Cincinnati has lost both of the games played thus far in this 4-game series against Arizona. Tonight they’ll look to turn things around against Zach Davies as he comes off of the injured list to make his first start for the Diamondbacks in a month. First pitch is set for 8:10pm ET. The game, and all MLB games today, are free through (out of market).

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Arizona D’backs

TJ Friedl – CF Corbin Carroll – RF
Matt McLain – SS Ketel Marte – 2B
Elly De La Cruz – SS Tommy Pham – DH
Spencer Steer – LF Christian Walker – 1B
Nick Martini – DH Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – LF
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B Alek Thomas – CF
Noelvi Marte – 3B Jace Peterson – 3B
Will Benson – RF Jose Herrera – C
Tyler Stephenson – C Geraldo Perdomo – SS
Fernando Cruz – RHP Zach Davies – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Fernando Cruz 52.1 4.30 1.22 23 74
Zach Davies 57.1 7.38 1.62 27 46
Links: Fernando Cruz’s StatsZach Davies’ Stats

Fernando Cruz

It looks like the Reds will be going with some type of bullpen day, giving Fernando Cruz the start. He got two such starts in 2022 for the Reds in September and threw 1.2 perfect innings in each appearance. Cruz does better against righties than lefties, holding them to a lower average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage while also walking fewer of them and striking them out more often. Lefties don’t do a ton against him, but they do walk quite often and hit better than righties do.


RHH 122 21 5 1 3 8 43 .189 .248 .333
LHH 98 20 4 1 2 15 31 .244 .357 .390

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Split
Velo 94.3 87.3 81.5
Usage 34% 30% 35%

Zach Davies

It’s been over a month since Davies pitched in the big leagues as he’s spent time on the injured list. He’s made three starts in Triple-A on a rehab assignment and is set to come off of the injured list tonight.

The lefty and righty splits aren’t that big for Davies. Left-handed hitters hit for a higher average and that 29 point difference carries forward in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Lefties make more contact – but both lefties and righties make plenty of contact.


RHH 113 27 8 0 3 11 24 .273 .339 .444
LHH 146 39 5 2 4 16 22 .302 .377 .465

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Change
Velo 89.7 89.8 87.7 77.2 81.1
Usage 16% 40% 11% 7% 26%

When and Where

  • Game time: 8:10pm ET
  • Where: Chase Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: They play in a dome

News and Notes

Ben Lively activated

The Reds, needing a starting pitcher, activated Ben Lively today but he is not starting. We’ll see if he gets in the game and if so, how long he’ll pitch for.

Stuart Fairchild sent to rehab in Triple-A

Still on the concussion list, Stuart Fairchild is with Louisville today to rehab.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 71 57 0.0 94.7%
Cubs 67 61 4.0 54.9%
Reds 67 63 5.0 22.3%
Pirates 58 71 13.5 0.0%
Cardinals 56 73 15.5 0.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

222 Responses

  1. Mike Adams

    All right, Reds, enough.
    No excuses-the manager, the rookies, the errors, the starters, the bullpen, the injuries, old Votto, this one coming back, that one coming back, tiredness, bad umpires, etc.
    Time to turn this thing around!

  2. Mark A Verticchio

    Hopeful but not confident, ask yourself for the last month and 1/2 what has this team done well. I can answer that nothing.

    • Daytonnati

      What about raising expectations to unreasonable levels ? 🙂

      • Mark A Verticchio

        With the talent 4 games over .500 isn’t unreasonable.

  3. Ghostrunner_onthird

    I met Chris Welsh a little while ago; he was talking to whom I was assume was part of the umpiring crew. I will also presume that he will talk about the “Bloody Stump” rule on tonight’s broadcast.

  4. CI3J

    The Reds are 8-14 in August.

    They are now a mere 4 games over .500, and they still have a brutal stretch coming up:

    2 more @ ARI
    3 @ SF
    4 vs CUBS
    3 vs SEA

    The schedule finally starts easing up on September 9th, but I’m not very confident the Reds will still be over .500 at that point. I don’t see them having a winning record over these next 12 games. Something like 4-8 sounds about right.

    These next 12 games decide the season. If the Reds can play .500 or better, they should be able to take some games from St. Louis, Pittsburgh, New York Mets, and Detroit in September and stay in the playoff chase until the end.

    I’m not feeling too optimistic.

    But who knows, maybe they’ll surprise me.

  5. J

    Looks like Bell has yet again spent all day poring over the data, analyzing trends, and carefully considering the various matchups — and once again concluded his highest OPS guy (among players with at least 200 plate appearances) should hit 8th, making sure to position him between two of the weakest hitters in the lineup to maximize the impact his high OPS.

    On a related note, it would be neat if the leadoff hitter could get on base to start the game (when was the last time that happened?), and also neat if Davies is forced to throw at least 10 pitches in the first inning. “Dare to dream,” I always say.

  6. GreatRedLegsFan

    The Reds started the season with a shorthanded rotation, have been shorthanded so far and it looks they’ll finish it just like that. Looking forward 2024 the chances are good for Ashcraft, Abbott and perhaps Willamson, but for the others not so much.

  7. Soto

    Now’s the time! The time is now.
    Lets Go Reds!

  8. Melvin

    On a positive note I LOVED the way EDLC layed down a perfect bunt last night. He did it perfectly. If he can do that more along with his other skills he will be a superstar for sure. He could move back to the leadoff spot if he’s starts doing that.

  9. Mark Moore

    World’s ugliest stolen base and then Elly whiffs at stuff nowhere near the zone, so it’s all for nothing.

  10. LarkinPhillips

    Pitchers like Daviess (junk ballers) give us so much trouble. Until the Reds learn to sit back and hit the ball the opposite way this will continue.

  11. James Dennis Westrick

    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the current 10-game road trip!

    The Good – the Reds are 3-2 thru the first 5 games and are still in the hunt for a NL Wild Card playoff spot!

    The Bad – the Reds wasted an opportunity to pick up ground on the Stupid Cubs, the Fish & the Giants last night with their loss to the Snakes who are also a rival in the Wild Card race!

    The Ugly – Hunter Greene’s second straight awful start, failing to make it thru the 4th inning again! Replacing the 5 HRs allowed in his 1st start back from the IL with 5 Walks is NOT an improvement! Let’s face it folks, HG has been God awful in his last 2 starts, is 2-6 on the year with an ERA above 5! He is definitely NOT the ACE of the staff!

    With 5 more games to go on this current road trip, if the Reds can go 3-2 in the final 5 games (starting tonight) they could end up with a 6-4 record which is not bad!

    Time to stop wasting opportunities and beat your competition if you want to be a serious playoff contender!

  12. Mark Moore

    Lucky that hit their coach, but looks like we’ll give them a head start tonight. Let’s see if they can execute.

  13. LarkinPhillips

    I’ve been binge watching Ted Lasso. The Reds sum up season 1 finale so much. It truly is the hope that kills. This inning, this road trio, this season. They give you justbenough hope to kill you at the end when they let you down.

  14. RedAlert

    Very poor Stephenson , very poor – man this dude is just disappointing in 2023

    • Kevin H

      Not really, that was a tough pitch to block there.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Always! Always one pitch away from escaping damage and getting out of the inning with no runs scored!

  16. Gpod

    Stevenson has poor catching skills to say the least

  17. Dennis Westrick

    Nice inning by Cruz with all 3 outs via strikeouts!

    Incredible how this team finds ways to beat itself! A Passed Ball with 2 outs and a runner on 3rd, REALLY?????

  18. RedAlert

    These guys have no conception of the strike zone it’s amazing … stand up there flailing at balls a foot outside and in the dirt …
    pathetic at bats , just pathetic

  19. Mark A Verticchio

    You would swear these guys have never seen a change up, very sad.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Milwaukee, Philadelphia & the Stupid Cubs ALL winning early in their games tonight!

    Simply cannot lose this game and fall further behind the Brewers in the NL Central as well as the Cubs & Phillies in the NL Wild Card race!

  21. Rick

    We have one lefty reliever let’s burn him now.

    • Melvin

      One of the many mysteries especially after just putting our other lefty in the IL. 😉

      • Rick

        I know. That makes it even stranger. And burning one of our more reliable bullpen arms early on as a opener.
        Just start Lively like he’s been accustomed to this season.

      • Melvin

        That’s right. If he’s going to give up runs we’ll at least have more time to come back.

  22. Roger Garrett

    I just have to wonder sometimes if these young hitters are being coached at all.Surely they must have been told that Davies best pitch is the change up and that he at best will max out at 90 or most of the time around 88 or 89.If we know that then how on earth can we strike out 4 out of the first 6 hitters.Puzzling that we haven’t learned to stay back and go the other way on guys like him

    • Mark Moore

      You have to think they are, but the results seem to indicate either they aren’t, or they are refusing to listen and learn.

      The book on tonight’s Snakes pitcher is pretty well set. Yet we seem “surprised” once again at how he’s pitching. EDLC didn’t get anything in the zone, yet he whiffed.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Here We Go Again with the Strike outs! Four (4) strikeouts in our first two turn at bat!

    Just ridiculous for a ML baseball team to consistently have double-digit SOs almost every game!

  24. Dennis Westrick

    So, is Bell’s plan tonight to use nine (9) BP pitchers?

    • Mark Moore

      Or maybe 7/8 and a position player to mop up the mess … 😛

    • Rick

      Probably. He’ll get more face time that way.

    • Daytonnati

      Funny, I first interpreted that as Batting Practice … 🙂

  25. Kevin H

    Man nasty change up by Davies tonight. He is on so far.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    One more comment before I take a break and down a six-pack! Zack Davies has an ERA of 7+ folks! Yes, you read that right! An ERA of 7+ but he will emulate Cy Young tonight!

  27. Roger Garrett

    I am all for letting these young guys play but it was several weeks ago when the Brewers told everybody how to attack our guys.Burnes told everybody in the article I read and thats kind of unusual but he told this team as well and they either don’t believe it or just can’t help themselves.

    • Mark Moore


      Exactly. This isn’t some kind of secret book (we save that for HDTBell’s work). It’s “settled science” at this point until we also learn from it and change.

  28. Mark Moore

    OK, TySteve … make up for your mistake. As long as TJ helps out.

    • Mark Moore

      Or MattyMc … that would work as well.

      • Mark Moore

        Or a GIDP … Stink. Fish. Pot.

  29. Mark Moore

    Lively warming up. Wonder how far Moll will be allowed to go.

  30. Mark Moore

    Cowboy commenting on Marte being late to cover multiple times and not being in position to make the tag on a steal.

  31. Dennis Westrick

    The Reds are a clown show on defense! MM misplays a routine ground ball?

    • Mark Moore

      I could be wrong, but I don’t recall him doing that at SS. I’d still rather see him there and EDLC at 3B. Then where do you play Marte … a lot of puzzle pieces to deal with. And they are not as interchangeable as we were told they could be.

  32. Mark Moore

    A minor cardiac moment. Nice scoop by CES.

  33. Roger Garrett

    I will just punch out for the night.Passed ball,error and a walk and they have 1 hit and lead.We have 3 hits and well can’t score hit in to a dp and have 2 first pitch outs and 4 strikeouts in 3 turns.Don’t look good at all

  34. J

    Since there’s nothing new or interesting happening in this game, I’m going to revisit the topic of John Sadak’s weird adjectives. Today, what I’d like to focus on is the way he often adds an unnecessary “-er” to the ends of adjectives. What everyone else calls a “long throw,” he calls a “longer throw.” What everyone else calls a “late break,” he calls a “later break.” What everyone else calls a “high strike,” he calls a “higher strike.” (Or sometimes a “tall strike,” but that’s in a different category of weirdness.)

    I guess technically these words aren’t wrong, per se, because, for example, the throw from third base is “longer” than typical throws from third. But it’s still very weird, and it rubs me the wrong way every time I hear it. People don’t say “gosh, look at that taller tree over there” or “wow, that was a scarier movie” or “awww, this is such a cuter puppy.” What is wrong with him?

    • Mark Moore

      In the VERY few times I’ve listened to him (pretty much never by choice anymore), I find him to be the type of guy who wants to have a very broad vocabulary and feels as if he has to use every word he’s packed in his briefcase every single game.

      Larkin’s lack of talking can amplify that. Cowboy in the booth sometimes keeps him quieter. Welsh is a neutral factor.

      That’s my take. And the weirdness of some of the words seem to be his “style”.

  35. Dennis Westrick

    Amazing how most of the other teams the Reds play are willing to play Small Ball! Arizona uses one the best hitters to sacrifice to advance a runner from 1st base to 2nd base with one out! Didn’t produce a run in this case but I admire the effort!

    Bell apparently has never heard of Small Ball.

  36. RedAlert

    Sadak is making my ears hurt – he can’t shut up for 10 seconds talking – geeze man take a breath

  37. J

    Martini is clearly this team’s best hitter right now, and it’s not even close.

    • Mark Moore

      Pretty sad statement, ain’t it?

      • J

        A lot of guys seem to come up from AAA and seem to know how to hit — until they’ve been with the Reds for a while.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Not confirmed but can’t overturn.

    • Mark Moore

      Clown shows are usually entertaining. This is decidedly NOT entertaining.

  38. Mark Moore

    Strike 5 and he’s finally out!!!

  39. J

    Even Benson has lost interest in trying to draw a walk. That leaves only Martini.

  40. Mark Moore

    TySteve with a TRIPLE!?!?!?

    If that doesn’t give you some hope, nothing will.

    • Mark Moore

      And it’s wasted … again … 😮

  41. Melvin

    I don’t know why Stephenson would try for a triple there with two outs and one run down but I’m glad he made it. I wouldn’t call that “good fundamentals”.

    • JB

      Because he knows they aren’t going to drive him in , so he is hoping for a pass ball.

      • Melvin

        I guess he wants to take advantage of his speed. 😉 Afterall, he did pinch run for Votto recently. lol Probably the only time in his life he ever pinch ran for anyone. 🙂

  42. Mark A Verticchio

    Freidl is not the long term answer in center field, he is an average player at best. He also like everybody else strikes out to much.

    • TR

      Imo, De La Cruz is a natural in centerfield with speed and a strong arm. Otherwise, he belongs at third base.

  43. J

    Friedl just pulled a pitch that was low and outside. Didn’t he used to hit the ball the other way sometimes? Wasn’t that part of why he was getting on base so often at the beginning of the year? Or am I misremembering? (I know he also used to walk fairly regularly, but that’s a different issue.)

  44. LT

    TS been raking. No one else follows him. Not sure why Bell moved TS below Benson.

  45. Mark Moore

    Night all. Catch you tomorrow afternoon.

  46. Beaufort Red

    Sorry guys when Bell named Marte the 3B from here on out it was a huge mistake. The guy is absolutely overmatched. I know when he gets a hit ( like ECS) everyone says I told you so. Sorry , I’m all about winning and this rookie dominated lineup isn’t working. You have to try something new or it’s going to become a moot point. And yes, I was one that wanted Marte and CES called up.

  47. J

    Welcome back Lively! Oh, how I missed this. Good thing we saved Cruz et al. for today and didn’t burn them when it was 5-4 yesterday. Always thinking ahead.

  48. Mark A Verticchio

    This season is all but over.

    • Ted Alfred

      Like I said back when they extended Bell. He’s fine managing average to bad teams with no winning expectations. However, when the pressure goes up he manages tight and his teams reflect that…they play tight and poorly…not a good combo. Against the Angels there was less pressure playing an average AL team and they played better. As soon as they go against 3 straight NL teams all competing fir the same playoff spot and the games are more impactful they’ll fold and play poorly…a reflection of the tone set by Bell. That’s who he is as a manager and that’s who he’ll always be. Reds will never win anything with him…just the way it is. This will be two epic collapses in three years when the games started to mean more.

  49. JB

    Sweep the Angels and probably get swept by Arizona. Just a young team.

  50. Melvin

    Friedl is done at last for tonight. Senzel might get some playing time after all unfortunately.

    • Melvin

      Can’t believe he’s not coming out. He will eventually.

  51. J

    Someday Bell is going to find out intentional walks can be a useful strategy. But first they’ll probably add a couple more years to his contract because of how much the guys love playing for him.

  52. Beaufort Red

    How in the world does Sadak know anything about a sports injury.

  53. Protime

    Agree! This season is over. Bell‘s pathetic mismanagement: No fundamentals, No discipline, No leadership. No serious additions at the trade deadline. The chickens have come home to roost. No excuses…

  54. Mark A Verticchio

    The coincidence of the extension and the team going into the crapper is astonishing, or is it?

  55. Melvin

    Looks like De La Cruz is learning that getting on base is always a good thing and you don’t have to necessarily do it with power. A bunt hit last night, trying a bunt tonight, and now just getting a walk. I’m seeing some good signs. Can’t use his speed on a strikeout.

  56. Erik the Red

    This team has a future but we need to fix starting pitching next year. However, they are not the only team with this problem. Also I think their lineup is a little too right handed for my preference.

  57. GreatRedLegsFan

    Time to dust off the Golden Sombrero!

  58. MCT

    GIDP with the bases juices and one out. Yep, we’re watching a Reds game all right!

  59. Mark A Verticchio

    Marte is not ready, Bell’s declaration of him playing 3rd full time was stupid.

    • Ted Alfred

      I wish he looked better but Senzel is clearly the better third baseman defensively and it’s not really close

  60. Beaufort Red

    Exactly what I said earlier. He’s really overmatched. I’d rather have Senzel on 3rd.

  61. J

    I hope the guys love playing for Bell enough to spend some time in the off-season learning how to hit a sacrifice fly to help their friend win more games.

  62. Mark A Verticchio

    Truthfully right now this entire team is over matched, no life and ready to call it a year. That so-called big series with the Cubs isn’t going to mean much. I predict they will win 1 more on this road trip and come home 68 and 67 with the season all but over.

  63. Protime

    I believe Bell’s record since the extension is 12-14 is that correct?

    • Melvin

      When Bell loses it’s never his fault. When he wins he’s doing such a marvelous job. The man can do no wrong. Might as well appoint him manager for life. 😉

  64. Mark A Verticchio

    I don’t think it’s that good.

  65. LT

    Funny that I am seeing folks asking to play Senzel over Marte. Smh. Anyhow, Benson hit a grand slam in garbage time last night. This game is not over.

  66. LT

    Basically we traded India and Fraley for CES and Marte, and that’s a lopsided trade, not even close. Steer shows that he’s good hitting 6 in the line up, not 4.

  67. Melvin

    Martini has been a pleasant surprise the last two games anyway.

  68. J

    I understand they’re all basically rookies, but it’s weird that everyone suddenly has the same problems. Striking out way too much, can’t drive in a runner from third under almost any circumstances, everyone seems to be trying to hit the ball way too hard, nobody is stealing bases when it would actually help, people don’t know how to handle basic plays on defense, etc. etc.

    Bell is such a bad fit for this team. He might be fine for a team full of superstars who don’t need anything other than a guy to handle the egos and make everyone feel loved, and a team like that could probably overcome his daily strategic blunders, but a young team like this really needs leadership and guidance, and it sure does look to me (and to virtually everyone else who comments here) that Bell and his staff provide absolutely nothing.

  69. Protime

    Can someone please confirm Bell’s record since the extension ? 12-14 or 11-15 soon to add another loss…

  70. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree he is a horrible fit for a young team that needs to learn to play the game.

  71. J

    This game might have turned out very differently if Bell knew about strategic intentional walks.

  72. LT

    As bad as it’s looking, we should hold our head up. Of the 6 minor leaguers RLN petitioned passionately to get called up recently, our batting average is .500. We hit grand slam with AA, triple with MM, and double with EDLC. On the other hand, we struck out on 3 pitches with Barrero, CES, and Marte. In baseball, batting .25 will get you millions, so we all should be proud.

  73. LT

    Yes TS. Now, up to Frield and Mm. C’mon. Don’t come back and fall short.

  74. Melvin

    Stephenson with three hits and knocks in a run. One run down. Siani finally makes an appearance as a pinch runner.

  75. Andrew Brewer

    Thank God they put Sewald on the mound… And gave us a shot !

    • Melvin

      Walking batters. Throwing ball after ball. Thank you very much.

    • Andrew Brewer

      But Diaz does not come in to pitch the 9th in a tie ball game ?

      • Andrew Brewer

        Lively gets the first out, and it’s Gibaut…

  76. LT

    C’mon. Let’s win this game Mm. C’mon.

  77. LT

    Man, I’ll just tune in when 8th inning starts from now on. 1-8 are boring watching the Reds. I said this game was not over.

  78. J

    That was almost a home run, but another case of a Reds hitter pulling a ball that was low and outside. Sigh…

  79. Mark A Verticchio

    That would have been a huge hit. Oh well, let’s get to the 10th with EDLC at 2nd.

  80. J

    If this somehow makes it to a 10th inning, Elly starts at second. Could do worse than that.

  81. LT

    Had TS batted 6, in front runner of Benson and Marte, this game would have been different. Gotta know who’s hot and adjust line up, Bell.

    • J

      Bell believes that will upset the hitters too much. They’re very delicate.

  82. Lem

    Lively was alright tonight supplying those innings. But shouldn’t Diaz be getting the call to get it to Extras?

    • Lem

      Alright. Gibaut got it done. Will Bell actually manage his way out of a paper bag tonight?

    • Andrew Brewer

      We’re heading to the 10th, Gibaut and Lively got it done !

  83. Protime

    Mancini is2-3 today, hitting 455 at Louisville.

    • Melvin

      ??? I thought he was 0-4. Were there two games today?

  84. J

    I continue to have irrational faith and optimism every time Gibaut enters a close game. Guy just looks totally relaxed all the time. Not a care in the world. Just having a friendly game of catch with his catcher. And, maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that he’s less likely than most of the others to walk the first guy he sees. (He sometimes walks the second and/or third guy, but nobody’s perfect.)

  85. Melvin

    De La Cruz as our free runner in the 10th is not a bad way to start. 🙂

  86. Melvin

    Steer doubles. We have the lead. Amazing. 🙂

  87. LT

    Good way to kick off 10th, Steer. C’mon, let’s add at least 1 more.

  88. Andrew Brewer

    Steer dbls on a 3-2 count. Castro throws hard but the Reds have seen him before.

    • Andrew Brewer

      And Martini follows with a dbl of his own !

  89. Melvin

    Martini knocks in another run. He’s doing an amazing job.

  90. J

    CES! Now I remember why I liked this guy.

  91. LT

    C’mon let’s be greedy. One more run please.

  92. Melvin

    CES gets in on the act. 🙂 The Reds are down….but not out. 🙂

  93. Protime

    You can never have enough pitching, and you can never have enough runs! Let’s add some more…

  94. Andrew Brewer

    And Noelvi Marte hits another ground rule dbl… there are no outs.

  95. LT

    Maybe, just maybe Reds hitters say enough is enough and start hitting. We can only hope. Martini and TS are hot and if 2-3 other guys follow, we have something going tomorrow and 3 games in SF.

  96. Mark A Verticchio

    If you’re going to squeeze do it right.

  97. J

    This inning is featuring the best of the Reds and the worst of the Reds. Someday, these guys are going to have to learn about sacrifice flies.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Benson’s at bat was really upsetting, the worst of the Reds and I have no idea what Maille was doing, that 4th run would have been a dagger.

  98. J

    I really hope the inability to drive in a runner from third isn’t going to cost this team the game. I was practically yelling at Benson on the 3-2 pitch “THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE A STRIKE,” but he didn’t listen.

    Also, THAT was the at-bat to try a squeeze.

  99. Daytonnati

    Well, I guess it can’t be easy.

  100. Protime

    Agree! I hope it doesn’t come back to haunt them! Sacrifice fly anyone?

  101. J

    And by the way… I would have left Gibaut in the game.

  102. Daytonnati

    Marte probably walks it off here.

  103. Melvin

    Of course Diaz can’t make it easy on us. Has to give up an RBI hit and a walk to start. smh

  104. Melvin

    Oh my goodness. McLain boots it. A double play ball. Wow. Under his glove. Tying run at 3B.

  105. J

    You had a guy who was pitching well and had thrown 9 pitches…

    • LarkinPhillips

      You have to.make sure to use all the relievers. This is how you wear down the bullpen.

  106. Melvin

    Sac fly. Tie game. Winning run on 3B. Oh boy.

    • Andrew Brewer

      It ain’t over till it’s over. Amazing…

  107. Ghostrunner_onthird

    I enjoy free baseball but . . .

  108. LT

    Diaz was not sharp but MM error was costly. Let’s go get a couple runs here Reds.

    • Jeremiah

      Wow, crazy win…Reds and Snacks similar teams. Reds gotta feel confident with Ashcraft going tomorrow, Abbott Monday right?

      I wonder if Bell was against bringing Hopkins up? Him not playing Hopkins almost seems intentional…I feel for Hopkins a bit. I think probably hurt his confidence a but. I’d like to see Mancini eventually. I’d probably sensend Hopkins down for him and then Senzel down for Fraley. Quite the revolving door right now kind if interesting with all the player moves and injuries.

  109. Lem

    Got cute with the attempted bunt squeeze. Reds were ripping. Must’ve figured, “3 will certainly be enough”. Anyway, McClain’s got a chance to do something here.

  110. Lem

    Did I see Chrismatt has a 9+ ERA? He must be so bad, the Reds can’t figure him out.

  111. Melvin

    Infield hit for Steer. Can Martini do it again? OOOH. Never mind. Hopkins replaced him. Come on Hopkins.

    • Melvin

      We’ve got the lead again. Amazing.

    • Lem

      That was about the only way we were going to score off him. Thank heavens for scrubs.

  112. LT

    Man, luck had it that Maile hit where TS was and Hopkins hit where Martini was. But we got a free run. Basically AZ say Reds please win this game. Let’s see how Reds respond.

  113. Mark A Verticchio

    Why in the world did Bell not bat Senzel for Hopkins who should be in AAA asap for Mancini.

    • RedAlert

      He should be on the first plane out to
      Louisville tomorrow …. Dude doesn’t know how to swing a bat apparently ….. sick and tired of him sitting up there watching strike 3 … no business on this roster AT ALL – agree with you Mark , get Mancini up here

    • RedAlert

      He is seriously lost at this level … has
      apparently forgotten what a bat is used for .. sick and tired of him sitting up there
      watching strikes go by … dude should be on the first plane back to Louisville tomorrow

    • Rick

      Mancini was signed to a minor league deal and would need a 40 man spot, if I’m not mistaken. I’m guessing that Hopkins is merely holding a 40 man spot for Antone most likely. Hopkins, is utterly useless for our Redlegs either way.

  114. Protime

    Send Hopkins back to Louisville! Pathetic!!!

    • LarkinPhillips

      A serious organization absolutely would. Not the Reds. If the coach won’t play him for weeks then he gets a chance and does that twice now. He’d be on a bus immediately for an organization that cared about winning in a playoff race.

  115. LarkinPhillips

    Hopkins strikes out looking on a big situation yet again. Hard to believe you’re taking advantage of an opportunity by not even swinging the bat.

    • lem

      He did roll his eyes on that one iffy strike call tho!

    • LT

      Intolerable. Hopkins and Benson are at the top at looking at strike 3.

  116. LT

    We just need one reliever to come in and shut the door. Maybe that’s too much to ask these days.

  117. Melvin

    Sac bunt. Snakes know how to play to win.

  118. Melvin

    Lucky that was foul. Would have been a tie game.

  119. Protime

    Bell, worst manager in the majors!!!

    • Daytonnati

      And McLain will be able to sleep tonight.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. He’s becoming my favorite player. I’d take him in that situation any time.

  120. Protime

    Bring up Mancini, send Hopkins back. Won in spite of Bell. The man is a catastrophe!!!

    • Mark A Verticchio

      You are 100% correct. Back in the 10th Bell should have walked the 4th place hitter who hit the tying run home, his run meant nothing and it’s sets up the double play. Oh well it’s a win.

  121. Mike Adams

    Looks like they listened to me-barely

  122. LT

    Biggest win of the year? Reds show some grit. That’s something. Of all relievers, Sims won it for us. How ironic

  123. Soto

    That a boy Sims!
    Huge win! They’re hangin’ on.

  124. Stoney

    Man needed that win. Nothing easy. Hopkins should be sent down as soon as possible. Good job by Sims. Let’s get a split.

  125. Soto

    I would like to see Barrero replace Hopkins and let him play in the outfield.

    • Melvin

      Fine with me. Put him in the rotation. Martini is hitting well right now.

  126. J

    Who’s this Sims guy? Seems like a pretty good pitcher sometimes.

  127. Mark A Verticchio

    Biggest win of year but it would have been the worst loss as well.

  128. J

    Hate to kick a guy when he’s down, but I have to agree there’s no plausible explanation for Hopkins to be on the active roster tomorrow. He serves no purpose that couldn’t be served just as well by someone else who’s better.

  129. Soto

    Sims can make you nervous, but the kid competes.

  130. Protime

    I’ve been a baseball fan and loyal Reds
    follower for over 54 years, and Bell is the weakest substandard real time game manager I’ve ever seen. I sincerely believe the Reds record this year would be significantly better with a competent manager.

  131. Andrew Brewer

    How ironic that the Reds score 3 in the tenth with great hitting, but win it in the 11th on a baulk. Yeah, Sims can pitch. Lively didn’t do badly today either. Hunter Greene is now the new Weaver, but will the Reds score runs for him ?