The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to pick up a win tonight and guarantee themselves a series victory after taking game one on Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels. First pitch this evening is set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Los Angeles Angels

Cincinnati Reds

Anthony Rendon – 3B Jonathan India– DH
Mike Trout – CF Spencer Steer – LF
Taylor Ward – LF Stuart Fairchild – RF
Miguel Sano – DH Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Brandon Drury – 2B Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Mickey Moniak – RF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Luis Rengifo – SS Tyler Stephenson – C
Logan O’Hoppe – C Santiago Espinal – 2B
Nolan Schanuel – 1B Bubba Thompson – CF
Patrick Sandoval – LHP Graham Ashcraft – RHP

The first version of the Reds lineup had all of the same players, but had Thompson in right and Fairchild in center.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Graham Ashcraft 17.1 4.15 1.27 5.3% 25.3%
Patrick Sandoval 17.1 4.67 1.62 11.0% 22.0%
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Patrick Sandoval’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

This will be the fourth start for Ashcraft this season and he’ll be looking to repeat what he’s done each time out – pitch into the 6th inning and keep his team in the game. In his last start he struck out eight in 5.2 innings and allowed just one earned run against the White Sox.

This season left-handed hitters have crushed the ball against him, hitting .333 and slugging .611. Right-handed hitters have done next to nothing, hitting .171 without an extra-base hit. For his career he’s pitched much better against lefties than righties, holding left-handed hitters to a .680 OPS compared to an .831 OPS from righties.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 36 6 0 0 0 1 10 .171 .194 .171
LHH 39 12 1 0 3 3 9 .333 .385 .611

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 95.1 96.0 89.5 90.5
Usage 22% 46% 31% 1%

Patrick Sandoval

Opening day was a disaster for Sandoval as he didn’t get out of the second inning, but since then he’s made three starts and thrown 15.2 innings and allowed six earned runs (3.45 ERA). In his last outing – and his second straight start – against Tampa Bay he allowed a run in 5.0 innings.

This season he’s only faced nine lefties and they’ve yet to get a hit against him. Right-handed hitters have been solid across the board against him. Last season he was strong against lefties, holding them to a .589 OPS. Righties were solid against him, hitting .262/.355/.391 against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 73 19 5 0 0 7 15 .292 .356 .369
LHH 9 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .333 .000

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 94.0 94.1 77.5 88.1 83.3
Usage 31% 16% 9% 19% 24%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 57°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

They’re Back

After missing a few days with illness, both Jeimer Candelario and Christian Encarnacion-Strand are back in the lineup for the Reds.

All Square

The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels have played 20 games against each other in their respective histories. Both teams have won 10 games.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 12 6
Chicago 12 7 0.5
Pittsburgh 11 9 2.0
Cincinnati 10 9 2.5
St. Louis 9 11 4.0

265 Responses

  1. CI3J

    Apparently, Bell views the 3-hole as the “gotta get him going”-hole.

    But eh, I think Fairchild isn’t the worst choice for it. Not the best either, but not the worst, so it’s whatever.

    COYR!

    • Daytonnati

      One wonders if Bell is fearful of tinkering with Elly’s hot streak? Otherwise, no explanation. At least, one that makes sense anyway.

    • Daytonnati

      Oh, and nice callback to Dusty 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 for that throwback to other puzzling managerial decisions.

  2. Mark Moore

    By my clock, it’s just about an hour from the time to KICK THIS PIG!!!

    Here’s to hoping the video and WLW audio is on close sync like it was last night. And to hoping Stewie mashes it in the 3-hole.

  3. Jason Franklin

    I don’t get how CES or Candelario deserve to hit 4th or 5th in the lineup especially that they both have been ill for a few days. It has to be rough being thrust right back into a high leverage spot in the lineup. Plus, they really weren’t producing there before. And someone please tell me why Steer isn’t hitting third? Maybe switch Fairchild and Steer in the lineup?

  4. Mark Moore

    Anybody else notice TySteve is catching for the 2nd straight day? Seems like we haven’t seen that for a bit. I’m happy given how he’s playing of late. I know we’ll see Maile tomorrow given it’s a day-after-night game.

  5. doctorrockett

    Steer was hitting better in the 7 hole. Put the best #7 hitter in baseball back where he belongs!

    Also, noticed someone on social media put out that Ty Steve has the highest percentage of barreled balls this season over some other prestigious players…hoping that info was accurate-move him back to the cleanup spot, they have to start finding holes sometime!

    • doctorrockett

      Steer Batting Order Stats

      2nd – 30 AB / 6 hits / .814 OPS / .200 avg
      4th – 17 AB / 2 hits / .462 / .118 avg
      7th – 20 AB / 12 hits / 1.617 / .600 avg

      • Tom Reeves

        Maybe Bell knew something we didn’t about Steer.

      • Melvin

        Steer has still been hitting the ball fairly well with not much to show for it.

    • doctorrockett

      Below TySteve in the barreled balls department:

      T. O’Neill
      Soto
      Ozuna
      M. Busch
      Obtain
      Trout
      ELLY!

  6. Old-school

    Beautiful sunny day but chilly in cincy today. Interested to see the walk up crowd today. Daughter went last night and great atmosphere.

  7. Indy Red Man

    CES RBI +159 and Phils game over 7.5. Surely the White Sox will bust loose for 3 runs sooner or later

    • Mark Moore

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  8. Mark Moore

    Pregame was fun with Sam and Drew Stubbs. Time to switch the audio to the WLW overlay. Hoping the sync is good (I know, I already said that).

  9. Mark Moore

    Even my First Wife just kind of “mocked” Bell’s tone as he was talking with Thrall pre-game. He’s just so very flat … can we crowd source some PR lessons?

  10. Bet on Red

    an injured Redon? no way…who saw that coming

    • JB

      I was thinking last night that he was due for a injury

  11. Mark Moore

    Did Rendon actually touch the bag or step over it? He’s done for a while regardless.

    My MLB.tv app on Roku keeps glitching. Sync is a bit off tonight, but I’ll deal with that to skip Sadak/Larkin.

    Not a pretty start here for Ashcraft 😮

    • Ted Alfred

      To me he never touched the bag or even came close it… so I’m not sure what the hell went on there. Then we got Bubba Thompson with an obvious error that somehow is called a double. So if Thompson catches a ball he should catch 90+% of the time we’re out of the inning with zero runs and instead they get two. Seeing as how Thompson is a total zero offensively that’s kind of a killer

    • Melvin

      Personally I’d rather take my chances with Benson and Fraley. Not impressed at all with Thompson and Espinal.

    • Andrew Brewer

      With only three players hitting over .250 on the card, Bell just plugged E-Strand and Cando back into their slots, creating another hole… but look what happened today. Grand Slam from Mr. Stephenson and Elly takes 4 walks. The baseball gods smiled on us today …

  12. Melvin

    That ball should have been caught by Bubba.

  13. VaRedsFan

    Whoever they put in CF seems to just not make any plays.
    Hurry back TJ

  14. Mark Moore

    Spotted them an ugly 2-run lead. Anybody want to bet that “hit” gets reversed?

  15. Indy Red Man

    Bubba and Espinal are dead weight. We can do better. Any GM could go to AAA or work the phones and do better tomorrow.
    Cost us 2 runs

    • LuciusRuber

      concur-they’re bench players

    • Ted Alfred

      Dead on point. Those two are total dead weight all around and need to be replaced ASAP

    • Jim Walker

      And another GIDP ball went a glimmering b/c the Reds off beat defensive alignment. Sometimes the wheel doesn’t need reinvented, i.e. the traditional DP depth alignment.

    • VaRedsFan

      Dunn and Hurtibise injured…there are no others to consider from MiLB

      • Optimist

        Yes – big missed opportunities, especially Hurtubise – he’s the callup defensive CFer they need right now.

  16. Tom Diesman

    That should have been an E8 and 2 unearned runs. It hit the pocket of his glove.

    • Ted Alfred

      Exactly right. These are Major Leaguers… not high school players. It was hit right at him and hit him in the middle of the glove…. it’s just a flat-out Error and to call it a hit is ridiculous and completely unfair to the pitcher.

    • LarkinPhillips

      And he misread it to start with to make it a tough catch. All major leaguer CFers should make that play.

    • Jim Walker

      We are just too old and have expectations plays will actually be made on balls not hit directly at at fielders on polite hops or lazy trajectories 😉

  17. Mark Moore

    Say it with me, Chumpire crew … “GROUND RULES”

    • Mark Moore

      Uh … Ron … GROUND RULES!!!

      But thanks for burning your challenge in the first inning. We appreciate that.

  18. Dennis Westrick

    Bubba should be working at a travelling carnival!

  19. Mark Moore

    Audio went silent briefly. Thought it was another glitch. And now it’s all nearly in sync. Happy me!!

    Oh, and the homemade meatballs with last week’s pizza sauce were tasty, Melvin.

    • Melvin

      You like to do that to me. haha I haven’t had dinner yet. 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        Then I won’t mention the breakfast scramble with peppers, onions, eggs, and BACON from this morning.

  20. Mark Moore

    Oppo Blast for the Dad-to-be!!!

    That works.

  21. Melvin

    Alright Stephenson!!! Grand Salami!

    • Melvin

      That beard is doing wonders for him this year. 😀

      • VaRedsFan

        Stuey is jealous of the facial hair

      • Melvin

        “Stuey is jealous of the facial hair”

        Just think how good he’ll be when he’s old enough to grow some. 😀

    • LarkinPhillips

      BP would have went between the legs on that flip lol. Two good plays off the mound so far by GA though.

      • LuciusRuber

        yes-BP was never obvious-loved his showmanship

  22. magi210

    Ashcraft glad to see the offense picking him up. Guess they stopped by Chicago on the way back from the west coast to pick up the lumber.

  23. Mark Moore

    Some flashy defense by Ashcraft. I’m just happy it worked out.

  24. Melvin

    Wow. That was a good play by Ashcraft. lol

  25. VaRedsFan

    Somewhere Welsh is saying pitchers are athletes.
    Nice play GA

  26. VaRedsFan

    The all important shutdown inning after your team gets you 5.

    • LarkinPhillips

      +100. Went right after them too. Love it.

  27. Mark Moore

    Made up for having to throw 20 in the first inning (not really all his fault). Now let’s put our cleats on their necks whilst we have them down (is that too vicious?) … 😀

  28. Old-school

    So good to see Stephenson hitting again. That is a huge development to add to elly and Lodolo and Abbott.

    Let’s see what Ashcraft can do with an early lead. Big game for him to take that next step and get the W and stake his claim as a dependable starter.

  29. Mark Moore

    Redemption opportunity here, Bubba. Take advantage of it.

  30. Dennis Westrick

    GA, please don’t start walking batters!

  31. Mark Moore

    Hosed again by the Chumpire to run the count up.

    • Mark Moore

      And the inability/refusal to throw strikes isn’t helping. Good job calling time to settle him down before the wheels fall off. Pitch count still isn’t terrible. Focus on Drury.

  32. JB

    I don’t think they have ever hit a Reds Parlay on here. Why in heck would you pick Bubba Thompson with a stolen Base? Should have picked him and Espinal with no hits and 4 combined k’s.

    • VaRedsFan

      Their parlay picks are abysmal. Always going for some bad odds longshots that never hit. It’s just the opposite of how people that want to win play.
      If Fanduel is feeding them those garbage plays, shame on them.

    • Old-school

      C’mon JB

      What gambling outfit would offer that parlay? They wouldn’t be in business after the weekend!

  33. Bet on Red

    Drew Stubbs in the stands trying to see just how badly the Reds need outfield help

  34. LuciusRuber

    nice inning by GA-what do you think Dennis?

  35. Mark Moore

    O’No’Hoppe with that whiff 😀

    Brings Ashcraft back in line for a solid 6 inning start.

  36. Old-school

    Wins arent everything but to all those that say wins are irrevelant…they are not. Graham Ashcraft was handed a win tonight and needs to earn it. Reds need this W and 7 good innings.

    #winapril

  37. Old-school

    Wins arent everything but to all those that say wins are irrevelant…they are not. Graham Ashcraft was handed a win tonight and needs to earn it. Reds need this W and 7 good innings.

    #winapril

    • Mark Moore

      I’d be happy with 6+

      And the caught stealing bites us.

  38. JB

    Man walking Elly is like a double. Maybe triple. They also don’t want to groove one to him either. Elly is turning into a league problem. I likey .

  39. Mark Moore

    And Washington burning the challenge might have come back to haunt him there.

    • Mark Moore

      And the 3-try-balk gets us a runner on 2nd.

  40. Mark Moore

    Well those two outs were ugly 😮

  41. JB

    Perfect throw by the catcher there to get Elly.

  42. LuciusRuber

    like EDLC’s aggressiveness just not the outcome

    • VaRedsFan

      Yessir …let him run.
      But if he does run, at least get a good jump.

  43. JB

    Espinal gets a double. Miracles do happen people.

  44. Mark Moore

    Remember last night when it seemed we were almost done by now?

    OK, this is still moving pretty quickly. Need another clean inning from Ashcraft.

  45. Indy Red Man

    Reds aggressive to reckless ratio is about 50/50. 4th inning and already had a guy picked off, make the first out at 3rd, and thrown out by 20 ft and 2nd but saved .

    Ridiculous and Bell allows it every year

  46. Mark Moore

    That’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.

  47. Mark Moore

    And a Little League base hit to start the inning. They score it an error even though it didn’t hit his glove (not that it matters, right?)

      • RedsMonk65

        Wondering the same thing! (Able to watch tonight, visiting relatives in NW Ohio)

  48. RedsMonk65

    How was that hit by India ruled a single when the ball went under the gloves of TWO defenders? Not complaining… just wondering.

  49. Mark Moore

    Cowboy taking a shot at Barry Bonds!!! 😮

    • RedsMonk65

      Fairchild really having a decent year thus far. Hope he keeps it up.

  50. VaRedsFan

    3-Hole hitter comes thru again!!

  51. Melvin

    Fairchild coming through tonight. 🙂

  52. Mark Moore

    And Sandoval’s night is over. Really would love to see us pile on a couple more right here … or ten. I’m good with ten as well.

  53. Mark Moore

    That’s the way, Candy. Working back from whatever bug you had by taking free passes.

    Now if CES can just avoid a ground ball.

  54. RedsMonk65

    Way to be patient and take what they give ya, Elly!

  55. Mark Moore

    Love Elly being patient. 3rd free pass of the night to put it out of slam range for now.

  56. Melvin

    They are really scared to pitch to EDLC right now. lol

    • RedsMonk65

      GOOD!

      It’s been a while since the Reds have had someone in the lineup to induce fear in opposing pitchers.

    • Jim Walker

      Yes, However, walking Elly with the bases loaded and 1 out probably beat the Run Expectancy table given the 2 following outs.

  57. LuciusRuber

    probably the best decision to walk ELLY

  58. Jim Walker

    This Halos pitcher is auditioning for the Reds bullpen 😉

  59. Dennis Westrick

    Is it just me or does CES seem to pick the most inopportune time to strike out?

    • JB

      He would have hit it if he had a 3 wood.

  60. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds wasted a nice chance to open the score up and freeze this game

    • JB

      Espinal was up. It ended just like I thought it would.

  61. Jim Walker

    7-2 lead in the 6th is dangerous managing territory for David Bell based on past performance. Hoping for the best but wanted to get this on the record in advance. 😉

    • RedsMonk65

      You were saying?……

      Yes, wish we had gotten a few more runs in that last go-around.

      • RedsMonk65

        (Now a three-run lead instead of five)

  62. Dennis Westrick

    Plus, two(2) strikeouts by Reds hitters with runners in scoring position that could have blown this game wide open! It’s the little things that matter in every game!

  63. Mark Moore

    And despite the tidy pitch count, he’s starting to nibble low.

  64. Old-school

    Ashcraft 3rd time though after retiring 7 straight.

    See what he has after 80 pitches and walking the lead off hitter.

  65. Dennis Westrick

    Throw strikes GA! Please! You’ve got a five (5) run lead for Pete’s sake!

  66. Melvin

    Ashcraft getting tired. Time for a pitching change.

    • RedsMonk65

      Yes, he looks to be out of gas. Better get him out before more damage is done.

    • LuciusRuber

      you’re right-conference on the mound confirms

  67. Mark Moore

    And the walk haunts Ashcraft. Plus, with the idiotic scoring in the first, his “quality start” is out the window.

  68. Old-school

    Where is DJ slowing this down?

    3 balls after hit and home run?

    I cant type fast enough

    Ball 4

  69. Dennis Westrick

    Always, always, always an opposition HR following a walk! Get the bullpen up!

  70. Dennis Westrick

    Seriously? Another walk? One more batter!

  71. JB

    You might say no Ashcraft but you put yourself in this situation.

  72. LT

    Seen this movie over and over with AG. 6th inning collapse

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep he never should have been allowed to face the guy who hit the HR because he had already hit the ball very hard twice off of Ashcraft who consistently loses it in the 6th inning.

  73. VaRedsFan

    GA got hosed on that check swing strikeout.
    He was on a batter by batter basis after the HR.
    Bell pulled him at the appropriate time.

  74. Old-school

    Thats on Bell and DJ

    After the leadoff walk….do a mound visit and slow this inning down’

    This inning went to hell in 2 minutes and Reds manager asleep at the wheel

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep but its just who he is and what he does.Its ok to go out to the mound to check on him calm him down ask about who is buying lunch or about the kids or something.No we set and watch and then watch again.Just clueless leadership.

    • Jim Walker

      Amen X 100. Ashcraft has to be gone after the HR if not the lead off walk. Letting him walk the following hitter not only cost them a run eventually, it also raised leverage on every pitcher to follow unless the Reds score a couple of more runs first.

    • DK in Erie PA

      Or could be on Ashcraft. You know, the guy playing the game

      Apparently with a better manager the Reds would be undefeated for the second consecutive year

  75. Dennis Westrick

    The primary reason for the high pitch counts by Reds starting pitchers is WALKS! Slow learners I guess!

  76. RedsMonk65

    Eesh. Huge lead slowly melting away…..

  77. Dennis Westrick

    Not to beat a dead horse again, but both Angel hitters walked in the 6th inning scored! Need to get one, if not both, of those runs back!

    • VaRedsFan

      Don’t you think that horse has been beat to death by now.

  78. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds 3 hitters with bases loaded and less than 2 outs scored 1 run…LAA 1 walk , Home run, walk, wild pitch…they scored 3 runs

    • Dennis Westrick

      Just the facts Ma’am, just the facts!

      • Doc

        What about the Reds first inning facts? How many walks? How many runs?

  79. Mark Moore

    So Thompson still bats with Benson on the bench … and I know the lefty/lefty spiel … but seems Benson might do better than flailing at that one.

    • JB

      I’m at a loss. Maybe Thompsons spectacular defense.

  80. RedsGettingBetter

    India exits early… shi….

  81. Melvin

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Steer not hitting 7th. ; He’s adjusted. 🙂

  82. Dennis Westrick

    Steer has really cooled off after winning NL Player of the Week!

  83. Mark Moore

    And it’s a Strickland sighting … let’s see how pitching back at GABP triggers his performance 😀

  84. Dennis Westrick

    And then Steer gets a single! Reverse jinx!

  85. Dennis Westrick

    We need to get Strickland back! His 6.00 ERA would fit right in with our bullpen!

  86. Mauired

    It’s amazing that Hunter Sees Strickland is a major league pitcher.

    • VaRedsFan

      Still giving up rockets….he just has to hope they are at somebody with a glove.

  87. Mark Moore

    And the wheels on the bus go round and round … and then they fall off … 😮

  88. Mauired

    India hurt? He’s quickly becoming Nick Senzel part two. Injured and ineffective top ten pick.

    • Doc

      India is ill. Maybe DB does sometimes have more information thsn the low information commenters.

  89. Mauired

    Seems like Mike Trout is back to being Mike Trout but Reds have kept him in check.

  90. Melvin

    I think the Angels should just go ahead and start a rebuild then trade us Trout. 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      And pick up all his contract while doing it.

      • Melvin

        He’s only got six years left. We can afford it. Might put us over the hump. 🙂

    • Mauired

      He’s going to his Phillies if anywhere. They will only trade him if and where he wants to go.

      • Melvin

        Wouldn’t you want to play with EDLC? 😉

      • Jim Walker

        Phillie is close to Trout’s hometown in New Jersey which coincidentally happens to be the birthplace hometown of my wife. My BiL was visiting us recently and talked about the large turnout of Millville folk when the Angels were in Phillie.

      • Melvin

        Philadelphia fans do not treat their players “nice”. haha

    • Rob

      A couple of those IFs would be a heck of a lot better than what we have in India and Espinal.

  91. Dennis Westrick

    Dodged a HUGE Bullitt there in getting Trout out!

    • Jim Walker

      Look like he got one to hit and just missed it.

  92. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds have been lucky about Mike Trout has hit very hard in this series going just 1-8 so far

  93. LuciusRuber

    These new uniforms are bushleague

  94. Melvin

    This is amazing. I know EDLC has been hot but I didn’t know he’s been THAT hot to get four walks.

  95. AllTheHype

    Elly making them pitch tonight. Love the patience. The more pitches he sees going forward, the better he will be. Make them come to you or take the pass. Vintage Votto playbook.

  96. Mark Moore

    Cowgill coaching 3rd? Got to be the clubhouse bug 😮

  97. Melvin

    Espinal is pulling away with his swing. He won’t hit it anywhere doing that.

    • JB

      I would take Jean Segura,Evan Longoria right now over him. Heck I would sign Vosler over him.

      • Melvin

        Longoria is available. Couldn’t do worse most likely.

    • VaRedsFan

      Nope… had two clean hanging breaking ball…bailed out on them…swatted foul.

  98. Mauired

    That’s the best game Hunter Strickland ever pitched at Great American

  99. Gpod

    I really can’t wait for Espinal to be off this team

    • Mauired

      Unfortunately since hes getting 3 million this year, we are stuck watching him until mid summer then, when they finally designate him. The new Newman

    • Melvin

      If we added Trout we could move Steer back to the infield. 😀

  100. Dennis Westrick

    Another Reds runner orphaned at 3rd base!

  101. AllTheHype

    Nick Martinez and Suter give the Reds a little bit of a diff look with multi inning BP guys.

  102. VaRedsFan

    Expecting Espy and Bubba to drive all these runs in when Elly and Ty getting on all game?

    • JB

      Larkin does. He said it when Elly got thrown out at third. He said you can’t get thrown out at third when you got capable hitters to drive you in behind you.

      • JB

        And that’s why I don’t listen to Sadak and Larkin. I changed the channel to Angel announcers

      • Melvin

        I think Larkin just says things because he’s supposed to talk some times. I don’t think he actually thinks about what he says more often than not. He’s not that stupid.

    • Melvin

      Elly will continue to get walked with runners on base as long as Espinal and Thompson are hitting behind him. At least Fraley and Benson are a threat. Just leave them in there please.

      • Mark Moore

        And Benson was available … 😛

      • Mauired

        Makes too much sense. Will never happen

      • Mauired

        We’re not supposed to question Bell if Reds win. But what did his benching of Benson for Bubba achieve other than an error and some strikeouts. Meanwhile Benson has an .800 ops against lefties.

  103. LDS

    It’s good to be leading late in the game, but 5 starters hitting under .200 and 11 SOs is not a recipe for long term success. Good thing the Angels have walked 8. When will the FO deal with bad performance on the field?

  104. Mark A Verticchio

    Let Martinez pitch the 9th, he’s already done until at least Wednesday.

  105. Old-school

    Martinez has more in the tank. Forget closer roles.

    Bring him back in the 9th with Diaz ready

  106. Mark Moore

    Martinez is getting the job done. Don’t need perfection. Just need him to be solid. And backing him a with a run or three would really help.

    Diaz for the 9th in his favorite role … everybody buckle up, especially if we don’t score here.

  107. RedsGettingBetter

    Excellent outing from Martínez the only miscue was the wild pitch

  108. Gpod

    Good job by Martinez….will be nervous time with our closer in the 9th

    • Dennis Westrick

      And, who might that closer be?

  109. VaRedsFan

    Who bats leadoff tomorrow if no India?
    Fraley would be my choice.

    • JB

      Espinal. Bell makes his lineups out a week early. So he just crosses out India and writes in Espinal

      • Mauired

        Bell logic. Get Espinal more abs to get him going.

    • Jim Walker

      With Fraley or with Benson? That’s the huge question for me. Or maybe they take the easy way out and bring Steer to the IF vs RHP, sitting CES or Candy, to create a spot for both Fraley and Benson (or DH one of them and bench Martini).

  110. Dennis Westrick

    Looking ahead to the Angel’s 9th, Trout would bat if any of the first 3 batters reach base! It would behoove the Reds to score another run or two!

  111. Optimist

    With this outing, and the 4 ip in Seattle, Martinez essentially added a few days or a week to the “burning out the pen by August” problem. If Suter can continue to throw well, that may eliminate the issue.

    • JB

      Martinez is used for Ashcraft and Suter for Greene.

      • Optimist

        If they can get the spacing set, Martinez should be the 6th to 8th inning follow up for both Ashcraft and Lodolo. If they fix the defense, Ashcraft should settle down to getting thru the 6th. Still want to limit Lodolo’s pitch count for another few weeks until summer heats up and he’s proven durable past the injuries.

        I suspect fixing the defense will be the bigger problem.

  112. Mauired

    Fairchild is having a rough start off right handed pitchers. One single and no walks. Hes working his way into a platoon with Fraley when Friedl comes back

  113. AllTheHype

    Diaz velo is back after the rest. Good to see.

  114. Dennis Westrick

    Just noticed the Reds have 13 strikeouts tonight! That’s twice as many as the Angels have and above the Reds average of ten (10) strikeouts per game!

  115. Mark Moore

    And the Chumpire wakes up and calls one in the corner of the zone.

  116. RedlegScott

    Going to keep Fairchild in the line-up?

  117. Mauired

    Nice series win! Let’s get another sweep.

  118. Dennis Westrick

    And this one belongs to the Reds!

    • Melvin

      Have I heard that somewhere before? 😉

      • Dennis Westrick

        This old (71) Reds fan misses Marty & Joe on Reds radio!

      • Melvin

        Wasn’t that long ago. I think MANY miss them.

  119. Melvin

    Wow. Unexpected good job by Diaz. Good win.

    • JB

      Actually he has only given up 1 earned run since his first outing.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. Just a little shaky. 🙂 Not comforting until tonight.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Looked like the Diaz from the first half of last season!

  120. Mark Moore

    And we take the series. No getaway game tomorrow please. Keep the pressure on the Angels.

    • Melvin

      He’s already played his “getaway” lineup tonight. 🙂

    • Mauired

      Fortunately a righty for Angels tomorrow so we get the better lineup.

  121. Mark A Verticchio

    Diaz throwing much better with more rest. Good news.

  122. Dennis Westrick

    Another ugly win! Reminds me of some blind dates I had when I was much younger! But they all had great personalities!

  123. Gpod

    Diaz looking better every time out….a big plus

  124. Dennis Westrick

    Need a good bounceback day from Frankie M tomorrow!

  125. Roger Garrett

    Diaz at 94/95 looks better then earlier in the year.Martinez like Cruz last night came through in a big way.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Cruz’s stuff is filthy! Nearly unhittable!

  126. Mark Moore

    We get Stewie with Annie tonight … 😮