The Cincinnati offense finally put a few runs on the board, rallying in the 7th with a 3-run inning to tie the game up, but the bullpen couldn’t hold onto the tie for more than a few minutes as Arizona scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 8th and held on for the sweep. The loss was the Reds 8th in a row and dropped them to 16-21 on the year.

Final R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks (18-20)
5 9 0
Cincinnati Reds (16-21)
4 9 0
W: Ginkel (2-0) L: Cruz (1-3) SV: Sewald (1)
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Hunter Greene came out throwing 94-95 MPH fastballs in the 1st inning and he paid for one of those when Joc Pederson hit a 2-out solo home run to put Arizona on top 1-0.

The Reds wouldn’t get their first baserunner until Will Benson walked with one out in the 3rd inning. He was caught stealing on the next pitch after a long review “stood”. An inning later Elly De La Cruz picked up the Reds first hit on a single into right field, but he would be stranded at first base.

Cincinnati would get on the board an inning later when Jeimer Candelario hit a 2-out solo home run into the seats in left-center to tie the game up. Will Benson then doubled off of the top of the wall in right-center, missing a go-ahead home run by about a foot. Luke Maile was then hit in the hand by a 93 MPH fastball. After being checked out by the training staff, he trotted down to first base but he’d be left there after a shallow fly out to center ended the inning.

Hunter Greene took the mound to begin the 6th with the game all tied up. He gave up a leadoff single and then walked Christian Walker. It was Greene’s 5th walk of the day and it brought David Bell to the mound to make a pitching change, bringing in Nick Martinez and ending Greene’s day at 84 pitches. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. battled Martinez and on the 6th pitch of the at-bat he lined a double into right-center to bring in a run and put Arizona on top 2-1. A sacrifice fly followed to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

In the bottom of the inning Elly De La Cruz walked and stole second base. He then attempted to steal third and was thrown out. That likely cost the Reds a run as a single by Jake Fraley later in the inning almost assuredly would have brought De La Cruz infrom second had he remained there. Instead the club would strand two runners on the bases in the frame and the score remained 3-1.

Arizona was able to add to their lead in the top of the 7th after Ketel Marte tripled when TJ Friedl couldn’t come up with a line drive on a slide that got by him and then Marte scored with two outs on a single by Christian Walker that put his team up by three runs.

The Reds got singles from Jeimer Candelario and TJ Friedl in the bottom of the 7th inning to bring Elly De La Cruz to the plate with two outs with a lefty on the mound. De La Cruz came through from the right side with a hard grounder up the middle to plate a run and make it 4-2 and extend the inning for Spencer Steer, but not before a pitching change.

On the first pitch thrown to Steer, Elly De La Cruz stole second. Five pitches later it was Steer with a 2-run single into left field that tied the game up at 4-4.

Cincinnati turned to Fernando Cruz in the 8th. After retiring the first two hitters he faced, he walked the next two. That brought Corbin Carroll to the plate and he singled into center to plate the go-ahead run before Cruz would pick up a strikeout to end the top of the inning. In the bottom of the inning Mike Ford picked up his first hit as a Red and was promptly pinch run for by Stuart Fairchild. He took off for second base as Jeimer Candelario hit a fly ball to center. Fairchild slid headfirst into second base and was fooled into believing they had the ball long enough for Corbin Carroll to make the throw to first base and double him up and end the inning.

Buck Farmer had to work around a single in the top of the 9th, but he did just that and kept the deficit at one run. The Reds had the bottom of their lineup due up and they couldn’t come through as they were sat down in order as Cincinnati lost their eight straight game and Arizona completed a 3-game sweep.

Key Moment of the Game

Corbin Carroll’s 8th inning that included a go-ahead RBI hit and a double play on defense to end the bottom of the inning.

Notes Worth Noting

When the Reds scored three runs in the 7th inning it was the first time they had scored multiple runs in the same inning since April 28th.

Buck Farmer’s scoreless 9th inning lowered his ERA to 2.66 on the year.

Ian Gibaut underwent a successful surgery.

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142 Responses

  1. CI3J

    I’m waiting for someone to chime in and tell us that the 1975 Reds also lost 8 games in a row at one point.

    • Harry Stoner

      I think the 62-100 2022 Reds lost 8 in a row at one point or another.

      So did the 1872 Reds. How did it work out for them?

      • Oldtimer

        The 1872 Reds were not in the NL.

      • Harry Stoner

        Sorry, I must have been thinking of the 1914 Reds.
        I was just a kid then.
        Seems like only yesterday.

      • Jedi Joey

        I just came here for the comments about a team from MANY years ago having an 8 game losing streak and how it worked out for them. I wasn’t disappointed! Thanks fellas

      • Oldtimer

        Correction. NL in 1890. AA in 1882.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Speaking of losing streaks, wonder what the ML record is for longest losing streak in a single season! Honestly, I don’t see the Reds winning a single game on their upcoming 10-game road trip which would result in a 18-game losing streak by May 26th!

      • Oldtimer

        I think (not sure) Baltimore lost 22 games in a row not too long ago.

      • mac624

        Looking at the May schedule, they very well may not win a game the rest of the month. Has there ever been a team not win for an entire month?

      • Tom Reeves

        I think it’s time for a member of the press to make clear to the players that if they want to keep David Bell as a manager, these bad baseball decisions have to stop.

        Batter slump. Pitchers have rough patches. But bad baseball decisions and poor fundamentals that cost teams games eventually cost managers their jobs.

        If they want to get Bell fired, keep doing what they’re doing. If they want to keep him, clean up the fundamentals.

        Someone in the press directly talking to the players post game needs to make clear that no manager survives this poor fundamental play if the team is losing.

    • Jim Walker

      I’m not sure what the longest losing streak was in 1975 but they did have a run where they won 41 of 50. 😉

    • greenmtred

      The Dodgers lost 7 of 8 at some point this year.

      • JB

        And yet they are 26-13 and are the best team in baseball. Do you see the Reds and this roster accomplishing that? If you do then you are not watching the same team I am.

      • greenmtred

        That wasn’t the point. The point is that losing streaks are commonplace and we’re acting like this is some unprecedented calamity visited upon us. It’s not.

      • Melvin

        Losing streaks ARE common, buddy. Being last in the league in BA and hits isn’t. 🙂

      • greenmtred

        Actually, Melvin, being last in the league in BA or anything else is as common as it can possibly be: Someone always is last. I’ll add that slumps by teams and players are very common, too. They are both universal experiences. On the bright side, you’ll often have something that sets your hair on fire to look forward to.

      • Melvin

        It’s common in the sense that someone/team HAS to be in last I guess. lol Not the place I want to be. 🙂

  2. LDS

    At least St Louis has an off day, So last place is out of reach today. And they did score 4 – that’s something

    • Dennis Westrick

      The Cardinals play the Brewers this evening!

      • LDS

        That’s not good. They can get to the basement or stay in 4th and lose a game in the standings to Mil. Now those are some lousy outcomes.

    • Justin T

      Im to the point where Im aftaid of who theyd pick to be the next manager if Bell is fired. Sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t. Nothing resembles competence in the front office. It goes from public relations, media relations, medical staff and of course player personel. Just doesn’t seem like they even try that hard anymore, or there is still a disconnect between the organization and the fans from the empty stands in 2022.

  3. Dennis Westrick

    There are tough losses, then there are ugly losses! This was an UGLY loss! The 10-game west coast road trip will define this team for the remainder of the season! Go 5-5, there is hope, win one (1) or none, time to make some hard player/mangerial decisions, including the legacy hire managing this mess!

    • JayTheRed

      So what are they going to do. Sell off our really young players. I mean honestly this is part of growing pains of a very young team overall.

      I will say this the pitching has been better this year than it was last year to this point.
      For some reason the hitters can’t hit much. It does seem like the past 2 days though things might be improving.

      Frustrating to watching the team though during this losing streak. I know a lot of teams have these times but it’s been rough.

      • Dewey Roberts

        Every team needs a balance of youth and veterans. The Reds got rid of every good veteran player and then spent good money for veterans that are not very good to replace them. Thus, we are stuck with second year players— some of whom are hurt— without any real veteran leadership. This rebuild is not going much better than the last one or the one before that. It is hard to be a Reds fan and had been for most of the past 30 years.

      • MK

        Larkin seems to know everything maybe it will be him. Plus we will get a better TV guy.

  4. Jason T.

    Just don’t have the words today.
    Every deficit feels like an impossible task to overcome.
    Candelario hitting better, nice to have TJ back, just too many mental mistakes with still overall poor hitting. And the lack of timely hitting.
    That’s not a great Dbacks team and they come here and sweep us. That’s embarrassing.
    Something needs to change. Time for a new voice in the clubhouse.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I’d settle for a voice in the clubhouse! Somebody needs to step up before the entire season is lost!

  5. Jim Delaney

    I think the change in the dugout will happen soon as the shortfalls of the current manager are a continuing problem. The annual issue with the Manager is the handling of the bullpen. The Manager doesn’t clearly identify roles and the relievers aren’t effective. They have tried to shuffle the deck of arms in Pen but the results are still the same. The Manager needs to be held accountable. A change is needed and would be quite refreshing as a life long Reds fan!!!!

    • JB

      Benavides is not the answer either. The Reds will take the cheap way out I’m sure , if they let Bell go.

      • VaRedsFan

        You are correct.
        Freddie B is a Bell clone.

    • Josh

      I don’t think the Reds are going to pay Bell to sit around for 2 years. They are way too cheap. Maybe they’ll fire the hitting coach, but I doubt they will even do that.

    • JayTheRed

      What about the guy that is managing AAA, Kelly do we have anything positive to say about him? After listening to Larkin, loved the guy as a player, but as a manager I’m not sure he would be the right fit either. I would consider Brantley if he was willing to do it. Guy holds people accountable.

  6. Melvin

    This season is going down the toilet real fast. At least we had a winning April for the first time in a loooong time. 🙂

    • David

      Being a total Debbie-downer here, but it was kind of over when Bob Castellini, the smartest man in Cincinnati, became the Managing Partner for the Ownership Group of the Reds.
      He and his new Front Office rode an organization and team that other people had built, to a playoff appearance (short one) in 2010 (no-hit by Roy Halladay, how humiliating!) and then choked in the 2012 playoffs (at home) against the Giants.
      And every since then, it’s been downhill. WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!

      You can’t blame Bob, Phil, Nick Krall, etc for losing 5-4 today….but this is the team, the organization, the coaches, etc., etc. that they have put together.
      This is the end result of years of….whatever….and the New and Improved rebuild.

      I know I was, along with many others, very optimistic about how this season might unfold. Well, it is becoming unraveled.
      There will be some who will accuse me of being negative….”It’s a long season!!!”, and they’re right. It is a long season. When and how does this team get better?

      So the Reds are now going out west, to play the Giants, the very same D-Backs that just swept them, and then 4 games with the Dodgers. 10 game road trip, and frankly, the way they are playing, they could lose ALL of them. The Giants are kinda bad, so maybe they might win a game there.

      I really hope I am wrong, and in a couple of weeks, people can say “Nyah! Nyah! Nyah! You’re a LOSER!!” But I’ve seen this movie before. And there are not any reinforcements riding in from AAA this year, like last year.

      • Erik the red

        You are correct. As long as this ownership group continues to own this team I really do not see them striking lightning in a bottle like Kansas City did a few years ago. When losing becomes acceptable it takes several great drafts and player development just turn it around. If this current group of hitters cannot perform to above average status we are on another 5 year plan. To have a team batting average barely above .210 is absurd.

  7. Gpod

    I listened to Sam L. and then Bell on the postgame address the bonehead plays on the base-paths today and they both said they are learning plays….they will learn from them…..you can’t be serious! You are in the major leagues and you need to “learn” that you cannot get picked off second base with no outs and down by 2 runs! Give me a break!… if you haven’t learned that by the time you are in the major leagues then there is something seriously wrong

    • JB

      Yep. Same excuses different game. Lecure and Larkin with the same garbage drivel every game too.

      • Melvin

        They’re trying not to get in trouble with Big Bob about what they say. The truth is these guys have been playing baseball all of their lives. Fundamentals basically don’t change from one level to the next. There is just no accountability for not doing things correctly it would seem at least.

      • greenmtred

        What can you expect? Of course Larkin and Lecure, as former players, don’t know what they’re talking about. That’s why they aren’t saying what you want to hear.

      • Ted Alfred

        I give them both somewhat of a pass because their hands are tied… unless they don’t want to work for the Reds anymore?

    • Oldtimer

      I don’t think Bell is a great manager but he is Gawd Awful terrible on radio. Pathetic would be kind.

      • TR

        I’ve never listened to David Bell’s aftergame comments (platitudes), and therefore know I’ve missed nothing regarding the game. The box score says it all.

    • Ted Alfred

      After they extended Bell I repeatedly said through the off-season that now that we have expectations of winning with the young talent Bell’s true ineptitude as a coach will shine through and this 2024 season will be a disaster. Yesterdays base running blunders in a close loss on the way to an 8th straight L were just a reflection of the manager, two ridiculously stupid base running mistakes in a tight game because their is no accountablilty from him whatsoever. His answer to everything is we’ll learn from it….over and over. He was fine for Reds ownership 5 years with no expectations of winninf while we flailed around losing and completely collapsing both times we were in the hunt for the post-season. He has shown who is repeatedly when there are real winning expectations and the pressure increases…face planting each time. In this blog’s pre-season record predictions thread I was at 74-88, mainly due to Bell. If they don’t get rid of him before the 2025 season, the fans once hopeful post-season window with all the young talent will disappear. He’s been here 6 years. He’s never shown himself to be a good manager because he isn’t and never will be. Last year turned around for a while when all the talent came up from AAA, but as soon as the pressure to win increased his team flopped….not surprising. If this season doesn’t turn around I hope Reds ownership realizes the error of their ways, eat the final 2 years if their exceptionally stupid decision to extend him, then spend the money in the off season to hire a truly good and proven Major League manager for 2025 and beyond.

      That’s how you fix this

    • greenmtred

      But of course it happens anyway. On lots of teams. Losing streaks, too.

    • Ted Alfred

      The look of Fairchild staring at home plate for what seemed like an eternity while the CF casually was throwing him out by 20 ft seemed like a Saturday night skit. What…he didn’t hear the ball hit the bat while running to 2nd and was trying to stare down the catcher for some unknown reason?

  8. TR

    A heartbreaker. A comeback with nine hits, and another one run loss.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    The have lost the 6 games of the homestand, I never thought this could be possible, just a 2-4 or 3-3 record was acceptable even reasonable. The hitters showed some signs of resurrection but made many miscues running bases and defending. IDK if this losing streak will continue at San Francisco but if it does the team will have fallen in a very deep and dark hole in the season hard to arise back from it

  10. Melvin

    Is it too late to change my preseason win/loss prediction? 😀

    • JB

      Haha. I haven’t watched much in the last two weeks because of the Draft, Hockey and BBall. I’ve been watching the Mets here in NY and really have no interest in watching the Reds. I hardly ever comment on Bell but there is nothing else to do but fire him. That’s the only spark they have left. Waiting until mid July for Marte? They will be 20 under 500 by then. The season is over in my book. I think I had them at 87- 75. I’ll go with 70-92 and Bell will have his job. I might be generous at 70.

      • Melvin

        I usually don’t make predictions because of the “David Bell Factor” but I did this time at 86-76. I think I learned my lesson. 🙂

      • Dewey Roberts

        They may be 20 under by June 1st. This is really bad.

    • Ted Alfred

      I predicted 74-88 due almost entirely to the DBell factor, but I may have been a little too positive. If Bell finishes the season I think the win total in probably in the 60’s, if a change is made before/by the All star game then I like where I’m at

  11. Jeremiah

    Reds at least showing some fight. I think the Reds give Bell at least 60-70 games before possibly removing him and even then not sure they would if the team is tanking.

    I like Fraley, not giving up on Benson yet and Fairchild could be a decent 5th outfielder…but I think Reds need to think about finding a legitimate starting outfielder that can hit righties, lefties, an every day guy even if takes trading 2-3 solid prospects.

    Trade India at some point, move Steer to full time infield 2b, 1b dh and get an every day outfielder.

    • JB

      Yeah Steer is an everyday outfielder but with no arm . I’m a Steer fan but maybe he is a DH and cover guys on days off. They need arms in the outfield. They don’t have any. Maybe Fairchild but Fairchild is really the 26th man on this team. Injuries has made him play every day which is not good. To me they need to put Friedl and his arm in left and find a centerfielder and Fraley and Benson need to be 4th outfielder and trade the other. Two lefty platoon guys isn’t good in my mind. Pick one and trade the other.

      • Jeremiah

        I agree with Friedl in left…maybe Robert from the White Sox in cf but his stats not as good as I thought.

      • greenmtred

        Fraley has made some excellent throws. Maybe he has a good arm.

      • JB

        Greenmtred – you sound like the office guy who gets fired alot because he lives off of “maybes” his whole life.

      • greenmtred

        I didn’t use the sarcasm font, JB, but I certainly could have. Didn’t work in offices. Never got fired.

    • jon

      Yea, teams will be rushing to get a slow footed ,poor defensive, weak hitting 2nd basemen.

  12. Jimbo44CN

    I was at the game today and they looked listless. Elly cost us a run with a terrible attempted steal which turned into a pickoff. Way too many pop ups and strike outs. Bad baserunning by Fairchild. I have never been a Bell hater, but watching this team in person has convinced me he has to go. No fire in them until that one inning, where they scored a couple, but they did it with two outs. Elly and Steer came thru. There were boos at the end of the game. First time I’ve heard that at a Reds game.

    • Doug Gray

      I can’t believe I have to type this out – but there’s not going to be any conversations on here about what is or isn’t “racist enough”.

      (Jimbo – this isn’t directed at you at all, but there were multiple comments in reply to your post here that dove into the topic that I have since deleted and am now posting my reply here so that those users will see it where their post once was)

    • Grand Salami

      Jumbo that’s true – a lot of pop ups. Some in foul territory. Seems to be theme with this team that’s overshadowed by the Ks. Are there stats on that?

    • Ted Alfred

      I think DBell’s personality would work well as a funeral director…not so much a MLB manager.

  13. Jeremiah

    As bad as the Elly De La Cruz pickoff timing was I like that he came back and I think stole a base next time on base right? His aggressiveness can hurt the team but I think he keeps the other teams on edge too. It’s just harnessing it a bit for him. I worry a little though he might be chasing stats a bit with the steals… but overall I think Elly needs to be surrounded by better players. Be nice to see him get a day off occasionslly too.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Right on Elly, he absolutely came back with a clutch hit and scored. I was just listing the problems with what I saw today. We should have won that game.

      • Jeremiah

        I think they’ll win at least one in San Fran!

    • Mauired

      How is getting into scoring position “chasing starts”? Chances of scoring increases the closer you get to home. Chances of winning increases with each score.

      • Jeremiah

        I’m talking about when he tried to steal 3rd…I’m just wondering sometimes it may not be wise for him to attempt a steal, but he may in the back of his mind be thinking of a seasons steals record too, along with trying to help the team. Again I don’t know, I don’t mean to really question his motives. It’s just a thought!

      • Ted Alfred

        And chances of losing go way up
        when you’re down 2 runs in the later innings when you get thrown out trying to steal 3rd with 0 outs with 3-4-5 in the order coming up. Dumb baseball 101. And of course David Bell would never say that to Elly or Fairchild or ANY player because he’s soft and that’s the culture of his team… no accountability no matter what you do.

      • Mauired

        Ok so the best base stealer in the game gets thrown out. He’s typically successful and it helps. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. This is the equivalent of crying when Burrow throws a deep ball and gets picked. It happens, you move on. You don’t say. Joe should never throw a pass over 20 yards because it might backfire occasionally. Elly is trying to make something happen and help the Reds score runs. If you haven’t noticed scoring runs has been a little bit of a problem recently. I have zero problems with him steal 3rd. I have seen him do it many times successfully and end up scoring as a result when he would not have been able to from second base.

        I completely understand the frustration of losing.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Sounds like a lot of people are mad that Elly got caught stealing 3rd? It was not a stupid attempt. It meant that he could score without the need of a base hit, which right now is a very good possibility.

    Don’t be happy at all the times he is successful stealing 3rd, then be mad when he gets caught.

    A dumb play would be attempting that if there were 2 outs.
    0 outs or 1 outs, not so much.

    • Jimbo44cn

      Once again I am not down on Elly. Just pointing out what went wrong and how it affected the outcome. I am convinced that it is a change in manager that is needed

    • Ksdavis

      Well Larkin disagrees with you. There is a time and place to be aggressive. I don’t think this was the time. Ran the Reds out of a possibility of a scoring inning. As some one else stated at times it seems he is chasing stats.

    • Justin T

      Yes you can be happy when he makes it and upset when he dont. He is a big boy being paid just fine to handle that risk and the consequences, good or bad. I love how he plays and most of the time i get it, but you need 2 runs and he is plenty fast enough to score from second. When your bats are ice cold you simply cannot run yourself out of an inning. The offense cant overcome that the way they are playing

      Stu Fairchild’s blunder was just embarrassing and makes me wonder if it’s a slump or are we are really this bad. That is unacceptable in Little League.

      • VaRedsFan

        Totally get it, it was a bad look.
        He can’t score from 2nd on a wild pitch, fly ball, ground ball, ect. So, getting to 3rd with no outs, to give them a chance to cut the lead in half without having to get a hit is OK by me.

  15. Roger Garrett

    I don’t believe the Reds fire Bell but if by chance they do then please just don’t promote somebody within the organization.Please go out and get a legit major league manager.Anybody that has held a job or two at the big league level is welcome.The learning moment comments are just silly and if anybody buys that then they are silly.When do we get beyond the little league moments and the little league excuses for those moments?We have talked about the culture on this team and how it needs to change but how can it change unless leadership changes it.What on earth is wrong with saying those mistakes just can’t happen and we have to make sure they don’t.Thats on leadership and you don’t say they will learn from it any more then you say we won’t change who we are or that we are doing the right things.Good grief somebody call it what it is and its a circus even when they win.Now I will be the first to say a new manager may not do any better but surely can he do any worse?Thats where the Reds are at right now.Can a change be any worse and while I am at it is Capel up to just go get coffee and doughnuts or have I missed him being sent back down.

    • Jeremiah

      I wondered about Capel. I could be totally wrong, but I almost feel like Bell sometimes shows his disagreement with a roster decision by not playing a guy at all sometimes initially. The guy’s been up 3 games and not pinch hit, pinch run right unless I missed it?

    • greenmtred

      Since all teams have losing streaks, many of which equal this one, I wonder if it provokes them to houseclean or whether they view it as a rough patch from which they’ll emerge. The Reds were three games over .500 when this streak began and are only 5 or 6 games out of first now. Everybody is having fun expressing outrage and indignation, and I imagine that the fans of the other teams–pretty much all of them–who have endured such a streak do the same. The Reds may come back and do well this season, or they may not, but what we’re enduring is far from unique: It’s not even unusual.

  16. Jeff

    The Reds just need to learn to let the ball travel.

    • Indy Red Man

      Lol. Clark Kellogg used to do Pacers broadcasts and over & over he’d say “He gave him a lower body root canal”. Wth is that?

  17. VegasRed

    Typical Reds under this regime. The fans care more than the owners.

  18. Oldtimer

    Most mid season Reds manager changes have been good in my lifetime.

    Hutch for Mayo Smith in 1959. Bristol for Heffner in 1966. Rose for Rapp in 1984. Davey Johnson for Perez in 1993. Trader Jack McKeon for Boone or Knight in late 1990s.

    Riggleman for Price was good but not great. Mackinan for Knight or Boone was also good. Even Dykes for Tebbetts in 1958 was okay. Dykes is all time Most Wins manager for White Sox.

  19. Mark Moore

    Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … same as it ever was …

  20. RedsFanInFL

    On a much happier side note: 49 years ago today: Rose was moved to 3rd and Foster started in left field. It was the first time the “Great 8” were all in the starting line up

    • Melvin

      It times like these Reds history is always somewhat comforting. 🙂

    • Jim Walker

      Whenever exactly it was Rose moved to 3B in 1975, I’ve got a recollection about it that may help with the mood about now.

      The day the shift of Rose to 3B happened there was a fish fry/ fried chicken supper to raise money for some local charity need in my community about 50 miles north of Cincinnati. Gordie Coleman, a retired Reds 1B who had morphed into the Reds one man public speaker bureau was the headliner for this event.

      At, the end of his talk Coleman took questions from the floor. The second guy he called on said “What do you think about the move of Pete Rose to 3B? Coleman seemed to be fighting off a laugh as he replied very diplomatically that he didn’t see such a move happening. The guy responded, “Well, I just heard Sparky (Anderson) talking about it on WLW radio as I was pulling into the parking lot. He said it was happening tonight.”

      Coleman said, “Really?” The guy replied, “That’s what Sparky said”. Without missing a beat Coleman concluded, “If Sparky said on WLW Rose was playing 3B tonight, Pete will be playing 3B tonight; but, this is the first I’ve heard of it.”, then after the laughter subsided, “Next question?”

      I hope folks who weren’t around before cell phones kept us always in touch appreciate what they missed out on. 🙂

  21. Roger Garrett

    Go to the Reds site and first read Sheldon’s column on the game and then listen to the 87 sec clip with Bell after the game.Reds just have to make a change.

    • Justin T

      “Right there, he did have more time, but we’ve also seen him get to third with no outs and lead to a run,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Ideally, you want to be more patient. They did a nice job and made a nice play to cut it down.”

      That’s as on brand for David Bell as it gets.

      • Jim Walker

        I guess the question is what kind of coaching moment happens behind the curtain. From the results we continue to see on the field, it is hard to conclude anything but no or totally ineffective coaching is going on behind the curtain,

  22. jmb

    Reds need to trade for Jo and Jazz! One is not enough! Benson, Maile, and Fairchild have got to go! Oh how the Reds brass thought they were making a big splash in the off-season by overpaying mediocre “stars”–shades of 2020!

    • jmb

      It would have been nice had the Reds traded for Rortvedt. The Rays (always a good judge of talent) got him from the Yankees for Berti. A left-handed hitting catcher is what the Reds needed, but they resigned Maile instead. Bad move.

  23. AMDG

    It was cool to see Ford get a hit after being called up. But, my goodness, seeing him in person, he looks like some dude they pulled out of a softball beer league 😉

    • Jimbo44CN

      Yep, softball 3rd baseman, but the dude has a good approach to hitting. Had a couple of good at bats before the hit. Patient and doesnt swing out of his shoes.

    • CI3J

      He definitely gave me some later-career John Kruk vibes.

  24. TR

    A ten game west coast road trip , along with an eight game losing streak. Something has to be done. Either a team leader has to emerge or administrative change must occur.

  25. Indy Red Man

    This year is done. Even if they start hitting, the pen stinks and there’s way too many injuries.

    On the bright side, I would like to run it back with the core of this team. Get a new skipper and get McLain, Marte, Williamson, and Gibaut back. Bring in some new blood in the pen and atleast a righty platoon guy that can mashes lefties.

    Is it a mutual option on Montes next year?

    • Indy Red Man

      Blake Dunn isn’t doing much, but Hinds has been mashing lately. I think Lowder will be able to help next year. The kid knows what he’s doing

    • Ted Alfred

      “Get a new skipper”.

      That is the main thing that has to happen. Will ownership admit the mistake and buyout Bell’s last 2 years…that is the question.

  26. old-school

    Pretty sad state of affairs for beleaguered Reds fans when losses 7 and 8 in a row show signs of life and improvement from the prior 6. Elly is 22 and its up to David bell to teach him situational baseball and understanding risk/reward.

    My guy Jon India isnt getting it done in year 4. Sorting again! Need McLain yesterday to play 2b and hit in the top of the order.

    • AllTheHype

      I’ve always thought Elly, McLain, and Marte are the prospects with longevity and the ones to build around. Two of the three are not here and it hurts.

      Steer has been a pleasant surprise. He competes very well at the plate, uses the entire field, and defends the strike zone. He has much better pitch recognition than India. I expect him to ultimately have a good year.

      Marte and McLain’s hitting approach are both very similar to Steer’s. All give professional at bats.

      Looking forward to those guys coming back. We need them both.

  27. Roger Garrett

    Sheldon’s column was titled Baserunning gaffs,sluggish Greene spell trouble for Reds.Sheldon writes that Elly tried to steal second while first Steer and then Fraley were at bat.To both hitters the pitcher had thrown over twice and he went 3 times an all 3 times the hitter swung.Steer once an Fraley twice.Sheldon writes If the Reds hitters weren’t swinging away De La Cruz would likely have been in scoring position to change the situation.Bell responds by saying In typical situations yes.At the same time you don’t want to get in a hole as a hitter.If were constantly taking pitches to let our guys steal bases thats not going to work for us.There’s certain cases where it makes sense but not right there.Steer and Fraley saw a total of 5 or 6 pitches and made outs.Make of it what you will but Sheldon said Elly declined to speak to the media.

  28. Roger Garrett

    Steer saw 2 pitches and Fraley 3 pitches and both were ahead in the count 1-0 to start with and then in 3 more pitches the inning was over.Bell just isn’t watching the same game we are it appears.No need for me to bash Bell again.

    • Bill J

      Wasn’t it Dizzy Dean in the press box listening to Harry Carey, that said, “is he watching the same game I am”.

  29. Chris Mo

    I would be interested to see a research piece on expected batting averages based on exit velocity. Yes, we are in a team slump, but there seem to be a lot of hard hit balls that are right at people. Although they do have a bunch of strikeouts as well, and that may be guys pressing. Bench players are needed, but when you have bench players starting at 3 positions (Mclain, Martie, Friedl were out), all it takes is a couple of regular starters slumping and the whole team is down. Pitching has been pretty darn good, and I believe the hitting will turn around, might even catch fire for a while. Steer will come out of the slump, EDLC is showing improvement, Benson will hit better, Stephenson will find some gaps for those line drives. This young teams success was fueled by emotion, positive energy from winning is contagious. They just need to steal a couple of wins to get that feeling back again and light the fire. I hope it will happen in time to save the season.

    • greenmtred

      Careful, Chris Mo: You’re clearly trying to lighten the mood, and these guys are enjoying themselves too much to appreciate that.

      • Jeremiah

        Haha I appreciate the positive thinking! I can be negative I know too at times…even if the Reds stink this year, I still think 2025 will be a year to look forward too. I think I’ve lowered my expectations a bit with the Reds, but I feel like at least there is potential with the Reds current future, where like 2015-17 or so they just didn’t really have the talent to be competitive.

    • Harry Stoner

      An important part of the “feel good movement” is to believe that whatever decisions Bell and Krall make MUST be right since I’ve never been an MLB manager or GM.

      I need to keep reminding myself that they wouldn’t be in their positions if they ever made any mistakes.

      It’s not that the Reds aren’t playing well. It’s my fault for thinking that the Reds aren’t playing well.

      • greenmtred

        Respectfully, Harry, you have either misread some comments or have made unwarranted assumptions about what they said. I don’t recall seeing any comment that has said that Bell and Krall don’t make mistakes. No adult human makes no mistakes. What comments have said is that Bell and Krall (and all other managers and general managers) have access to information that fans don’t have.

  30. west larry

    west coast trips are historically bad, especially on reds teams that don’t go on to win the world series. I’m going out on a limb here, I don’t think this team is winning the world series. I do think however, that they win four or five more games in May.

  31. LDS

    Drew Koch’s article on the Reds today, 4 players fans are losing patience with, is pretty much right on the money. Nearly half of Friday is behind us and status quo. Wonder if Capel will see any action today or this weekend? Or is he this year’s Hopkins. Even Bubba got more action than this.

    • Jeremiah

      I’m surprised Espinal has been so bad…he has decent Major League numbers. It’s unfortunate, several guys on this team have really gotten chances they maybe wouldn’t get elsewhere, chances to start because of injuries and hardly any of them have taken advantage of that opportunity. Maybe they’re all just slow starters but I don’t know. I feel a bit for Benson, Fairchild, Espinal…even India…guys are getting opportunities they weren’t going to really have if everyone was healthy and not really producing. I think India and Benson have a little more leeway than Espinal and Fairchild.

    • Jim Walker

      I’d love to know just who all caught the plane for the coast. Given the recent experience with hand and wrist situations and Maile being HBP in that area, it makes sense they took a 3rd catcher with them. If the Taxi Squad system is still in use, this is easily done. However, if the Taxi system has been shut down by the end of the pandemic, it could be more complex to carry a 3rd catcher assigned to the minors on a road trip.

      As the last LH hitter on the roster, Capel could be optioned or even DFA if they need a 26 (and possibly 40) roster spot for a catcher

  32. VaRedsFan

    Mark DeRosa on MLB Central (MLB Network), who I think would be an excellent choice to be the next Reds manager, did a breakdown on Spencer Steer this morning.
    He was able to pinpoint that his front shoulder was flying open the slightest little bit. I still thing Steer has the best hitting mechanics on the team.

    Derosa managed the WBC team last year. I don’t know the millions of things that it takes to be manager, but he has a great baseball mind and is a great communicator. I was shilling for him to replace Bell before last year’s dreadful extension.

    • greenmtred

      But it warms the cockles of your heart.

      • LDS

        Actually no, @Green, it doesn’t. It was an entirely avoidable scenario had Krall done his job. The Reds chose MEDIOCRITY. It didn’t just happen.

      • CI3J

        Maybe below the cockles.

        Maybe in the sub cockle area.

        Maybe in the liver.

        Maybe in the kidneys.

        Maybe even in the colon.

        We don’t know.

      • wkuchad

        I had to lookup the word cockles, but these comments were amusing regardless. 🙂

      • LDS

        Yes, I’m always impressed when the level of response degenerates to the level of grade school humor. But, it’s all just bad luck. I’m sure things will turn around just any day and the Reds will win the division in a rout.

      • greenmtred

        It warms the cockles of your heart. If nothing else, it gives you license to use one of your very favorite words.

  33. Roger Garrett

    Normally you can take numbers and flip them and dip them and well see some light as the writer did now that the Reds are minus CES and Martini and the fact they just didnt walk at all.To me the most telling stat is the high % of batted balls to the pull side.Thats why every pitcher on every team keeps going away with soft stuff and our hitters just roll over.Reds must go the other way especially their righty swingers against lefty throwers.Maybe they are trying and maybe it will happen but its no secret on how to pitch this team.Burnes last year with the Brewers let us all know.

    • LDS

      Yep, but I can’t imagine that approach stopping guys like Gwynn. Rose, Brett, Rose, and others. Bad coaching, bad discipline.

  34. Andrew Brewer

    Friedl is back, and the lineup yesterday was the best I’ve seen in a long time. The Reds went from 0, to 1, 1, 2, 3, and 4 runs scored in the last 6 games, respectively.
    The losing streak will come to an end, and end the funk they are in. To be successful it’s necessary to cope with this kind of streak, and still believe you can do it. The Reds will rise again…

  35. Old-school

    I was president of the nick senzel fan club. Then president of the Jon india fan club .VP of the Tyler Stephenson fan club

    Im resigning all positions!!! These first round guys from georgia and the SEC arent working out . Throw Taylor Trammell in there too.

  36. Reddawg2012

    If you would have told me in spring training that on May 10 Mike Ford would be hitting third, I would have said that a lot must be going wrong, the Reds are likely losing a lot of games, and are probably battling to stay out of last place.

    Oh wait.

    • Melvin

      At least he’s not batting in front of EDLC. Talk about clogging the bases. 🙂

      He’s been swinging a hot bat. Might as well try it. What have you got to lose?

      • greenmtred

        A pinch runner every time he gets on base.