What’s more American than kicking up your feet in a comfortable chair, drinking a cold beverage, and watching an afternoon baseball game? Frankie Montas faces his former team as the Cincinnati Reds (41-45) go for the three-game sweep against the New York Yankees (54-34) at Yankee Stadium. First pitch on this 4th of July is set for 1:05 PM EDT.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

New York Yankees

2B Jonathan India 1B Benjamin Rice
SS Elly De La Cruz RF Juan Soto
DH Jeimer Candelario DH Aaron Judge
1B Spencer Steer LF Alex Verdugo
RF Jake Fraley 2B Gleyber Torres
3B Noelvi Marte SS Anthony Volpe
LF Nick Martini C Austin Wells
C Luke Maile 3B Oswaldo Cabrera
CF Will Benson CF Trent Grisham

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Frankie Montas 72.1 4.23 1.31 30 58
Marcus Stroman 95.2 3.29 1.29 43 70
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | Marcus Stroman’s Stats

Frankie Montas

Right-hander Frankie Montas was a victim of zero run support in his last start against St. Louis. He pitched six innings of one-run, two-hit baseball, but took the loss in a 1-0 game. Montas hasn’t pitched many games when the Reds score few runs, but he’s been better than when he does get run support. When the Reds score two runs or less, he has allowed seven runs in 13.1 innings and has not given up a home run. In games the Reds have given him three or more runs of support, Montas has allowed 28 earned runs in 53.0 innings, including eight home runs. I guess he just loves a good pitching duel.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 135 26 8 0 2 7% 22% .210 .274 .323
LHH 176 39 9 0 6 11% 16% .258 .358 .437

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Split Cutter 2-Seam Slider
Velo 95.1 85.6 89.9 94.2 84.9
Usage 35% 22% 17% 15% 11%

Marcus Stroman

In right-hander Marcus Stroman’s first year with the Yankees, he’s picked up right where he left off in Chicago. In fact, he’s actually been better this year. He has a 3.29 ERA in 95.2 innings with 70 strikeouts and only 12 home runs allowed all season; however, the month of June hasn’t been the kindest to him. Stroman ended May with a sparkling 1.67 ERA in 37.2 innings, but in five starts in June, he’s allowed 15 earned runs in 26.1 innings. Four of the 12 home runs allowed have been in the month of June. His strikeout rate in June is also way down, having struck out only 15 batters.

Stroman will also walk a lot of batters, at least in the last two seasons. In 2023, his BB% was at 9.0% and this season it’s at 10.7%, the highest in his nine-year career. One thing Stroman does do well though is induce the ground ball. He has a career 57.4% ground ball percentage, and even though his GB% is at the lowest of his career this season, he’s still in the 83rd percentile in MLB with a GB% of 50.7%.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 219 44 7 0 6 9% 20% .227 .306 .356
LHH 184 36 8 3 6 13% 15% .229 .337 .433

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider Slurve Split 4-Seam Curve
Velo 90.0 88.0 85.6 82.3 83.4 90.2 76.8
Usage 37% 19% 18% 12% 10% 3% 0.7%

Game Details:

  • Time: 1:05 PM EDT
  • Place: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
  • Weather: 83 degrees, partly sunny, 9 percent chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Elly De La Cruz Is Fun

In case you missed it last night, Elly joined Alexis Diaz’s postgame interview with Jim Day on Bally Sports Ohio. What a fun moment for these two, and it drew national attention from MLB.

 

 

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 52 35
St. Louis 44 41 7.0
Pittsburgh 41 44 10.0
Cincinnati 41 45 10.5
Chicago 39 48 13.0

 

186 Responses

  1. VaRedsFan

    Reds lose their challenge on the 1st play of the game.
    They claimed their SS was on the grass prior to the pitch.
    Unsuccessful.

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  2. Mauired

    Bell seriously used his challenge and lost on the first batter of the game on that crap. Unreal.

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  3. VaRedsFan

    Elly swipes 2nd…moves to 3rd on the throwing error.

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  4. VaRedsFan

    Frankie must like the Mailman.
    8th straight game Maile catches for Montas.

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  5. Old-school

    Benson spectacular catch in cf

    His head left a mark in the padding

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  6. VaRedsFan

    Willie B pulls the HR attempt back off the bat of Soto.

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  7. Doug Gray

    Just as a heads up – I do not know how long after the game ends that it will be that I have the recap up. I’ll be trying to celebrate Russell Casse’s ultimate sacrifice.

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  8. Mauired

    Nice Reds rob a homer and then Martini hits one that hit the top of the wall.

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  9. Dennis Westrick

    Good 1st inning by Frankie! Looks to me like the Yankees are pressing during their at-bats! It’s Soto or Judge or bust!

    Need a lot more runs!

    Finally, some advice for the Reds relief pitchers! Please throw away the script or any other written mandate from Bell that you have to WALK the first batter you face today!

    Go Reds! Sweep the mighty Yankees!

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  10. RedlegScott

    Again, practically our only hits are homers. OK by me.

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    • VaRedsFan

      If you are only going to get a few hits a game….might as well be homers.

      Reply
  11. Dennis Westrick

    Now an India bomb! Looking a lot like last night’s game! 2 runs, 2 hits, both HRs!

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  12. Reddawgs2012

    Candy cooled off really quickly. I hope he’s not playing through an injury when he should be resting.

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    • VaRedsFan

      He certainly went from red hot to ice cold.
      Unfortunately, 75% Candy might be better than anyone that subs for him.
      Although Ty could do it on days he doesn’t catch.

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      • Reddawgs2012

        I was thinking more in terms of trying to survive this last stretch of games before the AS break without Candy against some lighter competition and then get him and Friedl back at 100% after the break to try to make a run.

  13. JohnnySofa

    I remember not long ago a lot of people suggesting the Reds toss India into the storage shed, while at the same time hyping up DFAs, almost-DFAs, and over-valued FAs.

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    • VaRedsFan

      India was batting .200 at the time.
      Even the RLN President of his fan club was ready to move on.

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      • Old-school

        I have not resigned my post though!

        Go Jon!

      • JohnnySofa

        Uh huh. Batting .200 after what, like 50 at bats. Using that rationale, the Reds should have moved on from Votto at the end of every April.

    • Reddawgs2012

      No one can reasonably say they saw this kind of run coming from India. It came out of nowhere.

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      • JohnnySofa

        Speak for yourself. No one? Out of nowhere? Anyone bother to notice JI has a higher career OPS than our highest paid player?

  14. Old-school

    That was a fun first 3 innings!

    Montas throwing 97 at the knees

    See if we can play add-on in the middle innings

    Reply
  15. VaRedsFan

    If Maile is playing, the least he could do is swing at strikes.

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  16. Mark Moore

    Finally back in DD#1’s apartment so I can watch the game on her TV. Heard the Martini blast and the heard about the India blast. Heard the take-down of Soto and Judge. All good stuff … well, Maile didn’t inspire confidence with that AB … 🙁

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  17. Tom Mitsoff

    It would be very nice to win today and get some real momentum heading into a 10-game homestand against Detroit (3), Colorado (4) and Miami (3). Gotta win each of those series headed into the All-Star break.

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  18. Randoxu1

    Just a thought about trades since our gm doesn’t seem to care too much. Winker is having a great year and had a pinch hit home run today. He is not even starting full time since the nats brought up their top prospect. Why can’t we trade some mid level prospect to get winker to put in this lineup to replace Benson. It wouldn’t cost much, he is a free agent at the end of the year, then find a rh bat for prospects and suddenly this lineup is pretty good, I know it won’t happen but it should.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      I wouldn’t give anything of value for Winker. He’s established himself as a journeyman DH type.

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      • VaRedsFan

        I would take him as the left handed bat over Martini, Fraley, or Benson.

        Small needle mover

      • Randoxu1

        It’s funny you say that he is a proven hitter who was hurt the last couple of years, he’s lost weight he actually has more stolen bases at 15, 14 hrs hitting 278 and gets on base a ton. That’s my whole point you don’t have to give up much to get him. Your entitled to your opinion.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Me too, but the Nats are going to want something of value. If they get through the next homestand by taking say 7 of 10 AND are alone by themselves in second place AND very close in the Wild Card race, I might consider it. But for whatever you give up you get a half-year of Winker.

      • Randoxu1

        @Tom, I agree with you but it is better than a half year with Benson, Fairchild and Dunn. We will see.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        @Randoxu1 — I absolutely agree that Winker is a better option than current lefthanded batting options available off the bench / DH. The key goes back to something I heard Jeff Brantley say in a past year around the trade deadline. If you’re in serious contention, you go for it. If you’re on the outer fringes, you’re probably giving away future value for less in current value. That was the mindset of my comment, maybe not expressed clearly enough.

  19. Mark Moore

    A little focus and some strikes perhaps, Frankie? Yeah, you got Soto and Judge again … but you can’t let these other guys beat you.

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  20. Dennis Westrick

    Weird 4th inning for Frankie! Gets Soto & Judge and then struggles to get the final out! Lots of pitches thrown but no damage in the form of runs!

    One more inning for Mr. Montas, 2 at best!

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  21. Mark Moore

    C’mon Candy … let’s chase Stroman this inning!!

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  22. Optimist

    Anyone else thinking defensive outfield substitutions?

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  23. Mark Moore

    “Takes time to come back from an injury” … or so I’ve heard. Not sure we have better options on the roster.

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  24. Mark Moore

    Thank you Spencer!!! That ought to shut this crowd up a bit.

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  25. Dennis Westrick

    Probably last inning for Stroman! Nearing 90 pitches!

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Was typing my post when Steer decide to do that!

      Reply
  26. Mauired

    Gleyber Torres should start screaming Stroman but he won’t because he’s a pro

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  27. Bet on Red

    happy fourth of july everyone, Reds providing early fireworks

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  28. VaRedsFan

    Oppo Steer is a good sign he might be at the start of a good run.

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  29. Mark Moore

    Different batter … same cookie … bad result … 😐

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  30. Dennis Westrick

    I think the Yankees have figured Frankie out!

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    • Mark Moore

      Anyone could have hit those identical cookies like that. The other nibbling just adds to the frustration.

      Nice play by Steer to save a disaster … AGAIN!!!

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  31. Dennis Westrick

    That’s it Bell! Gotta go get him! Cruz time!

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  32. Redlegs1869

    Marte has the “yips” right now. Aiming his throws.

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  33. Dennis Westrick

    5 innings, 2 solo HRs, 3 hits, 3 walks! Typical outing by FM! Does he have another inning in him?

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  34. Beaufort Red

    I think Marte is worse than Candalerio if that’s possible.

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    • Mark Moore

      I’d say he fields better and throws as badly or worse.

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  35. Mark Moore

    Swing at the first pitch … probably a good idea, Stewie. You’ve seen this guy how many times? SMHXH!!!

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Hate to say it but the Reds hitters have some of the dumbest at-bats!

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  36. Dennis Westrick

    The heck with the All-Star break HR Derby! Reds & Yankees have their own version today!

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  37. Mark Moore

    Maile hobbling … I guess TySteve plays today after all. And maybe Wynn comes back? Didn’t look good in the brief clip.

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    • Mark Moore

      Walking better when he came off. Still would rathe see TySteve come in.

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  38. dimondfvr

    Reds must have a Bar B Que after the game. They wasted no time in getting back to the dugout!

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  39. Kevin H

    So Martini a hr and walk and just because a left handed pitcher is in. You pitch hit. On top of that your winning 5-2.

    This is why in my opinion reds can’t win with Bell as manager.

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    • Mark Moore

      Because all they have left in the BP is LHP’s … or so I’m supposing. Got to throw water on the hot hand.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Martini is hitting .188 vs. lefties, while Fairchild is hitting .311 vs. lefties.

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  40. Roger Garrett

    Five pitch inning by a guy with close to a 5 era and never hit 90 mph.Reds can’t wait to get Frankie back on the mound I guess.Boone trotting out his B pen and we can’t even make him pitch a little after some great at bats against StromanGo figure.

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  41. Randoxu1

    @ Kevin, couldn’t agree more. He just can’t get out of his own way. I guess you need to use up your whole bench by the 6th inning. Absolutely incredible.

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  42. Ted Alfred

    Why is Marte having such a gigantic problem making very simple throws from 3rd to 1st??

    He’s literally wide to the home plate side or high or both on every single throw to 1st. His throwing would be poor for a decent high school 3rd baseman, let alone a MLB player. It looks to me like he’s releasing three quarters and not following to his target through so everything is high and wide. You can see he is almost scared to throw the ball.

    Whatever the reason, it’s ridiculous and it needs to get fixed or he needs to sit.

    Since he’s come back he’s played 3rd base as poorly as I’ve ever seen it played…just unbelievable how terrible his defense has been.

    I can’t believe Bell sent Montas out for the 6th…you could tell he was completely gassed…barely getting through the 5th.

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  43. Mauired

    Why did Bell even bring Montas out after two homeruns last inning. Not difficult to understand why Reds lose so many close games.

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  44. LarkinPhillips

    Bell has zero feel for the game. Montas was done and Moll was ready. He should’ve started the 6th.

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  45. Roger Garrett

    Frankie didn’t even get a chance to breath between innings so what can you expect.

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  46. dimondfvr

    Why didn’t Bell just replace him before the inning started! Makes no sense!

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  47. RedsGettingBetter

    Why Martinez didn’t start this 6th inning? Montas was at 92 pitches being crushed with 2 homers the inning before, he consistently fades in the 5th or 6th inning…

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  48. Kevin H

    And apparently Moll can’t pitch to open the 6th. Okay off my soap box. LOL

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    • Reddawgs2012

      Would be really nice to get an insurance run and try to let Martinez go 2 or 3 innings.

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  49. Mark Moore

    I like that play from Elly. Right where that throw needed to be for Luke to make the tag.

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  50. Mauired

    Wow Yankee tootblan eliminates Bell blunder. I’ll take it.

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  51. VaRedsFan

    Awesome Elly.
    Every run is important.
    Erased one there.

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  52. Beaufort Red

    Does Fairchild know how to actually throw the ball in instead of lobbing it every time.

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  53. RedsGettingBetter

    Martínez and Elly rescued Bell mismanagement

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  54. VaRedsFan

    Michael Kay and Paul O’Neil are a great broadcast team IMO.

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      • Tom Mitsoff

        I’m in the minority here, but I love Sadak. And Welsh has always been solid in the analyst role.

      • VaRedsFan

        I’m OK with Sadak, as long as it’s not with Larkin.
        Welsh is good
        Lecure is good

  55. Dennis Westrick

    It’s usually the Reds that get thrown out at home!

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  56. Roger Garrett

    Reds hitters in the 6th and Bell were just not in the game.You don’t make 3 outs on 5 pitches to send your starter back out before he even sets down after he gave all he had in the previous inning.Martinez picked all of them up.

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  57. Amarillo

    We have a great opportunity to sweep the Yankees and most of the comments are about the manager…

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Agreed! But Roger is correct in pointing out that the Reds hitters AND the current manager are apparently oblivious to the nuances of the game of baseball! It’s the “Game within the Game” that often leads to success!

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      • Roger Garrett

        Lot of it is because I am an old guy.No doubt back then the pitcher would have had some words with the hitters after 3 outs on 5 pitches and you can bet the team leaders and the manager would have.Its a team game and you win and lose as a team so you have to have each others back.You can’t step out of the box now so you have to take a pitch or two or three to give you pitcher a breather.

  58. Old-school

    Jon India grinds out another hit on a tough at bat

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  59. RedsGettingBetter

    Candelario chased two pitches outside of the zone

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  60. Roger Garrett

    Going the other way after a pull homer earlier.

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  61. WSReds

    It’s pretty wild how a few people here are beyond obsessed with David Bell

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  62. Mark Moore

    And Fraley get’s both of those runs back plus an extra!!!

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  63. VaRedsFan

    Huge hit by Rake.
    When is the last time he had and RBI?

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  64. Kevin H

    I take back what I said a week ago. Fraley you swing at that first pitch. LOL

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  65. RedlegScott

    And then there’s Marte… Hopefully, he’ll come around soon.

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      • Tom Mitsoff

        He was great late last year. I think the talent is there.

  66. Dennis Westrick

    With the big lead does that mean we’ll see Sims?

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  67. Kevin H

    He seems to be pulling off and can’t even hit the outside pitch. Hopefully and I am sure he is, taking extra bp..

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  68. Matt McWax

    The Reds have not been kind to poorly-placed pitches today, crushing them like a winning team should.

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  69. Mark Moore

    Cookies tend to fly, especially when thrown to guys like Soto. Now can he sit down Judge and limit the damage?

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    • Mark Moore

      And we get a strong, accurate throw from Marte 😀

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  70. Dennis Westrick

    Turns out those 3 runs knocked in by Fraley look huge now!

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  71. Don

    Wilson warming up in the pen. Bell gonna roll the dice with a four run lead.

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    • Roger Garrett

      Too late he should have come in with a 6 run lead to face the 3 lefty hitters in the 7th

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  72. Mauired

    Well Soto and Judge might not hit again this game. That’s good.

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  73. Roger Garrett

    Don’t get that inning at all with 3 straight lefties against Martinez?

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    • Kevin H

      With a big lead more in likely don’t want to burn up your bullpen. Gives manager some wiggle room.
      .

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  74. Mark Moore

    I’ll admit, I’m feeling a bit more optimistic about sweeping these D#@$ Yankees today

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  75. Don

    Chris Welsh: Wilson has been throwing the ball extremely well.

    Wilson’s ERA is 5.49, his WHIP is 1.53 and his June ERA was over 5.00. Right handed and left handed hitters are both hitting over .300 against him.

    And he just gave up a leadoff single and a near HR to the second batter he faced.

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  76. Kevin H

    In my opinion Moll and Farmer have had solid season to this point. Lean on them this game.

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  77. Don

    Pitcher’s best friend sure would be nice here.

    Can’t let this gradually escalate into a big inning.

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  78. Tom Mitsoff

    Pirates lost to Cardinals. Reds climb over Pittsburgh into third with a win.

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  79. MK

    Why is Wilson on the team. Please race him at deadline and bring up Yoing or Santillan

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  80. Mark Moore

    OK, got that done and still have a chance to avoid Soto and Judge in the 9th.

    Let’s add at least one to take it out of “slam range”.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Plus they hopefully can avoid using Cruz or Diaz.

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      • Mark Moore

        I’m thinking we get Sims to start the 9th and that means 3 batters minimum.

  81. Don

    Great job by Candelario to capitalize of Grisham’s laziness.

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  82. Mark Moore

    Candy’s knee will be yakking at him for that little move 😮

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  83. Roger Garrett

    Sims is due to have a clean inning.His stuff plays and has for a long time but his walks and homers allowed have done him in this year.Reds need him to step up and now would be a great time for him and the team to get it done

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  84. Mark Moore

    OK … 3 outs from whoever comes to toe the rubber. 3 quick outs to avoid Soto and possibly Judge. 3 measly outs to sweep the mighty D#!$ Yankees in their own house.

    Am I asking too much?

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  85. Old-school

    Yankees have issues

    Grisham ????

    Orioles gonna win that division

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      They also have next to nothing in their lineup for firepower after Soto and Judge. There’s not much there.

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    • Don

      Dude is hitting .165. If he can’t give a better effort than that, he surely has no business playing baseball at this level.

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      • Tom Mitsoff

        Yeah, that was about as poor as it gets from an effort standpoint.

      • Roger Garrett

        He is asking to be DFA and he may get it.

  86. Mark Moore

    And that’s a SWEEP!!!

    Nice job by Moll to finish them off.

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  87. RedsGettingBetter

    REDS Sweep! Very Nice and strong job by Moll in this 9th inning….

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  88. Dennis Westrick

    Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this 2024 Reds team could sweep the Yankees at Yankee Stadium!

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    • Moon

      As I keep posting, Reds play to the level of the competition. I would not be surprised now to see them struggle in the upcoming homestand against lesser teams.

      Reply
  89. Roger Garrett

    After the line out to start the inning Sam said no more of that and struck out the next two.Sam is the man.

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  90. Dennis Westrick

    Shades of 1976 I say! George Steinbrenner must be rolling over in his grave!

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    • TR

      I’d like to be able to tune in to WFAN sports radio now. And Judge goes 0-4 today.

      Reply
  91. Kevin H

    If reds add a couple solid hitters and starting pitching continues to do what it’s doing. They can make noise.

    Truly Spiers has opened eyes in regards to his starting ability. Important to have starting depth. Young and Satallin down in triple A. For bullpen depth

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  92. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds took a revenge of the sweep they received from Yankees last year at GABP

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  93. RedsMonk65

    High point of the season so far. Need to keep the train rolling now!

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  94. Doc

    Reds took 5 of 7 on the road from Cardinals and Yankees.
    Bell was the manager throughout.

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  95. Jim t

    Would love to go 7-3 on the home stand and get above 500.

    Love how this team battles. Wish we would have Friedl,McCain and CES available.

    Reply

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