup bucks and can’t even make the playoffs. It’s has to be maddening to spend so much, have 2 of the top 5 talents in the league and still not able to even make playoffs.

  28. Indy Red Man

    Love how Moose related to the common man there! Spot on impression of a guy coming out of a bar at 2Am

  29. Redsvol

    Lodolo with 59 pitches thru 5 innings. When is the last time we’ve had a pitcher get thru 5 with less than 60 pitches? Probably wade Miley if I had to guess.

  30. Mark Moore

    Big double and a really nice bunt by Senzel. Hope he didn’t tweak anything on that tumble.

  31. Mark Moore

    Job #1 … don’t hit a ground ball … unless it squeaks through that way!

    That works.

    • earmbrister

      3M batting .286 in his last 7 games. Lol, unfortunately the season is longer than a week.

  32. Mark Moore

    OK, Kevin … I’m thinking we’re at alert level 6 now. The Aliens are on the perimeter of our solar system and moving inward.

    If AA gets it done, I do believe they are coming.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s an escalation to Level 8 in my book.

    • Kevin H

      He walked, they are coming.. run for your life, or fix them lunch. Lol

  33. Redsvol

    How does farmer not score on that. Should have been half way to third. Eric Davis please teach these reds how to run the bases.

    • Mark Moore

      He was tagging up. Cowboy and Thrall explained it.

  34. Old-school

    Aquino walks with the bases loaded, I’m headed to the bunker in West Virginia.

    • Jim Walker

      And it looked for all the world after he just missed that 1st pitch, they essentially pitched around him rather than risk anything elevated enough for him to possibly get his bat on.

  35. Bet on Red

    aquino on twice already tonight with an RBI… not a bad day

  36. Jim Walker

    Where is Beldar (Conehead) when the world needs him?!!

  37. Bet on Red

    NORAD has picked something up in Orbit

  38. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking Fraley would have at least hit a Sac Fly … or the MIA Lopez.

  39. Old-school

    It’s been nice knowing you all.
    The apocalypse is here
    Barrero walks twice.

    • earmbrister

      This game is turning into a walk in the park.

    • Jim Walker

      And in the same inning Aquino also walked!!! End times!

  40. Bet on Red

    Berroeros walks in a run as well….. multiple landing craft sited

  41. LarkinPhillips

    Since I complained about both earlier, I have to give credit to AA and Barrero for walking there.

  42. Mark Moore

    Ranger Danger! Ranger Danger!

    Cowboy offering up the “two most unlikely candidates” have walked with the bases loaded.

    Invasion is full on. Close up the mountain. Alert Level 10 … DEFCON 5.

  43. Ryan

    Fourth in the NL in batting is former Red Jose Iglesias, who Marty called the best defensive SS he’d ever seen. So glad the Reds didn’t resign him.

    • KDAVIS

      Ryan,

      I always thought the Reds made a mistake in not resigning him. The knock by some on this board is that he didn’t take a lot of walks. Thus low on base percentage. But he is a good SS and he doesn’t strike out a lot.

  44. Redsvol

    Aquino and barerro on base a lot tonight. Maybe there is a Santa clause. Or a hitting coach in Cincinnati.

  45. Bet on Red

    ahhhh, was sniffing a no hitter there…. not anymore

    • Mark Moore

      A no-no definitely would have resulted in the apocalypse.

  46. Mark Moore

    Still …

    Three runs and Lodolo appears to be ON IT tonight.

  47. Mark Moore

    Schwarber having an ugly outing. I like seeing that, personally.

    • Old-school

      kyleschwarberfrommiddletown has had a tough 2 days

  48. Kevin H

    Alien spotted, I am offering the peace sign. Not sure what will happen. Another walk to Barrero may set them off

  49. Mark Moore

    Didn’t we see this out of Lodolo another time he had to sit for an extended time between his innings?

  50. Mark Moore

    OK, no-no and shut out are things of the past. Now let’s wrap up this inning and get back to Crooked Number work. GIDP, please.

  51. Mark Moore

    Aliens have made a U-turn … our hopes, slim as they always are, have been dashed.

  52. Dennis Westrick

    Good ol’ Bell, always one batter too late! And, this from a manager who loves using the bullpen!

  53. Kevin H

    I disagree, the young pitchers need to be in these situations and learn to get out of the situations. I have no issues.. Just didn’t work this time.

  54. Jim Walker

    Over/ under Almora catches that Realmutto flyball?

      • VaRedsFan

        It was a bad angle….but i don’t think it mattered…IMO

    • VaRedsFan

      I don’t think he gets that one. But there was one last night where Senzel blatantly pulled up too early, as he thought it was off the wall, but it landed on the middle warning track.

    • Old-school

      Almora doesnt have a chance or billy Hamilton for that matter.

      Phil Ervin absolutely.

  55. Dennis Westrick

    At least Atlanta is ahead of the Pie-Rats by 5 runs!

  56. Old-school

    We are all back to normal.

    Relax the warnings.

    Reds pitchers cant get thru 3rd time in the order… no bullpen.

    I’m emerging from the shelter

    • earmbrister

      I’m not trading Lodolo, despite your disappointment.

      He’s a Rook.

      And the BP is meaningless this year. Pick out a couple of gems from the rubbish and move on.

      • Old-school

        Lodolo was great tonight.
        Hiccuped 3rd time.

  57. Mark Moore

    It’s *only* a 2-run hole … but it seems way deeper than that. Not sure we have it in us to recover tonight. Our chance to score was that packed 6th inning.

  58. Old-school

    Gibault isnt an MLB pitcher. Sorted.
    Move on.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Fine if he takes up a roster spot for now, but then that’s it.

  59. LDS

    I told you guys that Bell was the greatest. I was worried about the Phillies losing to Lodolo again but Tinker shuffled the bullpen just right. I knew he’d come through.

  60. Bet on Red

    Moose doubles…. ALiens are changing their mind again

  61. Mark Moore

    I would normally say “lumbering” double … but I’m on best behavior tonight.

    Nice poke, Mr. Moose. Nice turning that into a double.

    • Mark Moore

      And then that little bloop. May have a minor alien alert once again. We’ll see what AA manages to do.

      • Mark Moore

        And now the PR for Moose? At least it’s a Lopez sighting.

  62. Old-school

    Moose headed to Sunny Acres for rehab

    • Melvin

      Sheesh. It’s hard to remember a guy going down hill so much after signing a big contract. It’s one thing if he was like Votto and in great shape but he just isn’t. That’s obvious.

  63. Beaufort Red

    How do you pull a fat muscle?

  64. Bet on Red

    Aquino guided by an alien hand there…. this guys stuff seems hittable TBH

  65. Mark Moore

    OK, back on alert. Is DTBell going to PH for Fairchild-like-looking-not-hitting-guy?

    • LDS

      Would have saved Lopez to PH for Fairchild Maybe he’ll get lucky. But it looks like Aquino (and Lopez) have earned more playing time

      • Melvin

        Don’t be so sure about Lopez. We’ll see if David Bell feels he has no choice now or comes up with something else. Farmer to 1B tonight. Great idea Mr. Bell. Aren’t you the clever one to think of it. 🙂

      • LDS

        You have a point. But if Solano and Moose hit the IL, it’s time to see Steer

  66. Mark Moore

    Friedl as a PR … that’s a puzzling move.

  67. LeRoy

    Reds led 3-0 and the Phillies’s hitter hits a double. Sadak as usual has to start bragging on the game Lodolo is pitching saying how great he’s pitching and how he is so good. And the same thing happens as has happened many times this season, Sadak or Welch starts saying how good a player is doing or how great the Reds are playing and then the roof falls in. I think praise is given when the task is done and not as action is going on. If I did not think it was impossible I would say Sadak causes bad luck to the Reds in these situations.

  68. Mark Moore

    Fouls off the garbage, takes one definitely in the zone that looked pretty straight. And Fraley couldn’t have done that?

  69. Redsvol

    man, I step away for a few minutes and Lodolo’s night goes from pristine to 4 earned runs in 1 inning. I guess that’s baseball. We don’t want to win too many of these games, it will screw up our draft position.

  70. Reddawg2012

    Is there anyone else who can take MLB at bats other than Stuart Fairchild? Anyone at all?

  71. SteveAreno

    i’m pinch hitting for Fairchild with two baserunners on.

  72. ryan

    The TV announcer just said re Barrero: we have seen incremental growth, even with his outs. Does he really think we’re that stupid?

    • Mark Moore

      If you’re talking Sadak … he does think we all love him almost as much as he loves his own voice. If it was Welsh … then who knows?

    • burtgummer01

      Barrero is a waste of a roster spot but unfortunately there are several other ones too

  73. Mark Moore

    False alarm (again). No aliens incoming. Just three strike-outs after the pitcher was VERY erratic and vulnerable.

  74. Mark

    Really horrible Fairchild and Romine need to go .

    • Mark Moore

      Keep The Lettuce Guy. You can really benefit from a veteran catcher.

      But not having Fraley hit for Fairchild is another baffling move. I know Lefty/Lefty but all Fraley needed to do was make contact.

      Then again, does Fraley catch that ball that ended the 8th?

  75. Old-school

    And Farmer is now manning first base with moose leg issue.
    As the world turns.

  76. LDS

    Likely the ballgame. Letting Fairchild bat wasn’t a great move. But Lopez and Friedl were used as PRs, so who as left, Chuckie? Are both Solano and Moose injured? Pinch running for a guy on 3rd isn’t a common move.

  77. LDS

    Strickland in with his inning shutout streak on the line. Knew we’d see him tonight after Bell gushing over his performance the other night.

  78. Dennis Westrick

    Three (3) strikeouts in a row with a runner at third in a one-run game? The Reds don’t deserve to win this game! There’s an old adage in baseball – Good teams find a way to win, bad teams find a way to lose!

  79. Mark A Verticchio

    They have to have somebody, anybody, who could take Fairchilds place. He is very over matched.

  80. Mark Moore

    One final shot at the invasion tonight. Top of the order has their chance to make an impact.

  81. RedsGettingBetter

    Strickland should continue pitching in trailing games…

  82. Bet on Red

    I have been captured by Aliens……

  83. Mark Moore

    I do not believe what I just saw. Absolutely love it when a high-priced, big-time “closer” gets racked.

    Let the aliens come on down!

    • Bet on Red

      They are already here… launched a sneak attack when everyone thought the game was over

  84. Beaufort Red

    Moustakis pulled a calf muscle. I didn’t even know Moose was pregnant.

  85. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I don’t care what anyone says, and I know the results ended up being good, but. . .

    Sitting Solano, pinch hitting Friedl? Please!!! I can understand all the talk of “righty vs left”. Solano was only batting 315 vs righties this year. Friedl? 222.

    Maybe what’s been going on recently with them? Alright. Solano in the last 2 weeks? Batting 412. Friedl? 333.

    This is nuts. I mean, the logic just isn’t there. I can only explain it “going with your gut”.

    • Mark Moore

      PR for him … when he was already on 3rd.

      • burtgummer01

        You whine incessantly when Bell makes a move and it doesn’t work out but now you’re whining about a move that did work out. Really ???

  86. Grand Salami

    Diaz cardinal sin of walking lead off guy in one run game but he got squeezed by ump bad. Gamecast shows two clear low strikes called balls.

    • Redsvol

      I can’t wait for robs-umpiring. I think it should be mandatory all the way from single A up thru the majors. Home plate umpires are just too erratic. I used to hate the idea but it doesn’t make sense to bury your head in the sand when the technology is plainly capable and better than humans when it comes to calling balls and strikes.

  87. RedsGettingBetter

    Now Diaz walked the 1st hitter in the 9th… the likely tie run… they love to complicate the things

    • LDS

      DJ has been refining his pitching, emphasizing that a “good” Reds reliever always walks the 1st batter. Looking tough here but Diaz was definitely the right option by Bell.

      • Melvin

        Yep. Can’t complain that Mr. Bell had the wrong pitcher in this time in that situation. I do think as others have said that Diaz got squeezed a little.

      • LDS

        Maybe so. But sometimes it goes that way. I’m still more disturbed by the inexplicable lineup management the previous inning. This was just the way the ball bounces sometimes. The other? The Bell way.

  88. Mark Moore

    So much for the fun. At least it was interesting tonight.

  89. Grand Salami

    Whelp night guys. This team …

  90. Bet on Red

    and just like that the aliens are gone

  91. Mark Moore

    HP Chumpire really screwing Diaz over

  92. RedsGettingBetter

    The 9th inning has been a nightmare all season…. it is embarrasing

  93. Mark Moore

    Back at it tomorrow. Night all.

  94. Melvin

    Well. Diaz is very good. Even the best give em up sometimes.

  95. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t like to complain about the umpiring but Jeez Louise, Diaz got hosed on several close pitches!

  96. VaRedsFan

    Diaz is human…not his night.
    couldn’t touch the sliders, but he went with the fastball.

  97. Redsvol

    Well, that was a very entertaining game. We had some good hitting and some good pitching in spots. Youngsters gotta play and learn. Phillies have a very good lineup.

  98. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree too many fastballs including the 3-2 pitch on the lead off hitter and the ball hit to the fence.

  99. Mark A Verticchio

    This group will be very lucky not to lose 100 games. Then they will have to decide what to do with Bell. Most teams that lose 100 need a change in culture, so I say if they lose, 100 Bell must go. However I am not sure that this organization will do the right thing.

    • Melvin

      I wouldn’t count on that. Most managers, even if they are very good, don’t survive a 3-22 start to begin with. Teams would still make a change. To me, David Bell is like part of ownership.