The Cincinnati Reds will turn to Hunter Greene tonight as he and the club look to rebound from last night’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 9:40pm ET. Tonight game will be available on MLB Network (as well as Bally Sports Ohio).

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

Arizona Diamondbacks

Will Benson – CF Corbin Carroll – CF
Elly De La Cruz – SS Blaze Alexander – 2B
Mike Ford – 1B Joc Pederson – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Christian Walker – 1B
Jake Fraley – RF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – LF
Jeimer Candelario – 3B Eugenio Suarez – 3B
Jonathan India – 2B Jake McCarthy – RF
Conner Capel – DH Kevin Newman – SS
Jacob Hurtubise – LF Tucker Barnhart – C
Hunter Greene – RHP Slade Cecconi – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Hunter Greene 45.1 3.38 1.24 21 53
Slade Cecconi 21.2 4.15 0.88 6 17
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Slade Cecconi’s Stats

Hunter Greene

In his last two starts, Greene has struggled with the strikezone. He’s issued nine walks over 10.2 innings – including five of them the last time out against these very same Diamondbacks. His velocity was notably down in that start, so it’s worth paying attention to this evening.

Greene has been good against both lefties and righties this season. Lefties have hit for more power against him this season, while righties have hit for a bit more average. His home and road splits are big this season, but his 0.82 road ERA is in just two starts as six of his eight starts have been in Cincinnati.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 78 16 5 1 0 7 20 .235 .308 .338
LHH 113 19 3 0 3 14 33 .207 .327 .337

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Split
Velo 98.1 80.7 86.6 87.1
Usage 56% 2% 37% 5%

Slade Cecconi

With just 48.2 big league innings under his belt, Slade Cecconi’s track record isn’t big, but he’s been roughly a league average pitcher in his career (4.25 ERA and a 101 ERA+). Tonight will be his 9th career start (he’s also had three relief appearances – all in 2023). His last start was against the Reds and he allowed a run in 5.1 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Both left-handed and right-handed hitters have a .277 on-base percentage against Cecconi in his big league career. The big difference between the two sides is that while righties only show so-so power, lefties are hitting for a lot of power against him.

Splits (career)

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 94 18 5 0 3 5 23 .209 .277 .372
LHH 101 22 6 1 5 5 14 .234 .277 .479

Pitch Usage

4-seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 94.6 85.5 75.0 81.2
Usage 58% 23% 5% 14%

When and Where

  • Game time: 9:40pm ET
  • Where: Chase Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: They have a dome

News and Notes

Rehabbing in the minor leagues

The Reds sent Brandon Williamson to Dayton earlier today so that he could begin a rehab assignment with the Dragons. He hasn’t pitched since mid-March when he left a spring training start with a sore shoulder. We wrote more about Williamson’s rehab assignment here.

Connor Overton, who is not on the Reds 40-man roster, is also set to begin a rehab assignment today. He’ll be out in Arizona where he’ll join the Arizona Complex League Reds as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery just under a year ago.

Schedule Changes

Three games for the Cincinnati Reds have had their game times altered as a part of Roku’s new Sunday game rights the rest of the season.

  • July 28th against Tampa Bay is now an 11:35AM ET start.
  • August 4th against San Francisco is now a 12:05pm ET start.
  • September 15th against Minnesota is now a 1:05pm ET start.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 24 17
Chicago 24 18 0.5
Pittsburgh 19 23 5.5
Cincinnati 17 24 7.0
St. Louis 17 24 7.0

119 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Publishing this one earlier than normal. I won’t be back for a bit so if there’s a lineup change it won’t be reflected above until around game time.

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    • Lee

      Last place here we come.A reds tradition like no other this century.

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  2. JB

    Capel? Hurtubise? Here I thought they were just pinch runners.

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    • Mark Moore

      We shall see … perhaps they are Snake Charmers of some kind.

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    • Ted Alfred

      So Steer is finally getting in a good groove and now he’s going to sit. The guy who couldn’t make the MLB team is hitting #3, while the teams overall best hitter this year has not hit #3 even once.

      Meanwhile Benson is leading off with his absurdly high strikeout rate, but India’s back to 7th right when he is getting hot at the plate. Does Bell intentionally due this just to toy with the fans??

      It’s just nonsensical and ridiculous. It’s part of the reason this team’s batting average is so low, because the batting orders are so stupifyingly bad. Guys aren’t put in the best decisions to succeed. And as soon as you start to get hot you’re going to sit…just to to make sure you don’t get in a good groove. Getting in a good rythym and being comfortable at the plate leads to good hitting, but our fearless leader obviously doesn’t agree.

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      • 50thyearRedsfan

        I do not understand why these lineups change so drastically every game, this is insane! Oh well go Reds so I can feel good about you tomorrow.

  3. Brian

    This lineup looks wretched but I’m feeling optimistic for some reason. Greene will dazzle for 7 innings The Reds will score a couple of run and win a tight one tonight!

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  4. Jason Franklin

    This lineup could be better if the parts were shuffled around a bit. Why not give De La Cruz the chance to hit leadoff?

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    • wkuchad

      I understand the extreme negativity on RLN at the moment, but is it really worth complaining about moving a guy one single spot in the batting order?

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  5. Mark Moore

    I figure I’ll be good until about 10:15 or so. Rain all day, so I didn’t get in my walk. Supposed to be better first thing tomorrow, so I want to get some steps in before breakfast and work.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Hey, Mark! We finally got some much-needed rain here in Central Florida today! It’s been drier than a popcorn fart for the last month plus1

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  6. Dennis Westrick

    After each Reds game, especially those I don’t watch, I review the box score for any positives! In last night’s game, the pitching was Diaz-strous! (See what I did there!) Red’s pitchers issued ten (10) free passes to D-back batters with eight (8) WALKS plus 2 HBPs! Combine that with the usual errors, baserunning mistakes and eleven (11) SOs, the Reds should not even been close to winning!

    My enthusiasm and hope that this 2024 Reds team can turn the season around are rapidly fading! Honestly, I don’t see another win until the Reds return home and play the Dirty Birds on May 27th, and even now that is not a given!

    As much as I, and others, question Bell’s decisions, Bell is not doing crap like hitting the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the 9th in a one-run game and THEN walking 2 more hitters before serving up a meatball to give Arizona a walk off win! Plus, Bell is not striking out with RISPs and less than 2 outs INSTEAD of hitting the ball behind the runner or, at a minimum, making a productive out!

    Just hoping HG is ON tonight, we score some runs, limit the errors and NO TOOTBLANS please!

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    • Ted Alfred

      Nope, but he is putting Diaz out there in high leverage situations over and over when he’s been pretty consistently really bad since last July with an ERA around 6 spanning his last 40+ appearances. Diaz stuff hasn’t been the same… control is much worse lost some velocity and his great slider is now very average. He just hasn’t been an effective closer since before the allstar break last year, yet here we are putting him out there and watching him implode in a game you really needed to win. As usual Bell is a day late and a dollar short… always really slow to react to what is actually happening on the field in front of his very own eyes. Maybe after he drilled the first guy, gave up a hard liner to left and then walked the next guy it was time to give someone else a shot. Might have been nice to have Sam Moll for that spot? Oops, that’s right, I forgot we sent him down to Triple A with his sub 1.00 ERA in 27 appearances since joining the Reds last fall, so we can watch Sims torch game after game. This is kind of like watching the Redford movie The Natural, where the owner is doing everything to make sure his own team loses.

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  7. wkuchad

    We’re so short-staffed, I hate giving regulars a day off right now, but Steer likely needed it. EDLC needs one too.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Agree about the day offs. If they were still hovering around .500 it would be easier to get a guy a day off.
      1 day per month for Elly and Steer (everyone else rotates anyway) if they could work it in, but like you said, the situation is so bad right now.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep might as well make sure Steer doesn’t get really hot at the plate, with all this losing he needed a break. Funny thing is I’m guessing Spencer Steer would have really liked to be in the lineup tonight considering how well he’s been hitting the ball the last few games… after going through a longgg stretch of crap when he watched his average drop .100 points. Maybe Bell can give out milk and cookies to the next Reds player who does something stupid on the base paths.

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      • Melvin

        Anytime you sit a hot hitting player when he’s not sick/injured….smh Maybe there’s an unknown illness or something.

  8. wkuchad

    Here’s my issue with all the nonstop Bell-complaints – there’s literally no one else for him to play. We started the year with 11 starting position players; we’ve played a big chunk of the year with only 6-7 planned starters available. And several others way under-performing.

    Our starters have been decent. Our bullpen has been okay. There were so many posts early in the season wanting to anoint Cruz as the next closer. He’s not been that good lately.

    This season hasn’t been fun the last couple of weeks for sure. I guess if nothing else RLN is our form of therapy.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Just a few. Others can feel free to add theirs below.

      Sims is not a high leverage pitcher. Stop using him as such. He shouldn’t be on the roster, but that isn’t on Bell. But it is his choice of when to use him.

      Benson is batting .111 vs lefties. Stop using him. Use the call ups. Use Fraley even, who is .333 vs lefties.

      I have more, but I’ll give others a chance.

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      • Old-school

        I would add the unreal number of outs made on baserunning and bell being defiant thats ok and who we are. When there are 27 outs in a game and 3 are made by base runners who are about to or could score a run……but run the Reds out of an inning…thats insanity and a fire-able offense. Bell is simply being reckless and saying on base percentage is overrated. Its not. Especially for a team that leads the league in K’s and worst in batting average. You finally get a guy on base and you run yourself out of an inning and say thats who we are .

        In football, they call it complementary football. Offense defense special teams. Bell is playing dysfunctional baseball. Bad hitting complementing bad baserunning complementing bad bullpen. Thats the last 2 weeks. Throw in injuries and Reds worst team in baseball in May.

    • LDS

      It’s not really a question of the roster. It’s how he uses it. His misuse of the bullpen. His unwillingness to pull a pitcher in trouble until the game is lost. It’s his unwillingness to address the team’s lack of fundamentals, base running, plate discipline, etc. It’s his obsession with L/R matchups, in spite of the player or the pitcher’s underlying splits. It’s his unwillingness to modify his approach to the game and to learn from past experience. It’s his lack of situational awareness and constantly being out managed by the opposing team. It’s his obsession with making everyone a utility player. It’s been the same every year, regardless of who is on the roster. He’s not going to lead this team anywhere near a World Series. That’s who Bell is. And that’s what many of us have pointed out for years.

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    • Ted Alfred

      You act like Bill doesn’t have a lot of input as to who’s on his team and who plays and the batting order etc. I promise you he does. Fans like you act like there’s no difference between really good managers and really bad ones and it’s fricking hysterical. Is that you retired Ack?

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      • LDS

        Right. I’ve posted the link previously to the Enquirer article where he points out that his office was moved to be on the row with the FO bigwigs. The article talked about how he was going to be the “face of the Reds”. How’s that working out five years in?

  9. Dennis Westrick

    If I counted correctly, nine (9) of the Reds 24 losses have been by one (1) run! That trend has to absolutely improve if the Reds are going to turn this season around! More often than not, that means the bullpen has to shut the door which, unfortunately, Diaz did not do last night!

    I wish Bell the best of luck in spinning the BP roulette wheel if the Reds are in a similar situation tonight!

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    • wkuchad

      I think I’m ready to option Diaz to Louisville and bring up Moll. Of course, as soon as I say that, Diaz will go on a tear.

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      • JB

        If that happens, can you say stuff about other players so they can go on a tear?

  10. MBS

    Williamson 3IP 0R 1H 0BB 3K on 38 Pitches. That’s a nice line for his 1st rehab outing in Dayton.

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  11. Old-school

    Reds may very well win… but this is back to sorting . Can Will Benson hit leadoff ? Can Stephenson be a middle of the order bat? Can Ford inject some punch in the lineup in the 3 hole????

    Screams desperation

    India ROY is 7 hole?

    Capel and hurtubise get a shot …..great

    But reds 2024 back to sorting.

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    • Mark Moore

      Can Ford play passable defense at 1B (unlike what it seems we’ve witnessed of Candy playing there)?

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  12. Bet on Red

    got to figure the reds got the losing out of them, here is to a 23 game winning streak

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    • Mark Moore

      That would be AWESOM!!!!

      Get enough rain on that side of the area today?

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    • wkuchad

      As long as it’s Monopoly money, I’m definitely betting on Red!

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  13. Mark A Verticchio

    Wow that was easy, I am not feeling it tonight. I am really afraid they will come home 17 and 29, losing 16 of 17 ouch.

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    • Mark Moore

      Ross or Weiss could be interesting. Weiss likely wouldn’t be available as a mid-season option (not that anyone’s getting canned whose name is David Bell). I still remember Ross hitting a walk-off in the 9th in 2006 against the Dirty Birds. What a night that was. And I only paid $5 to get in and got a Davey Concepcion bobblehead.

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    • VaRedsFan

      From those candidates, i would take Eckler over the others.
      Cotham maybe.

      I’ll continue to toot the horn for Mark DeRosa

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      • JohnnySofa

        Not sure why any decent manager would want to come to Cincy and work for this inept front office.

  14. Mark Moore

    Uh … Mr. Ford … might not want to “lumber” over like that. Run or throw it to Greene.

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  15. Mark A Verticchio

    They sure are running up that pitch count and hitting the ball hard.

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  16. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds making good contact but retired in order two frames….

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  17. Dennis Westrick

    The SP for Arizona tonight is from Oviedo, Florida which is where I have lived since 1988 when I was transferred from Indianapolis to Central Florida by my employer!

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  18. JohnnySofa

    The lineup gets more embarrassing by the week. I don’t even know how it’s possible to field a team like this. Can’t use an injury and a suspension to two guys with minimal MLB experience as excuses. The front office constructed a horrendous 40-man roster and, sadly, they’ve shown no reason to believe they know how to make it better anytime soon.

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  19. Mark Moore

    Don’t you love the Snakes’ uniforms tonight? Look like they were dyed in pee … 😛

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  20. Mark A Verticchio

    St Louis up 2 to 0, looks like sole possession of last place.

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  21. RedsGettingBetter

    The bad luck at the offense continues apparently

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  22. Mark Moore

    Newman up with a man in scoring position … why does that make me very nervous?

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  23. RedsGettingBetter

    Newman is Mookie Betts in this series or what?

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  24. Mark Moore

    Was Barnhart a good bunter when we had him? Asking honestly as we’ve seen him do that a couple times now.

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  25. Mark Moore

    That was lucky for us (for a change). Froze the runner at 3rd.

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  26. Mark Moore

    And just like that, the hole is dug.

    I’m done for tonight. I’ll keep saying “maybe tomorrow” …

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  27. RedsGettingBetter

    In 0-2 that was a bad location pitch… these runs weigh a lot

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    • Tom Noonan

      That was really a miss. Can’t leave it out there in that situation

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  28. Tom Noonan

    Is anyone else getting a BIG disparity between audio and video on the game tonight? Really bothersome.

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  29. VaRedsFan

    Goose egg for Hunter after we tied it.
    Always good to prevent the bounceback.

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  30. Tom Noonan

    Benson! I take back everything I’ve said about you for the last two weeks.

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  31. VaRedsFan

    Will cranked it…he certainly needed that.
    Good for him.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Got it.

      How about 2 more runs and another shutdown while we’re on a roll.

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  32. Bet on Red

    told you we need espinal for a 100 year 50 billion extension

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    • Mike W

      I really want Elly to get a hit in his next AB!
      All he has to do is start with his bat fully back. He’s waiting for the pitcher to come forward and then he takes his bat back, and his bat isn’t in the zone when the ball goes by. Come on coaches. Tell him to make this small adjustment and he’ll smack the next ball out of here! Or, just lay down a bunt and steal a base or two. ?

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  33. Jason Franklin

    Why do you take out the rookie in the 6th inning up by 3 runs?

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    • Tom Noonan

      Wasn’t it a case of having a RH bat to face a lh pitcher rather than the rookie who was a lh batter.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Make that a double tap on that button.
      Stuey delivers.

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    • Jason Franklin

      I know he just got lucky back-to-back with pinch hitters, but I still think he should have let Hurtubise hit there. It gives him more confidence then being pulled (no matter the outcome).

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  34. Harry Stoner

    EDLC is maddening.

    Allen has gotten no one out, bases are loaded and Elly hacks at the first pitch almost in the dirt and grounds out.

    Immense talent. Low baseball IQ.

    Not a chance that Bell or anyone in the dugout spoke to him before or after the AB.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Not sure what AB you watched.
      He swung at strike 1 right down the middle.
      Took ball 1
      Grounded out to 2nd on a pitch that was a strike.

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      • Harry Stoner

        Same as you.
        If you’re calling that pitch a strike then I’m not sure which AB you’re watching.

  35. Oldtimer

    Reds up 6-2 in bottom of the sixth. Good starting pitching and timely hitting. Fingers crossed.

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  36. DaveCT

    Yes, this is the debut of Jacob Hurtubise’s and his great accomplishment!

    But this may really be remembered as the Arrival of Hunter Greene.

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  37. Melvin

    Fraley needs more starts against lefties than Benson at this point….another hit.

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    • VaRedsFan

      More….as in all of them when there is a choice between the 2

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  38. RedsGettingBetter

    India definetly forgot what is a clutch hit

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  39. DaveCT

    Jonathon India is still really good at working counts. A true pro. And that’s a value to the young guys guys.

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    • Harry Stoner

      He’s pitched a solid, efficient game. ~100 pitches over 7 innings. Only 5Ks and 1BB.
      There’s a future in that.

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  40. Harry Stoner

    Newman delivering a retort to the Reds and to RLN. 😉

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  41. RedsGettingBetter

    I’m starting to tire about Newman… WTF is happening?

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  42. Mike W

    I really want Elly to get a hit in his next AB!
    All he has to do is start with his bat fully back. He’s waiting for the pitcher to come forward and then he takes his bat back, and his bat isn’t in the zone when the ball goes by. Come on coaches. Tell him to make this small adjustment and he’ll smack the next ball out of here! Or, just lay down a bunt and steal a base or two. ?

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  43. VaRedsFan

    Great work by Hunter tonight.
    Now what happens in the 8th/9th?
    We are all thinking it.

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  44. Jason T.

    Very nice outing again for Greene. He’s having a solid year. And actually getting some run support tonight!

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  45. RedsGettingBetter

    I think this is the third time Greene pitches with the bullpen gassed and he can toss 7 solid frames…Really great job…

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  46. Stoney

    Great outing by Greene. He finally got some run support and didn’t let Arizona back in the game.

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  47. Mike W

    Just like I said!
    Elly shortened his swing after two strikes and went opposite field. He could do that every game. Hopefully a change he’ll make every AB and get up to .300.
    My work here is done.

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  48. Melvin

    Our new “closer” Mr. Farmer. :)….as long as he gets the job done.

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  49. Jason T.

    Much needed win and what a win it was. Some timely hitting and great pitching lead by Greene. Feels good.

    Reply

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