The Cincinnati Reds (11-15) offense was clicking on all cylinders last night and they hope to continue the offensive onslaught tonight in the second game of this weekend series with the Oakland A’s (5-22). Hunter Greene will be on the mound for the Reds.


Cincinnati Reds

Oakland Athletics

2B Jonathan India CF Esteury Ruiz
1B Spencer Steer 1B Ryan Noda
LF Stuart Fairchild DH Brent Rooker
DH Tyler Stephenson C Carlos Perez
RF Henry Ramos LF Conner Capel
SS Kevin Newman RF Ramon Laureano
3B Nick Senzel 3B Jace Peterson
CF Jose Barrero SS Aledmys Diaz
C Luke Maile 2B Jordan Diaz


Starting Pitchers

Hunter Greene 23.0 3.52 1.39 8 30
Kyle Muller 23.2 7.23 2.03 13 17
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Kyle Muller’s Stats

Hunter Greene

Greene was more efficient in his most recent start against the Pirates, when he gave up only one run on four hits in six innings. He threw 96 pitches, which may not seem super efficient in only six innings, but for someone who threw 83 pitches in 3.1 innings on Opening Day and 93 pitches in 4.2 innings in his second start, it’s a marked improvement.

RHH 46 14 7 0 0 23.9% 6.5% .333 .391 .500
LHH 55 10 4 0 1 34.5% 9.1% .200 .273 .340

Pitch Usage 

4-Seam Slider Change
Velo 99.4 88.9 91.7
Usage 55.0% 39.3% 4.5%

Kyle Muller

Twenty-five year old lefty pitcher Kyle Muller made his MLB debut for the Atlanta Braves in 2021 and pitched to a 4.17 ERA in nine appearances that year. He spent most of 2022 in Triple-A, but the Braves called him up for spot starts throughout the season. He got knocked around in those three starts, giving up 11 runs in 12.1 innings (though 7 of those 11 runs were in one game). Now with Oakland, his pitching hasn’t improved much from a year ago.

MLB Pipeline has Muller listed as the A’s fifth ranked prospect, and he was the Opening Day starter. He pitched phenomenally in that game, allowing only one run in five innings against the Angels, but since then it’s been a rough April for him. Muller’s given up 18 runs in 18.2 innings, with 12 walks this month.

RHH 101 29 4 0 3 14.9% 10.9% .333 .400 .483
LHH 18 6 1 0 0 11.1% 11.1% .429 .529 .500

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.3 81.6 87.1 88.3
Usage 50.1% 14.6% 28.5% 6.7%

When and Where:

  • Time: 4:07 pm EDT
  • Place: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  • Weather: 64°, partly cloudy, 0% percent chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio, (out-of-network)
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Here’s what the Reds’ minor league teams did last night.

Down on the Farm: Check out what Reds prospects have been doing recently, including one player who’s had a hot start at Dayton.

NL Central Standings

255 Responses

  1. JB

    Oakland is going to lose a lot of games. The Mets record will be shattered this year.

  2. LarkinPhillips

    So Maile typically catches one game a week. Sometimes two. The other 5 days we play a guy short because ge can’t ve used to pitch hit. I understand he was brought over to help younger pitchers, but I would argue he could help Abbott and Williamson in AAA while Casali could catch two the three young guys. The other tysteve should catch.

    If Robinson replaced maile, we would a late inning pitch hitter each day while still having three catchers to help the young guys and keep tysteve fresh. My point, Robinson needs to replace maile immediately.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Sorry for all the spelling errors. I was typing fast from the phone and not paying attention.

    • Harry Stoner

      Robin son’s hitting is making it harder.

      But his turnaround is so remarkable as to invite patience.

      If Greene is benefitting from having a dedicated catcher (Maile) then I think he’s worth keeping awhile longer.

      Bell’s ‘handy-ness’ and late game ‘managing’ does put things at risk with one less productive bat.
      Maile isn’t hitting much worse than Newman, though.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Greene didn’t have Maile at the end of last year and was just fine. I don’t think he needs Maile. I’d prefer Casali catch him and Lodolo and Tysteve catch Ashcraft and weaver. Robinson could catch the #5 and DH once or twice a week if he keeps hitting at this pace.

  3. LarkinPhillips

    Watching the Dayton game. They blew the save in the top of 8th. Then got bases loaded with one out in bottom of 8th and struck out back to back. Sure looks familiar to what the big league club has done a lot the past couple years. You can say wins and loses don’t matter in the minors, but often times loses are from not executing basic things and those things translate to the next level with these guys.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Also, Aguilar and Cachutt both had decent outing and Dunn is 2-3 with a 2B and HR. He is ready for AA!

      • JB

        Like Brantley said yesterday, personal stats are great but winning needs to be learned in the minors and is important.

      • Mark Moore

        Watched some of it. Dunn’s ITPHR was big fun.

  4. Dennis Westrick

    Barrero batting 8th I see, 2 places behind the super slugger Newman! So, 2 of the best hitters over the last few games are batting 7th& 8th? Yep! Makes sense! Wouldn’t want to score early!

    • LarkinPhillips

      I actually like Barrero hitting 9th to turn the lineup over to India and Friedl.

  5. Votto4life

    What is going to take to get Maile and Casali out of the starting line up?

    Bill James used to say “if one player in the the line up isn’t producing, that means another player must produce twice as much”.

    Maile and Casila are black holes offensively. I cringe when I see their names in the line up.

  6. Luke J

    Lefties are hitting .429 against Muller. So of course Bell sits Friedl and Fraley, because who cares about reality? Bell was once told lefties can’t hit lefties, so it must be true and can’t be deviated.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Friedl has proven he can hit lefties here lately as well. Doesn’t matter at all.

  7. LarkinPhillips

    David bell in pregame: “very excited to get barrero into the OF as it gets other guys they feel good about in the lineup more. Would like to get Barrero out there more.” That tells you everything there… shaking my dang head.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Seriously? What is it with Bell’s obsession of using infielders in the outfield?

      • Melvin

        Well some infielders are going to have to learn the outfield eventually or be traded. We just have too many of them. The difference with moving Barrero out there is he supposed to be the best SS we have. If that’s the case then it’s ridiculous to move him out there when there are others available to play there.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    So, Ashley, can’t quote Mark Twain? You might want to look him up! Was a great American writer!

  9. Melvin

    Just tuning in. I see Mr. Bell has inserted himself into the lineup again at SS. 🙂

    • Tom Mitsoff

      For what it’s worth, Newman has a .939 OPS vs. lefties.

      • Melvin

        Except he’s replacing the ONLY .300 hitter we have left. Friedl – .303/.357/.438 Newman hasn’t been hitting well lately and his numbers are .208/.232/.340

  10. Dennis Westrick

    Why is Steer trying to steak 3rd with one (1) out and the heart of the batting order coming up? This is one of the worst Reds teams when it comes to baserunning!

    It is a sport that requires thinking and the application of logic!

    • Mark Moore

      Bad choice and it didn’t turn out well.

    • Luke J

      That was not the best decision, but this Reds team ranks near the top of baseball at baserunning so far this year.

    • VaRedsFan

      Stealing 3rd with 1 out is the BEST time to attempt it. You can score a lot of ways from 3rd.

  11. Mark Moore

    Nice 1st inning by Greene. Had the Aces guessing.

  12. Mark Moore

    If … if … if …

    Steer didn’t attempt the steal and TySteve still got the hit …

    As long as we smack this guy around, I’m fine with it.

  13. Mark Moore

    Nice snag there … it was headed to rattle around in the corner.

    TySteve with the TOOTBLAN to shut it all down.

  14. Tom Mitsoff

    Not smart to try to take a base on Laureano.

  15. Old-school

    As for base-running, David bell has said repeatedly he wants his players to be aggressive on the base path. They aren’t stupid. They are doing what they are being told. Stephenson running on a guy with a howitzer in short rf foul territory?

    • Frogem

      Amen! In shock that Stevenson ran on that foul out, especially after he made it clear in the pre game show that he wasn’t the quickest runner. You’d figure most the league knows about Luareano’s arm. Foolish decision. Looking like the Reds are all giddy after their 4-day win streak so throwing all good judgment out the window.

  16. Jim Walker

    TOOTBLAN city for the Reds so far. 1/3 of their spent outs, both at 3B.

  17. Old-school

    2 of 6 outs so far at third base running the bases. What the heck is going on? This isnt spring training and it’s not like billy Hamilton got gunned out by Johnny Bench. Just bad baseball.

  18. Mark Moore

    Hunter’s gonna have to do this inning himself to avoid any runs. Time to bear down.

  19. LarkinPhillips

    Should have been a 1-2-3 inning. Let’s see how many pitches/runs this costs HG.

  20. Old-school

    Senzel makes great barehand play but doesnt understand he has time and makes a bad throw trying to hard as Cowboy says. Then Ramos freezes and overruns a blooper trying to hard and Greene in trouble

    • Mark Moore

      Trouble he didn’t make for himself.

      • old-school

        And india slides to make the backhand and loses all velocity on the throw to make a tough play. What a tough inning for Greene.

      • Melvin

        I think Barrero would have had a shot to at least keep that ball from going to the outfield with his range.

    • Jim Walker

      Just tweeted over on Twitter that play just demonstrated a hidden cost of switching players, especially young and inexperienced guys, through a bunch of different positions is they never quite get to where playing any of them at MLB speed comes quite naturally.

  21. Mark Moore

    Hard way to give up the lead. Greene needs to focus on the next batter and not think about the missed fielding chance.

  22. Old-school

    Barrero with a strong throw from CF to limit a run…for now.

    • VaRedsFan

      Easy score if the guy didn’t pull the hammy

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Two (2) 2-out singles after getting ahead in the count 0-2! Greene can’t catch a break!

    • VaRedsFan

      well he had to get 5 outs that inning

  24. Melvin

    Greene at 40 pitches already. Not good.

    • Mark Moore

      And basically not of his own making. His boys are letting him down today.

  25. VaRedsFan

    I’ll never understand letting a guy steal a base.
    He had a pulled hammy before stealing…
    It would have been the last out of the inning.

    • LarkinPhillips

      The fake throw to second is little league stuff. But then again the revolving door if positions and batting order is as well, so why expect anything else.

  26. LarkinPhillips

    21 pitches extra and 2 runs due to poor defense. Cost HG an inning because we have people playing out of position and poor defense. Reds already gave one run away on offense due to poor baserunning.

  27. Tom Mitsoff

    Greene avoided further problems. I think both of those runs will be unearned due to the Senzel error, despite the fact that the online box score currently shows them as earned.

  28. Kevin H

    Bad innings happens. Let’s move forward. Lol

  29. old-school

    So Maile hits a bomb…of course

  30. LarkinPhillips

    Mailed must of read all the smack we were talking this morning about him. Great swing there from him.

  31. Dennis Westrick

    Greene at 45 pitches thru only 2 innings! Will be lucky to make it thru 5 innings AGAIN! And, yes, I know the players behind him have contributed to his high pitch count!

    Time to wake up and start playing baseball! Stop playing down to the level of your opponent!

  32. Mark Moore

    Balk and a live ball??? Love that action.

  33. Mark Moore

    That’s just plain bad luck on our part.

  34. Old-school


    3 outs at 3b on the basepaths

    Fairchild hits a screamer for the double play. India had no options.

    Not sure Ive ever seen a game where a baserunning out at 3b happens every inning.

    • Jim Walker

      The live action on the balk ended up working against the Reds and for the A’s!

      If India is on 2B instead of 3B, that ball is by the 3rd baseman and almost certainly a double. The score would have been tied; and, the Reds would have had a man on 2B with 1 out!

  35. Tom Mitsoff

    Despite the double play, the Reds are crushing Muller now. Everything they hit that inning was smoked. They’ll get to him as long as Greene can keep things close.

  36. Mark Moore

    Hunter making the grounds crew work for their peanuts 😀

    • LarkinPhillips

      I am glad he took the time to do it. A bad landing can easily cause an injury.

      • Mark Moore

        Welsh gave a good, detailed explanation. Two tall pitchers of opposite hand making their foot holes close together. It made sense and I appreciated his perspective on it.

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Again, the Reds are facing a pitcher with a pregame ERA of 7+ but their horrid baserunning has kept the A’s ahead! NOT a smart baserunning team! Don’t know what the solution is but they better figure it out soon!

    • VaRedsFan

      I don’t see it.
      Only Ty Steve was not a smart move.

      Stealing 3rd with 1 out is the BEST time to attempt it. You can score a lot of ways from 3rd.

      India…nothing he could do…but nothing dumb about it.

  38. LarkinPhillips

    Whoever cut Sadaks mic deserves a raise lol

  39. Mark Moore

    Greene kind of looks like he’s nibbling a bit to me. Any other perspectives on that?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Jeff Brantley says he thinks Greene has great stuff. But his location is not consistent, IMO, and as Brantley says, he’s allowing the mound issues to get the better of him mentally.

      • DaveCT

        I can just hear Brantley in his best Han Solo voice, “Hey, kid, it’s not that big a deal, ok?”

  40. Votto4life

    What’s with all the sloppy defense?

  41. Kevin H

    Perez should of already struck out, however as usual a missed strike by home plate ump

  42. CI3J

    Observation: Hunter Greene is never going to reach his full potential as a pitcher until he adds a 3rd pitch. No matter how talented you are, you’re not going to be successful in MLB with a 2-pitch, slider/fastball combo.

    He desperately, DESPERATELY needs that changeup.

    • Mark Moore

      And a little better location as Tom M. mentioned (via Cowboy’s comment). Got to overcome the head game.

    • Kevin H

      Like Lodolo won’t reach his full potential until he figures out to keep the ball out of hitting zone.

    • VaRedsFan

      He’s K’d guys on the changeup today

  43. Dennis Westrick

    I’m sorry folks, but 70+ pitches thru Greene thru 3 innings is NOT what you expect from the appointed Ace of your pitching staff!

    • LarkinPhillips

      Would be 51 if defense made plays.

    • VaRedsFan

      Are you watching the game Dennis….defense literally cost him 20 pitches.

  44. Mark Moore

    Greene is definitely getting squeezed more than a little bit.

    He needs to get out of this inning now and clear his head.

    • Mark Moore

      Seems far too many of the MLB Chumpires are bad behind the plate. Inconsistent within the game. Apparently not willing to learn from that I understand is a mandatory self-review of their work.

      • Kevin H

        Green is struggling yes, however you have a error and another bad play from what I understand builds up the pitch count and a few strikes called balls, it all adds up.

        Like with Lodolo, Greene will learn to block that out and keep focused. Brantely discussed how this game is mental and learning to pitch through it is key for their development.

  45. Tom Mitsoff

    I’m nowhere near sure about this, but it seems to me that Jace Peterson got Greene for a homer last year during that one game when Greene gave up a bunch in the same game.

  46. Andy

    Agree just how after them and stop the nibbling

    • Dennis Westrick

      Thought we got rid of The Nibbler when we traded Mahle?

      • Andy

        Agree that is what I think when I watch greene pitch. Those first seasons of Maile.

        All the talent in the world but needs to be aggressive and let his stuff work

  47. Tom Mitsoff

    Greene will be lucky to get through five innings today. It’s going to be a bullpen-vs.-bullpen game.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking 5 innings unless we score a ton and he throws about a 10-pitch inning (or two).

  48. Dennis Westrick

    For what it’s worth, Greene has thrown TWICE as many pitches as the A’s starter! Incredible! Is the HP umpire from Oakland?

    • LarkinPhillips

      Combination of bad defense running HGs count up and bad baserunning lowering the A’s pitcher count. Also two hard line outs now have helped the A’s pitcher.

    • VaRedsFan

      Are you watching the game Dennis….defense literally cost him 20 pitches.
      You keep saying the same things over and over.

  49. Mark Moore

    If we never had to play on this wretched field again it would be too soon for me.

    • Mark Moore

      I know, right?

      Fear not … Newman is up.

      • Kevin H

        Oh, and it seems like Reds never score when Greene pitches lol

  50. Kevin H

    Okay Greene lets get a clean inning. Still like to see him complete 5 innings.

    • LarkinPhillips

      That’s the case often times for high strikeout pitchers. The fielders are not involved and mentally it is hard to turn it on and off. At least that is the wise tale lol

  51. Melvin

    I’m sure Friedl is sitting in the dugout today VERY HAPPY with ANOTHER day off.

  52. Mark Moore

    Not a great start to the 4th. Bullpen warming up.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    With Greene it’s either a strikeout or a hit! Of the 10 outs thru 3.1 innings, 8 have been strikeouts! Guess what Hunter, ML batters can hit fastballs!

    • LarkinPhillips

      Apparently 8 couldn’t. And most of the contact has been soft just found holes. Sadak just said 9 of 10 hard hit balls in the game have been the Reds.

  54. Melvin

    It looks to me like Greene may have a little bit of an attitude problem when things aren’t working out well for him. As Cowboy says the game is how you think. If you’re going to be a great pitcher you have to be strong mentally. Greene needs some work in this area.

    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 on those thoughts.

      Didn’t Berra once say that 90% of the game is 50% mental (or something like that)?

      • Jim Walker

        Something close on the Yogi. I’m thinking I’ve heard it as, “90% mental 50% of the time”.

      • Melvin

        Losing concentration and getting distracted. Losing control of his pitches. Emotion is okay as long as that energy is channeled in the right direction. As Cowboy said you can’t have a temper tantrum at this level. He’ll get better.

  55. Tom Mitsoff

    That will be it for Greene. They won’t let him start the fifth when he’s already at 95-plus pitches.

  56. Kevin H

    I hope they let Greene go out for the 5th inning. Dude has battled today. The error that led to two unearned runs.

    How some are commenting you would think Greene was having a day like Nick Lodolo has had in back to back games.

    • Mark Moore

      Unlikely, but you would think pitch count closer to 110 would be reality. Yet, I’m just remembering the “olden days” when guys like Seaver through 130-150 pitches.

    • VaRedsFan

      Agree…it’s like they aren’t watching what’s happening.
      Dude allowed 5 hits and struck out 10….in 4 innings.

    • Dennis Westrick

      The Gospel according to D. Bell: “Thou shalt not throw more than 100 pitches as a Reds starting pitcher”

      • Jim t

        @Dennis that isn’t just according to Bl that is almost universal in todays game.

  57. Dennis Westrick

    While 10 strikeouts thru 4 innings is impressive, I would prefer a pitch count that doesn’t approach 100 thru those same 4 innings!

    • VaRedsFan

      That’s the 4th time you’ve mentioned his pitch count….
      Several have tried to inform you that defense cost him 20 extra pitches in the 2nd.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Errors happen, in most every game, and I recognize they are something the pitcher cannot control! Walks, on the other hand, the pitcher can control to a degree and Mr. Greene issued 3 of them! Let me help you with the math: 3 walks = 12 pitches at a minimum assuming they were not intentional walks! I want Greene to be better than Good, I want him to be Great! Let’s just agree he is learning each game, getting better and hopefully will be the Ace of this staff for a long time to come!

        Signed, Old Grouchy Reds Fan

    • LarkinPhillips

      We all would. We would also like the defense to make plays behind him and weak contact not to find so many holes.

    • Kevin H

      Not critical here but a question. How many pitches did he make after the error? I think too another bad defense play? How many pitches were strikes that called balls.

      Normally I am with you, however I think the criticism of Greene in this game is unwarranted.

    • Melvin

      Well he has had poor defense to work with today for sure. However it would seem like he’d be better off for example that when a guy gets on base that he should be thinking about how to induce a double play rather than striking him out. Things like that. Greene is very good and very smart. He will improve in all areas. I’m confident.

      • VaRedsFan

        I don’t disagree entirely….the best ways not to allow any runs when guys are on base, is to strike everybody out.
        He got 2 ground balls…but BABIP luck allowed 2 runs to score.
        They can’t score if they strike out in those situations.

        Pitching to contact is dangerous that way.

      • Melvin

        Of course a pitcher can’t help it if his defense can’t turn a double play for him.

  58. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I just thought of something on this “disengagement” rule for the pitcher, how they can only throw over to a base twice in an AB. . .

    For example, man on first, player at bat, the pitcher is at the point he has thrown over to first a couple of times. What’s to stop the runner from, for example, just running to 2nd base, or even taking a lead halfway to 2nd base? I mean, the pitcher can’t throw anywhere else now, only to home, right?

    Or, maybe, as a tweek, I’ve heard people say how a pitcher can only throw over to 1st twice in this scenario. So, would be could as “one disengagement” or “two disengagements” if the pitcher was to throw to first then, immediately throw back to first. I mean immediately back to first. Not catch ball, get signal from C, windup, then throw back to first. I mean catch ball from first, throw back to first.

    Because, what I’m thinking of is, if the pitcher has already thrown over twice, what’s to prevent most any runner from taking a 15 yard lead, or even pretty much jogging to 2nd, if the pitcher can’t disengage any longer?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      If someone takes that big of a lead, it’s okay for the pitcher to throw over a third time if that third throw results in an out. If it doesn’t, I believe the runner gets awarded second base.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        So, then, the runner should just take a huge lead, so huge that it would be relatively impossible to get the out because the runner would have stolen 2nd.

    • LarkinPhillips

      You can pick the third time but you have to get an out. Or else it’s a balk.

    • VaRedsFan

      You can throw a 3rd time, but you have to pick him off, or its a balk.

  59. LarkinPhillips

    Lookouts game. 2 errors in first cost Boyle many pitches. He also walked 3 and gave up 6 ER on 2 hits. As I said earlier. What we see from this big league team is a carbon copy of what we see in the minors each night. It’s an organizational issue of not playing fundamental baseball and losing.

    • Hanawi

      Yeah, I think there is something to that. I also see this in the huge strikeout numbers from every level of the organization. Really feels like they do not care about contact at all and really are just looking for power.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I said that earlier in the Dayton game. They cost themselves a lot of opportunities by just failing to make any contact with 2 strikes and runners on.

  60. Mark Moore

    My commenting may be limited for a while. It’s about time to prep and cook burgers for me and the missus. Nice chuck-and-brisket blend, grilled onions, and some bacon and white cheddar cheese on mine.

    Are your collective mouths watering yet? 😀

  61. Mark Moore

    5th inning redemption shot here for Greene. Glad to see Handy DT Bell sent him back out there. I’m with Welsh … he’s getting stronger and more focused. You overcome the mental stuff by playing, not sitting and stewing about it.

    • VaRedsFan

      That’s a great point I totally agree with. Let the guy battle.

  62. Mark Moore

    Ultimately a clean inning for Greene courtesy of Maile.

    Time to put up those Crooked Numbers, boys.

  63. LDS

    The worst pitching in baseball until they play the Reds. And I tune in just in time to see Bell start managing. It’s Newman he should PH for not Fairchild.

    • LarkinPhillips

      According to his pregame speech he needs to get Newman in there more because he really believes in him.

      • LDS

        Bell is trying to develop players in his own image. Thus far he’s shown that he’s innumerate, ignoring what the stats actually indicate, interjecting himself into situations where he should get out of the way, etc. And if the Reds lose today, as is looking more and more likely, it’s on him. Lousy lineup .

    • Hanawi

      It’s also strange because Fairchild’s splits aren’t even that extreme. Higher average against LHP but more power against RHPs. And same for Friedl the other way. Neither are obvious platoon guys.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I think Bell likes the flexibility because it let’s him “manage.” But all you’re really doing is creating a bunch of average to below average utility players.

      • Melvin

        It’s almost like David Bell is playing his son in Little League. lol Seriously though I think the day Krall takes Newman off of the roster that David Bell will be very upset.

      • Jim Walker

        Exactly and there in the 7th inning it came back to bite Bell. Newman drew a walk for him; but, if he had Friedl still in reserve, he could have sent him for Barrero.

        Playing platoon ball to the extreme Bell does ends up with lesser players getting higher leverage PAs too much of the time to suit me.

        As you pointed out neither Friedl nor Fairchild grade out as needing platoon help like some other folks. In fact Fairchild’s career and 2023 OBP vs RH pitching are both an eyelash better than Friedl’s.
        And in the 6th inning with 1 out and the 4th and 5th hitters due up isn;t just getting on base the order of the day????

        In the 6th inning with 1 out, 1 run down and nobody on, don’t play it like the 7th game of the world series then not have Friedl the next inning.

      • Melvin

        Look, the lineup to David Bell is like a toy to play with. He’s constantly reminding everyone that it is indeed HIS toy.

  64. Jim Walker

    Greene goes 5 and allows 2 (unearned) runs. His defense cost him at least 20 pitches in addition to the 2 runs. Not sure what more folks want from him.

  65. Jim Walker

    Think that was a mistake by Bell to do his platoon switch with Friedl with 1 out and nobody on in the sixth down just 1 run.

    If it had been the 7th or later or a runner on, OK but now he is looking at having Casali or Reynolds have a greater leverage at bat later in the game or letting Friedl face a LH reliever.

    • LarkinPhillips

      If it’s a RHP he has Fraley. I agree with someone else that Newman should have been subbed out, not Fairchild at that point.

  66. VaRedsFan

    Wait, Young can get righties out too?

  67. LarkinPhillips

    It genuinely looks like these two teams are seeing who can lose the game and neither want to win.

  68. Frogem

    I seriously question Senzel’s intelligence. First, not thinking when he rushes to get the catcher out and ends up with an error. Now, just now makes it easy for a double play. Right call would have been to hold up and made the 2B work harder for the first out. With Barrero’s speed that shouldn’t have been a DP.

    • Jim Walker

      Yeah. I at times wonder about his baseball sense and if he lets his emotions get the best of him.

      I believe he plays like he thinks he is still at college where he was physically head and shoulders in the very top percentiles which just isn’t the case at MLB.

      And overall this just has not been a good day for him in the field. The one play stands out but he also got a poor break on a pop foul and was late getting to 3B to cover when Maile appeared to have a runner caught off.

  69. Mark A Verticchio

    This game has had a bad feel since the line up was announced. Bell just can’t keep himself out of the way of any chance this team has of success. No matter how this year plays out Bell can’t be the manager next year if anybody thinks this team has any chance to contend.

    • Old-school

      Thats the irony. Conventional wisdom is managing might make the difference in 3 games a year. Bell over manages every inning of every game and every rotation as if he is the difference.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        That is the problem Old-school Bell things he is the show and he is constantly trying to prove to everybody how smart he is. Looking at the Teds recent success my question is, How is that working out for you Mr. Bell?

  70. old-school

    So if the Reds do the right thing and free up a roster spot on the 26 man, which 3rd catcher do you let go?

    • Melvin

      I don’t think it makes that much difference but my gut feeling would be Maile although Casali is not the same now as when we had him before.

    • Jim Walker

      I think whoever they let go they need to get one of either Maile or Casali through waivers and to Louisville so they can bring up Chuckie. If they lose them both, they would be right back where they were last year.

      I think both would accept an outright versus forfeiting the balance of their MLB deal. The question is would either clear waivers.

    • JB

      Casali. Maile has a good arm and gets rid of it fast.

  71. Bet on Red

    What happend to the Bats that were so hot yesterday.

  72. Mark Moore

    On a positive note, the burger was DELICIOUS!!! 😀

    Down to only 4 outs to make it happen. Frustrating game on multiple fronts.

  73. Kevin H

    Greene Era is now 2.89.

    He maybe 0-2 after today. Contrary to what some say. GREENE is gonna be okay. Excepting perfection from a pitcher is unrealistic

    • Mark Moore

      He will be. The 5th inning and stretching his pitch count was a big thing in my eyes. I do think he lets stuff rent space in his head on the cheap a little too much, but that’s something he can work on.

  74. Mark Moore

    Got to hold them down and then find the magic somehow, somewhere in the 9th.

  75. Melvin

    Haha Very fortunate that wasn’t a walk too.

  76. Mark Moore

    Nice job by Steer to get the tag and complete the DP (bike helmets!)

    Last chance coming …

  77. Melvin

    Yikes! Williamson just gave up a grand salami in the first inning for Louisville.

    • Melvin

      Back to back. 5-0

      The Reds need to be patient here and win this game.

    • LDS

      Stuck with Newman and his .129 average against RH’er. Bell has to go and real soon.

    • Jim Walker

      Just as I outlined above, Bell went an inning early on Friedl which led to shoot the wad with Fraley in the 8th and ended up with Reynolds taking the high leverage PA which since the A’s are the A’s did not turn into a game ending GIDP. But now, barring a DP, Barrero or the catcher spot will decide the game with the bench empty.

      • Jim Walker

        oops too much going on here at home. I missed Fraley was still in but still stand by 90% of what I said above.

    • Melvin

      Maybe David Bell has exactly who he wants up there. 🙂

      • Melvin

        See, he snuck one in there for an infield base hit. Actually I thought that was going to be a double play but we’ll take it. 🙂

  78. VaRedsFan

    Ramos has shown great plate discipline …in several games.

  79. Mark Moore

    Blind hog … here’s your acorn.

  80. Kevin H

    I try the emojis they don’t work and my post looks silly

    • Mark Moore

      The only ones I find that work are colon upper-case D 😀 and colon lower-case o 😮

      • Jim Walker

        Probably depends on what sort of device you are using. I stick to my trusty Windows PC and hardware keyboard for all ones I use and can also do tildes and accent marks but rarely do.

  81. Mark Moore

    Nice patience by Nick. Didn’t even flinch at that crap.

    Let’s go Jose!

  82. Melvin

    Wow. Oakland is TRYING to give us this game.

  83. LarkinPhillips

    Neither Williamson or Boyle made it out of the first today. Fairly disappointing day.

    • Melvin

      Bats are down 8-0 with only two outs in the bottom of the 1st.

  84. Mark Moore

    Off the bag and an Oakland double!!

    • LarkinPhillips

      First bounce our way all day I think. Good time for it. Let’s go Diaz!

  85. Mark Moore

    Time for Diaz in the 9th. Hope does spring eternal here. Scrappy play (and some crappy play) but a win means all is forgiven (if not forgotten).

    Diaz just needs to remember these are the Ace-thletics and not the Pie-Rats batting.

  86. Kevin H

    Senzel batting better than Steer look out people he is closer to 300 batting average. Lets hope he stays healthy and continues to produce. That being Senzel.

    Steer is fine

    • TR

      I like managers who play the winning hand and do not give a days rest after the player gets it done.

  87. VaRedsFan

    Snatched victory from the jaws of defeat

  88. Mark Moore

    Got to tell you … I didn’t expect this when I took my break from posting to cook dinner. Love, love, LOVE the way these guys just stick with it. And the bullpen finds yet another rabbit in the hat.

    You have to win the first 2 to get a chance at a sweep. Catch you all tomorrow.

  89. LDS

    Fraley/Diaz pulled Bell’s bacon out of the fire. Wonder how much he lost on todays game?

    • Mark Moore

      Funny you should say “bacon” … I had it for breakfast and the extra on my burger for dinner just now.

      • LDS

        Haha, trying to keep it “family friendly”, though Bell makes it tough sometimes

    • Kevin H

      Dude that is wrong to suggest ” How much he lost on todays game” I know you don’t like Bell but come on dude.

      • LDS

        The inexplicable requires explanation. Incompetence? Or any number of other explanations. But, bad is bad regardless of the why.

      • Mark Moore

        😀 😀 😀

        Thick cut from the butcher’s case.

  90. Dennis Westrick

    Speechless! A. Diaz is a freak!

  91. Woodrow

    Suddenly Luke Maile has an OPS over 700, Fraley hits the bag but it looks like a line drive in the scorebook, the bullpen / Bell mix is Sparky-like. What will we do with ourselves?

  92. Mark Moore

    My wife was commenting about the dugouts. She said they looked pretty bad. That shot they just showed confirmed that. I told her the entire stadium is pretty shabby.

    • TR

      The A’s are an interesting franchise since being founded in 1901 in Philadelphia. They have won 9 World Series, including three straight (72-73-74) during the heyday of the BRM. Las Vegas will be their fourth franchise location.

  93. Mark Moore

    Don’t forget Senzel took a 4-pitch walk to give Fraley that chance at the freakish double.

  94. Mark Moore

    LeCure giving his perspective on Greene’s outing. He’s laying a lot of it on a “lack of flow” while giving him full credit for battling through it even with less rhythm than we’d like to see. He called it a “funky day” and not a great one for HG. Brian G. is balancing that by saying he kept the guys in the game.

    • Mark Moore

      Feed went straight to Hunter’s post-game. He called it a good day because the Reds won.

      • Mark Moore

        Once again, I’m hearing maturity from him that I wouldn’t necessarily expect. That’s very promising.

      • Melvin

        Sure. He’s a good guy. Just has things to work on like everyone else.

    • TR

      Friedl has actually brought some grit to the Reds. What a pleasure to have a player with some speed who can actually bunt and get a runner in scoring position.

  95. Votto4life

    What a great series and hopefully the Reds can sweep the A’s tomorrow. We are getting close to .500. It’s been a fantastic week.