The Cincinnati Reds (35-39) welcome in the Boston Red Sox (40-35) to Great American Ball Park for an interleague matchup this weekend. Much like the weather, the Red Sox come in to this series sizzling hot, at 8-2 in their last ten games and winners of five straight. The Red Sox have played very well-rounded baseball, as they have the fifth-best team OPS in MLB at .743 and the fifth-best team ERA at 3.45.

First pitch is set for 7:10 PM EDT. If you’re going to any of the games this weekend, be sure to stay cool and hydrated.

Lineups

Boston Red Sox

Cincinnati Reds

LF Jarren Duran CF TJ Friedl
SS Romy Gonzalez SS Elly De La Cruz
RF Tyler O’Neill DH Jeimer Candelario
3B Rafael Devers 1B Spencer Steer
C Connor Wong RF Jake Fraley
DH Masataka Yoshida 2B Jonathan India
1B Bobby Dalbec 3B Santiago Espinal
2B Enmanuel Valdez LF Will Benson
CF Ceddanne Rafaela C Luke Maile

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Kutter Crawford 86.1 3.54 1.15 26 88
Andrew Abbott 79.0 3.42 1.20 25 60
Links: Kutter Crawford’s Stats | Andrew Abbott’s Stats

Kutter Crawford

Right-hander Kutter Crawford has gone six innings in each of his last four starts, but the Red Sox have lost three of those four starts. He won his most recent start against the Yankees, which was coincidentally also his best start of the last four. He allowed three runs on three hits with only one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings.

Crawford’s splits are relatively even. Right-handed batters get on base more against him, but left-handed batters have hit two more home runs off him than right-handed hitters. Crawford is definitely more of a finesse pitcher, with his fastball only averaging about 92.7 mph this season. He mostly uses three pitches, but the splitter is his out pitch, with a 42.1% whiff rate.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 179 40 7 2 4 7% 25% .247 .313 .389
LHH 179 33 5 0 6 7% 24% .204 .264 .346

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Sweeper Split Knuckle Curve Slider
Velo 92.7 87.5 80.9 82.3 77.1 83.8
Usage 34% 31% 22% 8% 6% 0.4%

Andrew Abbott

As mentioned here the last time Andrew Abbott pitched a week ago, he has had a terrible time getting out of the first inning unscathed. He has a 6.43 ERA in the first inning of his 14 starts this season. However, his ERA in innings two through six is under 3.00. (We won’t talk about his seventh inning stats). Abbott did pitch better in the first inning in Milwaukee, but he still gave up a single and walk after already getting two outs to start the game. Despite the first inning struggles, he has 16 strikeouts in the first inning, the most of any inning in each of his starts. Abbott has also pitched six innings or more in six of his starts and has pitched seven innings in three of them.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 251 52 15 1 12 8% 18% .226 .291 .457
LHH 77 3 18 0 1 5% 19% .250 .299 .333

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Change Sweeper Curve Slider
Velo 92.8 84.7 82.6 80.7 85.4
Usage 55% 17% 16% 13% 0.3%

Details:

  • Time: 7:10 PM EDT
  • Place: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
  • Weather: 90 degrees, mostly sunny, 0% chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Roster Moves

Today’s roster move is a peculiar one. The Reds have optioned Jacob Hurtubise and called up a catcher.

From Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Minor League Review

Get caught up on what Graham Ashcraft has been doing at Triple-A Louisville. (Hint: he’s doing well).

A Reds minor leaguer is riding a 12-game hitting streak at High-A Dayton.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 44 31 โ€“
St. Louis 37 37 6.5
Pittsburgh 36 38 7.5
Chicago 36 39 8.0
Cincinnati 35 39 8.5

163 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    At least Jacob Herd O’ Beasts got more ML at bats than Moonlight Graham!

    • Mark Moore

      And he didn’t have to die and go to an Iowa cornfield to get them ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  2. Jason Franklin

    Can someone please explain the bringing up of a light hitting catcher today and sending down Hurtubise? I understand Hurtubise because he would be better off getting more at-bats, but why not just put somone on the DL if they need to be? Is this just to make Bell happy so he is back to being handcuffed by a 3 catcher system again like last year? Is that why the Reds finished above .500?? Just kidding.

    • Mark Moore

      TySteve is in “nagging, day-to-day land” and we need somebody to back up Maile. Why no IL stint is beyond me, but I don’t get paid to make those decisions.

      • IndyRedsFan

        Why not putting him on IL makes perfect sense to me. If you think he needs 5 days…do you put him on a 15 day DL and lose 10 days of a healthy Stephenson?

        This move is perfectly logical.

    • DaveCT

      Stephenson is day to day and likely cannot catch.

      There really is nothing out of the ordinary calling up a AAAA guy for temporary help. This seems exactly that type of move. To call up a prospect to catch like Trautwein, who also isnโ€™t hitting, doesnโ€™t necessarily help long term, especially with Marteโ€™s return soon (and a 40 man roster move/removal of someone with it). It risks losing Trautwein or even just starting his clock.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’m no Bell fan, but I can’t hang the three catcher fiasco on him alone.

      I think it was an organizational move to try to keep Stephenson out of harms way and keep his bat in the lineup.

      Stephenson’s collarbone break was more serious and took longer rehab than the RLN medical experts predicted.

      And it led to a clown car of catchers that, Bell, of course, couldn’t resist shuffling around.

      Again, I find Bell’s ‘managing’ to be excruciating, but it does seem he’s calmed down a bit, a little bit, from his incessant and ham handed need to constantly be shuffling lineups and players’ positions around.

      He clearly had this fantasy of a team full of multi positional players that he could shuffle around at will and demonstrate his cleverness.

      I don’t think Catcher # 3 is going to be around for a quick espresso let alone the proverbial cup of coffee, but we know with Bell “day to day” can turn into the 60-day IL in the blink of an eye.

      Or just one more of his mumbles.

      • Jason Franklin

        That’s it. I just can’t stand when they seem to not know what is going on with the health of their players. Or maybe they do and just want to keep it from the opponent? I don’t get it. I really don’t remember this sort of front office stuff happening before the current regime.

  3. Mark Moore

    I’m pretty low energy tonight, so here goes …

    Pig Kicking Yadda Yadda Yadda … ๐Ÿ˜›

    Let’s see if we can hit, run, and score. Efficiency, Mr. Abbott. That’s what we’re looking for.

    2-man bench doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of anybody.

    • Melvin

      Fairchild and Wynn if Martini is still hurting. He’s the one I don’t understand why we can’t put him on the IL.

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. Nagging and hanging in there with TySteve is understandable. Same approach with another AAAA guy is not.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    This series is set to be tough. The Reds have to face the Red Sox coincidentally when they are the Red hot Sox plaing their best baseball thru the season and are in a 5-game winning streak coming from sweeping the Blue Jays at Toronto…

  5. Mark Moore

    Sam has a Friday jersey and backwards cap on. He’s doing his part to break the current voodoo curse.

  6. Dennis Westrick

    Proof that you can win AND score more than 2 or 3 runs with 6 or 7 hits was on display last night in the Cards/Giants game! The Cards won 6-5, scoring those 6 runs with only 7 hits!

    To do that, hitters have to be smart AND unselfish! That means being aware of the situation (position of runners, number of outs, etc.) when you come to bat! I have seen little, if any, of that batting approach from the Reds!

    Hopefully, AA will give us a strong 5 or 6 innings tonight, the hitters will hit and Bell has finished reading Baseball for Dummies!

    Go Reds! The best team wearing red socks is the Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      Stockings over Sox … bet on it!! Just keep that lucky buckeye handy … AWESOME!!!

      • Jason Franklin

        Lucky buckeye sounds good. The team needs some help in anyway possible.

    • Melvin

      I always think it funny and don’t understand why when they wear black or red on these hot days. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Melvin

        White or gray would be better as those colors don’t attract heat.

      • Jason Franklin

        Is it the awful looking (by design standards, one thing I know) City Connect things?

      • Mark Moore

        I personally like the City Connect gear. I wore my hat and t-shirt in DC on a pretty hot July 4th last year. But it wasn’t 97 at first pitch either.

      • Melvin

        You were just enjoying it no matter how hot it was. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jason Franklin

    I really want the team to get it going, but if they don’t, at what point does the team start planning for next year? Or has Krall been planning for next year all along with all these injuries, etc?

    What would they get for Montas if he can put a few more decent to good starts under his belt? Would they want to trade Wilson? Martinez? Would Candy have any plus value or does his contract negate that?

    • Melvin

      “Or has Krall been planning for next year all along with all these injuries, etc?”

      It would seem at times Krall looks for reasons every year to play for “next year”. That way he doesn’t have to make hard decisions THIS year. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope I’m wrong.

    • DaveCT

      I don’t think planning for this year or for next year is exclusive, meaning they undoubtedly plan for both the current season and future ones.

      • Melvin

        Just wish he’d try harder for the current year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Harry Stoner

      I don’t know….I think coming out of ST the handwriting was on the wall.

      At best the club might limp into the last wild card spot in the playoffs.

      At best.

      Despite the RLN anxiety and impatience, I think there are slim and none chances that Krall makes a big move in 2024.

      I’m still hoping that the Bull can move Montas but I think Williamson’s injury and Phillips (likely injured) drive into the ditch has likely tempered that.

      No one is going to trade for Candelario. A goof ball contract from the get go.

      Martinez and / or Wilson would likely be valued but what are they going to bring in return?

      The Reds really have little to trade right now.

      This all sounds depressing, I know, but Greene is emerging into a pitcher who’s enjoyable to watch. Lodolo is there and Abbott is on the cusp.

      It sounds like Ashcraft might be getting his head and body realigned in Louisville.

      The hitting, though, is appalling, one unwatchable AB after another.

      India and Stephenson clearly doing better and so is Candelario.

      Friedl is fun to watch.

      I’ve written off EDLC. Go to LA, man. The sooner the better.
      Good to be gone.

      • Bruuuuuuccceee

        Harry, do you even enjoy watching this team? This post screams misery.

  8. Daytonnati

    Lucky enough to remember ’75 very well. I graduated from college in June and left for a three-month backpacking trip to Europe with a buddy – 3-month Eurailpasses, 2nd class, were $190! When I left in July, the Reds were trailing the Dodgers in the standings. Towards the middle of September, I picked up a Herald Tribune and saw that the Reds were like 20 games ahead! Got home in time for the World Series, Reds vs. Red Sox, and the rest is history. Game 7 was one of the happiest nights of my life. Pete breaking up the DP, Tony taking Spaceman to the stratosphere, Joe singling in the winning run in the 9th. Yaz flying out to the Chief. I hope the younger fans will someday get to experience a night like that.

    • Melvin

      Yes. It’s awesome some can have those memories. I feel sorry for those who don’t. That’s one of the reasons I want to try so hard to win now.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s a lifetime worth of great memories in one compact package.

      I’m still pondering the DC trip so I can see some of these kids play in person again.

    • Dennis Westrick

      1975 was my last full semester at Western Kentucky University! Had just gotten married in August and my new bride quickly learned of my passion for the Reds! She knew to give me space whenever the Reds lost! Watched every inning of the 1975 WS!

  9. Mark Moore

    Not a bad inning for AA. He couldn’t get O’Neil to chase one, but handled it well and it didn’t rattle him.

    Bring on the bats. Let’s get Jobu in the game!!! I’ll buy the rum.

  10. Mark Moore

    Throw him the high ones. Can’t hit ’em. Can’t lay off ’em.

  11. Mark Moore

    And we’re treated to 2-out CandyCorn!!!

    Got to love it. I’m sure AA does.

  12. Melvin

    Candyman strikes with the HR! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Jason Franklin

    Good job by super hot Candy, but the first two guys reallllly need to learn to take some more pitches and try to get on base anyway possible. Has De La Cruz ever heard of choking up on the bat handle and make contact?

    • Mark Moore

      TJ with too much air under it. Elly impatient and not choking up as you noted.

  14. Mark Moore

    At least nobody was on. Figured Wong wasn’t going to be an easy out.

  15. Melvin

    We’re gonna have to at least score one more run. Come on guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mark Moore

      You mean our average from that Pie-Rat series of 1 per game won’t cut it?

    • Melvin

      We got it! ๐Ÿ™‚ India with the homer. Now just have to hold it or score more. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Melvin

        Guess we’ll have to score more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Roger Garrett

    Whats the odds Fraley swings at the first pitch?

  17. Mark Moore

    But India’s a RH hitter and shouldn’t be able to do that … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Nice job, RoY!!

  18. RedsGettingBetter

    The ball is flying long….!!

  19. Mark Moore

    Generous zone from the Chumpire, but it looks consistent so far.

  20. Mark Moore

    It isn’t even humid from what I saw, so that doesn’t count into those balls carrying.

  21. Roger Garrett

    Keep hacking guys cause we get to bat last and at this rate Crawford will still be pitching so thats a good thing.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Hope Maile takes at least one strike to give Will a chance to steal

  23. Roger Garrett

    Guess Will ain’t interested.

  24. Mark Moore

    HBP??? It sure did.

    Were you paying attention to Candy and RoY Master Elly? HUGE chance here.

  25. Mark Moore

    Cowboy on the first pitch, “De La Cruz was trying to hit that one in the river.”

  26. Harry Stoner

    EDLC is so exhausting.

    As soon as Arroyo’s shoulder is healed, make the trade to LA.

    Sooner even.

  27. Mark Moore

    And then 6 inches below the zone and he’s rung up … and that wasn’t a strike on Luke 2 batters ago. The inconsistency of the Bizzarro Zone comes into play again.

    • Harry Stoner

      I can’t write off EDLC’s lame approach to inconsistent umps.

      He knows he’s taken countless third strikes and makes no adjustments.

      How much would it hurt his highlight reel to learn to foul those borderline pitches off?

      Especially with two strikes and two outs?

      He watch Cleveland and Milwaukee hitters do that for two series.

      I’m losing interest really fast with him.

      • PhP

        That wasn’t borderline. The approach needs to be swing at strikes, not what these garbage umps call. It would be too inconsistent game to game.

      • Mark Moore

        Oh, I’m with you, Harry. But the vast inconsistency does play into the mix. Like the 2-1 to O’Neil just now. Chumpire sitting right on the line and blew it.

        Elly’s approach (or lack of same) I lay at the feet of the coaches. And if he’s not truly coachable … trade him and move on.

      • Harry Stoner

        Hitters have been fouling off borderline pitches since Babe Ruth.

        Votto was expert at it.

        So the solution is to take another 3rd strike and complain about the poor umpiring?

        Umps have been calling balls and strikes poorly since day 1.

        We just have much improved means to second guess them now.

        One think about EDLC is his consistency….in that he appears to have no consistent approach to his at bats.

      • PhP

        I get he’s striking out too much, but he’s only 22 and is improving compared to last year. Much higher OPS+, higher walk rate, lower strike out rate. He’s stealing more bases and hitting more homeruns. I’d call that improving and once again he’s only 22.

  28. Melvin

    I’m a big EDLC fan but I DO NOT like him leading the league in Ks. That was #99.

    • Harry Stoner

      Clearly heading rapidly into Stubbs land.

      How’s a 200K season going to play in LA, Elly?

      • Mark Moore

        Or do they think their coaching approach in “his city” would change things?

      • Harry Stoner

        Okay, the kid is young and excitable, but the “This is my city!” thing broke the faith for me.

        Serious lack of maturity and class.

        Good to be gone.

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Needed a hit, not necessarily a HR from EDLC there! Even a walk would have worked!

  30. PhP

    I wouldn’t have considered that “too close to take”. More bizzarro zone.

  31. Mark Moore

    So last blast over the wall in tonight’s derby wins it?

  32. Roger Garrett

    Looks like that may happen but a change up down and in to a lefty is just a real bad pitch by AA

    • Dennis Westrick

      Never pitched but coached baseball for many years! Rules for pitching to Lefty’s!

      1) Up and in or 2) low and away!

  33. Roger Garrett

    Reds won’t win a home run derby but they will win if they continue to show patience and keep the pressure on the pitcher.Make him throw strikes and just put it play.Elly sometimes can be his own worse enemy by trying to hit one nine miles when it just takes a single some where.He will learn

  34. Mark Moore

    I honestly thought that was a replay until Cowboy lit up … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  35. JB

    I thought Candy would get 27. I might have to up that to in the 30s.

    • Harry Stoner

      Candelario with 30 home runs would make for a nice dish of barbecued crow for me.

      I got the hot sauce and arepas ready to go with it.

  36. VaRedsFan

    Home Run Derby here at the park….Great food…great seats as Candy goes deep for a 2nd time.

    • Mark Moore

      I forgot you were up in the Queen City. Enjoy the games!!

    • Harry Stoner

      More on-location details, amigo!

  37. RedsGettingBetter

    First single of the home run derby

  38. Roger Garrett

    Candy can hit 90 mph and Fraley will swing at the first pitch but we knew that and hard to believe Boston didn’t.Hope they don’t get it at least for the rest of the series.

  39. Dennis Westrick

    Whatever happens, please do not let the ex-Dirty Bird (Wong) beat us!

    • Ksdavis

      Not the Wong that played for the Cardinals

  40. CincyDo

    Taking away the hit start in April, Steer is a .200 hitter? And hitting clean up? We should be glad our record is what it is.

  41. Mark Moore

    Thrall saying “hot, muggy night” though I thought I saw a lower humidity number on TWC’s site. Anybody in the area or park confirm?

    • Harry Stoner

      Cincinnati. Hot, muggy night.

      Those are my summer memories of the town, but that was some time ago.

      • Daytonnati

        It has been stifling the past few days.

  42. Roger Garrett

    Hard to imagine we got two hits with one leaving the park and we only saw the pitcher throw 5 pitches to get 3 outs with no caught stealing or no pick off.Is that possible?Guess it is.Keep hacking to heck with patient hitting cause we’re winning.GO REDS.

  43. Mark Moore

    Come On Chump!!! Figure out a strike zone and stick with it.

    Robo-Zone and limited challenge system, please. It’s past time.

  44. Mark Moore

    Thrall saying Chumpire and AA talked after the inning and it looked like an apology for missing a call??? That would be a new twist.

    • Melvin

      If MLB wants to increase offense get the challenge system ASAP. These hitters don’t know what to expect.

  45. RedsGettingBetter

    No homers in the 4th inning…
    I think Benson needs to work on something if you can’t frequently hit 91-92 4SFB you should go to the minors

  46. Dennis Westrick

    AA for the 6th? Nos. 2, 3, 4 hitters for Boston!

  47. Beaufort Red

    I caught a bit of the pregame and Benson said something along the lines that he was glad to work on his game in the majors. If thatโ€™s the case, the majors arenโ€™t the place to work on your game.

    • Harry Stoner

      Likely why he was glad.

      “Fortunate” might be the better choice of words.

      I’d like to hear him espouse a bit more on just what he is ‘working on’.

  48. RedsGettingBetter

    EDLC is in one of those nights looking for his golden sombrero… Yikes

  49. Mark Moore

    Is that 3/4 of the way to a Sombrero for Elly tonight?

    Candy can’t carry the entire time tonight … at least I think he can’t.

  50. Harry Stoner

    When I was working in Cincinnati, there was an awesome, old school hat store, Paragon Hats, on 7th St., iirc.

    I got many a hat there, including a basque beret which I still own.

    Ran into Bob Dylan and his entourage there, no kidding, when there were in town for a gig.

    I don’t recall them selling sombreros back then, or any gold hats for that matter.

    • Daytonnati

      Harry, I think you are thinking of Batsakes Hat Shop. They sold Paragon hats. I think they may have moved, but are still downtown? One of the great downtown Cincinnati institutions.

      • Harry Stoner

        Thanks!

        My memory is fuzzy. I remember a big vertical sign with the name spelled out, one panel per letter.

        Narrow and tall building on a pretty classic street.

        Directly across from the old Art Deco department store.

        Glad to hear they are still in business.

        I’m an old school Texan myself, and believe a man shouldn’t leave the house without something on his head.

        Or wear it when he’s indoors.

        And certainly not a gimme cap or ball cap, and mercy, not turned around backwards.

      • Harry Stoner

        So they moved from 7th St. to the Terrace Plaza?

        I recall that hotel building.

        Designed by Natalie DeBlois, the first female architect who was made partner at Skidmore, Owings, Merrill in Chicago.

        She was one of my profs when I was at UTSOA after my work sojourn in Cincinnati.

        I was very impressed to find out she was the designer.

        The building is in sore disrepair now and it seems the real estate might be in demand.

  51. Roger Garrett

    Elly is just lost.Maybe better if he is moved down in the order.Just hate to see him struggle so much.

    • Harry Stoner

      It is interesting to see how opposition pitchers are dealing with EDLC.

      For a lot of the Reds’ hitters the easy book is: down and away breaking pitches.

      Works like a charm and we see it most abs: India, Steer, Stephenson.

      With Elly it seems like the consistent plan is: mix speeds every other pitch and wildly mix locations.

      Get his eye moving all over the place.

  52. WcRon

    This umpire is terrible. A trained monkey could do better. Donโ€™t want to insult the monkey

  53. Mark Moore

    Season high 10 K’s for AA. Cruz coming in and that forkball/splitter should have some fun movement tonight. Maile had better be on his game.

  54. RedsGettingBetter

    Nice job by Abbott with 10 Ks… The long ball is the only blemish…

  55. Roger Garrett

    I like this move by Bell by bringing in Cruz even if it doesn’t work it still the right move.AA was just awesome with 10 punchouts and he can not lose it and can only win it if the Reds hold on.Old school thinking maybe on my part but I am old.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. And it worked in our favor. Wong isn’t one we should mess with.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Agree! Good move by Bell! Says this old Reds fan!

  56. Roger Garrett

    96 center cut and go set down young man.Cruz won that battle.

  57. Dennis Westrick

    Cruz did his job! Now I worry about which Reds RP name Bell pulls out of his hat to cover each of the next 3 innings!

    As we all know, can’t have a Reds RP pitch more than one inning!

  58. JB

    Devers with 3 k’s tonight. Very impressive Mr.Abbott

  59. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds were retired in order in the 6th just on 6 pitches , 5 in the middle of the zone…

  60. Jason Franklin

    Please tell me why the Reds manager keeps on plugging De La Cruz in at 2nd in the lineup when you have a guy who will take walks/work a count in India? I know Elly has big splashy games every few days or so, but he is not consistent about getting on base. You have a guy in India that is actually trying his best to get on base. Wouldn’t it be good to maybe slide Elly dow to 7th or 8th for a while just so he can chill a bit? Maybe work on his shortening of the swing/choke the bat some?

    • Melvin

      Maybe eventually. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Reds are very slow in reacting to anything as an organization.

      • Jason Franklin

        You are totally right there. I assume this is all Bell’s decisions (as it should be) but man, he needs to learn to react a tad bit faster to some ongoing trends on his team. Elly will strikeout too much (so, why not move him down a bit), Benson will strikeout too much (and do nothing else, so why not move him off the team?). Just is goofy at times how this team is controlled.

    • Harry Stoner

      Agreed.
      But that would likely require some communication between the manager and his star player.
      It doesn’t sound like much of that is happening.
      We’re not at the ASB yet and he’s at 100 Ks.
      It’s not going to simply work it’s way out by itself.

  61. Roger Garrett

    Maybe they do know Fraley swings at the first pitch.Reds are hacking but now it ain’t working which is a big part of why they will continue to struggle at the plate.This guy is around 11 pitches an inning.

    • Harry Stoner

      Fraley admitted as much to the press.

      It’s ‘his thing’ this year.

      All 1 hr and 9 ribis of it.

  62. Jason Franklin

    Someone said the other day that Moll should be the closer on the team. I believe he would make the most sense especially over Diaz. If you moved Diaz out of a high-tension role, maybe he would flourish? Cruz as the setup/hammer and Moll as the closer would be pretty dang good.

  63. Jason Franklin

    Advance the runner? Bunt? If you cannot consistently handle basic baseball skills, than you shouldn’t be on the team.

    • Jason Franklin

      Ha. See what happens when you lay down a bunt? Good job TJ!

  64. Dennis Westrick

    Benson has become more than useless! Have him bunt!

  65. Mark Moore

    Slap double on what appears to be a hit-and-run well executed. And I thought that play had been erased from “the book”.

  66. Roger Garrett

    I don’t care much about first pitch swinging if its a strike and players should be able to hit a strike but I have to ask why throw him one if he is pretty much going to swing at the first pitch.Reds pretty much grip and rip anyway and like tonight once a ball or two or three leave the yard it seems it gets worse.Four hits through 6 is well just not good.Reds really need to cash in on this error and at least make this a two run game going to the 8th.

    • Ksdavis

      The only player I ever liked to see swing at the first pitch was Pete. It amazes me how many times the Refs have had pitchers in the ropes with high pitch counts and the start swinging at the first pitch and jet the pitcher off the hook. Situational hitting has not been a strong point of this team for years.

      • Old Big Ed

        Joey Votto slashed .396/.404/.725 on the first pitch, and hit 76 homers in 1064 PAs on the first pitch, or about a 40-homer pace. He was great at it.

      • Harry Stoner

        I’m not sure I get the point.

        Because a guy with Votto or Rose’s pitch recognition skills, ability to adjust their hitting stroke and direct hits, that somehow means it’s okay for a guy like Fraley, or anyone else to hack away irrespective of a larger game plan?

        Just because Willie Mays can catch a ball running away and have the wherewithall to make the throw to keep a runner from advancing doesn’t necessarily translate into a Fairchild knowing how many outs there are and where runners are and motivate him to not simply lob the ball back to the infield after making a great catch when his teammates are screaming at him to throw to second…..

  67. RedAlert

    Benson does not deserve to be in the lineup at all โ€ฆ. Should have Ben sent to AAA with Jacob โ€ฆ. He canโ€™t do anything offensively โ€ฆ should have bunted thereโ€ฆ. Pure pitiful โ€ฆ any other organization and he wouldnโ€™t be on this roster right now โ€ฆ rewarding the guy playing time for NOTHING

  68. Mark Moore

    Nice bunt from TJ and they throw it away. Maile never slowed down. Espinal may have been safe regardless.

  69. Roger Garrett

    Now that not only got one in it got 2 in and thats the way this team has to play in order to win games.Great job

  70. Mark Moore

    I like the Stewie in for TJ here. No need to press things with the lead

    • Jason Franklin

      I just hope there isn’t another reason he is being pulled. No worsening of his hamstring issue, right?

  71. Mark Moore

    And another error loads ’em up. Missed the bag 2x!!

  72. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds scored 2 runs to pad the lead but wasted a nice chance to put the game away …hopefully this won’t haunt

  73. JB WV

    Martinez is what Sims aspires to be. Throw strikes

    • Harry Stoner

      Agreed.

      Sims likely, or hopefully, is relegated to mop up for the foreseeable future.

      Spiers can step into Martinez’s long-man role.

      • Old Big Ed

        Sims hangs a slider in the geometric center of the strike zone once in every 7.4 pitches.

  74. Beaufort Red

    Another bonehead base running play.

  75. Dennis Westrick

    2 TOOTBLANS in one inning! Can’t make this crap up!

  76. Roger Garrett

    Got to believe we will win but this inning just is who we are even when we win.Its just so sad that we just can’t get out of our own way.

  77. RedAlert

    Benson couldnโ€™t hit the ocean right now

  78. Mark Moore

    OK, spotted Diaz 3 runs. Need some tough outs here … but only 2 more of them ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Mark Moore

    And the first one is in the can!!!

    I’m traveling this weekend, so this is it for comments until probably Monday. I’ll catch some highlights which, I hope are “high”.

    Feels good to win.

  80. RedlegScott

    Another quality start. Nice job, Abbott.

  81. Dennis Westrick

    Just checked back in! Been breathing into a brown paper bag since Diaz took the mound in the 9th!

    Always nice to win game one of a series!

    • Oldtimer

      Diaz has 17 saves on track for 35 saves again.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Diaz has definitely been much better of late! He still makes me nervous!