The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox will wrap up their 3-game series at Fenway Park this evening. After taking the first two games of the series the Reds will look to complete their second straight sweep on the road. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Boston Red Sox

Kevin Newman – 3B Alex Verdugo – RF
Matt McLain – SS Rafael Devers – 3B
Jonathan India – 2B Justin Turner – DH
Spencer Steer – 1B Masataka Yoshida – LF
Tyler Stephenson – DH Jarren Duran – CF
Stuart Fairchild – RF Enrique Hernandez – SS
Nick Senzel – LF Triston Casas – 1B
Jose Barrero – CF Connor Wong – C
Curt Casali – C Enmanuel Valdez – 2B
Hunter Greene – RHP Chris Sale – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Hunter Greene 56.0 4.18 1.38 22 80
Chris Sale 55.1 4.72 1.16 14 65
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Chris Sale’s Stats

Hunter Greene

After struggling for much of May, Hunter Greene closed out the month with his best start of the season with six hitless innings against the Cubs where he walked two and struck out 11 batters.

When it comes to lefties and righties, Hunter Greene pitches much better against lefties than he does righties. This season lefties have an OPS of .630 against him while hitting for way less power and striking out significantly more often. Righties are hitting well across the board against him, with a .904 OPS and plenty of power. Not shown below in his splits are the home and road splits, which are significant. His OPS against on the road is 142 points lower and his ERA is 1.77 runs lower.


RHH 124 33 11 0 6 9 35 .292 .355 .549
LHH 120 22 5 1 2 13 45 .208 .300 .330

Pitch Usage

4-seam Slider Change
Velo 99.1 88.8 92.2
Usage 54% 40% 6%

Chris Sale

It was a tough start to the season for Chris Sale. Through his first five starts his ERA was 8.22 and he had allowed 30 hits and 10 walks in 23.0 innings pitched. In his next five starts he posted a 2.23 ERA with just 20 hits and four walks in 32.1 innings.

Left-handed hitters have been able to find success against Chris Sale this season – but with a caveat. Teams just aren’t allowing many lefties to face him. He’s only had to face a lefty 38 times this season in his 10 games and it’s only been the best of the best teams had to offer. Right-handed hitters haven’t been too successful against him, posting a .699 OPS against him on the year.


RHH 195 41 9 2 6 12 52 .232 .292 .407
LHH 38 9 2 0 2 2 13 .265 .342 .500

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 94.9 93.6 79.2 86.8
Usage 46% 11% 32% 10%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Fenway Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 67°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Nick Lodolo is still in a boot and will continue to be

Joey Votto is mentoring the club while on the IL

This morning Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer published a piece on Joey Votto and how he’s been working with, talking to, providing insight and advice to the team while he works his way back from his shoulder surgery.

Spencer Steer on his change in hitting mechanics

David Laurila of Fangraphs sat down and talked with Spencer Steer about his hitting and there’s a lot of good stuff in there about how some mechanical changes have helped him find power over the past few seasons.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 29 26 0.0 56.4%
Pirates 28 27 1.0 13.0%
Reds 26 29 3.0 3.7%
Cardinals 25 32 5.0 38.1%
Cubs 24 31 5.0 13.9%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

222 Responses

  1. CI3J

    Wow, Kevin Newman hitting leadoff.

    I thought you usually wanted your best hitters hitting there?

    • Harry Stoner

      Newman batted leadoff yesterday against a lefty, too.

      Went 2-4 and scored a run.

      Lefty for Boston again this evening.

      Friedl hits lefties pretty well, but it seems he’s not 100% yet.

      McLain at leadoff wouldn’t hurt.

      I’m not sold on India at #3 but why not give it a try?

      Things will change again when the Young Turks arrive.

    • BK

      Just to add the data … Newman’s 2023 slash line against LHP: .320/.393/.500; OPS, .893. He’s been on fire the last two weeks used mainly against LHP. Personally, I’d prefer Senzel at the top of the lineup against LHP, but the overall approach is working.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Against lefties, he is .320/.393/.500.

    • Tampa Red

      Newman batted lead off last night, went 2-4 and was a big part of the 3-run 7th inning. In the month of May, he hit .323 with an .804 OPS in 62 AB’s. He’s always hit lefties well. I’m thinking all that factored into the lineup decision, but who knows?

    • Brian Rutherford

      I guess when you’re right, you’re right.


    • SteveAReno

      Newman has two doubles tonight and busted in our first run. Coaching staff knows who is best tonight and that’s why you are at home typing on a screen anonymously beating up on our guys.

      • Mario

        Coaching staff knows so much, why was Herget left to face 6 batters? Seems like 3 too many?

  2. JB

    Amazing their playoff odds are still that low. 90 Reds weren’t taken to serious either. You Gotta Believe!!

    • Votto4life

      Cardinals are overrated in my opinion. Also, the Cubs are not four times more likely to win than the Reds.

      • 2020ball

        The odds take into account team’s pythag, and its how I prefer to view standings when I look at them (this is of course at the same time taking everything I see with a grain of salt). The Cards by just a simple look at how many runs they’ve scored versus given up and their record should probably be better. They are a way better team than they’ve performed and if I was a betting man they’d have my money as the favorite still.

        The way these playoffs odds work though is they’re always changing throughout the year. They’re meant to be looked at over a long period of time. It’s very early so there’s a team out there that will significantly beat these simple projections.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Yeah, fangraphs is great(sure) They had the preseason favorites for the World Series of San Diego and Toronto
      Give me a break, no better than Carnac, for those of you who remember Johnny Carson.

      • JB

        Lol. I wonder if the dude at Fangraphs wears the hat and get up like Carson when he predicts it.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, the splits are upside down today. A righty as Greene who pitches better against lefties and a southpaw having a good performance facing RHH as Sale has did so far. The Reds lineup heavy right handed today is risky facing Sale but they have a momentum right now hopefully stay unstoppable…. Go Reds and sweep them all!

    • 2020ball

      I can’t think of a single lefty on this team I want facing Sale. Friedl sure, but he’s injured.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Same game parlay:

    HG Sale 5+ks each, McLain 1+ hit, under 11.5. $50 pays $176

    Going to the game tomorrow. Weird start time so thinking suntan lotion is a must. Could it be EDLCs first game?

    • Jim Walker

      EDLC is in the lineup at Louisville tonight but as the DH. First time I recall this. Guess we will find out when we find out.

      • BK

        Good catch, Jim! I just looked at his game logs and this in fact is his first as DH this year. Also, his last 13 games have been at SS. Probably a good cue about the Red’s future plans for him.

      • Old-school

        Is that a keep his hitting rhythm going but no injury in the field prior to his uber ride up 71?

      • JB

        Old School I will go get him and drive him up if needed.

      • Melvin

        Yep. Not only that but Lopez is playing SS and once again proving that, as a BACKUP, he can play there and that there is depth in AAA. Could possibly be a sign that Newman may not have a long time left playing for the Reds. Lopez hitting fairly well and showing some power this year with 4 HR and 12 doubles.


      • Melvin

        “Old School I will go get him and drive him up if needed.”

        I’ll pay for your gas if it will help el cheapo Big Bob to bring him up sooner. 😉

  5. LDS

    The Brewers, having already lost, a Reds win would be a big deal. It’s also getting hard to see what Votto’s role would be were he to return. Benching Steer seems like a bad idea. DH against RHers?

    • BK

      That’s what I would expect. I’ve been happy that neither the Reds nor Votto are pushing the issue. The last thing he needs is to be a perpetual rally killer on a young, exciting team. I’m still optimistic that he’ll be able to help the team later this season.

  6. Dennis Westrick

    Actually OK with Bell’s batting order tonight with the exception of Senzel. Would like to see Senzel a little higher in the order, maybe ahead of Fairchild?

    In any event, the Reds batters need to be patient against Sale and just put the ball in play!

    Would love a sweep at Fenway to follow up the sweep at Wrigley! A 6 game winning streak on the road would be impressive!

    • CI3J

      Agree, it’s not a terrible batting order, but I do agree about moving Senzel up. Get your better hitters more ABs!

      • 2020ball

        Well the top 4 are your best with a LHP on the mound. The next three feels pretty interchangeable to me, I want TS to get ABs but you could also drop him a bit too.

        Either way completely agreed on better hitters, more ABs. The order is not that important to me, but thats personal opinion.

      • SteveAReno

        In the beginning, your first post acted like it was terrible, bashing Newman.

  7. Mark Moore

    Here’s to the boys playing in a relaxed fashion and taking it to Sale. And to Hunter having an efficient and effective outing.

  8. Old-school

    Just caught a few radio things on lance McCalister but I think he said Reds have shutouts this year- all caught by Curt Casali. Also his catching ERA is 3.38? May be off but the point was Casali is helping pitchers

    I guess with Greene up and down.., should be an interesting start to see if Casali is a stabilizing difference maker

  9. Brian Rutherford

    I hope they continue to be patient and run up Sale’s pitch count like they have with others lately. A patient approach will show dividends later in the game if they are fortunate.

    As a fan I feel fortunate for this team to follow. They always give tremendous effort and keep the game interesting.

    Go Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      Careful, Brian. Hope is a dangerous thing … 😛

  10. Mark Moore

    Attaboy, Kevin. Find a way to get on right away.

    • JB

      It’s why he hits first against lefties.

      • CI3J

        Agree, it’s nice to see him building up his trade value. 🙂

  11. JB

    Come on boys , just get the pitch count up and get into the bullpen

  12. Old-school

    Sale looks unhittable.
    Glad the Reds won the series last night.

    Newman hit was a jam shot blooper 66 mph 204 foot bleeder in no mans land over 2nd base head. No hitter has been eliminated.

  13. GPod

    OK….can see right away that Greene is gonna have to be on his game tonite, cause Sale looks like he’s gonna be difficult

  14. Mark Moore

    Not sure more patience would have helped. Sale looked pretty “on” in that inning.

  15. GPod

    OK….Greene looks “on” too……..first team to 1 wins!

    • Mark Moore

      It’s possible. Not likely in Fenway, but possible.

  16. JB

    Paxton was on last night as well. Reds got to him. Let’s not throw in the towel so early.

  17. Beaufort Red

    What are you gonna do C 13 J when after the trade deadline Barrero is at AAA and Newman is still on the roster. Just a hunch.

    • Harry Stoner

      Hope along with the rest of us that Newman has been taking some reps in CF.

      • Melvin

        Someone suggested he take reps in RF as a platoon partner with Fraley. As long as he’s on the team I see no reason not to try this. Could work.

  18. Michael E

    11 outs in the game, 10 of them via K

  19. Mark Moore

    Ran up the pitch count, but at least no damage done.

    Time to get to Sale.

  20. Michael E

    12 outs, 10 via K
    Did take Greene 27 pitches in the 2nd though. Sale will probably have a similar pitch count inning though.
    Maybe just a matter of which one can pitch deeper into the game. Red Sox lineup isn’t very intimidating. Reds might be just as good or better at this point.

  21. David

    At this rate, Greene will be lucky to get to 5 innings. 43 pitches after two innings.

    He throws hard, but pitching is still something he has to master.

  22. Andy

    Until Greens figures out how to pitch to some type of contact he is destined for 5 inning outings

    45 pitches through 2 innings. Live strikeouts but they take a lot of pitches

  23. Harry Stoner

    Wow. Super predictable series of pitches to Barerro.

    Got to learn to foul that junk off.

  24. Dennis Westrick

    Hate to say it and be so negative so early in the game but I just don’t see Greene ever being more than a 5 or 6 inning starter due to his high pitch counts! He just seems to struggle putting batters away after getting ahead early in the count!

    Yes, I know he’s young and still learning but I’m seeing a similar pattern again tonight! He’s at 46, yes, 46 pitches after only 2 innings! That’s nearly twice as many as Sale has thru 2 innings!

    At least Greene has not yielded a long ball or any runs! Hope he has a couple of low pitch innings ahead! He’s impressive no doubt and I love his stuff!

    Much to learn Grasshopper!

    • Michael E

      He definitely needs that “put away” pitch. It would help if his fastball had more movement.

      He needs a cutter or split-finger I think to really become a beast, that or a nasty change up.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Agreed! ML batters can adjust AND hit fastballs, especially if the pitch is in the hitting zone with little or NO horizontal or vertical movement!

  25. Mark Moore

    Well, Newman has Sale’s number.

  26. JB

    Does anybody still wonder why Newman is hitting first? Lol

  27. Melvin

    Newman still “upping” his trade value. 🙂

    • Beaufort Red

      Why wait til the trade deadline. Trade Newman now while he’s hot.?

      • Harry Stoner

        Trade him mid-game before he makes an out and lowers his value.

        Even easier: trade him to Boston.


      • JB

        Why trade him? He is a great bench piece that doesn’t need to play everyday when EDLC comes up. You don’t want Steer, EDLC, McLain, India or Senzel sitting everyday. Newman is a great 12th or 13th man. Kills lefties and plays good defense.

    • SteveAReno

      Ugly backhanded compliments for Newman. Become a fan and pull for all our guys.

      • Melvin

        Now how do you know I’m not happy for him? lol I’m happy for any guy that does well. 🙂

  28. Dennis Westrick

    Newman taking a break from filming Seinfeld 2.0! Gives Reds early lead! Hope his RBI double ignites the Reds offense!

  29. Mark Moore

    Those last two outs were good signs to me. Hitting Sale and avoiding K’s will end up to our good.

    • Beaufort Red

      Before all the Newman doubters get too excited , I was being facetious.

  30. Harry Stoner

    So does this make 9 consecutive innings with Greene not giving up a…….?

    • Daytonnati

      Yes. I was logging in to post that.

    • Kevin H

      a run yes, 9 consecutive innings of not giving up a run 😀

  31. JB

    Greene with a 7 ? Pitch inning. Big pitch inning in second but if I’m not wrong, doesn’t he always have a big second inning?

  32. Kevin H

    Hunter Greene is still young and remember two years he didn’t pitch 2020 and he was injured I think in 2019. So in saying that he is learning how to pitch and is showing that he can pitch and not just throw.

    As the song guns and roses ” Just a little patience” 😀

    • Tom Diesman

      As Crash Davis says, “ Relax. Alright, don’t try to strike everybody out. Strike outs are boring, besides that, they’re facist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic.”

      • David

        Everything I learned about baseball was either in “Bull Durham” or “Field of Dreams”.
        Does that make me a fan of Kevin Costner? Well, no, not really. 😉

        I did not like “For the Love of the Game”. That was greasy stupid.

  33. Mark Moore

    Yep. Got to challenge him there. But TySteve needs to move up as soon as he sees the ball going home.

  34. JB

    Just not deep enough in this little band box.

  35. Harry Stoner

    Ugh. Stevenson didn’t advance?

  36. Mark Moore

    Maybe this gets a blocking the plate call … maybe.

  37. JB

    Should be blocking the plate. Steer never had a chance.

    • JB

      I mean he has no were to touch the plate. Even his right leg is blocking the plate

  38. Dennis Westrick

    Bad decision to send Steer followed by bad baserunning by Ty Steve! Can’t keep failing to score runners from 3rd with NO OUTS!

    Just let Sale and the Red Sox off the hook!

    • Mark Moore

      I disagree. I think you send Steer and make the OF make that perfect throw.

      I agree TySteve should be on 3rd. No brainer there.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Most of the time I would agree with you Mark! But, I respectfully disagree with you in this particular situation! Why? Because you had Senzel on deck and after the flyout, you still have 2 chances to drive in the run(s). It was a risky call so early in the game IMO!

      • Mark Moore

        I get that Dennis. My reasoning had to do with Sale being “on”. That’s a moo point now (meaning even a cow would understand it). 😀

  39. Mark Moore

    After review, we didn’t want to enrage the Fenway Faithful and we’ll let it stand.

    Crap call out of NY.

  40. Mark Moore

    If Sale comes up lame here, that’s a first in his career, isn’t it?


  41. Mark Moore

    Let’s hope Jose has been paying attention …

    Nevermind, Sale is coming out.

  42. old-school

    Sale and Greene had a good ole good one going. Hope Sale is ok.
    Now win this.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hate to see an injury to any ballplayer on either team! Hope it’s not serious for Sale! Now we need to take advantage and score some more runs and win this game!

  43. docproc

    I would have hit Fraley or (if healthy) Friedl for Barrero there.

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Hate to see an injury to any ballplayer on either team! Hope it’s not serious for Sale! Now we need to take advantage and score some more runs and win this game!

    • Mark Moore

      Sale has a history of injuries. I also hope it isn’t serious.

      Tough break for Barrero on that one. Hope we can limit it to a run.

  45. Dennis Westrick

    Barrero was NOT patient there! Make the new pitcher work a little bit!

  46. Mark Moore

    Greene needs to bear down a bit here.

  47. Dennis Westrick

    Wow! One of the few guys who can hurt you in this Red Sox line up is Devers! Let’s see how Greene responds!

  48. Brian Rutherford

    Kevin Youklis is doing TV for the Sox and just said how hard it is to see this time of night. Literally right before the hit

    • Mark Moore

      Kevin played enough games there to know.

  49. CI3J

    Wheels are wobbling for Greene…

    Let’s see if he can straighten up.

  50. Kevin H

    Double play ball would be great right about now

    • Kevin H

      or two pitches and two outs work too LOL

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Watching Greene work, with all his talent, is just frustrating! Who’s calling the pitches? Casali or the bench?

    • Kevin H

      I believe Casali if I understand the Cowboy on the radio correctly.

    • Mark Moore

      I suspect it’s mainly the bench with some ability to override by Casali.

  52. CI3J

    2 pitches, and he’s out of trouble.

    That was quick.

  53. Melvin

    De La Cruz struggling tonight with 4 Ks. CES has one walk.

    • Mark Moore

      Mama said there’d be days like this

    • Old-school

      Im going to be the only one that pumps the breaks on EDLC.

      AAA pitching sucks at the back end in 6 game series in 6 days.

      EDLC is good against starters…but not fabulous….OPS .800( Lance McCalister)

      Hes obliterating the bad AAA bullpens late in games which doesnt really correlate to MLB. Hes destroying bad AAA bullpens. But, that might be why needs to come up…be challenged.

    • Kevin H

      @ Melvin It happens, De La Cruz I think will be a great MLB player.

      • JB

        He is also the DH tonight for the first time. Who knows maybe that has something to do with it. Alot of guys can’t DH. They can’t just turn it on when it’s their at bat. They need to play the field. But who knows. He had a bad game out of many. He is human.

      • Melvin

        Maybe he’s too pumped up because he knows he’s coming to the majors tomorrow? 🙂

      • Melvin

        He’s REALLY pumped. That’s five now. – Calm down buddy. Basics of hitting. 🙂

        CES with another walk.

  54. Kevin H

    So just saw the Video of Steer sliding into home. I thought the rules stated the catcher has to give a sliding lane? There was no sliding lane given.

    • Mark Moore

      Completely blown call by NY (and the crew on the field).

      • Dennis Westrick

        I thought the rule was put in place to prevent injuries! Blocking the plate definitely does not reduce the risk of injury and was supposed to result in the runner being called safe! Watched the replay on ESPN and the umps AND the replay officials definitely got this one wrong!

    • JB

      Playing in Boston. The ump wants to make it home tonight.

      • Mark Moore

        See my comment above on that matter 😀

  55. Mark Moore

    Senzel is playing a serviceable LF in Fenway. I see that as a good thing.

  56. Daytonnati

    Barrero trying too hard to make amends.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Still has visions of that Grand Slam in his head!

  57. Indy Red Man

    We’re playing well, but they’re still stranding guys like crazy. How do you hit back to back doubles off the wall without scoring? I guess it was a tough read by Steer

    • Mark Moore

      Very hard to read. It probably should have been caught and he was looking to tag up.

    • JB

      Because he couldn’t tell if the ball hit the wall or centerfielders glove and then the centerfielder still had a chance to catch the bobble.

  58. Kevin H

    Seems like Greene had Devers struck out in that ab

    • Mark Moore

      He did. Got squeezed on the high, inside corner call.

      • Mark Moore

        It’s been a strike multiple times tonight.

        No problem as Greene gets that last out of the 6th.

  59. Kevin H

    Great pitching performance by Greene. Ace in the making!!!

  60. Indy Red Man

    All the complaints about HGs pitch count? It just is what it is? He’s a strikeout pitcher and he works the top of the zone alot. He’s not going to get many double plays. As long as he’s not walking guys then we’ll have to live with 5-6 innings except for rare occasions.

    • JB

      He gets that changeup figured out, he will be lights out.

    • Mark Moore

      Cowboy gave some great analysis the other night. These kids get capped at 100 pitches (some at 75) in the minors. The days of 130+ pitches ala Steve Carlton or Tom Seaver are long gone.

      So getting 6 inning consistently out of a stud like Greene and sometimes getting 7 or 8 is what we need to expect as the baseline. And some days it will be 5 innings.

      Hope the guys pick him up right here so he can get the W.

      • Melvin

        I can live with six innings and one run out of our starters. 🙂

  61. old-school

    Greene goes 6. That ball is gone in GABP
    Barrero needs to play more CF. He has the tools.. just needs the innings.

  62. JB

    Greene made it through 6. Relax people he is the Ace.

  63. Dennis Westrick

    Well, at least Greene got thru 6 innings after throwing 46 pitches in the first inning!

    • Doc

      Greene is turning a corner. Pitch counts still high, but getting deeper into games. I expect the trend will be similar pitch counts but deeper still into games.

  64. Dennis Westrick

    Boston bullpen has got to be tired after the last 2 games!

  65. GPod

    i just don’t see it happening for Barrero in Cincinnati

  66. Mark Moore

    I’ve got a sneaking suspicion we’re going to see Kenley Jansen tonight.

  67. Indy Red Man

    Never seen anyone K on garbage out of the zone like Barrero. Nobody . Tools smools.

    • GPod

      you just cannot be swinging at pitches at your forehead

    • Dennis Westrick

      Remember Eugenio Suarez? Similar plate discipline!

    • Brian Rutherford

      Lots of payers have swung at bad pitches. Brings to mind one of my favorite phrases Marty used a bunch:

      “He couldn’t have hit that pitch with an ironing board.”

    • JB

      Yep. I think you know what to say here?

      • Mark Moore

        That would be …

        Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

  68. Tampa Red

    Barrero has way too many totally non-competitive AB’s mixed in with random flashes of a big league hitter. Over a few years, he’s had 433 plate appearances with 28 walks, 160 K’s and a sub-200 batting average.

    I don’t get the fascination with him, but whatever. He’s young, maybe he’ll figure it out….

    • GPod

      too many other good players in the system for him to continue to struggle

    • Indy Red Man

      Because he looks the part. Good athlete with power/speed. If he looked like McLain then he would be selling couches by now

  69. Indy Red Man

    News flash. Gibault, Farmer, and Sims are not the nasty boys. Regression boys maybe…. probably. Go get Graveman from the White Sox

    • JB

      Farmer is alot better than youre giving him. Ever since he has come back from AAA last year he has been great.

    • Kevin H

      Farmer has been one of the best pitchers out of the bullpen this year. Gibaut as well as Sims. Not sure what more fans want

  70. Dennis Westrick

    Running out of innings! Gotta make it happen now!

    • SteveAReno

      Newman is 3 for 4 tonight and too many of our so-called “fans” can’t swallow their pride and say a good thing about him. Frustrating. Perhaps they are Red Sox trolls.

  71. Mark Moore

    Newman really loves hitting in Fenway. I mean REALLY.

    Have to convert here.

  72. Indy Red Man

    Farmer vs Barrero is like a Chevy Impala vs a Delorean. Not a debate. Not in 2023

    • JB

      Barrero needs to stop trying to kill everything. Maybe watch Newman and try to hit it where they ain’t.

    • Melvin

      I have a Chevy Impala so I’ll take that as a compliment. ;)… I guess.

  73. Old-school

    McLain and Newman tie it up. Could be a historic roadtrip

  74. Melvin

    MMc does it again! 😀 Ties it up!

  75. JB

    Should have stole 2nd. Keep out of the double play

  76. Mark Moore

    In a better world, we’re ahead 3-1 right now.

    • JB

      3-0 if Barrero didn’t lose that ball in the sky.

      • Old-school

        Or scored with 2/3 and no one out

      • Mark Moore

        The 1-run was the HR. I was including the lost ball in the mix.

  77. JB

    On a side note, The game 7 home run that Tony Perez hit off of Bill Lee in 75 just landed.

  78. Dennis Westrick

    Somebody wake up Bell, may need Diaz in the 9th!

    • Melvin

      Don’t start cracking me up again. 😀

    • Melvin

      There’s your leadoff walk that you LOVE so much. haha

  79. Bigbill

    No idea why MCClain wasn’t stealing second on that at bat. Needed to get him in scoring position. Great at stealing bases in Minors.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. Just plain doesn’t have it.

  80. Mark Moore

    That may just do it for the night. Jensen is going to come in for the 9th.

  81. Indy Red Man

    This guy hasn’t earned high leverage. Oh well. Having only 1 lefty there is a killer.

    I am cashing another Reds bet unless it gets to 12 runs somehow

  82. Brian Rutherford

    Bell has done a great job with the bullpen. The Reds BP has been good all year. Guys like Kevin Herget would not be on most ML teams but he has found a way to make it work.

    • JB

      Herget has done a nice job for the Reds. Not sure I like this spot for him though.

    • Harry Stoner

      Well….except for this evening.

      Herget has nada and once again Bell lets him (and the team) twist in the wind.

      • Brian Rutherford

        Who do you bring in instead? Sims, Young and Farmer probably not available. Cruz and Salazar got rocked last time. Young is not available.

        Do you bring in Diaz when the lead is already lost?

        You make it sound like Bell doesn’t care about winning or the team. Really?

      • Harry Stoner

        Bell doesn’t have any problem flipping relievers after one batter or after a seven pitch inning.

        So he sets himself up with an all or nothing situation with one reliever when it’s a one run game?

        That’s “a great job with the bullpen”?

        Come on.

        It’s not a matter of whether Bell cares about winning or losing, it’s more a matter if he is capable of winning in complex situations.

        He outthinks himself.

      • Brian Rutherford

        You didn’t give any alternative. You just said he can’t manage a BP and said he made the wrong moves. What would you have done? The team has won 5 in a row for goodness sake.

      • TR

        With a 162 game season, it’s tough to win them all. Two series wins out of a two city road trip is not bad. A solid six innings from HG. No letup as the Brewers and Dodgers come in.

    • LDS

      This is what you call a great job with the bullpen? Second game in the series that Bell has left a reliever in the game that was clearly in trouble. I’m not sure Herget should be on the team either.

      • Brian Rutherford

        Who do you bring in?? The Nasty Boys ain’t out there.

        Herget was just about the only guy except Cruz and Salazar. What moves would you have made?

      • Harry Stoner

        Cruz and Salazar aren’t Diaz.

        They shown they have on days and (really) off days.

        Hegret clearly had nothing.

        How much worse would it have been to take a chance that either Cruz or Salazar might have been on?

        Bad managing, plain and simple.

      • LDS

        If you can’t bring them in, cut them from the team.

  83. Melvin

    That wasn’t good. Balk and a hit.

  84. JB

    Not sure why we left Herget in the game after three batters. I guess we are saving everybody for Milwaukee. Oh well , we didn’t lose any ground to Milwaukee

  85. Mark Moore

    Balk is a killer. That was probably a GIDP if they were at normal defensive depth.

    I’m calling a Clete. Apple game tomorrow, so no video for me. Besides, we’ll go out for dinner and a shopping trip. That 5PM start means I won’t see much of anything.

    Night, all. Still a good series at Fenway.

  86. Ghostrunner_onthird

    Wheels came off fairly quickly.

  87. Harry Stoner

    Bullpen looks like the night before last.

    Except the Reds didn’t have an 8 run lead heading into the train wreck.

  88. Indy Red Man

    C’mon dude? I have under 11.5

  89. Andy

    Herget down Karcher up. He (Karcher) was terrible with walks in April but turned it around in May.

    Could also be Duarte but that would take a 40 man move which could be Herget after tonight

    Grab the bus with Ely and CES and see you in Cincy tomorrow

  90. Dennis Westrick

    Look at the bright side! A 5-1 road trip and only 3 games out of 1st with the 1st place Brewers coming to town!

    Who among us would have predicted that after 56 games in 2023 we would be only 4 games under 500 and within 3 games of 1st in the NL Central as well as one of the 3 Wild Card spots!