Miami grabbed a lead in the 4th inning, but Cincinnati stormed back in the 5th inning on a Jake Fraley 3-run homer. The Marlins would rally to take the lead in the 7th, but the Reds rallied in the top of the 8th to take the lead back and held on for a 6-5 win as they used every last fume that they had in the bullpen’s gas tank on Saturday.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (18-21)
6 8 0
Miami Marlins (19-21)
5 9 0
W: Gibaut (3-0) L: Alcantara (1-4) SV: Diaz (9)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Derek Law started the game for the Reds and got four outs before a walk to Peyton Burdick after a poor call on what should have been strike three ended his day. Levi Stoudt, who was just recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Louisville, entered the game. He would get Jean Segura to fly out, but walked Yuli Gurriel to put two men on. Stoudt got out of the jam with a ground out to keep the game scoreless.

In the bottom of the 4th, Stoudt got into trouble when Bryan De La Cruz singled with one out and Jean Segura walked with two outs to put two men on base for Miami. Yuli Gurriel then came through with an RBI single to make it 1-0 for the Marlins. Cincinnati had the rookie’s back in the top of the next inning. Jose Barrero doubled and Curt Casali walked before Jake Fraley hit a 3-run homer – his third home run in the last 24 hours – to give the Reds the lead.

Levi Stoudt returned for the bottom of the 5th. After getting Joey Wendle to fly out he walked Jazz Chisholm Jr. That would be the end of his day as the Reds called on Buck Farmer to take over. Chisholm Jr. would steal second base, but Farmer got a pop up and a line out to keep the 2-run lead intact. Farmer wasn’t as lucky in the bottom of the 6th as Bryan De La Cruz led off with a homer to cut the lead to one. He would get the next two batters out, but he’d walk Yuli Gurriel, which led to the end of his outing and Lucas Sims entering the game. He needed just one pitch to end the inning.

When the 7th inning began Ian Gibaut was on the mound despite Sims throwing just one pitch. Shortly after that the game was tied up as Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a 1-out, game tying solo home run. Jorge Soler followed up with a single and Bryan De La Cruz walked with two outs. Derek Johnson then took a stroll out to the mound to talk things over with Curt Casali and Gibaut. The talk didn’t work as Peyton Burdick singled into left field to bring in the go-ahead run, but Jake Fraley threw out the runner at third to end the inning.

Jonathan India walked to start the top of the 8th and then he stole second base. Jake Fraley, who you may as well rename Clutch Fraley at this point, hit a chopper through the infield right by the second baseman and into right field as India raced around to score and tie the game up. Fraley then stole second base to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. After Sandy Alcantara struck out Spencer Steer and Tyler Stephenson it brought up Henry Ramos, and the outfielder came through as he doubled off of the wall to plate Fraley and put the Reds up 5-4. Jazz Chisholm Jr. collided with the wall on the play and had to exit the game, liming off of the field after being down for several minutes.

When the game resumed the Marlins brought Matt Barnes in from the bullpen to replace Alcantara. The Reds also sent Wil Myers in to run for Henry Ramos at second base. Stuart Fairchild welcomed Barnes to the game by lining a single into center to bring Myers in to make it 6-4.

Casey Legumina took over on the mound for the Reds in the bottom of the 8th inning. Jean Segura singled to lead off the inning. Yuli Gurriel hit a comebacker that hit Legumina in the leg, but he fielded the ball and got Gurriel out at first. Following the play Legumina limped off of the field with the help of the trainer and Cincinnati had to go to the bullpen.

David Bell opted to go with closer Alexis Diaz with the hopes that he could get the final five outs of the game. Jacob Stallings flared one down the right field line that Spencer Steer ran down and made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory to record the second out of the inning. Diaz would strike out Joey Wendle to end the inning and strand the runner on second.

After the Reds went down in order in the top of the 9th it was Alexis Diaz back out there to go after the Marlins top of the order. He struck out Garrett Hampson to start the inning off, but walked Jorge Soler after an 8-pitch battle. Luis Arraez took the first pitch he saw and lined a double into right field to bring Soler around the bases to cut the Reds lead to 6-5. Bryan De La Cruz would follow up with a walk, putting the winning run on base.

David Bell took a walk to the mound and after some discussion, Diaz remained in the game. Peyton Burdick flew out to shallow right field for the second out of the inning. That brought Jean Segura to the plate and he would walk on five pitches to load the bases. Yuli Gurriel then began his at-bat with a pitch clock violation before a swinging strike put Diaz up 0-2. Gurriel then fouled off the next two pitches before Diaz fired a 95.1 MPH fastball by him to strand the bases loaded and pick up his 9th save of the season. The win guaranteed Cincinnati a series victory and gives them a chance to sweep the series on Sunday.

Key Moment of the Game

Alexis Diaz striking out Yuli Gurriel with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Notes Worth Noting

The loss was the first of the season for the Marlins in a 1-run game. They had been 12-0 in 1-run games to begin the year.

Alexis Diaz allowed a run for the first time since April 8th.

Jake Fraley is hitting .370/.433/.741 in May.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Miami Marlins

Sunday May 14th, 1:40pm ET

Luke Weaver (1-2, 7.36 ERA) vs Braxton Garrett (1-2, 5.97 ERA)

111 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    We out gritted The Grit today for this win. Still feel bad for the Fishies who got injured in the OF today. But we’ll need to face a thin line-up from them tomorrow since our pitching staff will be equally thin.

    I’ll take the series win regardless of tomorrow at this point. Heck, mail it in and get some rest before heading to Rocky Town.

    • old-school

      Myers to the Marlins for a Crockett and Tubbs signed poster and a AAA reliever?

    • SteveAreno

      Another key moment was Henry Ramos’ double off the wall to take the lead.

  2. Melvin

    I know Fraley hasn’t hit lefties well in the past but considering how well the guys have been doing that’s replacing him and how hot he’s been hitting me thinks it’s time to give him another shot at playing every day.

    • Steve

      Basically, Fraley beat Miami today 6-5. And obviously, he won the game yesterday. He is only 1 piece of a Christmas bag of prospect goodies from our trades from last year. I think our future is bright Red !!!!

  3. VaRedsFan

    Just to show you the year to yearsness off reliever effectiveness….
    Wandy Peralta now closing games for the Yankees.
    1.80 ERA

    • TR

      Just hoping Wandy does not do his current magic against the Reds next weekend.

  4. Bdh

    Not a fan of how the bullpen was used today but what a win!

    Fraley now 15th in the league in RBIs despite being a platoon player/pinch hitter. He’s the man!

    Hope Weaver can at least go into the 6th tomorrow. I imagine Herget will be back up in place of Legumina and you’d have him, Young, and Sims in relief. Lively in case of emergency.

    The Marlins are down 2 starters now and have a pitcher who’s struggled his last couple times out so let’s get that sweep!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Agreed! Need 6 or 7 strong (low scoring) innings from Weaver tomorrow! The Reds bullpen has got to be exhausted and Diaz will not be available I assume!

      • Bdh

        Yea he has thrown more pitches in the last 24 hours than Stoudt so safe to assume he’s out tomorrow. I’d guess Gibaut is as well after throwing both games this series

        Assuming Herget is back for Legumina you have him to through multiple innings. Young not throwing should put him in line to pitch tomorrow and Sims should be used as the closer.

        Hopefully Law can rest but he did only throw 19 pitches today.

        They really need to make a decision on Lodolo before tomorrows game. If he can stay in the rotation then use Lively in a relief role

      • Steve

        Diaz needs a minimum of 2 days off. It should really be 3. Let Simms close for the next couple of days.

  5. Optimist

    The last 10 seasons they are at best 1-1 in this series. Most of those years they are 0-2. Will be impressive if Weaver is on his game tomorrow. No more injuries please.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Kudos to Diaz for hanging in there for a 5 out save.
    At nearly 40 pitches his tank was on empty, and he gutted it out.

  7. Optimist

    Q. for the rules lawyers – isn’t Herget required to spend 10 or 15 days in AAA after being optioned? Is there an exception for injury replacement? Is it accurate that they have Overton, SanMartin and Cruz on the 15 day IL? Are they managing this correctly? Does the Front Office know what it’s doing about this?

    • Doug Gray

      There is an exception for an injury replacement, yes.

    • BK

      A pitcher must remain in the minors for 15 days after being optioned. However, there is no limitation if the player is recalled to replace a player who goes on the injured list. So, if the Reds decide to place Lodolo on the IL, Herget could be immediately recalled.

    • Optimist

      Thanks – sounds like the Dr, report on Lodolo determines the roster for the next few days. Would then have Abbott and Herget available if Lodolo goes on the IL – that could work.

      Meanwhile – are the other 3 listed on the 15 day IL holding places for MiLB callups to the 40 man? IOW, if they move to the 60 day IL does that free up spots on the 40 man? I believe so, in which case it looks like they’re managing to 6/1 so they have 60-day ILs returning on 8/1 after the trade deadline – which gets spots in the interim for McLain and CES, and one or two others if needed.

      • BK

        Overton, Sanmartin, and Cruz are on the 15-day IL. Any player transferred to the 60-day IL is no longer on the 40-man roster.

  8. GreatRedLegsFan

    If Legumina is not available tomorrow, the bullpen will be limited to a few arms: Young, Sims, Lively and maybe Farmer.

  9. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Stoudt, for just being called up, didn’t do that bad. But, he has got to get the ball down and keep it over the plate more. He looked like he was all arms and chest turn.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Did I just see that right, Bell used Sims for just one pitch? In a close game? Where we are going to have to rely on our relievers the rest of the way?

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes, the box score is correct! Sims threw one (1) pitch and recorded one (1) out and then Bell determined he was done for the day!

      • docproc

        There was discussion by the announcers that he may have been favoring his arm as he walked into the dugout.

      • Jim t

        Sims threw 34 pitches Friday night so Bell had him on a very short leash.

      • David Kuehner

        Did Sims pitch Friday night? Not according to the box score.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        Then, I would think why even have Sims get up? Bell does have options down there. He used a couple right after that.

  10. docproc

    The pitch-clock violation strike on Gurriel was huge. Diaz needed all the help he could get to finish off the final batter of his long stint.

  11. Dennis Westrick

    Question for Doug regarding pitching stats. Since this was a Bullpen Day do the pitching stats for all seven (7) pitchers used in today’s game count towards the Reds bullpen ERA?

    • Melvin

      I’m guessing all but the starter.

  12. Bdh

    To anyone who watched the highlight video at the end of reds live today

    why was there old footage of Cody Reed, John Lamb and Phil Ervin mixed in with the rest of the highlights of todays game? Really strange choice

    • TR

      Maybe the program director is gone for the weekend.

  13. DataDumpster

    Part III. Having cut down my time significantly this season following the Reds due to higher priorities like losing 15 lbs. [check], I tuned it more than usual the last few days. A few of my posts did the hit job on problems that never seemed to go away under Bell, but I was somehow not surprised when Fraley and others rose to the occasion and provided the spark that led to the recent team success. The bullpen (carried by Diaz but supported by several others) was just as impressive. So, there is nothing else to say but congratulations to the team and as a corollary, David Bell. Still have doubts on both ends but for the time being, give credit where it is due, this could have a tail. Just looking for a sorting at mid season and the callups and terminations that follow from all of the above.

    • Tom Reeves

      I have my doubts on Bell as a tactician but I have no doubts that this his teams play hard and are gritty like he was as a player. And talent does alleviate a lot of the tactical issues.

  14. LarkinPhillips

    I am very interested in the Bats lineup tonight and who is used as pitchers for them tonight. Krall is going to have to make a few moves for tomorrow’s game. Maybe a few IL moves with Lodolo, Legumina, and Friedl.

    • Mark Moore

      If that is the case, travel has to already be in progress. We shall see when the lineup is posted.

      • Melvin

        Still not yet. It would be cool to get Abbott and McLain up for tomorrow.

      • DHud

        McClain EDLC CES all in the bats lineup

      • Kevin H

        Hopkins not in the lineup, could be a day off, however stay tuned. He isn’t on 40 man roster though.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    If my research is correct, the Reds were 12-27 after 39 games last season! Contrast that with their current 18-21 record. Bullpen success has to be one of the reasons I’m guessing!

    • TR

      My confidence in possible Red’s success has certainly increased with recent bullpen performance.

    • Harry Stoner

      12-27 after the 3-22 start means that they went 9-5 over that 14 game stretch.

      They actually played better than they have this year, at least for that stretch.

  16. Protime

    I attended the game today a several things stood out: grit, effort, timely hitting, and a a reliable bullpen. Diaz closer toughness was noteworthy. What a difference a year makes. I was pleasantly surprise to see numerous Reds fans in attendance.

    • Rut

      Went to last nite’s game and today’s as well. Fun couple of games for a Reds fan!

  17. Jim Walker

    The Louisville lineup for Saturday (finally) is posted. The “Big 3” are all in it as are Benson & Reynolds but NOT Hopkins. Chuckie Robinson also is NOT in the lineup but that looks like a regular catching rotation to me.

  18. Brian Rutherford

    This was posted on Doug’s other site but I thought it was so good I woulds post it here for everyone who might not check out his other stuff. This might be post of the year so far:

    This is intended as a general comment to many of the positions and complaints I continually see on this site. With respect to every decision we should keep in mind the following:

    1. Many of us, including former players and astute (and not so astute) fans associated with the game for decades, seem to think that we know more, have better judgment, and are smarter than the coaching and management teams. That is simply not true. On the very best day, we can only hope to be even in that category.

    2. We question moves (or non-moves) without the benefit of all of the facts that affect the decision. By definition, that makes some of our positions potentially inferior.

    3. We don’t live with the players on a daily basis and thus don’t know the daily specifics as to player health/well-being, availability, logistics, etc. as closely as the coaching and management teams.

    4. No one wants this franchise to succeed more than the coaching and management teams. We might be fanatics, but in most cases they are not only fanatics but also have their entire livelihood wrapped up in the enterprise. I realize that on this point a decision maker might for personal reason put short term success ahead of long term success. That is a legitimate concern.

    5. This is not a science or math discipline where there is always only one right answer. Many decisions are difficult, and two experienced, intelligent decision makers might differ on the direction to take.

    To be clear, I’m not talking about ownership’s refusal to invest at a level commensurate with a majority of the other teams, and how that affects the results. What I’m talking about are roster and line-up decisions made on a daily basis that are constrained by the stable of assets on hand, that are made by folks that are at least as smart/skilled as the smartest/skilled commenters on this site, that are often made based on more facts that we have, and that are made with (at least the intent) to enhance the success of the enterprise. I wish that more often we started with the general proposition that the decision is the right one (or at least a reasonable one) under the circumstances, and then ask ourselves why, when it appears to us to be different than the decision that we might have made (knowing what we know).

    I realize that sniping and griping are part of the deal on a site like this. But we might collectively get more out of this if we didn’t continually jump to the conclusion that we’re dealing with idiots. That is just not so.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Very nice thought. However, what more can we “get out of this?” I come here to “voice my thoughts” and hear what other “inferior” people think.

      • Brian Rutherford

        Nobody called anyone inferior. There was only the mention that some positions may not have all the relevant information and are inferior because of lack of information.

        I also wasn’t saying people shouldn’t post. I read this post on Doug’s Minor League website and thought it was well thought out and didn’t attack anyone.

        How you took it so personally I have no idea. I guess I’m not too bright.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Brian, sorry I was being a bit sarcastic there and it clearly didn’t come across from my side. The post was well thought out, and many times the comments on here come from no information on than after the play went wrong.

        I was definitely joking and didn’t get offended there at all.

    • Rednat

      good post. from my standpoint, I am not really upset at ownership or managers as I am as how the game (really league) has evolved over the past couple of decades. The reds have not really adapted well to 21st century major league baseball and this has spanned many managers and 2 owners.

      I AM 73 NOW and most of my adult life was spent during what i consider the BRM ERA (from the late 60s ending in 1999 with that entertaining club). This era was played on astroturf where speed and defense dominated and the reds certainly had their share of success. This 21st century era has been dominated by pitching, Homeruns and defensive shifts and advanced stats and the reds just have struggled despite having 2 generational stars In Joey Votto and Griffey JUNIOR.

      I think what you see on this site is more frustration rather than “sniping and griping” really. I think as reds fans we certainly have the right to be frustrated at this point and thank Goodness Doug lets us vent our frustration on a daily basis as long as we use clean language. It is only natural to think negatively at this point be cause we have been so bad for so long. I think if and when the REDS START WINNING AGAIN YOU will stop seeing as much “jumping to conclusions”

      • Doug Gray

        I don’t know how true that last part of your comment is. I saw something the other day about “fan misery” in baseball and the Dodgers were in the top 5. THE DODGERS. The Reds, somehow, were not even in the top 10 (the list only had 10 teams on it, so I can’t say just how far down the list they were). I don’t know how the list was calculated and all of that, but it was actually full of teams that were good.

    • VaRedsFan

      I generally agree with all of the points.
      I am not a fan of the manager, David Bell. But that doesn’t mean that every little thing he does is wrong, no matter the result. Many here like to react to “every little thing”…which is fine, but at least look at it a little objectively.

      Lastly, there is no amount of “secret information” available to explain Bell’s usage of Strickland last year. Thank goodness Krall removed that option from Bell’s tool chest this year.

    • JB WV

      Thanks for the post Brian and really it’s common sense. I’ve luckily been successful in the restaurant business for a long time, but if I had thousand bucks for every time someone said “you know what you should do” I could buy this franchise. They didn’t go to culinary school, get a business degree, and put in the necessary toil over the years but it seems so simple, right? And the high percentage of failures of independent restaurants mostly can be traced to those folks that have never been in the business. To sum it up, David Bell has forgotten more baseball than most of us will ever know.

  19. DHud

    Abbott getting roughed up a bit tonight

  20. Melvin

    Matt McLain so far tonight. 1-2, BB, HBP, 3RBI….he now leads the league in RBI with 40 in 37 games.

  21. Mark Moore

    Watching the L’Ville game … McLain looks like a complete shrimp next to ELDC 😀

    • Melvin

      Yep. Kind of like Aquino and Lopez. 🙂

  22. Melvin

    Another walk for McLain. The man is an on base machine.

    • Mark Moore

      But they keep letting Columbus climb back into the game.

      • Melvin

        Bats relief pitching is terrible. Abbott I thought had a pretty good game except for a couple of home runs to the same guy.

  23. Melvin

    Pereda, in limited time, is another catcher that’s hitting pretty well.

  24. Mark Moore

    Kuhnel looks tired to me … like “why am I still in AAA” tired 😀

  25. Mark Moore

    Those Redbirds really trying to let Columbus back into the game.

      • Mark Moore

        Pretty much with the BB he just issued.

      • Melvin

        Like I said their bullpen is just plain bad. Last night they had Martini pitch in the 9th only five runs down. I think he got three outs right away. lol

  26. Mark Moore

    Kind of looks like Kuhnel isn’t the answer for any bullpen help. We’re seeing why he’s playing AAA ball.

  27. Melvin

    At least we get to see the Big Three hit again. 🙂

  28. Mark Moore

    I need to head for bed. Meltdown almost complete in L’ville now. Nothing more to watch, really.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. Have a good night. I’m going to stay and watch the Big Three hit again at least.

  29. Melvin

    Louisville has lost several games like this already having scored many runs only to be outscored.

    • JayTheRed

      There is some great hitting going on at AAA. The pitching is a big different story there though.

  30. wolfcycle

    which should temper our expectations of the big 3

  31. old-school

    Unbelievable win and this team is FUN to watch. They play hard, they don’t quit and the term I would use to describe them is hungry. Thats a direct result of a roster turnover with young aggressive players trying to prove themselves.

    Fraley is on fire and now carrying the offense. Friedl has been great, India is back to ROY. Stephenson is coming on and understandable slow start after his 2022 injuries. Senzel is meaningfully contributing and Steer hits the ball hard a lot. The big 3 are up and down but mostly getting better. The bullpen? I will gladly eat crow on this one. Didn’t see Ian Gibault and company performing this well 35 games in but Coors field is coming too. Alexis Diaz is tied for 2nd in saves with Bednar behind some guy named Josh Hader. The kid is an elite closer and what a gutty performance yesterday.

    This may be the high water mark for the season. Who knows? But this young HUNGRY team is fun to watch and I can see a core nucleus of players to build around.

    • Jim t

      @Old-School agree this is a fun team to follow but being a baseball fan and a reds fan since the late 50’s I really have little choice but to follow the team.
      My hope is that Ownership feels the same way and uses their resources to put the kind of product the fans deserve. I do have my doubts. But I will keep watching.

  32. Old-school

    From Charlie Goldsmith:

    “ I went out with every intention to go to Alex, who we didnt really want to use today. But the conviction behind what Alexis had to say and wanting to finish the game, who am I to not give him the opportunity? And the rest of the infield…not that there was translation needed….made sure I understood what he was saying and wanting to finish the game. Sometimes, you stay out of it and let the players play.”

    Who is this David Bell guy?

    Diaz: :
    “ To be honest, Im just exhausted. Im really tired. Im also happy I was able to get that out. My heart was all out there.I put it all out there to get the job done.”

    • Harry Stoner

      Get Bell a DuoLingo subscription so he can talk with his players.

    • Melvin

      “Sometimes, you stay out of it and let the players play.”

      That was a David Bell quote?

  33. LDS

    Barrero and Fraley out today. Yes, it’s a left handed pitcher and neither of them are hitting LH’ers this year or in Fraley’s case ever. However, Fraley has essentially won the last two games and Barrero, who hit LH’ers well before his injury, hit well enough the last couple of games, setting the plate for a Fraley HR each night, Bell needs to give them a chance to play every day. Do I expect Fraley to reverse his career trend and suddenly hit LH’ers. Not necessarily, but he’s hitting .400+ over the last week with a 1.5+ OPS. You don’t bench that. And will Barrero start hitting LH’ers. Maybe, but we’ll never find out. Go with the momentum, especially when riding a 3 game winning streak. As for the unknown unknowns commented on by Brian above (well written post), it’s a variation of the “appeal to authority” fallacy. Bell doesn’t manage the way he does because of non-public knowledge. He manages the way he does because that’s who he is.

    • Kevin H

      I agree LDS, well known Fraley doesn’t hit left handed pitching well, however go with the hot hitter. I agree too Barrero needs to play build on his last two games.

      People say this and that. I am first to admit I don’t know what goes on in the locker room etc.

      I do know you don’t pull a “starter ” who has 53 pitches and use close to your whole bullpen. Now Gibaut and Diaz I would assume out for today’s game. Farmer maybe too or should be as I think he pitched 30 pitches?

    • DHud

      I’m going to just keep telling myself it’s cause Fraley has played 5 in a row and not this BS “hE cAnT hIt LeFtIeS” nonsense…

      • DHud

        Doug, I get the splits on his baseball card.

        But 1) he’s a much improved hitter the last two seasons – let him have the opportunity to show improvement and 2) who would the reds rather have in the lineup today – the guy with 10 RBI in the last 4 games or the guy who’s 4/31 in May?

      • Doug Gray

        Maybe he’s “improved the last two seasons” because he’s stopped being put in the batters box against left-handed pitchers.

      • old-school

        @ DHud. Im with you. I hate the 26-27 yo good lefty hitter that is pigeon holed he cant ever hit lefties and the AAAA righty platoon du jour can. I fought that with Winker years back when Bell Started Matt Davidson at DH and many others who are out of baseball over Winker. Winker hit a liner 106 mph off a Josh hader FB and i was convinced if he can do that just give him more at bats. But, alas, Winker has become a lefty platoon DH because his defense is bad and he cant hit lefties. I do think its fair to question who Bell pinch hits or platoons Fraley for and if its not Nick Senzel or a Donovan Solano type last year or Stephenson or Fairchild….thats a fair criticism.

        Scooter Gennett did come to hit lefties for the Reds after the Brewers DFA’d him never giving him opportunities.

      • Melvin

        One fact is indisputable. He has no chance of hitting a lefty today if he doesn’t face him.

    • DataDumpster

      1) Slumps and periods of momentum are hallmarks of this game, why fight against it?
      2) How can players learn to hit LH if rarely give a live game chance?
      3) How can we build a team of 8 starters if we need 12 guys just to handle the nearly mandatory platoons?
      4) How can we truly evaluate if either of these two guys are keepers beyond this year without giving then every opportunity to show that they are?
      5) Why not take advantage of Fraley’s uncommon talent to become explosive in play (every so often in short periods)?
      6) Why do I and so many others persist in driving home points about David Bell that would seem intuitively obvious to astute observers of this game and basic athletic sensibilities/modicums?

    • Votto4life

      Another one of David Bell’s Sunday/Getaway line ups. It seems like he is always willing to concede the final game of a series.

    • JB WV

      True, but you have a hot bat in waiting when this lefty gets pulled, which he will, and maybe in a critical situation.

    • Melvin

      “Do I expect Fraley to reverse his career trend and suddenly hit LH’ers. Not necessarily, but he’s hitting .400+ over the last week with a 1.5+ OPS. You don’t bench that.”

      I agree. Especially since the guys replacing him aren’t exactly good hitters to begin with much less are they “hot” hitters at the moment. Oh well.

  34. Old-school

    This is why Abbott wasnt called up yesterday because they knew they would send Stoudt right back down and fortify the bullpen with multiple add-ones today.. Still a chance Abbott starts Friday night at GABP

    • DHud

      Good for reinforcements but by my math they’re still a 40 man and an active roster spot short?

      +2 Bracho and Busenitz selected
      -1 Sanmartin to 60 and…?

      +3 Herget, Bracho, and Busenitz (presumably) up
      -2 Stoudt down, Legumina IL, and…?

      • DHud

        Kevin H that’d be my guess, the above is just what’s been released so far

      • Old-school

        C’mon Kevin. It’s not a message board and it’s not the DL and you are not new here. Let’s pick things up!

        Just kidding, lol.