As the Cincinnati Reds (59-55) look to put the horror of the past week (and the six game losing streak) behind them, they turn their attention to the Miami Marlins (58-55) for a three game series at Great American Ball Park. It’s another important series for the Reds if they want to stay in playoff contention, as the Marlins are just a half game behind them in the National League wild card standings. Miami comes to town with a four game losing streak of its own, so one team’s losing streak will snap tonight.

First pitch is at 6:40 pm EDT, weather permitting.


Miami Marlins

Cincinnati Reds

2B Jon Berti SS Elly De La Cruz
RF Jorge Soler CF TJ Friedl
DH Josh Bell 3B Spencer Steer
CF Bryan De La Cruz DH Christian Encarnacion-Strand
3B Jake Burger 1B Joey Votto
LF Avisaíl García C Tyler Stephenson
1B Yuli Gurriel 2B Kevin Newman
C Nick Fortes RF Will Benson
SS Joey Wendle LF Stuart Fairchild


Starting Pitchers

Eury Pérez 53.1 2.36 1.09 17 61
Brandon Williamson 68.2 4.85 1.34 29 55
Links: Eury Pérez’s Stats | Brandon Williamson’s Stats

Eury Pérez

The Marlins top pitching prospect makes his return to the big leagues exactly one month after being sent down to Double-A Pensacola to decrease his workload. After optioning him on July 7, the Marlins did not let him appear in a game for 20 days, choosing instead to have him follow a workout plan. Over the last two weeks, Pérez has made two shortened starts of about three innings each in the minors. He returns to the Marlins looking to continue the success he had with them over 11 starts, when he amassed a 2.36 ERA, the lowest ERA (minimum 50 innings) for a pitcher 20 years old or younger in the Live Ball ERA.

The 20-year-old right hander made his MLB debut on May 12 against the Reds in Miami. Ironically, Pérez will begin his next stint in the big leagues against the Reds as well. In his debut, he allowed just two runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Those two runs came by way of home runs from Tyler Stephenson and Jake Fraley (currently on the IL).


RHH 107 24 11 1 3 4% 26% .235 .271 .451
LHH 108 17 4 0 4 12% 31% .179 .278 .347

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 97.6 81.4 86.7 89.9
Usage 45% 15% 30% 11%


Brandon Williamson

Left-hander Brandon Williamson had an impressive July with a 2.45 ERA across five starts. He lowered his ERA to 4.48 after his start against the Dodgers, allowing only two runs in 5.2 innings. But then, Williamson faced the Cubs on Wednesday and allowed five runs on four hits in just 4.1 innings. Hopefully the start in Chicago was just one bad start against a hot team, and he can get back to what he did in July.

Williamson’s home and away splits are about even. He actually has a better ERA at Great American Ball Park, but he’s also pitched about eight more innings at home. He’s walked more batters on the road, but has struck out more batters at home. His numbers are only slightly higher on the road because he’s pitched to less batters on the road (128 plate appearances vs 160 at home).


RHH 230 51 16 1 12 10% 20% .246 .322 .507
LHH 58 12 2 0 0 12% 17% .245 .333 .286

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.4 88.9 73.5 81.7 84.3
Usage 43% 18% 10% 17% 13%



  • Time: 6:40 pm ET
  • Place: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
  • Weather: 73 degrees, mostly cloudy, 60 percent chance of thunderstorms
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Today’s Roster Moves


A New Pitch for Hunter Greene?

Hunter Greene’s getting closer and closer to coming back from his hip injury. He’s been experimenting with a new pitch while rehabbing.


Minor League Notes

The Reds promoted their #11 prospect to High-A Dayton.


Three of four Reds minor league teams won on Sunday.


243 Responses

  1. J

    I’m not an experienced baseball manager, and perhaps Bell has some information that we’re not privy to, but if India is expected to return tomorrow, wouldn’t it make sense for McLain to play today and let him have a day off tomorrow when the starting second baseman is available?

    • TR

      Nice to see CES batting in cleanup position. EDLC needs to back him up in 5th. position. Elly, at this point, is not a leadoff hitter. Too much of a swinger and slugger.

    • Ted Alfred

      I’d really don’t understand sitting McClain in what is certainly the most crucial stretch of the entire season…makes no sense to me. So Newman is starting in place of mclean? Newman’s been basically terrible defensively in the last week and a half…not getting to a lot of balls that McClain or India would have gotten to because he’s too slow…especially the series in Chicago. Miami is starting a right hander tonight… so why again is Newman starting?

      • SteveAReno

        Terrible? Your wrong about that. There have been no errors by Newman. PLus he was just credited for getting the double play.

    • Melvin

      Interesting Bell is playing Newman and Fairchild but not Senzel. I guess they’ll have to have another “closed door meeting”. 🙂

      • old-school

        I think Senzel is DFA’d tomorrow when India is activated.

      • Stock

        First of all Senzel has 3 options so they would not have to DFA him. Just send him to Louisville. Second I see Hopkins returning to Louisville.

  2. LT

    Yep, need this one. Just try to win a few games to stay in the hunt until help comes. Please make Sept mean something.

  3. JB

    Starting a winning streak tonight!! Be back in first by the end of the week!!

  4. Chris

    I’m hoping this is Newman’s swan song, and that he is sent to Louisville when India comes up tomorrow. Newman is the worst hitter on the team and the worst defender based on metrics. It’s just a head scratcher as to why he’s in the lineup tonight, when McLain could rest tomorrow after India arrives. Granted, maybe he’s a bit sore or something.

    • SR

      Agree with you and Ted A. McLain is 8 for 25 in August. Our most consistent hitter. Sit him when/if he slumps. Our offense is down two starters and others are slumping. He is incapable of adjusting his rotational schedule apparently. No situational awareness is a concern constant blind spot for Bell.

      • LarkinPhillips

        One of things that bothers me the most about Bell is when we call up a hot hitter from AAA who is not a big prospect, they often sit the bench for several days before playing. That gets guys out of a rhythm and gives them time to put even more pressure on themselves.

  5. LarkinPhillips

    To everyone question the lineup I will answer you using David Bells own words: “nothing is going to change.”

    Also,I doubt we see India tomorrow.

    • VaRedsFan

      He will be back tomorrow and most likely will DH

      • LarkinPhillips

        Did you read that somewhere o just speculating?

      • VaRedsFan

        Speculating his positioning…based on his reported Tuesday return.
        He said he was ready to be back on day 3-4 of his IL stint.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Dang. I was hoping you had seen something I hadn’t and he was for sure back tomorrow.

  6. Soto

    The Reds really need a patient approach tonight. Get the young pitchers pitch count up early and make them use a lot of bullpen arms in game one. This is nearly a must-win series. Time to get back on track. I predict CES starts to find his power groove tonight.

    • BuzzKutter

      Just a few pitches and 4ks through 2. It’s not looking like the game plan.

  7. JB

    Soler was shocked it went out. Welcome to the Little League Field.

  8. Mark A Verticchio

    That may be one more than this line up can score.

    • Mark Moore

      If we turn in a performance like that first inning it will be.

  9. Mark Moore

    Not a bad inning from Williamson. Even Soler thought that ball was an out. Maybe we’ll get the benefit of some “carry” tonight?

    Time to Squish some Phish!

    • BuzzKutter

      That is if they can actually put the ball in play!

  10. Mark Moore

    Good to see EDLC leading off and showing plate discipline right out of the gate.

  11. Mark Moore

    Yep. Showing patience against the kid who hasn’t pitched in the bigs since July 6th and is probably on about a 90-pitch limit. He’s already thrown considerably more innings than ever before in his career. And he’s 20.

  12. Randoxu1

    If Larkin can see the miserable plate discipline by Edlc then I guess Bell can’t. Keep running him out there in the lead off spot and expect it to change. We got 4 more years of this great manager. It’s getting old real fast

    • Melvin

      Yeah. I’ve heard some good wise comments lately from Larkin about hitting and lineups.

  13. Beaufort Red

    I know we have problems up and down the lineup but EDLC is killing us. I don’t know if the coaches are getting through if they’re even trying. I would assume they have to be. And where is that veteran leadership.

    • Mark Moore

      The veteran leadership just flailed away at a terrible pitch.

  14. DW

    Feels like Elly is on pace to set the record for most leadoff strikeouts in a season.

    • Melvin

      According to the article I read today he’s on a 41% rate since being in the leadoff spot. Just move him down for crying out loud for awhile.

      • DW

        Agreed. Would much rather see Friedl, India, or Benson leading off. I would slide McLain to the two spot and Elly to the three hole. McLain gets on base a lot and is a threat to steal. Hopefully that would decrease the number of low off speed pitches that Elly would see.

      • J

        I’m thinking back to all the people who told me Bell might be leaving Benson at the bottom of the order because he’s afraid he might not be able to handle the pressure of hitting at the top of the order. Bell has seen weeks of real-world evidence that Elly can’t handle it, but it seems to make no difference to him. It might be time to come up with a different theory about why Bell leaves Benson at the bottom.

      • Ted Alfred

        Wow…41% is unbelievable for anyone, let alone your leadoff hitter.

  15. VaRedsFan

    I’m proud of Larkin….
    Finally….in game 115, he preaches about pitch selection. Getting back to base hits.
    Running game.
    He just now spoke about what Elly needs to do with 2 strikes.

    He’s not only talking about problems, but solutions.
    Nice insight.

    • Mark Moore

      Larkin racked up 9 Silver Slugger awards. If even he’s saying something, then … but HDTBell & Company are failing miserably in some way.

  16. J

    As bad as Elly looked, Steer saw one pitch and grounded out to short for at least the third consecutive at-bat, and he’s done it on the first pitch, a 2-0 count, and the first pitch.

  17. J

    “Swing when you don’t need to and take called third strikes” should be the motto of this team.

  18. J

    It took al of six batters before we got our first check-swing strikeout. I was hoping it might not happen until the next inning, but no such luck.

  19. Mike Adams

    Man, when the Reds were doing well before the ASB, the ball must have looked like a beach ball to them.
    Now it must look like an aspirin tablet.

  20. Mark A Verticchio

    I have never seen an entire team just fold like this bunch, but it’s ok because they are having fun and love playing for David Bell.

    • Mark Moore

      Shades of 2021’s miraculous fade to black.

  21. Randoxu1

    I wonder if Bell and this team realize they are in playoff race. This team has looked lifeless for a week, no energy, nothing.

    • Mark Moore

      Zero sense of urgency from what I’m seeing. And that starts with HDTBell and his shiny, new 3-year contract.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      One problem is that they are always behind, and that restricts how aggressive you can be on the base paths. I also believe that the league is catching up to all of these young players and they are being asked to work their way out of it on the job. These young players will have to figure out how to stop striking out so much. Chasing was CES’ biggest problem at Louisville, and we’re seeing more of it now. Don’t forget they also have two starters out, India and Fraley.

      • Melvin

        In my view we have to be aggressive even when we’re down.

  22. GPod

    I think Elly and Strand are having a contest on who can strike out the most….it will be a photo finish

  23. Rob

    This guy looks like Adon Part 2. Will we get a hit by the fifth inning? And it is not our batters but this great pitching by no names. Ha.

  24. J

    Gonna need at least two solo homers to win this game.

  25. JB

    Perez is actually a really good pitcher. He will get rookie of the year votes and might have been in top three if he didn’t reach his innings limits so early and get sat down.

  26. Mark A Verticchio

    What was worse the Bell contract or the no trades at the dead line? I vote Bell’s contract.

  27. JB

    Our hitters are really good at lining out to third.

  28. Beaufort Red

    Yeah we’re great at mugging with the Viking gear or dunking on each other. But when I pointed this out last month I was told come on, they’re young and having fun. Maybe someone should kick some butt and remind them they’re major leaguers in a pennant race.

  29. J

    There’s our #8 hitter looking like the best hitter on the team. Better keep him at 8 because he might not be able to handle hitting leadoff.

    • Ted Alfred

      Geez, it is amazing isn’t it. Bell keeps Elly hitting lead off with an astronomical strikeout rate and yet the guy who’s been one of the two best overall hitters on the team for the last two and a half months and probably has the best eye on the team keeps hitting 8th or 9th. You’d think you would at least try Benson at lead off just to see what happens.

  30. Mark Moore

    Attaboy Will. Now if others would follow suit and apply a little patience.

  31. JB

    We stole a base and it’s not the 9th inning;!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. J

    Imagine having a guy who’ll take a walk and steal a base to lead off the game, followed by a guy who can bunt.

  33. Erik the Red

    Eury looks a lot better than all of our pitching prospects combined. The Reds are completely lifeless now.

    • GPod

      Strand: “you’re allowed to do that?”

    • Melvin

      Is he still? What is that word again?

  34. J

    WALK STEAL WALK TRIPLE! Just like the good old days!

  35. VaRedsFan

    TJ to the rescue!!!!
    2 run triple!!

  36. Melvin

    We just scored two runs without hitting a HR. Still hope yet. 🙂

  37. Mark Moore

    That was what I remember from the huge June run up to the ASG break. We can only hope it rattles Perez and we keep it up.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      And there were two guys on base via walk …

  38. J

    All started because a couple guys were willing to take some pitches. Maybe it’s not such a crazy idea.

  39. Mark Moore

    Steer still first pitch swinging. Though, in fairness, it was a strike.

    Unlike that second one 😮

    • JB

      Exactly. Last at bat the first pitch was right down the middle. People would have been crying if he let it go by.

      • J

        I wouldn’t. The first two guys were out in 7 pitches, and Steer was 0 for his last 10. That was a time to force the pitcher to throw more than one strike.

  40. RedsGettingBetter

    Friedl is hitting again…

  41. Tom Mitsoff

    Let’s see if they can take advantage of a silly error …

  42. LT

    Thanks the Lord that TJ still remembers how to hit the baseball. The rest of the team still left their bats at home.

    • Mark Moore

      And he was never a small man. No Tommy Boy, though 😀

      • JB

        He’s getting there. Maybe having a dinner or two with Tommy Boy.

  43. VaRedsFan

    Did they say why Luis Arraez wasn’t playing tonight?

  44. CI3J

    You know, if Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft, and Abbott all pitch like they are capable of, you could do a lot worse than having someone like Williamson as your #5 starter.

    • JB

      Totally agree. The guy doesn’t get alot of love on here.

    • DW

      He has made dramatic improvements and looks to be a legitimate major league starting pitcher at this point.

  45. Melvin

    For those of you wandering where the power has gone from CES. There you go. 🙂

    • Melvin

      Votto says, “I can do that too.” 🙂

    • SteveAReno

      We’ve been wondering for too long a time. Maybe this will get him popping it.

  46. JB

    Strand swung at first pitch. Is that ok?

    • Mark Moore

      if he’s anticipating correctly it is 😀

    • Harry Stoner

      2 pitches, 2 dingers.

      Lyon Richardson smiling.

  47. Mark Moore

    and then Employee #19 clocks in 😮

  48. Mike Adams

    The old guy just homered on a 97 mph fastball.
    Maybe experience counts for something.

  49. Mark Moore

    Newman got a better launch angle on that one.

    • SteveAReno

      Newman had a real good game getting that double play, too.

  50. Melvin

    Say what you want about Votto but this team has been lacking power at least a little this year. Votto will take over the team lead in HR soon.

    • Melvin

      Steer leads with 17 in 111 games. Votto now has 13 in 40 games.

  51. Erik the Red

    I am glad I jinxed Eury. The Derek Johnson equivalent must be the pitching coach for the Marlins now.

  52. JB

    We are stealing bases!!! Did the memo finally get changed?

  53. Soto

    I Had a feeling CES was due for a homer. Since the first one worked I might as well try to conjure up something really good. “I predict CES just started one of his super hot stretches where he absolutely rakes. Might even start to carry the team a little bit”. Let’s GO!

    • Mike Adams

      Well, if that works how about trying it for the whole team?

    • VaRedsFan

      You definitely called it.
      Hope you’re right about a hot streak.

    • JB

      Let’s hope. They need a couple of guys to get hot.

  54. LarkinPhillips

    Fairchild can’t catch a break the last couple days. He has hit several hard line drives that found gloves.

    @Jim, I know it is killing you to watch this bad luck.

  55. VaRedsFan

    They Reds could always hit fastballs.
    It’s the control junkballers they struggle with.

  56. RedsGettingBetter

    Williamson is solid so far. Getting the job done…

  57. JB

    Are we going to get Sadak telling us how fast Ellys throws are for the next 20 years?

    • VaRedsFan

      If that means Elly plays 20 years, then yes…I’m all for that.

      • Melvin

        As long as he’s playing for the Reds that is. 🙂

  58. Kurt Frost

    Do they still need to cut Votto because of his batting average?

  59. Mike Adams

    Second request, come on Reds, rattle this kid!

    • Mike Adams

      The Reds said, “nah, we’ll just knock him out of the game!”

  60. Brian Rutherford

    Fantastic showing by the Redlegs! They’re showing the fighting spirit they have shown all year. Credit to the coaching staff and players for not giving up and staying in the fight.

    1.5 games out of first place is nothing.

    Go Redlegs!

  61. RedsGettingBetter

    Pirates 6 Braves 0 … Oh my…

  62. Matt McWax

    What a great name this guy has.

  63. JB

    There is no reason to keep Richardson up. The most he has pitched this year is 3 innings. Just a spot starter.

    • Scott

      I understand that, and you’re correct. Think you’re going to get three innings out of Kennedy though?

    • JB

      I do. Richardson coming back from TJ and they are bringing him along slowly. I thought Kennedy wasn’t to bad his first go around.

  64. Indy Red Man

    Alonso another hr. Cubs down 5-1

  65. Indy Red Man

    Miami & Arizona fading fast. We have 6 more with them combined. SD lost and have to overcome tough schedule to get back in it. SF just lost 2 to Oakland. I’m penciling Philly in one wildcard, but that leaves 3 playoff spots. We could be right in the mix if we wake up

    • old-school

      I agree Indy. I may be wrong but I think the Reds are being extra careful with Greene and Lodolo and Antone and setting them up to be September strong. Gotta get there though.

  66. LT

    Looks like Williamson gets ahead 0-2 a lot and he has the right idea of not giving hitters anything over the plate after that. Problem is his pitches are way off so they end up being wasted pitches. He should watch old tape and learn from Glavine and Maddox, who in my opinion were the best at throwing balls that look like strikes.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      That is for sure. They need to find another catcher this off season, I am afraid Stephenson is not the answer.

  67. RedsGettingBetter

    Who is worse to be in the lineup? Fairchild or Senzel ?

    • Melvin

      Give me Faichild over Senzel to have in the lineup. That’s easy.

      • JB

        I would like to see Hopkins play about five in a row and see what they got.

      • Melvin

        As far as I remember Hopkins hasn’t seen a hair of time since being called up this time. Most likely going down when India returns.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Senzel, they should DFA for complaining about playing time.

  68. BuzzKutter

    Happy to be up 4-1 but the plate discipline and strikeouts are still alarming. That has to change or the losses will continue.

  69. Mark Moore

    Power out, so I’m limited to the phone to watch. This is fun again.

    • Melvin

      Happened to me recently. I hate it when that happens. Hope your’s comes back on soon for you.

  70. KDavis

    Typical management. I like Fairchild as a defensive replacement late in the game. But no clue why TJ can’t get an at bat.

  71. LarkinPhillips

    Great play Steer!! Buckle down now Williamson and finish this!

  72. Reddawg2012

    I’m going on record right now, before the top of the 7th ends, that I don’t like the decision to pull Williamson. He’s thrown less than 90 pitches. Who else in the bullpen, other than Diaz, do we trust more than Brandon to get this final out?

    • Reddawg2012

      It worked, I still don’t like it.

    • Pete

      Agree- just wearing the pen down. Is it a risk to leave him in? You betcha but the pen is on life support.

  73. JB

    Please let it be the “Good” Lucas Sims

    • LT

      Someone just needs to remind Sims that sleep time is over and he has a game to pitch, then he would be fine

  74. RedsGettingBetter

    I wonder who is gonna pitch the 8th for the Reds… Gibaut? Law? Moll? or Sims continues?

  75. Scott

    Holy Crap! Totally agree with taking Williamson out. DB actually made a good move! Sensational game Williamson!!

    • Harry Stoner

      9 Ks on <90 pitches, 0 walks.

      Got to be a mega confidence boost.

      When his old roomie, Lodolo, comes back……

  76. VaRedsFan

    I can’t believe Skip didn’t go with Arraez

  77. Harry Stoner

    Impressive turnaround by Williamson over the last X starts.

    Fun watching his progress.

    His rough start had him written off here.

    Is some of this improvement come from working with Johnson?

    • VaRedsFan

      I doubt it.
      I heard he called Abbott’s dad

  78. Roger Garrett

    Five hits and 11 punch outs through 6 is not good not good.Three walks and two scored is good.Marlins look worse at the plate then we do and thats hard to do right now.

    • Harry Stoner

      That’s the kind of run that deserves some mugging in the dugout.

      • Melvin

        Yes. It would be good to get applauds for a sac bunt/fly.

  79. Melvin

    Someone was wandering recently what a sac fly looks like. You just saw it. 🙂

    • VaRedsFan

      Did you take a picture???
      Bigfoot exists too ya know.

  80. VaRedsFan

    I’m always amazed that the centerfielder is not able to back up the the throw to 2nd on stolen bases sooner.

  81. Roger Garrett

    Now we are playing Reds baseball.Stealing 2nd to third on the error by the catcher and Steer with yes a sac fly.Great job.Cubs may not want to pitch to Alonso but its ok if they want.

    • LT

      San fly is same as a solo HR. Reds players just need to be reminded of that

  82. Melvin

    Speaking of sac flies the Marlins just hit one like it that went out of the park. lol

  83. RedsGettingBetter

    Chisholm being a Reds killer since he reached the big leagues…

  84. Melvin

    How is that a base hit? Did I miss something?

  85. JB

    How is that a base hit? Newman played that like a T-ball kid

    • Melvin

      Is it just me or is Newman’s defense slowly going down the tubes?

  86. Beaufort Red

    Sadak said Reds fans actually appreciate good baseball. We can’t possibly pay this guy enough. He’s a baseball treasure.

  87. Roger Garrett

    Lets not let this one slip away.

  88. LarkinPhillips

    Another great play by steer and good turn by Newman. Big defense today,a sac fly, and an oppo double by Steer today. Very good fundamental baseball from him.

  89. GreatRedLegsFan

    I wonder what’s the issue with Stephenson, he’s experienced a significant regression in all game’s aspects this season.

    • JB

      I just looked and he is 10 for his last 63. ( If I counted right) .158 isn’t going to do it.

    • Vottoman92

      It often takes 2-years to recover from shoulder injuries. That’s another reason why what Votto has done is tremendous.

  90. Roger Garrett

    Newman and Senzel fan against the lefty.Senzel pitch hitting for Benson.

  91. JB

    Let’s finish this. Let’s go Rockies!!

  92. Mark A Verticchio

    I have lost all faith in Senzel, it is past time to move on from him. Let’s give him a chance with a different team and admit it was a failure in Cincinnati.

  93. Daytonnati

    Okay, let’s walk the lead-off guy. Make things entertaining for the viewers at home.

  94. Roger Garrett

    How about walking the first 2 guys.

  95. LT

    I hate this version of Diaz. Can’t throw slider for strike but insisting on throwing it. Not flexible with the game plan.

  96. RedsGettingBetter

    Really bad …Two walks no outs

  97. GPod

    Cowboy is saying that Diaz is showing signs of fatigue… we are gonna go down the stretch with a closer that has a dead arm….that cannot happen

    • Mark A Verticchio

      That’s why they needed a solid bull pen arm, even though Moll does look good. He reminds me of Johnny Franco. He has a great slider and also throws 94 – 95.

  98. Melvin

    Facing the best hitter in baseball. Hmmm Let’s get him

  99. Bet on Red

    Diaz just trying to make it exciting is all….lol

  100. VaRedsFan

    post game fireworks are duds….it’s been so long

    • Dennis Westrick

      Should be limited to kid’s sparklers!

  101. Mark A Verticchio

    Right now the best reliever is Moll.

  102. Dennis Westrick

    OK, guys! I’ve been following the game antics! Gibaut, Sims AND Diaz nearly gave me a heart attack! The losing streak is finally OVER!

  103. Brian Rutherford

    Great Job and great win Reds!

    Lets start a winning streak.

    Go Redlegs!

  104. RedsGettingBetter

    60 wins finally!
    Now, Luke Weaver will be facing a lot of lefties in the Marlins lineup tomorrow … Brandon Williamson tossing his best game as big leaguer…

  105. Dennis Westrick

    Go Braves, Mets & Rockies!

  106. LDS

    And the Cubs are losing, so it could be a good night. Hitting is still AWOL, though Friedl and Steer showed that a team can score without a home run .

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep 13 punch outs is way too many.Yet 2 of our 4 walks score on Friedl’s triple.

  107. Scott

    Whew! Finally a win! Diaz again shaky. Hoping it’s just fatigue. But 22 pitches means very unlikely hes available tomorrow. Good win, great start Williamson!

  108. Roger Garrett

    Williamson was really really good outside of the pop fly homer he just dominated.Nine punch outs and zero walks.Just a great job youngster.

    • Ted Alfred

      His maturation process as an MLB starting pitcher has been pretty amazing to watch since his first start in Colorado back in May. He is just getting better and better. You can see the confidence in him growing start to start, his mound presence is very different than it was a couple of months ago. I think sometimes previously he looked kind of like he was waiting for bad things to happen. He is definitely growing and the arrow is up.

      Just watched Votto’s post game interview and they asked him about Williamson pitching tonight. He basically said he’s a completely different pitcher than who he was in Louisville when Joey was down there with him. He said his velocity is up and he’s much sharper with his pitches, throwing more strikes and attacking the hitters. Then Williamson was interviewed and you can really see in his body language and his answers he is just much more confident and relaxed. Joey said it’s not often you see a player make that big of a jump in such a short period of time from the player he played with in Louisville to the pitcher he is now with the Reds..

  109. Harry Stoner

    What if Williamson does actually turn out to be very good pitcher?

    A pretty heady thought…..

  110. Andrew Brewer

    We needed this one badly, and did well enough to get it done. After losing six in a row (for the second time in recent weeks) the Reds showed that they still are capable of getting it done, thank goodness. The Redlegs are still in the hunt !

  111. Moon

    If we can get 3 more wins we will be assured of not losing 100 games!!

  112. Protime

    Why Did Bell only let Sims face only one batter ? Absolute lunacy! Then he forces his own hand and almost sets up Diaz for a disaster. Diaz last couple of appearances reflect signs of fatigue. He needs some rest and recharge. Bell has absolutely no feel for the game in front of him. Won the game in spite of him. Three more years of this absurdity…

    • Scott

      Bell hater, think he’s the worst manager in baseball…but, he made the right move and took Williamson out when he should have. So for one night I’ll give him credit…except for his lineup. Oh well, I tried lol.

      • Protime

        No Bell hater, is his lack of managerial skills, marginal to subpar at best. Think of how many poor decisions he has made so far this year that has cost them numerous games. Now we have a bullpen running on fumes. Not to mention his faulty lineup skills.