The Cincinnati Reds trailed early, and they trailed late, but they exploded for eight runs in the final two innings on Wednesday afternoon in Colorado to beat the Rockies 12-7. The win gave the Reds a sweep and extended their winning streak to four games.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (29-33)
12 12 1
Colorado Rockies (21-40)
7 13 0
W: Cruz (3-5) L: Beeks (2-3)
Box Score | Game Thread

The game started with a walk by TJ Friedl. Elly De La Cruz then singled into right field and Friedl moved up to third base. But Cincinnati squandered that opportunity as De La Cruz was caught stealing, Jeimer Candelario struck out, and then the baseball gods had things go the Rockies way as Spencer Steer was robbed of a hit by a leaping Ryan McMahon who snagged a liner to end the top of the inning.

Colorado did not waste their opportunities in the bottom of the 1st. The Rockies pieced together three consecutive singles to load the bases before a groundout brought in the first run. Brendan Rodgers then picked up another single and this one brought in two runs to pad the lead to 3-0. Another break went their way when Jacob Stallings popped up a few feet into foul territory at first base, but Spencer Steer lost it in the sun and it fell harmlessly into the grass. Two pitches later he would ground out, but the runner was on the move on the pitch and was able to get to second base. That runner would then score two pitches later on a single that made it 4-0.

TJ Friedl was hit by a pitch in the top of the 3rd inning and he stole second base. He’d come around to score a few pitches later when Jeimer Candelario hit a 395-foot homer into the bullpen in right field to put Cincinnati on the board and make it a 4-2 ballgame.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning it was time for Elly De La Cruz to show off his athleticism as he put together a highlight reel play making a throw across his body while leaping in the outfield grass.

The bottom of the 4th saw Graham Ashcraft strike out Elehuris Montero and get Jake Cave to fly out. But after battling with Sean Bouchard he hit him with the 6th pitch of the at-bat. Despite having thrown just 73 pitches, manager David Bell made the trip to the mound to bring in Sam Moll to face off against Charlie Blackmon and try to get the left-on-left advantage. Bouchard stole second on the first pitch. Blackmon then grounded the ball to first base and beat Moll to the bag for an infield single to keep the inning going. Moll would get another ground ball, but this time it led to an out that ended the inning and kept it a 4-2 ballgame.

The Reds got a leadoff walk from Jonathan India in the 5th and TJ Friedl made sure that Dakota Hudson wouldn’t forget that walks will haunt, crushing a 429-foot home run to tie the game up. Elly De La Cruz and Jeimer Candelario both followed up with singles and that led to the Rockies going to the bullpen to bring in Victor Vodnik. The move paid off as he got out of the jam with no further damage.

With the start of the bottom of the 5th, the Reds brought in Nick Martinez. He couldn’t keep the game tied up for very long as Elias Diaz homered with one out to put Colorado ahead 5-4.

Cincinnati would get a single from Will Benson to lead off the 7th and then a single by Elly De La Cruz with one out to put two men on. The Reds failed to take advantage there as Jeimer Candelario grounded into a force out and Spencer Steer struck out to end the inning.

In the bottom of the inning Cincinnati turned things over to Justin Wilson. He gave up a leadoff double and then a single to put two men into scoring position. After a strikeout, the Reds called in Lucas Sims from the bullpen and the move didn’t work out as Elias Diaz singled in a run and then Brendan Rodgers hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-4.

The Reds weren’t going to just roll over. They went right back to work in the top of the 8th. Jake Fraley walked then scored when Jacob Hurtubise tripled into the right field corner. Jonathan India then hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Rockies lead to one run. Fernando Cruz took over in the bottom of the 8th and worked some magic after giving up a leadoff double and then a sacrifice bunt fielders choice that got no one out and put runners on the corners. A caught stealing erased one of the runners and then a contact play went awry and erased the runner at third base to help keep Cincinnati down by just one run.

When the top of the 9th began the Reds had the top of their lineup due up against Jalen Beeks. He hit TJ Friedl to begin the inning and then Friedl took second base on a ground out. Jake Cave then made a diving catch on a shallow fly ball into left for the second out of the inning, leaving the game up to Spencer Steer. After taking a fastball at the knees to start the at-bat he took the next fastball and hit it 439 feet into the seats in left field to put Cincinnati in front 8-7.

The club wasn’t finished there, though. Jake Fraley and Tyler Stephenson followed up with singles. Blake Dunn then came off of the bench to pinch hit and drew a walk to load the bases. That led to a pitching change. Jonathan India greeted Angel Chivilli with a grand slam to left field to put Cincinnati up 12-7.

The Reds sent Brent Suter out for the bottom of the 9th inning. He retired the first two batters, but gave up a 2-out double. Five pitches later he ended the game by inducing a grounder to second base. The win sealed the sweep for the Reds and gave them nine wins in their last 12 games.

Key Moment of the Game

Jonathan India’s 9th inning grand slam. While Steer gave them the lead earlier in the inning, India put the game out of reach.

Notes Worth Noting

TJ Friedl had about as well rounded an offensive game as you could have. He went 1-2 with a walk, a home run, a steal, was hit by two pitches, scored three runs, and he drove in two.

Jeimer Candelario stole two bases. He entered the game with zero on the season. Candelario has been a professional baseball player since 2011. He’s never stolen two bases in a game before today.

The Reds hit four home runs in the game. All four of them came with runners on base.

Jonathan India drove in five runs. That matched a career high – he drove in five on August 16, 2021 and on May 27, 2023.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds

Thursday June 6th, 7:10pm ET

TBA vs Hunter Greene (3-4, 3.44 ERA)

128 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Hey Doug, you’re a phony. (just getting it out of the way today)

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      • Doug Gray

        Best I can do is watch the new documentary that just hit Netflix: Godzilla Minus One

    • LDS

      I don’t know, can a phony call themselves a phony. Seems like a variation on the Liars Paradox – I’m lying….

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      • Votto4life

        Seriously, I never thought I would see this group agree on anything, but we all appreciate what you do, Doug. That guy is bonkers.

      • Randy in Chatt

        That was no guy, he was hairy, ugly, with big ears and lives under a bridge.

    • Mike Adams

      Someone must have accused you of being on the phone a lot because you are not fake or hypocritical.

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    • mac624

      Just don’t use numbers. That’s the key. Numbers are for phonies!

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  2. VaRedsFan

    Really a feel good win and a sweep. It would be great if they can carry this offensive momentum int the next series vs. the Cubs. GABP is Coors Field East as they say.
    Keep it rolling.

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  3. Beaufort Red

    Seriously, key moment is India’s grand slam! If it wasn’t for Steer, India would have never got the chance!

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    • Doug Gray

      My thought process here was that in Coors Field insane things happen. A one run lead is better than no lead, but a 5-run lead while needing just three outs in that ballpark…. It’s fine if you disagree. 60% of the time I’m right all of the time.

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      • Mark Moore

        And another +25,000 for the movie quote variation.

      • Daytonnati

        Doug, I think that is a “Full Yogi” …

      • Doug Gray

        Daytonnati…. you missed the reference from Anchorman.

      • Reaganspad

        Don’t know, Hurtubise triple was huge. Knocked in one and he scored fairly easily on the fly all to short left.

        Back to back great hustle plays that inspired.

      • redfanorbust

        Orrrr, a key moment might have been when a loose thread on TJ’s shirt sleeve got nicked by a pitch and TJ ended up on first and two outs later setting up Steer’s dramatic go ahead blast. 😛

  4. Amarillo

    Team batting average went from .220 to .228 this series.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep thankfully the batting averages are starting to move up and it looks a heck of a lot better in the box score

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    • mac624

      The Rockies are a true slump buster. Too bad we don’t play them more often.

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      • redfanorbust

        My opinion of course but I don’t see a very impressive line up at Colorado at all. We all want to make a lot of the Coors effect (besides really bad beer) but that effect plays for both teams. If they had a better line up seriously doubt we sweep.
        Having said that I can’t remember seeing so many bloop singles and can’t help but wonder if they are not routine outs in other outfields.

  5. Melvin

    The Reds could be the best hitting team in baseball if they could play all of their games in Colorado. 🙂

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    • jmb

      There’s at least 27 other teams that would love to hit at GABP. Only the Phis and Rockies might take a pass.

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    • TR

      This was the Reds first series win at Denver Coors since 2016.

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    • Melvin

      Well they certainly like playing there this year. 🙂

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  6. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t know the protocol but I believe GA owes India a steak dinner!

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    • Mark Moore

      I think he owes dinner to more than just RoY. But he does need to get served first. Ashcraft was darn lucky only his non-win stats took the beating today.

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  7. LDS

    Another good June in the making. And playing really lousy teams is certainly advantageous. But until the Reds sustain good play into the second half, it’s just another false start.

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    • Melvin

      We can only hope……and help the team Mr. Krall. 😉

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      • Melvin

        @DaveCT Maybe you can get through. For some reason he doesn’t listen to me. lol 😀

      • Melvin

        Do you think Robert is worth the risk with his injury history?

      • LDS

        Robert could be a good add for the right price. He’s hammered lefties in his career. But injuries are a discounting factor.

      • DaveCT

        Melvin, might be like an Eric Davis scenario where you can count on him for 120 games a year. At something like 12 and 15 million the next two years, i can justify the financial cost and the cost in prospects. An outfield rotation led by Steer, Friedl and Robert would sure offset the opposition throwing every leftie on the planet at us to match with Elly. And for the Garrett Coles of the world, we’d have one or two of Benson, Fraley & Hurtubise to adjust. Until/if CES and Marte start mashing from the right side, we are very shy on RH power. I’d say go in on this one.

      • Melvin

        What are thoughts on Rooker from the A’s?

      • Melvin

        Krall, as some have noted, has said he intends to build through the farm system. He also said last year (not that I believe it necessarily) that the idea is not to build the best farm system but to win. I’ll believe it when I see it. We need to win now and quit playing around. Made some trades Mr. Krall and help if you really mean it.

      • Votto4life

        Like LDS, I would like to see the Reds acquire Luis Robert for the right price. But, he is injured a lot.

        I really think the Red’s outfield will be solid in the next few years. With Dunn, Hurtubise, Hinds and possibly Condon, not to mention, Elly probably moving there at some point, I think their OF will be a strength in the long term.

        If the Reds plan to make a run for a WC this season, then yeah check in on Robert. But with every team looking for offense, Robert is going to be very expensive. If the White Sox insists on Rhett Lowder, I would pass.

        Also, I don’t see the Reds taking on another $45 Million dollar contract.

      • Melvin

        I don’t know that much about Robert. How good is he?

      • Melvin

        How good is he compared to someone like Rooker and how much will he cost comparably?

      • jmb

        Better to get Crochet than Robert. Trade Montas. Send Ashcroft down. Call up Wiliamson.

    • JB WV

      Rockies had been playing well at home, 8-2 in their last 10 before the Refs came to town. But yeah, they’re bad, but the Refs aren’t. Getting into a rhythm.

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      • Jonathan Linn

        Oh heck yeah! Let’s go get Luis Robert Jr.

    • Ted Alfred

      I just looked at the schedule going forward through the Allstar break. They have a 10 game home stand heading into the break against the Rockies, Marlins and Nationals… could have A LOT of momentum going into the 2nd half.

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      • JayTheRed

        Good they will need it. Seems like the All Star Break the past 2 years has been a bad thing for the Reds. They seem to not be able to win very many just following the All Star Break. I don’t have the numbers but I distinctly remember it not being good.

      • Still a Red

        I think that post-All Star slump has been going on for more than two years…and it really hurts.

  8. Mauired

    Wow what a fun game to watch (at least offensively. Pitching was not good but it’s Coors Field so they can have one bad game. Just so impressed that the offense just kept battling back even after going down 4-0 in the first. Then down 3 runs late. I think they took the first Reds lead with two outs in the ninth. I know Rockies are terrible but still was a fun series.

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    • Andrew Brewer

      It was another 2 out rally in the ninth… The Reds don’t care how many outs there are.

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  9. citizen54

    The key moment of the game was definitely Steer’s home run. The Reds went from having an 11% chance of winning the game to an 82% chance of wining the game.

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    • RedPopKid

      India does not come to the plate if Steer doesn’t hit a bomb!

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      • Doug Gray

        What if Steer walked? Or was hit by a pitch? Or singled? Or doubled? Or tripled? Or reached on an error? Or reached on catchers interference? Or struck out on a wild pitch and reached first?

        Lots of ways India could have come to the plate if Steer didn’t homer.

      • Mauired

        Definitely Steer’s homer was the key hit. Gave the Reds their first lead and with two outs in the ninth. Can’t beat that.

        But the India grand slam to unofficially end the game was nice. Freidls game tying shot earlier was big. And Candelario just to get them in the game with a homer and cut the big 4-0 deficit in half was crucial. Hurtubise with a nice RBI triple. Diaz with a shutdown 8th with runners in scoring position to stop the bleeding. Lots of key moments.

      • Melvin

        Maybe in the game like this when anything can happen the key moment was getting the last out. 🙂 haha

      • LDS

        One easy argument supporting India’s slam being the key moment – it affected how Bell played out the bullpen in the 9th. Had it been a one run game, Bell could have made a different decision, Diaz maybe. Regardless, the base runner would have taken on greater significance.

      • citizen54

        India’s homer only added 14% to the Reds win probability. The Reds were down to their last out so any play that tied the game would have been more impactful than a grand slam when the Reds already had the lead. If the game had been tied when India hit the homer then ya it would have been the key moment in the game.

      • LDS

        Win probability added is one of the most hilarious statistics out there. The game cannot be reduced to numbers, divorced from the psychological effects of the various plays/moves.

      • citizen54

        It’s not like they are pulling the numbers out of thin air. These are the specific win probabilities at a specific state of the game. There’s actual data behind these numbers. And probabilities are just that. They don’t mean something will always happen just that they will happen a certain percentage of the time. I mean I could sit back and chuckle at the amount of hand wringing and angst you direct towards Bell when the fact of the matter is managers don’t really matter that much.

      • LDS

        Managers don’t matter. That’s hilarious. Let’s just do away with playing the games. Simulate everything on the a computer a few thousand times, then publish the outcome. Think of the money the owners could make.

      • citizen54

        Maybe it’s news to you but the talent of the players matters much more than any in game decisions. The manager could make the correct call in using a pinch hitter but a negative outcome would still happen about 70% of the time. Same with pitchers. Pitchers give up runs. The Reds BP isn’t exactly brimming with Mariano Rivera’s yet people here expect the BP to have a 0.00 ERA and if it doesn’t it’s Bell’s fault. Ya he makes some questionable moves but every manager does.

      • LDS

        You do know you’re arguing a position that research has repeatedly shown to be false.

  10. Dennis Westrick

    And, just like that, the Reds have trimmed 3 games off of the 10-game advantage the Brewers had on the last place Reds!

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  11. Tom Noonan

    Didn’t have the chance to watch until the 7th. But that was fun!!

    Keep it going!!

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  12. Mark Moore

    I was as frustrated as any of you watching the missed opportunities and miscues. Since it was Coors I didn’t Clete and, boy, am I glad I stuck around. Moved from the laptop to my phone (for the walk into the house from the office) to the TV. Steer’s blast was sweet, but to load ’em up again and have India dump one into the seats was completely nuts. I can only imagine it will take Sadak the entire flight home to recover.

    Bring on the Stupid Cubs!!

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  13. Mauired

    Time for Reds to DFA Wilson (6.75 ERA) and bring back Santillan?

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      • Mauired

        Great but I don’t think that’s going to make Wilson a better pitcher. But maybe they swap Wilson for Pagan tomorrow.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I dont know that Pagan is better either. Just pointing out that the roster move would need to happen to activate Pagan, which would make it necessary to move 2 relievers to add Santillan, which I don’t see happening right now. I think he will be up in the 2nd half when we move a couple relievers at the trade deadline for prospects. Hopefully that isn’t due to a sell off, but rather just a roster crunch and good business.

  14. Oldtimer

    Lighter air at 5000 feet above sea level and hot bats equal good results.

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    • JayTheRed

      I was thinking about Ashcraft and Williamson too. Wonder if they consider doing something with Ashcraft into the bullpen maybe but I don’t know who gets moved out then. Yes, Williamson is pitching very well in his rehab, but it is against minor leaguers. It is hard to say if that success would continue in the big leagues. Williamson did a nice job last year for the team.

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  15. Chad Donnell

    Lets talk history and see if our esteemed colleague who claims Doug is all fluff has this one. This is strictly from memory so you may have to fact check.

    The last time the Reds scored 6 in the 9th with two outs was 9/28/78. Pete Rose led off the inning with a hit and drove in the winning with a game winning hit against the Dodgers. The 78 team is one of the forgotten yet great Reds teams.

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    • Mauired

      Wow that’s pretty impressive. I don’t think I will remember this game in 46 years.

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  16. Tom Reeves

    Remember a couple of weeks ago when we all thought the Reds might never win another game?

    Yeah, that feeling will be back before the end of the season.

    But I still think this season is going to end on a high note.

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    • Doc

      “We all” is an inaccurate statement. Some of us kept the faith and predicted a turnaround as the injured started returning.

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      • Tom Reeves

        I don’t know how to signal sarcasm in text. But I was definitely being sarcastic.

  17. GreatRedLegsFan

    Friedl recovering his game and so the rest of the team, he’s really a game changer.

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    • DW

      My thoughts exactly. He is such a valuable player. Very underrated.

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    • Mauired

      I agree. He’s so underrated. He was the the Reds MVP last year in my opinion with Steer a close second. I don’t think people understand the impact he has on the offense and how much he was missed.

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    • Redsvol

      Absolutely. We are a different team with friedl in the lineup. Need to keep that guy healthy. I would go so far as give him 1 game a week as DH to keep those legs fresh.

      I think Hurtibese and Dunn can learn from TJ on how to get most out of their on base skills.

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    • DW

      Friedl is the one guy in the lineup that I feel we will get a quality at bat from every time he comes to the plate.

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  18. Mauired

    TJ is just such a valuable leadoff hitter. Grinds out at bats. Got on 3 times and scored 3 times. Hit a game tying homer. Had a couple nice catches in Center.

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    • DaveCT

      And his at bats not only add to others grinding them out, ie India, they pave the way for others.

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  19. RedsGettingBetter

    That was a huge series sweep for the Reds and phony , uh! excuse me , I want to say funny offense explosion for the Reds. The pitching was good overall except perhaps Ashcraft and Wilson today.
    Bell used 6 relievers only Díaz and Farmer were rested. According to this, tomorrow Greene will be pitching with a short-handed bullpen as usual in recent outings… I think Díaz, Farmer, Pagán (if activated) , Moll (if not optioned) or Wilson (if not DFA’d) could be available….

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    • WCRon

      Why would we option Moll. Get rid of Wilson. Eat the money. Total loser.

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      • Redsvol

        May be a little early for that. Injuries are bound to happen. Might be wise to see if he can rebound and become a trade chip in July.

        29 other teams would snatch up Wilson in a heart beat. That’s just the state of MLB pitching.

      • Mauired

        Let them snatch him up. He has a 6.75 era. And Reds have 3 other lefties that are better. Bullpen has depth. No need to hang on to unreliable pitchers with the hope they will be reliable.

      • Mauired

        Fact is Reds only picked up Wilson after Moll and Young were not healthy enough to make the team. Well they are healthy now and pitching better than Wilson.

      • JayTheRed

        If I am choosing between the two keep Moll guy has been so good out of the pen since we got him last year. I like Wilson overall, but the guy has been struggling. Wonder if he is still injured or not really at 100%

  20. Optimist

    Some obscure and odd encouraging bits – as bad as the start was, Ashcraft stopped them after that – anyone else remember games where they were down 7 or 8 by the 5th inning? Hurtubise triple in the 8th – kicked off the deluge over the final 2 innings, and he’s at very respectable total MLB stats. Finally, Dunn BB in the 9th, 2 outs-2 on – did not end the game – clogged up the bases, the rest is history.

    In years past they may have had one or two moments such as those, or had them at meaningless points of games already won or lost – in this game each of them was a subtle contributing element – something which makes for wins.

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  21. Rednat

    I don’t know if Spencer Steer will ever be an all star but I am glad he is a Red. I loved his reaction after the home run. Small fist bump but otherwise, all business. He just seems like a blue collar, bring your lunch pail type of guy. Good contrast to EDLC in a way.

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    • Jeremiah

      That play by De La Cruz was just sensational. He made a few plays on this road trip that I’ve rarely seen any SS ever make athletically. I hope he stays healthy. I’d like to see Bell give him a day off occasionally though think it’d benefit him overall physically and mentally.

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      • wkuchad

        He will get some when Marte joins the team.

    • JayTheRed

      Steer is one of my favorite players on the Reds. Just solid almost every game. He works counts and gives just quality results on defense and offense. Steer and McClain in the order last year just stood for so many good results.

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  22. Old-school

    Some solid baseball on this road trip

    Biggest series of the year this weekend and its not close

    Weather going to be amazing for Cubbies 4 games

    Glad to be back in the mix

    1.5 games outta wildcard and 2 games outta 2nd place in NL central

    Greene lodolo abbott and montas

    This is fun

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    • Andrew Brewer

      If I was a betting man, my money would be on the Reds ! They can do this …

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  23. Roger Garrett

    Great win in a big big game.Four under and going home on a long ride beats 6 under for sure.Reds fight scratch and claw to another win against the Rockies but they all count and lets see if we can win a series at home against the Cubs.

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  24. Andrew Brewer

    They’re Back !

    Standing ovation for the way they rallied today.

    I’m really smiling for the first time this season.

    The Reds have shown that they can do it !

    (And the baseball gods are smiling on them.)

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  25. crrob

    Beat up on a bad team but wins are wins, team is showing some life and definitely their heart is never in question. Win 4 of 6 from the Cubbies and Indians and keep pushing forward

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  26. Indy Red Man

    I work til 4 so I didn’t watch it live til the 4th or so, but I went back and watched the highlights. Ashcraft had some nice downward break, but when you don’t K many guys then some balls will find holes. You could send him down for Williamson or put him in the pen where he’d probably throw 98-99 mph.

    Overall it was obviously a big win/sweep. 9-0 vs the Angels, White Sox, and Rox. Hold your own vs the decent/good teams and beat up the slugs. The Cubs get our best 4 starters so great chance to go get 3 from them.

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    • Andrew Brewer

      It’s all about momentum and finding out what they can do. And now they’re on a roll, and out of “we can’t hit” conundrum.

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    • Andrew Brewer

      Yeah, but you fail to mention the Three Game Sweep of the Dodgers that kicked this whole thing off. The Reds have reached a boiling point. We’ll see how long it lasts. It doesn’t matter who they are playing when they get like this. I saw ’em do it to the Yankees last year in New York.

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      • TR

        The Reds have another chance in early July with a series in the Bronx.

  27. jmb

    Good to see Canelario and India increase their trade value!

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  28. Amarillo

    For the Luis Robert idea, the biggest issue is a lot of our best prospects are not having good years so it would be very difficult to put a trade package together. Arroyo is out for the year, Marte shot himself in the arm, Phillips has completely lost his confidence and command.
    It’s likely that a trade for Robert starts with McLain or Abbott + Lodolo.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Hard no for me on Robert. We can’t afford to gamble on guys that are always sidelined. Rooker #1, Taylor Ward #2

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    • VaRedsFan

      Amarillo, The Reds (or any other team), don’t trade MLB players for a guy like Robert. It’s usually a haul of prospects. Maybe some roster fillers like Fraley, Benson, India ect. The rest would be prospects from Arroyo, Collier, Petty, Lowder group….maybe even Marte.

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      • Amarillo

        VaRedsFan, I’m aware, which is why I pointed out that it would be a challenge for us to present a viable prospect package given the situations of our best prospects this year.

  29. Indy Red Man

    Wilson was touching 97 yesterday and Herdofbeasts didn’t help him by dropping that flyball. No he’s not hurt and somebody will snap him up, but he’s probably gotta go.

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  30. Steven Ross

    Doug, Steers HR was the key to the game. If he doesn’t hit that, India probably never gets his AB. We can agree to disagree, just don’t be disagreeable. Besides, 60% of the time I’m right and 60% of the time, you do a great job! The other 40% is really good too.

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  31. still a red

    Don’t forget about some solid defense yesterday.

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  32. Indy Red Man

    Brent Rooker should be on their short list.
    He’s on the top of his game right now. He had a .997 ops in May and he’s drawn 8 walks in their last 11 games

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    • Mauired

      If they are trading with Oakland they need to ask for that Miller guy as a throw in.

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  33. still a red

    With Boras as EDLC’s and McLain’s agent, I don’t see the Reds being able to keep either of them more than 6 years…could be wrong. That means probably having to trade them at some point for new blood. But I do think we might be able to keep Steer, Friedl, and Stephenson longer with a Green-like extension…which if those three finish strong this year I think I might offer.

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  34. 50thyearRedsfan

    I don’t think a trade is what we need right now. We are starting to play like last year when every player on the roster had his moments and all of these guys are talented. Let’s keep working with what we have and when Marte returns maybe he adds some value, but most of the value is in being a ready to go teammate at any given time and wanting to do whatever it takes to contribute to a win. I have yet to see a Reds player this year besides Steer start off on a hot streak after a long spell of not playing or coming out of spring training, Marie’s first dozen games or so will be his acclimation returning to real baseball so I hope I am wrong but not expecting too much right off the bat, and as far as McClain goes every player I see come back from shoulder surgery especially without a year to rebuild strength is a shell of the player he was. Next year McClain will be able to play his way back into baseball shape shoulder wise but not this year and it’s not worth the risk to him long term. Speaking from someone with three shoulder surgeries and rehabs take it slow, pinch hit and pinch run to get him started on the road back and to contribute in small ways before off season rehab allows him to be close to 100 percent next season. Don’t risk rushing him back or overusing him and sacrificing his long term prospects as one of the most valuable players in the Reds future.

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      • 50thyearRedsfan

        Playing the way we did after the all star break last year is definitely not good enough but playing the way we did when Elly first came up and we went on that improbable run last year is what I want to see again but this time I want the Reds to sustain it with our youngsters who are more seasoned and with a much improved now healthy pitching staff, now that would be awesome especially if we hit our stride just as the season is ending and carry it into the playoffs and be competitive. Gotta improve on the mental errors though in close games that is a killer as it deflates the team and fans and crushes the momentum.

  35. Jim t

    I have no issue with trying to improve the club with a trade but I want to continue playing the youngsters which means waiting to see what we have in Marte, CES and McCain. While I want to win now I want to do it while keeping an eye towards the future. We have a good deal of potential on the roster and sometimes it means being patient to let it develop

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  36. Old-school

    Reds going with a 4 man rotation next 2 weeks with 2 days off

    That lets martinez fit into his multi inning role with Suter and a deep bullpen can then play matchups with 3 lefties. Also says reds confident in big 4 and gives Williamson a few more weeks to get ready in AAA and Ashcraft more time to make adjustments.

    I like the move . Sends a message.

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