After splitting a short 2-game series with Cleveland, the Cincinnati Reds are welcoming in the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3-game set at Great American Ball Park. Tonight’s game is on Apple TV+, which requires a subscription to watch. You can listen to it on the radio if you aren’t already a subscriber and don’t want to become one. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays

Cincinnati Reds

Whit Merrifield – 2B TJ Friedl – CF
Brandon Belt – DH Matt McLain – 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Cavan Biggio – RF Spencer Steer – 3B
Matt Chapman – 3B Joey Votto – 1B
Alejandro Kirk – C Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH
Daulton Varsho – LF Tyler Stephenson – C
Santiago Espinal – SS Will Benson – RF
Kevin Kiermaier – CF Stuart Fairchild – LF
Jose Berrios – RHP Brett Kennedy – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Brett Kennedy 7.0 5.14 1.14 2 4
Jose Berrios 140.1 3.53 1.22 40 132
Links: Brett Kennedy’s Stats | Jose Berrios’s Stats

Brett Kennedy

Today will be the third appearance in the big leagues this season for Kennedy – the first year he’s been in the big leagues since 2018. He made a spot start for the Reds on July 4th against Washington and picked up the win while allowing four runs in 5.0 innings. A week ago he threw 2.0 shutout innings in relief against Pittsburgh.

Much of his time this season has been in Triple-A, but his splits between the big leagues and the minor leagues are quite similar. Lefties and righties hit for nearly the same average and have nearly identical slugging percentages. Lefties have walked less often, so they’ve got a lower on-base percentage.

Splits (AAA & MLB)

RHH 159 36 8 1 3 13 35 .254 .327 .387
LHH 141 33 6 1 3 9 26 .256 .298 .388

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Slider
Velo 93.1 91.6 83.3 85.0
Usage 54% 9% 28% 10%

Jose Berrios

After dominating in July (1.84 ERA in five starts), Berrios has not been all that good in his two August starts, giving up seven earned runs in 10.0 innings on 15 hits – including three home runs – and a hit batter.

The splits for Berrios are typical. Right-handed hitters don’t hit nearly as well as lefties do. Righties are hitting just .218, rarely walk against him, and don’t hit for much power. Lefties, though, are hitting for a good average, walk as a solid clip against him, and they are hitting for a little bit of power.

RHH 274 55 10 0 7 13 57 .218 .271 .341
LHH 310 76 16 1 10 27 75 .272 .343 .444

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 94.2 93.8 82.6 83.8
Usage 22% 29% 30% 19%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Apple TV+
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 78°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Luke Weaver released

The Reds officially released Luke Weaver today after he cleared waivers.

Vladimir Gutierrez has his elbow evaluated

The Reds called Vladimir Gutierrez back off of his rehab assignment earlier this week when he felt pain in his elbow. Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting today that he’s going to have that elbow evaluated. Gutierrez is recovering from Tommy John surgery and had made five rehab outings between Arizona and Louisville.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 65 57 0.0 75.9%
Reds 63 59 2.0 27.7%
Cubs 62 58 2.0 53.1%
Pirates 54 67 10.5 0.1%
Cardinals 54 68 11.0 0.2%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

250 Responses

      • SOQ

        I have Apple TV+, but last year, when the Reds were on, I still couldn’t pick them up. Turns out my Apple box was “old generation” and couldn’t access the sports package. Had to spend another $150 or so to get an updated box. I can see myself in few years, on the phone with one of my kids asking them to come over and turn my tv on for me (as I salivate down my shirt)

      • SOQ

        I have Apple TV+, but last year, when the Reds were on, I still couldn’t pick them up. Turns out my Apple box was “old generation” and couldn’t access the sports package. Had to spend another $150 or so to get an updated box. I can see myself in few years, on the phone with one of my kids asking them to come over and turn my tv on for me (as I salivate down my shirt)

    • Jim Walker

      It is working here for me right now. I dropped it about 2 months ago but saw on X (Twitter) today a 2-month free trial for new and “returning” members. I clicked on the hook and when I got to Apple TV it said I was good to go!

      I am going to enjoy the game first but check overnight that somewhere in the fine print I didn’t agree to “reactivate” my membership and automatically be charged before 2 months have elapsed. 😉

  1. LT

    Reds riding the most famous Kennedy today. Opportunity to gain ground in both WC and division. Just need Votto or CES to get some hits to drive in TJ and MM. Bottom of order, see if TS can help Benson and Fairchild out.

  2. Beaufort Red

    I guess EDLC 3rd, Votto 5th and Stephenson 7th is Bell’s idiotic idea of a proficient lineup. Look how long he kept EDLC at lead off before he acknowledged it wasn’t working. Not verbally of course just dropping him to the 3 spot. Would love it just once if we had our best lineup in a game.

      • Beaufort Red

        1. Friedl CF
        2. Benson RF
        3. McClain 2B
        4. Steer 3B
        5. EDLC SS
        6. Votto DH
        7.CES 1B
        8. Fairchild LF
        9.Maile C

      • Old-school


        We have a winner

        I might hit McLain 2 and Benson 3 to break up the rh lh but friedl steer mcLain and Benson are the Reds top 4 hitters

        I particularly like Votto DH and 1b Steer

        Well done

      • Ted Alfred

        Beaufort Red Nailed it…too bad we’ll never sctually see it. Having Benson batting 8th is dum…. having Elly hitting third is even dumber. Benson at 2 has made sense for about 3 months….but not to Bell. McClain has proven to easily be the best overall hitter, so putting him in the premium rbi spot makes sense, at least to most of us. This really isn’t that hard, but David Bell is very thick headed and he thinks he’s the smartest guy in the room, so he likes to constantly do his goofy lineups “because he knows stuff”. Like his Triple A lineup Tuesday to avoid any lefty on lefty matchups, that worked out well. I think we got a couple guys into scoring position that entire game. That was the game where he defended Elly’s moronic base running in the 6th that killed the only decent scoring chance we had.

    • Melvin

      Just listened to the latest podcast of The Riverfront. Here’s pretty much a direct quote. “David Bell must put a lot of creative energy in to making out the worst lineups possible”. 🙂

      • Ted Alfred

        Funny and sad at the same time… mostly because it rings so true.

    • LDS

      As I’ve said, Bell couldn’t make a decent lineup if he only had nine choices to make and everyone was a switch hitter. He doesn’t pay attention to numbers.

  3. Kevin H

    Subscribe to apple TV to watch tonight’s. Reds in the thick of the playoff chance/division. What a fun, frustrating, enjoyable, amazing season so far.

  4. TR

    This is a weekend for the Reds to gain ground on the Brewers. They lost again to the Dodgers and now face the tough Texas Rangers. The Reds lead MLB in stolen bases. Keep it up. It’s a key factor in upsetting the opposition.

  5. Mark Moore

    I set up an account so I can watch. For all my grousing about MLB “stealing” from me, I did want to watch this. I thought I had checked previously and that we were done with this alternate network nonsense … which would mean they pulled a fast one and bumped the game over to Apple.

    Regardless, I’ll be in my seat hoping their pitcher performs to his recent track record and we actually hit and play like we’re capable of playing. It’s going to be a long week next week without much ability to watch games, so I really want to see us get ahead this weekend and lower my overall angst and memories of 2021.

    Of we go to kick some Bluejay Tailfeathers!!

  6. TJ

    40 games left. Looked at the remaining schedule. Hopefully there are some sweeps against the Cardinals, pirates, or tigers. I’m thinking they will go 24-16 which will get them to 87 wins. It might be enough to get into the playoffs. Cubs lose to KC. Are the Cubs going to play down to their lesser opponents? I’m hoping so. As I’ve read on this site…..”Cubs will cub it up”

    • Mark Moore

      Bernie faces the Rangers, so that’s hopeful.

    • LT

      Yeah, on paper, Cubs should gái ground and take over division lead within the next 10 games, but it is the Cubs were talking about here.

    • Melvin

      You’re right. Didn’t realize Cubs already lost. Cool. 🙂 We’re now tied with them in the lost column.

      • LDS

        This is where the Reds show whether they have what it takes. The Cubs have lost. Do that go for the throat or play the Bell “no hurry” game?

  7. Indy Red Man

    Something about a Kennedy and grassy knolls that worries me

    • Indy Red Man

      Dirt knoll in this case anyway. Interested in this broadcast team

    • Melvin

      lol Audio not too good on this broadcast.

    • Daytonnati

      As long as he tries to go inside, “back and to the left … back and to the left … back and to the left ….”

    • Ted Alfred

      I’ve been asking for Kennedy to be up here as the long guy or replacing Weaver as the fifth starter ever since he started at Washington. His numbers weren’t great that game but he got unlucky in his last inning/6th inning and gave up two more earned runs that really weren’t his fault. He threw a lot of strikes and didn’t get hit that hard and it seems like that’s how it’s going tonight although I’m not watching the game due to the Apple TV thing.

  8. Indy Red Man

    Vlad 2nd in hard hit outs. MLB needs one more stat though….how much does your spray chart vary? You can kill the ball, but if it fits that spray chart you’re most likely out

  9. LarkinPhillips

    There’s already been more silence in this broadcast than an entire game with Sadak.

    Sorry, I’ll show myself out. I just had to make the joke.

    • Melvin

      I just heard the ball hit the catchers glove. Cool. 😀

    • Indy Red Man

      Not a single “gotta let it eat” either

    • Mark Moore


      Definitely not impressed with the team calling the game so far.

      • Mark Moore

        But it cannot be worse than Sadak or that terrible YouTube crew of a year ago.

      • LarkinPhillips

        +1000 on that YouTube crew. That was one of the worst crews I’ve ever heard!

  10. Mark Moore

    OK. Little bit of trouble, but Kennedy worked out of the jam. Now to light up the night with some Crooked Number action.

  11. Jim Walker

    I love how these guys like Brett Kennedy so often seem to have a countenance that reflects their struggles in professional baseball. He’s 29 according to BBRef but his looks say 29 going on 50.

  12. LarkinPhillips

    I am sure the new style fans love this broadcast, but there are constant stats from the broadcasters and on the screen. It’s too much for me.

    • Mark Moore

      Yeah. Not a fan of all that. It’s like they “try too hard” and won’t let us just watch the game.

    • Melvin

      Better than hearing them from Sadak ALL NIGHT LONG.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      I’m 68 but it hasn’t bothered me, at least through 5 innings.

  13. Mark Moore

    News is over, so the game is on the bigger screen now. I probably need to go put on my City Connect hat, don’t you think?

    EDLC got hosed on at least one of those calls. Saw the same against the Jays in the first inning as well. Just more fuel on the fire to burn down the wretched Chumpire system in some way.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Challenge system. I love it.

      • Mark Moore

        Only the hat tonight, Melvin.

        And I didn’t pony up for the jersey. Just a t-shirt.

  14. Daytonnati

    Kirk’s strike zone is like six inches.

  15. Mark Moore

    Also the mic’d up Chumpire is annoying to me. Somewhere along the line, I really did get old.

  16. Indy Red Man

    Yeah we had to start Weaver all #$&’n season because we can’t have guys putting up 2 zero’s to start the game. Not saying Kennedy is great or anything, but I bet he’d be no worse then 5.40 or something

  17. Mark Moore

    Now I’m wondering if the “color guy” has ever watched our Reds play. He’s saying “they do not chase” and “stay in the zone” in terms of plate discipline. Well, a couple of the guys are that way, but … 😮

    • Mark Moore

      Of course, Steer is one who shows great discipline. If only we had another guy with that particular skill batting somewhere closer to the top of the order.

  18. Mark Moore

    No, Joey. You offered up at one way out of the zone. That one was most definitely a strike.

  19. LT

    How many times Votto did that in his career?

    • Mark Moore

      Seems way to frequent of late. But I was taken to task for even hinting that he wasn’t contributing like he could if he were playing more like he did a couple years ago.

  20. Indy Red Man

    I expected more out of CES, but it’s not easy. They go away and get ahead of him almost every ab

    • Mark Moore

      I know we’re supposed to be patient, but the drop-off was quick and very steep as I see it.

  21. Mark Moore

    Nice way to work the BB from TySteve. Run the pitch count up and give Benson a chance.

  22. Jim Walker

    That was a good PA for TS. He got the call ABS challenge system would have rung him up on but then did not let it go to waste.

    • Indy Red Man

      Still had almost every pitch middle-away and did nothing. Used to be his meal ticket

  23. Mark Moore

    4 K’s already … but our guys don’t chase 😛

    They do sometimes watch the 3rd one go by right down Broadway.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Someone should tell them that batting average on a strikeout is 0. At least putting the ball in play you have a shot.

  24. LarkinPhillips

    The note is out across the league that if you fall behind in the count against the Reds, throw an off speed pitch and the Reds will swing out of their shoes guessing a fast ball.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Cubs lost
    SF @ Atlanta
    Milw @ Texas
    Miami @ LA

    C’mon boys! This should be a good night!

  26. Indy Red Man

    Hard hit ball but Votto has the range of a pregnant sloth

    • Mark Moore


      About the same as the Manatee with a glove on his flipper.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking he’ll have enough to use them as doorstops by the time he hangs up his spikes.

  27. Mark Moore

    Out of another jam. Nicely done on defense.

    But what about some OFFENSE???

  28. LT

    Way to battle Kennedy. Weaver lacked that battle spirit for surety

  29. Mark Moore

    Anyone else find the 3-D graphic figure guys creepy? 😮

  30. LarkinPhillips

    Good Ab by the 12 year old. Let’s cause some chaos friedl.

    • Mark Moore

      He tried. Berrios took it off the hand. And now we get to hear all about it first-hand.

  31. Mark Moore

    Attaboy Stewie!!!

    Oh and the in-game interviews from the “sideline blonde” … definitely not something I like to have interrupting the game.

    • Melvin

      Especially interviewing David Bell. 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        That could put the entire audience to sleep.

  32. RedAlert

    Kennedy living a charmed life right now ….. dude behind every batter and getting hit hard – don’t believe he’s long for this game

  33. Mark Moore

    Stewie had to hold up for just a moment to make sure that didn’t get caught. Otherwise, we’d have 1st and 2nd with nobody out.

  34. Indy Red Man

    Our bats are just slow for some reason. Berrios is solid, but shouldn’t just be blowing guys away? Beating up Thor means nothing

    • Mark Moore

      The Thor we faced is now a minor deity … 😀

      Kind of like the “god of low rumbling storms at least 20 miles away”

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Seems to me that he’s changing speeds and keeping the hitters off balance. He looks pretty good to me.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Two homeruns. Just both foul.

  35. Mark Moore

    Close, but just loud foul balls. Nothing to show for the efforts except some more K’s.

  36. Roger Garrett

    Pitcher just doing what the scouting report says to do.Slow stuff,show them a fastball and more slow stuff.Until they adjust it will not change.Young guys get up here cause they can hit a fastball or a cement mixer left up but slow stuff down and off the plate well.

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Here we go again! Five (5) strikeouts by Reds “batters” thru 4 innings! Being No-Hit to boot!

  38. LarkinPhillips

    Let’s bust the no hitter up here and put up some crooked numbers!

  39. Roger Garrett

    Reds can win the Central if they hit.Plenty of games left and pitching help is on the way.Miss India and Fralely for sure but just have to start winning at home when your starter keeps us close.

  40. Dennis Westrick

    Eight (8) strikeouts so far! Ridiculous!

    • Mark Moore

      Well, he’s a Cy Young type guy, right? 😮

  41. Mark Moore

    Always warms the cockles of my heart when our boys can make an average pitcher look like Cy Young reincarnated.

  42. Mark Moore

    How does the 1st Base Chumpire miss that call that badly?

  43. Dennis Westrick

    If Bell was managing the Blue jays, this would probably be Berrios’ last inning even though he’s pitching a no hitter!

  44. Roger Garrett

    Buck in against the heart of the order.I am out.Hope he gets them but he has been bad for awhile.

  45. RedsGettingBetter

    The best of the Reds game is Brett Kennedy’s performance nothing more…so far…

  46. Mark Moore

    Buck got lucky on that cement mixer he just offered up.

  47. Kevin H

    What a great pitching match up. Kennedy made a good jays team look average.

    Berrios keeping reds hitters off balance. So far a good solid game.

    • Mark Moore

      Kennedy worked out of a couple jams, but he also gave us 5 solid innings of work. I’d take that every time from a #6 kind of guy.

      • Ted Alfred

        I’ve been wondering out loud since that start at the Nationals why he didn’t get another shot…it just never made sense to me. He throws strikes and he doesn’t look like he’s intimidated, so how do you keep starting Weaver when this guy’s been available the whole time… makes no sense. Bell probably just liked Weaver.

  48. Dennis Westrick

    The most important game to win in a 3 or 4 game series is game 1. It is doubly important for a team, like the Reds, in contention for a playoff spot! But, you can’t score if you can’t hit!

  49. Dennis Westrick

    Well, there goes the Perfect Game!

    • Andrew Brewer

      Yeah, I figured the same… but it didn’t happen.

  50. Mark Moore

    OK, that’s a start.

    Now, Joey … you have ONE JOB HERE. Don’t leave us hanging.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    And now the No-Hitter is gone!

  52. VaRedsFan

    Votto needs to poke to left like last game.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    I’m OK with Bell subbing a right-handed batter for Votto!

    • Andrew Brewer

      I was too, but who did they have ? Lookin’ grim this evening.

  54. Jim

    Chances for Votto to get a hit against a left handed pitcher when we need a hit is 0000001 %

  55. Dennis Westrick

    Can’t believe Votto swung at the first pitch! New pitcher might warrant at least taking a pitch!

  56. Mark Moore

    Gibaut … he of the rubber arm.

    • Andrew Brewer

      Gibaut sets ’em down 1-2-3 ! But the Reds have only one hit on the evening.

  57. west larry

    Kennedy threw 75 pitches, Then a 10-pitch inning by Farmer-why are we burning through so many pitchers with low pitch counts?

    • Mark Moore

      The answer is … HDTBell. He knows things nobody else does. We must trust his “book”.

    • Harry Stoner

      I guess a plus thing is Kennedy pitched well again.

      IIRC in his first start he went 5 innings, got into some trouble and the BP gave up his runs.

      Maybe Bell playing it safe, or maybe he’s “managing” again.

      In any case, Kennedy > Weaver, or so it seems, so far.

  58. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds biggest offensive problem of late is that nobody can get a big hit, Votto goes after 1st pitch.

    • Mark Moore

      The trying for “big hits” is the problem as I see it. They will come naturally if they just increase the hits period. Kind of like we were playing before the ASG break.

  59. Mark A Verticchio

    The biggest downfall of this season has been the hitting and some late losses.

  60. Mark Moore

    Complete Little League play there for the cheap double play.

    • Old-school

      Not watching w/ apple

      Why was Benson not at first if pop up

      Was it a soft liner? And no mans land for both runners?

      • Mark Moore

        Because he didn’t run it out.

  61. Mark A Verticchio

    Why in the world is Bell letting Benson swing 3-0?

    • Mark Moore

      “We’re not going to change things around” or something like that.

  62. Andrew Brewer

    Can somebody translate what just happened. I’m on gamecast.

    • Andrew Brewer

      It says popout into dbl play, First to Second to Shortstop.

    • Mark Moore

      Benson hit a mile-high pop-up and didn’t run it out. Vlad “dropped” it and got the DP.

    • Melvin

      Benson didn’t run. Pop up to first. First baseman let the ball drop. Double play easily.

  63. Melvin

    Benson with boneheaded base running there.

    • Andrew Brewer

      it also says Stephenson out at Second.

      • Mark Moore

        Tag play because he was forced off 1st base after Vlad let it fall. He was completely hung out to dry.

  64. Mark Moore

    Anyone else nervous with Sims, even though it’s a clean inning and he got the first batter?

  65. LarkinPhillips

    They have a shut down 8th and 9th inning guy. We have the opposite with Lucas Sims.

    • Mark Moore

      In the olden days, it would have been our LOOGY right now.

  66. Mark Moore

    Terrible call on the checked swing.

  67. Mark Moore

    Oh we got VERY lucky on that. Vlad wanted to put it in the Ohio River.

    • Mark Moore

      Surprisingly, my BP isn’t skyrocketing. Good meds, I guess 😛

  68. RedsGettingBetter

    this game already got dramatic

  69. Melvin

    Okay. I was wrong last inning. NOW is the time to score. 😉

    • Andrew Brewer

      I like his delivery. Thanks for the explanations above. I get it.

  70. Mark Moore

    Oh for crying out loud!!! Now Ted Barrett is on to explain away stupidity?

    One more reason to dislike the “alternate network coverage”.

  71. Melvin

    Our team needs to at least be refreshed on base running situations. I know they’ve been playing baseball all their lives but man they sure look stupid at times this year. Manager NEEDS to address/fix that.

      • Melvin

        One out. Runner on first. There is no infield fly rule in that situation. High pop up to first baseman. Benson DID NOT RUN to first. First baseman realized it and let the ball drop. Hung Stephenson out to dry. Touch first and tag the runner, who had to hold because of the pop up, for the easy double play. BONEHEADED. Big play especially in a game like tonight.

      • Mark Moore

        Outbreak of stupid courtesy of Benson.

    • ChrisInVenice

      Why is that not infield fly rule??

      • Mark Moore

        IF fly rule, basically is “first and second occupied and less than 2 outs”. It assumes the batter will run out the pop-fly. Silly assumption that time.

      • Melvin

        Has to be two runners on at least. 1st and 2nd or 1st, 2nd and 3rd with less than two outs.

  72. Andrew Brewer

    Swanson with a nasty splitter…

  73. Daytonnati

    Maybe Elly with a little Friday Night magic?

  74. Harry Stoner

    McLain well on his way to being the kind of player that other teams’ fans hate.

    I like it.

    • Mark Moore

      I’ll take that for as long as we can hold on to him.

    • Melvin

      …and the kind of player EVERY team would LOVE to have.

  75. Mark Moore

    Both teams making a lot of kindling and toothpicks tonight.

  76. Andrew Brewer

    Swanson got him with the heater…
    We’ll see Diaz for the 9th.

  77. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds are missing many chances to score… Hopefully it won’t haunt..

  78. Mark A Verticchio

    Once again they fail to come up with a big hit, becoming all to common.

  79. Amarillo

    I know Sadak isn’t the favorite of many people on this site, but I think we are blessed in comparison to these Amazon commentators.

    • Mark Moore

      The entire broadcast with all the “extras” is annoying. And with my feed, I can listen to the WLW audio overlay so I don’t have to deal with Sadak and his proclivity to use every word he packed into his briefcase that day. But he’s definitely a better option than these guys. They rank right down there with the YouTube crew from last year.

  80. Mark Moore

    OK. Let’s just win it in the 9th and forget about extras … ‘kay?

  81. Melvin

    I’m thinking walk off HR by Votto, CES or somebody. 🙂

  82. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds has shutout the Blue jays but the game continues…

    • Melvin

      If only our pitching was better tonight. 😉

  83. VaRedsFan

    How about some walkoff friday magic….again?
    Like at least 2 other friday games this year.

  84. Mark Moore

    Votto somehow gets on, you have to PR for him … right? I mean, even Newman.

  85. Melvin

    Poop. Votto has hit it hard tonight.

  86. Brian Rutherford

    As Joe Nuxhal used to say, we got “a good ole good one”. Let’s hope the good guys pull it out in the end.

  87. Harry Stoner

    That’s why we all were lobbying to bring up CES.

    Bright future ahead for the young man….and the Reds.

    • Melvin

      That’s right! He could have made a difference in all those one run losses….like TONIGHT!!!

  88. Andrew Brewer

    HOme Run ! By the Encarnate one !

    • Ted Alfred

      For all of us who are clamoring that he should have been called up for the first series with Milwaukee before the All-Star Game… yeah, it’s kind of important to have a guy like CES on your team who can win the game with one swing. That was a huge at bat, maybe the biggest AB of the season so far. You can see his confidence growing…. he could have a monster last 6 weeks of the regular season…huge win

    • Andrew Brewer

      This game could not have ended better for us. Strand should be playing first, and Votto DHing, unless there’s something I’m missing. (Fans want to see Joey on the field ?)

    • RedAlert

      Bullpen shined tonight …. Almost no free bases . I’ll give Kennedy credit also … nice job !

    • Harry Stoner


      I was relentless in pulling for the Reds to bring up CES, along with many folks here, in the face of some confused opposition to the idea.

      Having a few bats with the ability to wrap things up quickly is crucial.


  89. Mark Moore

    That’s the way to start a series against a contender. Took long enough, but we go it.

  90. Melvin

    Rangers just hit a two run homer and only trail by one now.

    • Melvin

      Just hit another HR. Rangers tied with Milwaukee in the 4th. 🙂

  91. Harry Stoner

    Was that CES’s first MLB walk-off?

    Not sure….

    A memorable one.

    • Andrew Brewer

      That’s only his third homer, so I’m guessing it’s his first walk-off win…
      Very memorable for sure…

  92. Jason Franklin

    Against an ex-Deadbird for good measure. 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      Isn’t their closer the same guy they’ve had all season? The former WLB pitched in the 7th I believe.

      • Jason Franklin

        Yes sir. Jordan Romano is pretty good. I think they just activated him. Probably didn’t want to over use him that soon.

  93. RedsGettingBetter

    Encarnación-Strand finishes it as these kind of games typical finalizes after 0-0 in the 9th… BOMB..

  94. Mark Moore

    Anyone not watching the video feed, at least go find that blast when you can. He completely sat on the heater and murdered it.

    • Jason Franklin

      I don’t have access to the games, but will check it out. Did the catcher visit him before that pitch?

    • Rick

      I caught it on the official site gameday summary.
      That he did. Dead red, and crushed it!

  95. Doc

    Why were people lobbying for a starter for Kennedy? He was effective in Louisville. Turns out he matched a Blue Jay pitcher inning for inning in the stat that counts…score.

    • Jason Franklin

      Maybe we found a good long reliever? Hope so. GO REDS.

    • Mark Moore

      Kennedy did a fine job tonight. He’s a marginal #5-6 guy, but you need that kind of pitcher in your arsenal anyway.

    • Harry Stoner

      Not sure I get your question…..

      You mean lobbying AGAINST Kennedy starting?

      Some folks may have been, but not me or others.

      He pitched well in his shakedown cruise and even better tonight.

      Some of us have been lobbying for him to return for weeks in lieu of Weaver.

      Plus he’s got a great back story.

      Run him out there again. He faced a talented lineup and did great.

    • Harry Stoner

      Ah….sorry, now I get it.

      A “starter” as in a one inning kickoff.

      No need for that….I thought folks were lobbying for that with Weaver.

      Doesn’t make sense..

      Kennedy has pitched one start in MLB .

      And he threw well.

      Pretty hard to come to that recommendation based on that.

  96. Mark A Verticchio

    Now that was a big big big hit.

    • Harry Stoner

      Reds’ locker room must be exploding.

      Big, big win.

      Young Turk hits the walkoff.

      No name pitcher sets it up and the BP nails it.

      Diaz buying dinner.

  97. Redgoggles

    So now who they gonna send down for Hunter Sunday?

    Kudos to Kennedy for setting the tone in Game 1. He is the polar opposite of Weaver. Meh-stuff, but competes. Oh, and doesn’t give up 5 runs a start.

    • Melvin

      We didn’t score many runs for him though like we usually did for Weaver. lol

    • Tampa Red

      It’s going to be Busenitz, 100%.

    • Harry Stoner

      Reds could send Kennedy down, based on their track record.

      It wouldn’t surprise me.

      Busenitz has pitched well, but it sure would be great to have a “long man” around even if it goes against Bell’s one-and-out prediliction.

  98. Jeremiah

    Reds win! I had been thinking CES maybe wasn’t quite ready for the Bigs recently, shows what I know. Could CES become like a Pete Alonso? He reminds me of him a bit, that would be fun to have a bigtime power hitter like that on the Reds.

  99. Mark Moore

    The Apple TV studio team is equally as bad as the booth team. Just hard to listen to for more than 30 seconds. One former player at least, but I have no idea who he is.

    We’re done with these alternate carrier games for 2023 now, right? I’m glad I did the trial account for tonight and watched the game, though. Can’t deny that.

    • Harry Stoner

      Mark, I bailed on the Apple TV option for that very reason.

      I’d rather listen to Dennis do the play by play.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I refuse to own any Apple products or contribute to Apple+

      • Melvin

        Don’t you like apple pie? 😉 Are you an American?

  100. LT

    Hopefully this win brings back the winning mojo. Huge win.

  101. Mark Moore

    It was me wearing my City Connect hat, wasn’t it?

  102. TR

    Encarnacion-Strand, Kennedy, and the bullpen: Well Done!

  103. Ghostrunner_onthird

    CES with the Hal King-like moment. I have a funny feeling a couple of weeks from now we’re gonna reflect on this game again.

  104. Roger Garrett

    @Ghostrunner Nope you were right it was 1973.Looked it up