The Cincinnati Reds are on the west coast for the week and tonight they’ll open up a series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Cincinnati will try to get back to their winning ways after dropping the final two games of a 3-game set to Toronto over the weekend. Tonight’s 1st pitch in California is set for 9:38pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Angels

TJ Friedl – CF Nolan Schanuel – 1B
Matt McLain – 2B Mike Trout – CF
Elly De La Cruz – SS Shohei Ohtani – DH
Spencer Steer – LF Brandon Drury – 2B
Joey Votto – 1B Mike Moustakas – 3B
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH Logan O’Hoppe – C
Noelvi Marte – 3B Randal Grichuk – LF
Will Benson – RF Hunter Renfroe – RF
Tyler Stephenson – C Andrew Velazquez – SS
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Lucas Giolito – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Graham Ashcraft 127.0 4.89 1.40 48 90
Lucas Giolito 142.0 4.44 1.28 51 150
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Lucas Giolito’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

Since June 30th, Graham Ashcraft has been much like the guy he was at the start of the year – dominant. In his last nine starts he’s thrown 58.0 innings and posted a 2.17 ERA. That middle stretch of the season was real tough, but it seems that it’s behind him now.

During that rough stretch in the middle of the season, lefties were crushing Ashcraft. But in the rest of his career they’ve been quite poor against him and things are trending back that way again now that he’s turned things around. Right-handed hitters, though, are still finding plenty of success against him as they are hitting for average, power, and drawling walks at a good clip.


RHH 284 71 11 2 9 29 43 .290 .378 .461
LHH 266 59 9 1 9 19 47 .243 .306 .399

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider
Velo 96.6 96.1 88.3
Usage 10% 53% 37%

Lucas Giolito

After being acquired at the trade deadline by the Angels, things have not gone well for Giolito. He’s been solid, but unspectacular in three of his four starts. But against Atlanta on August 2nd he gave up nine runs in 3.2 innings.

The splits for lefties and righties aren’t that far apart when it comes to OPS, but lefties do have a small advantage in both on-base percentage as well as power. They walk a lot more frequently. Right-handed hitters hit for a higher average, but show a little less power. Not sure how useful it is given that he’s now with a new team, but this season his ERA at home has been 3.52 runs lower than it has been on the road.


RHH 372 83 18 4 14 25 91 .246 .307 .447
LHH 232 47 7 2 12 26 59 .234 .323 .468

Pitch Usage

4-seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 93.3 84.2 78.3 81.1
Usage 45% 30% 2% 24%

When and Where

  • Game time: 9:38pm ET
  • Where: Angels Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (out of market), MLB Network (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 73°, sunny, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Nick Lodolo has another stress reaction

Bad news on the Nick Lodolo front as he has developed another stress reaction in his left tibia and has been shut down from his rehab assignment.

Nick Martini and Michael Siani called up

We knew that Michael Siani was being called up before today. We did not know that he was being joined by Nick Martini. They will take the place of Stuart Fairchild (7-day concussion list) and Henry Ramos (designated for assignment) on the roster. Martini has hit .355 since May 23rd. You can read more about the moves here.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 68 57 0.0 87.8%
Cubs 65 59 2.5 60.3%
Reds 64 61 4.0 22.7%
Pirates 56 69 12.0 0.0%
Cardinals 55 71 13.5 0.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

206 Responses

  1. Rut

    I get a stress reaction from my in-laws but never got time off for it…

    And that’s the best I have for positivity tonight folks! Probably won’t be here all week, but do try the veal

  2. Dennis Westrick

    For those of you who haven’t looked at the Reds schedule for the next 2 weeks, it is daunting! The Reds play 12 games in the next 10 days (includes DH against the Angels tomorrow and DH against the Cubs at GABP) AND 14 games over the next 12 days! Seven (7) of the games on the current West Coast road trip are against 2 teams (Giants – 3 & Snakes – 4) who are competing for the 3 NL Wild Card spots! Following this road trip, the Reds return home for 4 games against another NL Central rival over 3 days including a DH on Friday September 1st!

    As Elvis once sang “it’s Now or Never!” It’s Do or Die time for this 2023 Reds team!

    Wonder if our Field General has planned ahead?

    Will HTDBell be General Custer or General Patton? We shall see!

    One final thought/observation! The Angels starter tonight (Giolito) has struggled in his 4 starts since being traded with an ERA near 5. But, of course, the ghost of Cy Young will show up tonight and possess Giotto’s body as he strikes out 10 or more Reds batters!

    Will be in Northern Kentucky the week of Labor Day and plan on a trip to GABP! Hope the Reds are still in contention for a playoff spot that week!

    • Mark Moore

      Personally, I’m thinking we’ll see more Little Big Horn than not on this trip. We’re just out of gas at this point and scuffling to hold on.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Snakes wore the Reds out last season if I recall.

  3. DataDumpster

    It’s going to be late and I’m not totally invested in the Reds after the Bell maneuver by ownership (let’s get this done now because the late season fade will come to pass as usual), but it might be an interesting game. I want to see how the 2 thru 5 on the Angels hit tonight.

    Sometimes the love of the game and the chance to see players that only show up on ESPN highlight reels reign supreme of the result on some nights. Alas, we have nothing to worry about. After a pounding of Hunter Greene that may be the worst of his career along with 4 errors, some pathetic ABs (0-9 with RISP) and just one earned run, David Bell was none too worried at the PP because the results and mistakes were not because of lack of effort. The team is competing and working hard!
    Maybe the mental health “program” needs to include circa 1970s mood rings to help sort out underlying issues that Bell couldn’t see for himself on the TV set.

  4. J

    Before Bell makes any more mistakes today, I just want to point something out. Last night, Bruce Bochy made two bad decisions that probably cost his team a win. First, he removed his starter after 8 shutout innings, ahead 1-0. He’d thrown 92 pitches and was cruising along, with no indications that he was tiring. No reason whatsoever to remove him other than they’d hit the magical 9th inning, which means you’re supposed to bring in a relief pitcher. Chapman came in and the game was soon tied 1-1.

    Then, in the bottom of the 11th, up by TWO runs, with TWO outs and ONE guy on third base, he intentionally walked Ketel Marte (I double-checked and can confirm this was Ketel Marte and not Barry Bonds circa 2001) to put the potential tying run on first. If Bonds — oops, I mean Marte — had homered, which was apparently Bochy’s fear, the game would have been 3-3 with two outs and nobody on base. So, he walked the potential tying run to bring the potential winning run to the plate. Two batters later, our old friend Tommy Pham drove in Marte and Perdomo (who’d had a pinch hit double) to win the game.

    The first mistake was very Bell-like. I can easily imagine Bell doing exactly the same thing, with exactly the same results. The second mistake was something even Bell would probably never do. Bell doesn’t even like to intentionally walk guys when it makes perfect sense to intentionally walk them, so I don’t think he’d ever walk a guy in that situation.

    Related story: I was recently reading a Cubs blog after a Cubs loss, and their comments about David Ross could so easily have been about David Bell. Lots of complaints about his blind faith in handedness, being willing to play guys out of position because he’s a slave to handedness, insisting on sticking lesser players into the lineup for no apparent reason other than he has some sort of mysterious plan, being a nice guy who’s well liked by the players but a bad strategist, etc. etc. I mean, I could have copied and pasted, changed “Ross” to “Bell,” and nobody here would have known what I’d done.

    What’s the moral of my stories? I simply don’t believe the fans who complain endlessly about Bell are wrong. With just a few exceptions (there are certainly some fans who get carried away and blame Bell for things that aren’t his fault), I think we’re mostly right. Bochy has won championships and awards and whatnot, and even HE seems to have had absolutely no idea how to manage a baseball game last night — when his team is slumping, fighting for a playoff spot, and really can’t afford to throw games away. (To his credit, I suppose, he at least admitted it was a mistake and said the loss is on him, which I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Bell do. But I digress.)

    One of the most common defenses of Bell’s behavior is “other managers do the same thing.” That is just NOT a good defense of anything. It’s increasingly clear to me that a lot of people who work for baseball teams — from the executives to the managers to the coaches — aren’t particularly smart about what they’re doing. A lot of them seem to be just “doing what everyone else is doing” without bothering to ask “why are we doing this? Is there any evidence this actually works?” This obsession with “closers” and never leaving starters in to pitch 9 innings is a just one obvious example.

    For a while now, I’ve been asking if anyone can produce any real evidence that limiting pitchers’ innings early in their career actually helps them avoid injuries, because I’m convinced this is just an idea someone came up with somewhere — probably based on anecdotal evidence like Kerry Wood, and perhaps on one or two very incomplete “studies” from 15 years ago that maybe kinda sorta support this theory a little bit if you squint very hard and hold them at the right angle — and nobody in major league baseball seems to have noticed those pitchers are dropping like flies now that they’re being so carefully protected.

    Remember when we all learned we were absolutely positively supposed to be drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day for all sorts of important health reason? All the doctors said so! That turned out to be essentially a myth they all bought into because somebody theorized it, other people started repeating it, and nobody bothered to really study it for many years.

    Bell is partly a product of the socialization he’s been subjected to, and partly of his own dopey theories and stubbornness. I blame him for the latter. The former, I don’t blame him for, exactly, but I don’t think it makes sense to defend him by saying he’s just like all the other managers. Other managers make lots of dumb mistakes too. Even the ones who’ve won championships and awards.

    • Melvin

      Going to need a lot more of that from a lot of guys. Good start.

  5. LT

    Win tonight and we’re tied with SF and trailed Cubs by half a game, as crazy as it sounds. Everything is ahead of us if offense picks up.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! Both the Stupid Cubs and the Giants lost! Let’s not waste the opportunity to gain ground in the NL Wild Card race! Again!

    • Ted Alfred

      It’s truly mind-boggling how often Stephenson hits easy double playgrounders right at the shortstop whether they end up in double plays or not. I’ve never seen anything like it. Maybe it’s just when I’m watching the games, but it seems like he hits an inordinately high number of easy grounders right at the shortstop.

  6. Ted Alfred

    First of all… how cool for Matt McClain to hit a home run at the stadium where he grew up as a fan in front of his family, friends and his MLB hero Mike Trout. Also, don’t look now but it looks like Elly might be finally starting to tighten up his strike zone and realize that walks are good things. He had 2 walks last game and leads off tonight by laying off the low off speed pitches to draw the walk and then steal 2nd…good job kid

    • VaRedsFan

      Perhaps he could teach Votto some plate discipline.

  7. RedAlert

    Votto is flat out pitiful and does not need to be in lineup period … yet he’s in genius Bell’s lineup batting 5th

    • Ted Alfred

      Bell needs to quit being buddies with players on the team and start acting like a manager. I’m a big fan of Votto but he is absolutely killing this team batting 5th everyday….you can tell he’s completely lost at the plate with so many half swings at balls way off the plate. Leaving a lot of guys on base.

  8. Old-school

    McLain might be ok

    Id keep an eye on that guy

  9. Ozzie

    Missed opportunity not getting Cruz in from 2B with only one out.

  10. PatTheBat

    From gameday: looked like V & CES succumbed to an attack of the killer changeups! Gotta do better with scoring ops!

  11. JB

    Ohtani. Our cleanup hitter next year. Lol I know , I know , I’ll let myself out .

    • Melvin

      Nice thought….until you wake up. 😀 Actually I would never want to pay him ($.5Billion lol) the money he’s going to get.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Just woke up and saw the news on Lodolo.
    What about Lowder? Fire him up. Every young guy isnt labeled fragile (hey look it’s Italian)

  13. Old-school

    Legit question

    Are andrew abbott and Graham Ashcraft the Reds 2 best starting pitchers now and ST 2024?

    • VaRedsFan

      Here at RLN, opinions change month to month, week to week….even game to game.

  14. Beaufort Red

    No one in the organization has the cajones to plant Votto on the bench except for an occasion start as DH. Most MLB talking heads say Votto is questionable for the HOF. He’s not helping his chances.

    • ryan

      He’s changing his last name to Mendoza

    • Harry Stoner

      I don’t know how many other Spanish speakers are here on RLN who noticed, but I like your inadvertent pun:

      cajones = boxes / drawers

      cojones = huevos, pelotas, eggs, stones, etc.

  15. Indy Red Man

    HG and Lodolo. About 13 feet of over promise and under deliver

  16. VaRedsFan

    We know some hitters sit on the fastball.
    How about our guys go up there and sit on the change up.
    You know it’s coming…wait on it.

    • SR

      Trouble is it’s often diving out of the strike zone. Makes you chase. It’s a good tough pitch to sit on.

      • VaRedsFan

        Move up in the box catch it before it dips.
        Hal Morris style.

  17. Indy Red Man

    So Fraley is going to play on it, but when?

    • Melvin

      I don’t know. I hope he’s just a pinch hitter. Even that would help our bench a lot. Same for India.

  18. Beaufort Red

    I remember earlier in the season when Greene gave up like 6 runs in 5 innings. In his post game interview he said he was satisfied with his performance citing his pitch location etc. I posted on here that was bizarre. Could you imagine Scherzer or Kershaw saying that. It made me think , not question, his mental makeup.

    • Melvin

      It’s probably killing Mr. Tight Bib Bob. hahaha!!! I think Williams did mess up. He finally had money to spend and didn’t spend it wisely.

      • VaRedsFan

        It looked like a good signing at the time.
        Should have been 2 years though…not 4

  19. Indy Red Man

    Moose. Really? Dude steals $60 mil and now this. I’m out. News is nothing but how great we’ll be some day bs

  20. RedAlert

    That’s awful pitching Ashcroft , just awful on both hitters

  21. Old-school

    This is a tough inning to

  22. Redlegs1869

    Ashcraft is starting to get pounded. And of all folks-Drury and Moose. My goodness. And is Stephenson really that bloody slow? First off, he pounds another grounder to SS, then they throw to second, pause before relaying onto to first, and he’s still out by two steps. Wow.

    • Melvin

      David Bell used him as a pinch runner for Votto recently. He can’t be that much faster than Votto. lol

  23. Protime

    Ex Reds doing the damage. Getting rid of Drury was a mistake, Moose signing a disaster. Oh well, baseball is a funny game…

    • Old-school

      So where is drury in your 2023 reds starting lineup and which young player does he replace. Farmer too?

      • VaRedsFan

        Don’t you know…..Any ex-red that gets a hit or pitches a shutout inning is a guy the Reds should have kept.

      • Redlegs1869

        Nah. We don’t need either back. It is under a funny game.

  24. SR

    Don’t think Marte is elite defense like McLain and Edlc. Tough play but lihave seen elly make that play look easy.

    • VaRedsFan

      Early results are not so good.
      Elly came up and impressed at 3rd right away.

  25. SR

    I posted on another article that the Reds have struck out 10 or more times 21 out of 34 games since the all star game and are 5-16 in those games. Less than 8 k’s, 7-3. Let’s make some contact guys.

    • Redlegs1869

      I like Chris Welsh, bit pregame he talked about how good the Reds are with two strikes. Surely he’s mistaken.

    • Redlegs1869

      I like Chris Welsh, but pregame he talked about how good the Reds are with 2 strikes. Surely he was thinking of another Reds team from years past.

    • J

      Walks and opposite field singles are for sissies. Nobody gets to wear a cape for those.

  26. J

    I’ve lost count of how many games the Reds have scored early, usually on a home run of course, and then been basically blanked for the rest of the game. (Sometimes they’ll score again in the 8th or 9th inning to make it a little closer.) Maybe this will somehow not turn out to be one of those games.

  27. J

    With Votto, it’s increasingly seeming like a “good at-bat” if he just takes one good healthy cut before making an out. Even if the pitch is a foot outside, I’d just like to see him take one real swing where he looks like a guy who’s actually played baseball before.

    • Daytonnati

      Remember the old days when Joey got down 1-2, you could see him thinking “Now I’ve got him.” These days, he looks terrified. He’s not swinging, he’s waving.

      • J

        He used to be thinking “I’ll choke up, stay back, and shoot this into the left field gap.” Now he seems to be thinking “I hope the ball hits this bat somehow.” He just seems to be so dead set on trying to hit home runs, he’s completely forgotten how to do anything else.

    • Chris Holbert

      He looks uncomfortable and terrible. Why would the Reds pay 13 million for that?

  28. Daytonnati

    “You get a homer! You get a homer! And you get a homer!”

  29. RedsGettingBetter

    The offense continues in cold mode… Makes the opponent pitcher looks unhittable…
    By the way, Texas Rangers is absolutely not helping the Reds , they are losing again in Arizona, this time are down 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd…Brewers winning again 7-3 over Twins…At least Cubs lost…

  30. RedAlert

    As Dandy Don Meridith used to sing … “Turn out the lights , the party’s over …..”

    Guess batting practice on tap for tonight for Ashcraft

  31. DW

    What has happened to Ashcraft’s velocity? It has completely dropped off.

  32. Old-school

    There it is folks

    Joey votto
    Now .199
    Ops .768

    Doubt that gets better in san fran

    See how this road trip
    Goes but hes not carrying his $25 mil weight

  33. RedsGettingBetter

    Greene surrendered 5 homers on Sunday, now Ashcraft looking for repeating the feat…

  34. J

    Maybe someone can hit a solo home run this inning.

  35. VaRedsFan

    If you want to know what type of pitch our pitchers are gonna throw, all you need to do is watch Ty behind the plate.

    Stays on a knee….fastball or cutter
    Crouches on both feet….slider/off speed

    Whether hitters can notice it in time might be another story.
    I’m almost sure they can see something.

  36. J

    The nice thing about having your highest OPS guy hitting 8th is that your #8 hitter gets on base a LOT.

    • J

      But there may be a flaw in the theory when you have your worst hitter up next…

  37. LT

    I made a comparison Greene to Ashcraft the other day in that when they make a mistake, it’s hit hard. We went through that horrendous stretch back in May or something like that, he was punished for every bad pitch he made. Look like it’s happening tonight as well.

  38. Ozzie

    Benson leadoff BB. Good start. Got to string good AB’s together…. Stephenson K’s. SMH.

  39. Melvin

    Why wasn’t Benson running there anyway with Mr. DP at the plate?

  40. J

    Just once before this season ends, I would like to see the four best available hitters hitting 1-4.


    Just as a crazy experiment.

  41. Redlegs1869

    I’m sorry. Just let Maile be the #1 catcher. Please. This is not a charity game. This is the MLB. Produce or sit. Stephenson hasn’t produce all year. This is not about how nice a guy is or how hard they work, or how much they’re liked. Dang it, it’s about results! Bench him and Votto.

    • Melvin

      I have a feeling neither he nor Votto have fully recovered.

    • RedAlert

      Agree completely !!!!! Bell doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to bench either of them …

  42. J

    Maybe in the off-season some of these guys can learn how to make contact in situations where a ground ball or fly ball would score a run. That would be neat.

    • Ozzie

      EDLC grounder proves your point. K’s create NO pressure on the defense. Put it in play and good things happen.

  43. Melvin

    See there! Good things happen when you put the ball in play. 🙂

  44. VaRedsFan

    It’s our best play lately.
    2 run error by the other team.

  45. J

    Weird turn of events there. Scoring without home runs?

  46. Melvin

    Alright! Steer is fortunate he didn’t get nailed at 3B. 🙂

    • Ted Alfred

      Same with Stephenson…just pathetic

  47. Old-school

    That was good !!!
    Young guys!

    Joey votto with the Pete Rose roll over 42 yo 4-3

  48. RedAlert

    Joey is done , just done … wow unbelievable how far he has fallen . I like Joey and he has been an all time Reds great …. But he needs to sit . Just a shell of the hitter he used to be .

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…he’s cooked….totally lost at the plate. It’s not fun to watch as a big Votto fan.

  49. Rick

    Didn’t Joey say as long as he’s contributing,
    and if not??

  50. Melvin

    As I’ve said before there’s nothing wrong with moving the batting order around on a regular basis. There’s nothing wrong with moving Votto down while he’s hitting like this. David Bell acts like he’s afraid the players won’t like him if he does. Of course that’s VERY IMPORTANT to him.

  51. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell needs to just quit playing him let alone batting him 5th.

  52. Melvin

    How does Trout come back from that injury in July and it takes everyone else a lot longer seemingly?

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s a 6 week injury.
      Only people think that Barrero gets 1.5 years to heal from it.

      • Melvin

        Of course Trout not looking too good so far.

  53. J

    Now let’s imagine that last inning with a proper lineup:

    Benson – walk
    Friedl – double
    McLain – K
    Steer – double
    CES – ?
    Elly — reaches on error
    Marte ?

    Odds are pretty good you’re getting more than three runs out of that. Separating your best hitters with your worst hitters just isn’t a great strategy even if the Reds win this game.

  54. Old-school

    Ashcraft strikes out trout and ohtani back to back

    Raise your hand if youve ever done that!!!

    Votto .197 and cratering

  55. SR

    That was pretty sporty. 13 pitches 3 k’s. He has the stuff. Just needs to spot it.

  56. Rick

    Bell’s like a cat on a hot tin roof when it’s the 5th inning or 1/3 inning later so he can point to the pen.
    Fetish of his it seems that extends beyond the analytical 3rd time thru the order.

    • VaRedsFan

      He has to come out mid-inning to make his presence known….no matter how well the pitcher is throwing.

      • J

        Otherwise it wouldn’t seem nearly as clever and strategic.

  57. LT

    That walk off HR did not get CES going as we hoped

  58. RedAlert

    Reds need to find another catcher in the
    off-season … Stephenson ain’t it ! Strikeout machine …

    • J

      They could start by trying the guy who’s been hitting all year in AAA, but of course that might hurt someone’s feelings.

  59. RedsGettingBetter

    This Stephenson we have is awful thus far

    • RedAlert

      Reds riding the K train again tonight … 9 thru 6 innings …. It’s maddening …. Doesn’t get any better either as the season progresses

  60. Beaufort Red

    Maile should be starting most games. Stephenson is lost. Some want to blame his injury. His injury doesn’t affect his pitch recognition.

    • Rick

      I tried to make that point with a poster not to long ago.

  61. VaRedsFan

    Giolito over 6.5 Ks
    You guys are missing out if you aren’t on opposing pitcher K-Props.

  62. Ozzie

    I wonder what Votto is thinking lately. People complain about his lack of production, but from my experience watching and listening to him over the years, I believe nobody is more dissatisfied than Votto. He wants to produce, but it’s just not happening now. Would he really want to return next year to be a .200 hitter or worse? It’s hard to face our limitations due to age. He’s special and still may have a hot steak in him this year but he is simply not the hitter he once was.

  63. Mark

    Stephenson is just atrocious time to sign Barnhart or bring up Chuckie . Strikeout king anymore it seems like for Stevenson

  64. RedsGettingBetter

    Ashcraft settled since 5th inning. I think he should go to the 7th. on just 86 pitches

  65. Mark A Verticchio

    Why delay steal, just steal the darn base, this team doesn’t need to try and out smart people.

    • Melvin

      The “fastest man on the planet” would probably be better off just stealing as usual. 🙂

    • J

      I can’t fault him for attempting to steal and being out by an inch. He’s going to be out by an inch sometimes when he tries a regular steal, and we wouldn’t fault him for that.

      • Melvin

        At least he’s not waiting for a DP. 🙂

      • VaRedsFan

        exactly….took a super human play by Drury to tag him.
        Out by an eyelash.

  66. Melvin

    Ashcraft getting into it now. Alright! There are times when he looks like an ace.

  67. VaRedsFan

    Sims is warming….
    Why not in a 1 run game.
    Did Cruz miss the flight?

    • Rick

      SMH… if it’s Sims in the 8th. Cruz has been money lately

  68. LT

    Sims pitching 8th? I need to clear out any thing that can break the TV

    • Melvin

      Man. Ashcraft looks like he’s ready for another one. If Sims does come in and gives up a homer I don’t want to think about it. I just got my 85″ TV a few months ago. lol

  69. Daytonnati

    Need a couple more. Not sure they can get past Trout and Ohtani one more time.

  70. J

    I guess Votto has learned how to accidentally bunt.

  71. Rick

    Steer. I love you the player. Swing that darn bat with 2 strikes.

  72. Bet on Red

    Votto has legs and accidental hits

  73. J

    Bell doesn’t seem to know he’s got runners available on the bench.

    • Melvin

      That’s what Siani is for. Bell pinch ran Stephenson the other night for Votto. lol

    • Ozzie

      He’s counting on CES hitting a bomb.

  74. Melvin

    Hahaha Moose. Votto too fast for you. 🙂

  75. Michael B. Green

    Watching the game. Bell does not pinch run for Votto in 8th. What is this guy doing?

    • Melvin

      There are times when it seems he’s in lala land.

  76. J

    Did Siani not make it there in time to pinch run? What is happening?

    • Melvin

      Isn’t Hopkins still available? Anyway?

  77. RedAlert

    Double digit strikeouts every single game .. it’s absolutely atrocious … get a real hitting coach geeze man

  78. J

    All I can come up with is that Bell is thinking if he takes Votto out of the game he’s got to put CES at first, and then he loses the DH when the game inevitably goes to extra innings.

    • Melvin

      Steer is playing LF tonight. He could easily move in to the infield with Siani in CF or LF. If David Bell can’t figure that out than he’s in more trouble than I thought.

      • J

        Right. Forgot all about Steer. Maybe Bell also forgot all about him.

        I have no answers, other than Bell is every bit as dumb as we believe he is.

  79. Daytonnati

    I don’t have a good feeling here.

  80. Melvin

    I hope Moll does great. Wish Aschraft was still pitching. Angels glad he’s not I’m sure.

  81. J

    Moll tried his best to walk the leadoff batter, but couldn’t quite get it done.

    • Melvin

      He’s trying to be a Reds pitcher. Just not quite there yet. 🙂

      • J

        I’m sure he’ll get there with more practice. Gotta throw that 3-2 pitch a little further outside. Maybe another foot higher as well.

    • Melvin

      Yep. It’s hard to argue against Steer being the Reds MVP this year playing so many position while hitting so well.

  82. Daytonnati

    India doesn’t make that play.

    • Melvin

      Nope. I agree. Hope he comes back as a pinch hitter though.

  83. Melvin

    Good play by McLain and yes Votto too. Big scoop.

  84. Melvin

    I hope Hokins gets on here but I’d rather take my chances leaving Benson in there…and he Ks as I’m writing this.

  85. RedAlert

    Hopkins can’t play at this level … period

  86. J

    I’m trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Votto has had four at-bats against right-handed pitchers in this game, he’s put the ball in play three times, struck out once, has a hit, and I don’t think he’s taken one legitimate swing yet.

  87. Mark A Verticchio

    How many hard hit balls do the Reds have tonight?

    • J

      McLain hit a home run, Steer had a pretty good double, and Marte hit a pretty hard foul ball.

      • J

        Oh, and Friedl had a line drive double. So… four.

  88. Melvin

    Come on Moose. Don’t let us down. Strike out! 🙂

    • Melvin

      DO NOT walk him Mr. Diaz. There ya go! 🙂 Thank you Moose.

  89. VaRedsFan

    Ty pegged one.
    Moniak must have fallen down!!!

  90. Melvin

    Alright Stephenson!!! Great throw!!! Nailed him. 🙂 Maybe not. Replay.

  91. Melvin

    Woah. He looked safe to me. We’ll take it!

  92. VaRedsFan

    BIG win.
    Good job Ash and the pen!!

    • David

      Yes, the Reds won. But David Bell probably really screwed something up, and we will hear about it in the comments.

      • J

        He screwed up several things, as some of us pointed out in the comments above, and, as usual, not a single person argued in favor of those things we criticized. But now that the Reds won, some people will show up to whine about how mean people are to Bell.

  93. RedAlert

    Nice win ! Struggle but will take it !

  94. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds take advantage of the big error made by Schanuel and get the win… Keep fighting Reds!

    • Melvin

      RedsGettingBetter – Cool name haha

  95. J

    I have no idea what just happened. The Reds barely managed to make any contact all night, the #5 hitter looked like a little kid trying to swing an adult’s bat, Ashcraft was giving up home runs left and right, Bell seemed to have literally fallen asleep when he forgot to pinch run, and somehow the Reds won?

    At this point, I’ll take what I can get. Maybe tomorrow they can win a real game.

      • J

        I’ll be thrilled with two, but I want at least one of them to feel more legitimate than this one.

  96. Protime

    Reds win with the help of costly Angels
    error, and solid pitching from Ashcraft and bullpen.

  97. Melvin

    Bats lost 24-10 haha. Somebody needs to tell them football hasn’t started yet. Lopez, Barrero, and Robinson all with two hits including a HR a piece.

    • Melvin

      Stoudt gave up seven hits, seven runs, two HR in two innings. Antone one inning no runs and a walk.

      • Rick

        It will be nice to see Antone back up in the bigs assuming there are no setbacks.