The Milwaukee Brewers come into Great American Ball Park tonight to open up a 4-game series. The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to rebound from a series loss over the weekend to the New York Mets. First pitch tonight is set for 6:40pm ET. The game tonight is the Free Game of the Day for those of you who are out of market.

Starting Lineup

Milwaukee Brewers

Cincinnati Reds

Oliver Dunn – DH Stuart Fairchild – RF
William Contreras – C Spencer Steer – LF
Christian Yelich – LF Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Willy Adames – SS Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Sal Frelick – CF Tyler Stephenson – C
Rhys Hoskins – 1B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Jackson Chourio – RF Santiago Espinal – 2B
Brice Turang – 2B Will Benson – DH
Joey Ortiz – 3B Bubba Thompson – CF
Aaron Ashby – LHP Graham Ashcraft – RHP

Jonathan India was originally in the lineup, but he was hit in the leg by a batter ball during batting practice and eventually scratched from the lineup.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Graham Ashcraft 6.0 3.00 0.83 4.2% 20.8%
Aaron Ashby
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Aaron Ashby’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

There was a stretch last year, for eight games, where Graham Ashcraft may have been the worst starting pitcher in baseball. He was tipping his pitches and everyone knew it except apparently him and the Reds. The stretch before that, and after that, though, he was arguably one of the best pitchers in the game. Overall he was merely average but he showed for two different long stretches last year that he could dominate.

Last season he pitched better against lefties, holding them to an OPS 103 points lower than he held righties. Left-handed hitters walked less and struck out more than their right-handed counterparts did against Ashcraft.

2023 Splits

RHH 329 82 12 2 12 9.4% 16.1% .285 .366 .465
LHH 295 66 11 2 11 7.1% 19.7% .244 .306 .422

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider
Velo 96.5 95.9 85.8
Usage 10% 53% 37%

Aaron Ashby

Today will be the first big league start for Ashby since 2022. He missed much of the 2023 season after shoulder surgery, returning in September to make seven minor league appearances with only one of them lasting more than one inning. He did make one start in Triple-A, throwing 5.0 innings last week while giving up three runs on four hits and two walks while picking up five strikeouts.

While we only have four games worth of data – two from rehab last season, one from spring training this season, and his Triple-A start from last week – Ashby’s velocity is down significantly from 2022 when he averaged 95.8 MPH with his fastball. He’s down to 92.1 MPH in those four outings we’ve got data from since his return.

No Splits

Given that he hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2022 and had no real minor league data from last season, and that his velocity is way down, it just doesn’t seem worth posting old splits from when he was clearly a very different pitcher.

Pitch Usage (Triple-A start in 2024)

4-seam 2-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.7 92.1 79.1 80.2 86.2
Usage 1% 48% 9% 20% 21%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Tejay Antone to have surgery

The worst news for Tejay Antone seemed to come on Monday afternoon – he tore a tendon completely from the bone in his elbow as well as partially tearing a ligament in his elbow. He will undergo surgery on Friday.

Carson Spiers called up

With Antone now on the injured list, the Reds have called up Carson Spiers from Triple-A Louisville to help fill out the pitching staff for now.

Spencer Steer named Player of the Week

After hitting .409/.500/.955 with five extra-base hits and nine runs batted in, Spencer Steer earned National League Player of the Week honors.

Nick Lodolo to return this weekend

Cincinnati will be going with a 6-man rotation when Nick Lodolo returns this weekend to join the rotation. How long they stick with it and who could be the odd-man out has not yet been determined.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Pittsburgh 8 2
Milwaukee 6 2 1.0
Chicago 6 3 1.5
Cincinnati 5 4 2.5
St. Louis 5 5 3.0

313 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    Since a lot of guys will be on an innings watch on a full year basis, 6 man rotation actually makes a lot of sense right now.

    • LarkinPhillips

      6 Man rotation only works if the pitchers go later into games. If not, it makes the bullpen a man short. In today’s game the bullpens seem to get worn out quickly when there are 7 pitchers in there much less when we go down to a 6 man pen.

      I greatly prefer a 5 man rotation with 2 long relief bullpen guys. If a starting pitcher struggles early, they can get pulled quickly and allow one of the long relief guys to keep us in the game with out wearing our bullpen completely out. This is the role I have thought Martinez or Abbott would excel at. A fresher bullpen come August/September will make a massive difference for a playoff push.

      • Melvin

        “6 Man rotation only works if the pitchers go later into games.”

        Yep. Pulling guys after five innings under the magical number of 100 pitches ain’t goin to cut it.

      • VaRedsFan

        I think you meant “artificial” number Melvin

      • Melvin

        “I think you meant “artificial” number Melvin”

        haha It seems to be magical.

      • Oldtimer

        Worked in 1961, 1975, 1976, and 1990.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @old timer, it’s a different game today from 34+ years ago. (Not saying for the better, just different)

  2. Bet on Red

    got to get these games against the brewers

  3. Melvin

    “Jonathan India was originally in the lineup, but he was hit in the leg by a batter ball during batting practice and eventually scratched from the lineup.”

    You gotta be kiddin me. Isn’t there a vaccine for the epidemic of injuries that’s going around? Maybe need to quarantine each player. lol

    • VaRedsFan

      We are running low on bubble wrap.

    • BK

      It’s hard to understand how one can lose their awareness of the infield in foul territory with live hitting happening.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. You would think they would know how to stay safe during batting practice. They’ve only been doing it practically all of their lives. lol After surviving getting hit on the hand yesterday that happens. smh

      • BK

        Yep, so you set up where you can not get hit, right? This kind of injury in practice is excusable.

      • MK

        It would be a fluke to hit one there in batting practice. About 40% velocity pitching and the batting practice cage, that should be a pretty safe area.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Bell saved some lead in his pencil by just inserting Fairchild where India batted.
    GoOd jOB!

    • Jedi Joey

      LOL!!! Probably saved King Bob a nickel. Good job, David

  5. VaRedsFan

    Facing another soft tossing lefty.
    Not exactly our forte

    • Melvin

      Wouldn’t it seem wise for other managers to start maybe their worst lefty, knowing the way David Bell makes out his lineups, and then bring in a good righty? Maybe I’m missing something.

      • Justin T

        Counsell plays all kind of games with our manager and usually gets him to empty his bench very early. That being said, I cannot be too hard on him so far this year.

  6. Reddawg2012

    I comletely understand the platoon lineups. They give the Reds the best chance to win against a LHP. But it really sucks seeing Fraley sit the bench so much.

    • Grover

      IDK if I saw him batting against leftys very often I’d probably have a different reaction.

      • Justin T

        Benson hit his first career homer off a lefty last night. Sometimes they just need a consistent opportunity instead of the “will never hit lefties” label. Believe it or not, high level athletes can improve on weaknesses.

  7. JB

    That’s the Hoskins I remember on Philly.

  8. Melvin

    Whole in the glove there. lol We’ll take it.

  9. JB

    Really shouldn’t have taken that long. The replay showed it hit the net first and never touched the lip.

    • VaRedsFan

      I know right? Saw it on the very 1st replay.
      All I can think is they had to check with the ground rules.

  10. Reddawg2012

    The bats have picked up where they left off against the Mets.

    • JB

      I know. I know it’s early but man CES and Candy can get hot anytime now.

  11. Roger Garrett

    Reds have wasted some very good starting pitching in their 4 losses.Until it changes I throw any lefty I have against them especially the soft tossers.Long way to go in this game but there is a pattern shaping up we have seen many many times before.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    I know it is early in the 2024 MLB season but this 4-game series with the Brewers may be an indicator of how the Reds will fare, especially in the NL Central Division race. A 2-2 series result won’t be disastrous given the injuries the Reds are dealing with!

    Hoping for the best and a win in Game 1

  13. Melvin

    Good thing we have good starting pitching.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Ashcraft 100. He’s some gas tonight. He’s my #1 if he can fine tune his stuff

  15. AMDG

    Candelario is hitting 0.234 over the past 2+ seasons with a Billy Hamilton like OBP.

    I get that they overpaid for that lack of offensive production, and feel the need to continually play him, but I don’t think that means they need to keep plugging him in the middle of the lineup?

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep… and I really think Bell needs to move CES down in the order so he can just relax and get comfortable again at the plate.

  16. Melvin

    EDLC speed caused that error. Good things happen, especially for him, when you put the ball in play.

  17. Dennis Westrick

    I know it is popular on this site to criticize Bell for some on his in-game moves, starting lineups, RP choices, etc. I am one of those critics but, for the most part, Bell has done a good job with the bullpen! My only question is why not put Steer in the No. 4 spot in the batting order. Old school (traditional?) thinking is to have your best hitter and RBI guy bat cleanup! I agree that Steer should not bat 7th (or lower) based upon his performance to date! We’ll see if it works or whether Bell makes any changes going forward.

    • JB

      I wish Steer was batting 7th right now. Lol although Espinal got the job done

    • Melvin

      I understand your point. Personally I like to have my best hitter in the top three as it makes sure he gets up the first inning.

    • Tom Reeves

      Best hitter should hit second in Sabremetrics.

    • Ted Alfred

      Or 3rd and drop CES to 6th-7th at least until he gets in a good groove

  18. Melvin

    Nice steal of 3B. Noticed he slid feet first that time.

  19. DW

    Someone forgot to remind Benson that he can’t hit lefties

    • Mauired

      Yeah someone said biased on 46 at bats the previous two seasons, he couldn’t hit lefties. And Bell was justified platooning him with inferior players who hit right handed.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Good job by Espinal to get that run home!

    • Melvin

      Yep. Good job Benson too with the HR. 🙂

  21. Mark Moore

    Had the game on whilst waiting for my First Wife to finish in a store and then kept it on whilst driving. Was really thinking the Chumpire Crew was going to completely hose us and Steer by ignoring the Ground Rule. Then again, our track record with RISP kicked in anyway.

    Nice work by Elly to take advantage of the next 2 base error and then that blast by Benson!!

  22. Dennis Westrick

    Yep! Benson can’t hit LH pitching!

  23. Indy Red Man

    Bell giving Benson a shot to play vs lefties!

    Also that why you can’t send Elly down. Bat him 7th-8th if he’s really struggling, but speed doesn’t slump

    • Dennis Westrick

      Absolutely! Speed (in baseball) kills! EDLC is a disruptor any time he gets on base, regardless of how it happens! I, personally, would like to see EDLC but more often!

      • Melvin

        “personally, would like to see EDLC but more often!”

        hahaha I think you mean bunt? lol

    • VaRedsFan

      That, and they don’t have an everyday SS to take his place.

    • Mauired

      No ball was hit out of infield or for a hit for that matter and he scores a run. I haven’t seen something like that since Billy Hamilton

  24. Melvin

    Achcraft pitching efficiently so far. I like it.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m willing to chip in to a bonus pool for any pitcher that doesn’t nibble.

  25. Jason T.

    Ashcraft is dealing tonight! Love to see this, especially against the Brewers.

    Nice to get some runs on the board. Benson locked in. Elly can steal some bases, that’s for sure.

  26. Mark Moore

    Ashcraft looks like he’s comfortable and in control at the moment.

    Re: the 6-man rotation, I’m divided. I think it’s a good thing in the long run, but without a change to rosters allowing an additional pitcher, it will strain the bullpen. I still doubt we’ll see our pitchers regularly go more than 100 total pitches.

    • Ted Alfred

      Prefer long guys in the pen with 5 man rotation

    • Mauired

      Which is more important? Protecting the guys in the rotation? 4 of them coming off injury. 5 if you count Williamson. Or protecting the bullpen? Sorry to sound harsh but the kids in the rotation are a lot more important to the future of this franchise than the journeymen middle relief pitchers. They have also built a ton of depth this year to protect the bullpen and almost half the 40 man roster can contribute to the bullpen this season. Not too mention some non roster guys like Gilbert, Santillan, Heatherly, Zulueta, Moore, and Maxwell.

  27. Brian Rutherford

    Amazing. If Bell had done the right thing with the lineup we would scores at least 5 by now.

    Gee whiz.

    • Tom Reeves

      Um, what is it you were saying?

    • Mauired

      Or maybe if he put Benson and Stephenson in yesterday they wouldn’t have lost two of three to the horrible Mets at home.

  28. VaRedsFan

    Saw India on the bench.
    He didn’t appear too concerned about an injury.
    Hopefully just a bruise.

    • Mark Moore

      He still took BP, so he might get an AB anyway. A night off after last night’s HBP isn’t a bad thing.

    • Melvin

      Someone said recently he needs to start going to RF again. I agree.

  29. VaRedsFan

    CES wearing out the 3rd baseman.
    Not worried at all about him.
    Add some launch angle.

    • Jason T.

      Agreed. He’s made some incredible contact at times but at the wrong spots.
      I get it. People can be impatient. We all want hits and runs. I still feel like he’s gonna have a big year.

  30. Indy Red Man

    CES and Candy are killing us. I’m not too worried about CES because his swing is shorter, but 3 years of Candy might be worrisome

  31. Melvin

    51 pitches after 4. Good job Graham. 🙂

    • Jason T.

      With strikeouts too! This is fun to watch him look so in command.

  32. GPod

    I was expecting Candelario to be better, but I checked his lifetime stats….he basically had one good year when he batted .297 in 2020, but only in 185 at-bats that year…otherwise, nothing special….guess i have to lower my expectations of him

    • Ted Alfred

      Should not ever be the 4 hitter

  33. JB

    Hoskins is not a good first baseman. Philly had a problem with him when he played there.

  34. Reddawg2012

    Watching the highlight of that Espinal bunt play…it basically takes Elly 2.5 steps to get from third to home. Lol he is ridiculous

    • JB

      I see a lot of me in Elly. Oh .. wait you said 2.5. I thought it was 25. Nevermind

  35. Mark Moore

    Watching a clinic on how NOT to play ball and how speed does kill (right, Dennis?)

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Gee! I wish Benson could hit lefties!

  37. Brian Rutherford

    Who is coming up feom AAA for Elly when they send him down? This is getting ridiculous.

    • Mike Adams

      I thought for sure they would walk him to face CES. They said Steer ain’t nobody to be afraid of, we will pitch to him.
      I was saying come on Steer, make them pay! Make them pay the respect you deserve from your hot start.
      He showed ’em.

    • Melvin

      Hey JB. Who’s the best player on the team again?

  38. Mark Moore

    Stand-up 2-run double!!! Player of the Week indeed!!!

  39. Reddawg2012

    Ok fellas…let’s save some runs for the next three games.

    • Reddawg2012

      I will never, ever, ever, ever make another comment like this again. Sorry all.

  40. RedsMonk65

    Just now able to tune in — this is what I like to see, Reds up 8-0!

  41. JB

    Brewers might be hoping Hoskins opts out after this year.

    • Mauired

      Think they should have changed the 1st baseman instead of the pitcher

  42. Roger Garrett

    Hit it to the guy at first please.WOW

  43. Matt McWax

    If nothing else, you’ll put some miles on their bullpen’s arms.

    • VaRedsFan

      Other teams will pitch only 1 or 2 more pitchers.

  44. Mark Moore

    10 men to the plate with a whole lot of success. I’ll take that every time.

  45. GreatRedLegsFan

    I wonder how long is CES’ leash: 6-41 w/0 BB and 12 K so far. On the other hand, Fairchild is putting away some good numbers.

    • Matt McWax

      Some bad luck of late, some hard hit grounders tonight. He doesn’t look lost, but maybe needs an adjustment to get some more elevation.

  46. Dennis Westrick

    Before everyone gets too excited and puts this game in the “W” column, please recall the 9-run lead the Reds blew after 3 innings against the Pirates late in the season last year!

    Keep the foot on the gas!

    • GPod

      That game cost the Reds the playoffs last year

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes, it did! I believe the Pie-Rats won the game in extra innings!

    • Melvin

      “Keep the foot on the gas!”


  47. Old-school

    Reds have failed miserably since 2021 against the Brewers. This is a nice opening chapter to 2024.

    • Melvin

      It’s an unexpected pleasant offensive barrage tonight.

  48. Dennis Westrick

    And, right on cue, Ashcraft walks the leadoff hitter to start the 5th inning!

    • VaRedsFan

      Can you tell where you get your endless supply of !!!!
      I’m running low and looking for a good deal. 😉

  49. Mark Moore

    Little bit of a cement mixer and a GABP HR.

  50. Mark Moore

    OK, Graham. Bear down and just get these Bernies out.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Imagine that! The batter Ashcraft walked scores on the HR!

    Ashcraft out of gas? Hate to go to the bullpen so early but cannot let this game get away!

  52. DW

    I really like Ashcraft, but he seems to lose his focus at times. Up 8-0…just throw your stuff for strikes and make them hit it. Can’t be walking the leadoff hitter with 8-0 lead.

      • DW

        And still have a five run lead…starts with the leadoff walk

  53. Mark Moore

    You’ve got to be kidding me!!!

  54. Dennis Westrick

    And now, perennial Reds killer Contreras up with 2 runners on base! Holding my breath!

  55. JB

    Hmm I’m not big on removing the starter at 78 pitches but the Brewers are hitting him pretty good.

  56. Harry Stoner

    Probably a good time to score some more runs.

    I don’t have a good feeling about this one.

  57. Melvin

    EDLC hitting .278 and OPS .850 Not too bad.

  58. Bet on Red

    that wasn’t a bomb… that was a nuke

  59. Mark Moore

    450-foot swat … that helps.

    Benson challenged Yellich with a long run.

  60. VaRedsFan

    It’s all a part of him staying on balance. He stayed back and extended his arms.
    Thing of beauty.

  61. Tom Reeves

    Elly De La Cruz Missile!

    He’s suddenly batting a very respectable .278 with a .850 OPS with six stolen bases and 10 runs.

    • Mauired

      On pace for 97. When was the last 100 steal season?

  62. Mark Moore

    And now Hoskins wakes up and picks one. Pinball goes 5-6-3.

    • VaRedsFan

      That was a harder play than any of the others for Rhys

    • Mark Moore

      The boy obviously doesn’t want to stop playing. He’s got nowhere to go without somebody claiming him. He’s earning his keep at the moment.

      • VaRedsFan

        It’s why I have no qualms with a platoon with Fraley.
        Good production…both sides

  63. Melvin

    Fairchild showing his worth tonight. Good catch.

    • Matt McWax

      Nice that he robbed Adames after he made that good ricochet play.

  64. Mark Moore

    One more out, Graham. Just one.

  65. Mark Moore

    That huge lead is kind of important now. So much for the Quality Start stat. let’s just get the win.

  66. JB

    Should have had somebody up in the bullpen when the inning started. They have started tattooing him last inning.

  67. LarkinPhillips

    Ashcraft is getting killed on oppo grounders from the over shift. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Crazy how the brewers always manage to stay around and find a way verse the Reds.

  68. VaRedsFan

    Nope…Steer couldn’t make that play….2 more runs tacked on.

  69. Ronnie

    Ashcraft last it an inning ago. Why is he still in there? If we lose this game there should be hell to pay.

    • Mark Moore

      You are assuming there is some hierarchy of accountability. I’ve not seen that for quite some time … least of all during the reign of one HDTBell.

    • greenmtred

      We need to get our story straight, don’t we?? Starters get pulled too early, right? Starters should go at least six innings, right? Didn’t use the new font out of pure laziness.

      • Mauired

        It simple. When guys start giving up runs take them out of the game. No reason even with a big lead to leave Ashcraft in and give up six runs in two innings that he only got five outs in. That’s one of Bell’s biggest flaws.

      • Mauired

        And it actually should have been seven runs in two innings if not for Fairchild home run robbery. That should have been a sign for Bell to get someone up in the pen.

      • greenmtred

        There is a reason, Mauired: how will young pitchers learn to go deeper into games if they don’t get the chance to try with a big lead. Bell pulling starters “early” has been a big point of criticism.

      • Mauired

        Never been my criticism. So he “learns” by giving up by giving up seven excuse six with a home run robbery two innings. That’s called losing baseball. Thankfully Reds scored ten runs which happens once in a blue moon or else that was a loss for Bell and Ashcraft but what a fantastic teaching moment. Give me a break.

      • Mauired

        A pitcher can learn to go deeper in games by getting outs and not giving up runs.

      • Mauired

        I don’t care about egos, feelings, pitch counts, or preserving the bullpen arms. If a starter is getting tagged, take him out. I want a manager to be like Sparky Anderson or Captain Hook. You can’t win every game but at least try. This style of managing for tomorrow has never gotten Bell into the playoffs.

      • greenmtred

        It might be the style of managing, but it might be the players he’s had–and the injuries to players–for his tenure. Sparky’s teams were not immune to bad seasons when the roster wasn’t up to snuff. Your assessment of how a pitcher learns to go deeper in games seems incomplete; throwing strikes–effective strikes–is obviously important, but managing energy and learning to be effective when you’re tired can’t be learned except by attempting it. I have trouble believing that your lack of concern about overworking the bullpen isn’t rhetorical.

  70. JB

    You can’t make that throw. Just eat it. Ahh young kids.

  71. Melvin

    Crap. Need to do something different now.

  72. VaRedsFan

    We score 9 and can’t even have a cake walk.

  73. Dennis Westrick

    Ashcraft gets to 2 outs and then seems to lose focus!

  74. GPod

    Ashcraft should be embarrassed by his performance tonight

  75. Mark Moore

    You pocket that one and move to the next batter. Now you’re done and the Bernies can smell a comeback.

  76. Harry Stoner

    We’ve seen this happen before.

    No lead is ever safe.

  77. VaRedsFan

    Defense is letting Brewers back in it.
    1st Steer…now Ashcraft.

  78. Dennis Westrick

    Need to stop the bleeding now!

  79. Mark Moore

    So we’re still up by 3 … but that definitely doesn’t feel like enough given the Keystone Kops routines.

  80. Mark A Verticchio

    So disgusted with Ashcraft tonight this should have been an easy win now they will be lucky to hold on.

  81. Dennis Westrick

    Ashcraft was his own worst enemy tonight! All runs allowed were with 2 outs! Gotta close out innings, especially when you have a big lead!

  82. Rob

    Brewers announcers stunned that Ashcraft is pitching in the 6th considering no. of pitches and ho hard he was hit in the 5th. Those 3 runs are probably on Bell.

    • Ronnie

      Exactly. Hard hit balls all over. Terrible management.

      • Daytonnati

        Trying to get him the win in the 5th. He was done and should not have been sent back out.

  83. Mark Moore

    OK, so now with 3 innings to cover, what are the chances Wilson gets another batter or two?

  84. Ronnie

    Ashcraft could’ve given us a huge advantage by going deep w a huge lead and saving the bullpen for this 4 game set. Instead he imploded. Terrible.

    • GPod

      absolutely no excuse for how he pitched after his team gave him 8 runs

      • Ted Alfred

        Terrible…he walked the leadoff hitter on 4 straight balls with an 0-2 count in the 5th up 8-0. Can’t believe Bell didn’t pull him when it was 9-3… 2 on base 2 out with Turang up who had already hit a HR off Ashcraft last ab…just stupid. I’m sure Turang was pleasantly surprised he got to hit off Ashcraft again vs the bullpen

      • greenmtred

        Perhaps he could be imprisoned for a few years. He obviously did this on purpose.

  85. Old-school

    At this point, it’s about getting a win. Ugly wins count as much as pretty ones. Bullpen needs to step up and offense needs to keep adding on.

  86. RedsMonk65

    Jeepers Creepers. This is ridiculous.

  87. Ronnie

    This would be an all time punch to the groin.

  88. Roger Garrett

    No words to describe this melt down.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Looking more and more like the Pirates game last season on September 23rd

      • JB

        Yeah I wish you hadn’t mentioned that earlier. Bad juju.

  89. RedsGettingBetter

    Can´t believe this sh..

  90. Brian Rutherford

    Ashcraft drives me crazy with all of his nibbling. He might be better in the bullpen as a closer.

  91. Mark Moore

    Why can’t we have nice things when Bernie visits???

  92. Tom Mitsoff

    I’m not able to catch any of the TV or radio commentary, so I don’t know what they have discussed, but the Brewers have really had the Reds’ number the past few years. Changing that is a big factor in turning into a legit contender. They have to hold on to this one somehow.

    • Melvin

      They have been our biggest “pain in the butt” for years now.

  93. Brian Rutherford

    I made the comment here at home when Steer tried to steal 3rd when we were up 8-0 that he would have gotten one in the ear hole for that in the old days.

    I think the Bernie’s took that personally. Not saying he shouldn’t have done it, just saying that it was a no-no back in the day.

  94. Tom Mitsoff

    By the way … total eclipse in Cleveland today … epic!!! 🙂

    • RedsMonk65

      Here is southwestern Indiana, too. Yes, it was awesome!

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Visiting from Madison, Wisconsin for the full totality experience. I highly recommend it! (I was born in Cincy and lived most of my life near Dayton.)

  95. Dennis Westrick

    Eight (8) more outs to go! Place your bets!

    Bell has got to be the WORST in-game manager in MLB history! Ashcraft was gassed at about 90 pitches but he left him out there to give up three (3) runs when the lead was 9-3!

    • greenmtred

      He was just following our very frequent advice, Dennis.

    • Mauired

      Don’t speak for me Greenie. Bell should be given another two year extension based on his performance. He obviously gets it.

  96. GPod

    if we had a lock-down closer in the bullpen right now i would feel good trying to get it to the 9th up by one run, but……………..

  97. Mark Moore

    OK, Sims did his part. Now we need to get back a run or three.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Which means he won’t be back out there for the 8th!

      • Mauired

        Exactly. Why not not bring him in the eighth at least for an out or two. He threw 17 pitches and was dominant.

  98. RedsMonk65

    WOW — Ellly to the rescue with the ITPHR!!!

  99. Daytonnati

    Trying to get him the win in the 5th. He was done and should not have been sent back out.

  100. Melvin

    hahaha!!! Inside the parker. EDLC!!!

  101. JB

    You cannot dive for that ball with Elly up. Just a terrible play.

    • Melvin

      Yeah it was. Glad he did though. 😀

  102. Harry Stoner

    Has EDLC homered from both sides of the plate this evening?

    • Mark Moore

      I do believe he did. LH blast of 450, RH hard skimmer found turf around 275 and kept on rolling.

  103. Mark Moore

    That’s the way to get a run back and wake up the crowd. UNREAL!!

  104. Old-school

    Just win baby. It’s the brewers. I will gladly take ugly with lots of question marks. Get the W.

  105. Tom Reeves

    Who’s now batting .297 with a .961 OPS? (Not that stats mean much this early in the season)

    The guy a bunch of fans wanted back in the minors a couple days ago.

    • Harry Stoner

      While folks were calling out EDLC for his sloppy D and high K rate, I don’t recall anyone here suggesting EDLC be sent to the minors, do you?

      • VaRedsFan

        They do it on a daily basis depending on who had a bad game the night before. It lets you know who to take serious around here.

      • Brian Rutherford

        Many, many times Elly has been criticized and the conversation usually goes “he needs to be sent down but he has nothing left to prove at AAA!”

        At least 10 times already some version of that

  106. Roger Garrett

    Got like a guy named Bubba right?

    • Old-school

      @ Roger.

      i went to the Reds game yesterday and actually yelled…”Let’s go Bubba!” Out loud. In public. Never done that.

  107. Dennis Westrick

    Could have used a clutch 2-out hit by Fairchild there!

    • Harry Stoner

      Fairchild’s career could have used a clutch 2 out hit there, as well.

  108. Old-school

    Cruz splitter unhittable
    Huge 3 outs there.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell should send Cruz back out to start the 9th but he won’t! Only one inning rule trumps baseball logic!

  109. Mark Moore

    Cruz rebounds from a bad outing. That’s a positive.

  110. LarkinPhillips

    I’d love to see 1 more run at least before Diaz comes on.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He is struggling big time. Caught in between and pull happy is a bad combo.

  111. VaRedsFan

    Larkin with some rare words of wisdom concerning CES. He’d like to see him drive the ball to center/right center. 100% agree.

  112. Reddawg2012

    I believe in CES and don’t want him sent to AAA or benched or anything like that. But would it make sense to move him lower in the order? Might take some pressure off? Dude is pressing so hard. I almost feel bad.

    • Mauired

      Yes it would make sense. That’s exactly why stubborn Bell won’t do it.

  113. RedsGettingBetter

    CES y Candy have been pathetic so far offensively

  114. VaRedsFan

    Everybody got your oxygen tanks ready?

  115. redsfansince62

    I just turned on the game and missed previous comments. I see that Krall, etc called up Spiers. He pitched well in the Arizona Fall League. I am not certain regarding how he did in spring training. I assume well, and I assume he must have done well in AAA this year.

    I was surprised that they did not call up Santillan. I believe Santillan pitched very well in spring training and has a lot of experience with the Reds major league team.

    There must be things going on that I cannot see.

    With Lodolo returning on April 12th (the last date I heard) Martinez will go back to the pen, and should be able to strength it. We have a few relief pitchers out with injuries and need to strengthen the pen all we can.

    • Mark Moore

      Tony the Tiger takes a 40-man move. The obvious slot is for TJ Antone and I think we’ll see it later this week.

    • VaRedsFan

      They will go with 6 man rotation for now.
      Spiers is just a holding spot until Lodolo arrives saturday and is on the 40-man…Tony S is not.

      • Rob

        That means 1 less relief pitcher. Not a fan. With fewer bullpen pieces, starters will have to go deeper. Faster way to burn up your bullpen.

  116. Mark Moore

    Good … Contreras is taken care of on a single pitch.

  117. Harry Stoner

    Any idea why the Reds give up second base so often in the 9th on “defensive indifference”?

    What’s the strategy behind that in a 2 run game?

    • VaRedsFan

      because 1 run means nothing. allows defense to better close up holes.

      • Harry Stoner

        Stephenson throwing to second base opens up a hole?

      • Harry Stoner

        Okay…well I guess if SS or 2B break to second to cover the throw and that opens up a defensive hole.

        I suppose I get it in principal.

      • Melvin

        Like you Harry I’m not sure I agree with it every time in a close game.

    • Mark Moore

      Most teams will do that at this point in the game to avoid some other miscues.

    • DW

      Takes away the double play. Only makes sense with two outs in that situation. I can only see on gameday, but the ground ball by Adames could be a double play, game over…instead just one out made and Brewers still alive.

  118. Mark Moore

    Ah the obligatory walk … makes things interesting.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s some mixed memories for me.

  119. RedsMonk65

    Well. We laughed. We cried. We survived.

  120. GPod

    does anyone feels good about Diaz as our closer this year ? But I will take the win

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not a big fan of “the closer” in general, but Diaz is showing me he may not be that guy anyway.

  121. VaRedsFan

    Everybody …all together now…breathe!
    A win is a win!

  122. JB

    Jeepers I need a cigarette and I don’t even smoke

    • Dennis Westrick

      Gave up smoking 15 years ago this month! This team, especially the manager and the bullpen, make me want to smoke something, like those funny cigarettes in the ’70s

  123. Harry Stoner

    Diaz is a mess.

    Couldn’t get the slider to work at all.

    Squeaked by that one.

    I wish Bell would give a decent post-game interview for a change and provide a critical point of view about what’s happening instead of mumbling through his usual platitudes.

    • RedlegScott

      Harry, he doesn’t know how. Not in him. You get that, right?

  124. Dennis Westrick

    That’s what you call an UGLY win! Can put my oxygen tank away and swallowing way too many blood pressure pills!

  125. Melvin

    Alright! We pulled it out. Too close for comfort but we’ll take it. 🙂

    Time to watch NCAA Championship now. 🙂

    • Dennis Westrick

      Good timing! Thanks for the reminder Melvin! Go Boilers! This from a Notre Dame graduate!

  126. Mark Moore

    Larkin, I loved you as a player. I even thought at one point you might be a good manager. But as the broadcast analyst, you somehow manage to make Sadak worse.

  127. VaRedsFan

    Elly set to do post-game interview in English

  128. GPod

    Larkin, in his comments after the game : “Ashcraft really set the tone for this game and the series” You mean by almost blowing a 8 run lead ….I really don’t get Larkin sometimes.

    • Mark Moore

      See my comment above regarding #11

    • Mark Moore

      If only … though I can’t hang the defensive miscues on him (at least not directly).

    • Dennis Westrick

      There it is! I concur 1,000%

    • Mauired

      Bell owes his game check to Rys Hoskins. Only reason Reds got the W. inNeptitude

  129. RedlegScott

    Offense bailed out the pitching for a nice change of pace. Never a dull moment with Diaz. Take the “W.”

  130. Mark Moore

    Elly and Day para Englais!!! Got to love the young man’s commitment.

  131. Ted Alfred

    I can’t believe how impressive Elly is with his mannerisms and his confidence in speaking English in that post game interview from where he was just last fall…kudos to Elly!!!

    • VaRedsFan

      He’s like a sponge absorbing and and learning. A lot of character and personality.