Fresh off of a sweep of the New York Yankees and a 5-2 road trip, the Cincinnati Reds return to Great American Ball Park tonight. They will be welcoming in the Detroit Tigers for a 3-game series. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:10pm ET. The game is not on Bally Sports Ohio. You will need to tune into AppleTV+ to watch the game (which requires a subscription, though there is a 2 month free trial available – details here).

Starting Lineup

Detroit Tigers

Cincinnati Reds

Matt Vierling – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Colt Keith – 2B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Riley Greene – LF Jeimer Candelario – DH
Carson Kelly – C Spencer Steer – 1B
Wenceel Perez – RF Nick Martini – LF
Justyn-Henry Malloy – DH Tyler Stephenson – C
Gio Urshela – 1B Noelvi Marte – 3B
Parker Meadows – CF Will Benson – RF
Ryan Kreidler – SS Stuart Fairchild – CF
Reese Olson – RHP Carson Spiers – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Carson Spiers 37.1 3.13 1.15 7 29
Reese Olson 89.1 3.32 1.20 26 81
Links: Carson Spiers’ Stats | Reese Olson’s Stats

Carson Spiers

The 2024 season has gone well for Carson Spiers. He was called up in early April and allowed three earned runs in 4.0 innings in relief. He was sent back to Triple-A after that, but was called up in May and again in June and in the seven games he’s pitched he’s thrown 33.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA.

Spiers has dominated against right-handed hitters in the big leagues this season. Left-handed hitters have found a bit more success. They don’t walk much, and they don’t hit for much power against him, but they have hit .282 along the way.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 72 14 4 0 1 3 13 .206 .250 .309
LHH 83 22 8 0 0 4 14 .282 .325 .385

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.6 92.4 87.9 81.4 86.7
Usage 27% 18% 18% 22% 15%

Reese Olson

In back-to-back starts on June 7th and the 12th he allowed 22 hits and 13 runs in 9.1 innings. He’s made three starts since and allowed 13 hits and just four runs in 18.1 innings.

Olson has been good against righties and lefties this year, but especially against righties. They have hit just .228 against him, barely walked, haven’t made much contact, and have yet to homer against him in 16 games. Lefties have found more success against him. They walk nearly twice as often, and are hitting for a bit better average and have hit for a little bit more power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 178 38 12 0 0 9 37 .228 .264 .299
LHH 196 43 7 2 4 17 44 .250 .321 .384

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 94.4 94.5 79.4 85.2 86.7
Usage 24% 20% 6% 28% 22%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Apple TV+
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 81°, partly cloudy, 25% chance of rain

News and Notes

Roster moves aplenty

Cincinnati made five roster moves today prior to the start of the series:

  • Jake Fraley to the Family Medical Emergency List
  • Luke Maile to the 10-day injured list
  • Austin Wynns called up
  • Edwin Rios called up
  • Levi Jordan designated for assignment

We wrote about the moves earlier today when they were announced if you want a little bit more information on them.

Elly De La Cruz is good on the bases (duh)

Inside Edge tweeted out this morning that De La Cruz leads MLB with 61 positive baserunning plays this season. The next closest player was Brice Turang at 47. That led to me looking up his baserunning value at Fangraphs to see what it said, which led to me noticing that De La Cruz currently is trailing only Shohei Ohtani in the National League in WAR.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 52 36
St. Louis 45 41 6.0
Cincinnati 42 45 9.5
Pittsburgh 41 45 10.0
Chicago 40 48 12.0

 

187 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t know what to expect with this the first game of a 10-game homestand leading up to the All-Star break! It is certainly an opportunity for the Reds to start to get back to .500!

    Glad to see India still in the leadoff spot! Obviously need some productivity from the bottom of the order, especially Benson!

    Hoping for another good outing by Spiers! Let’s make Spier’s job easier by scoring early & often! Go Reds!

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    • Andrew Brewer

      Why Benson and not Fraley in right field ? … Fraley produces and is benched ?

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      • Roger Garrett

        On leave family emergency leave.

    • Oldtimer

      The Reds were at .500 on July 4, 1979 (45 years ago) but 10.5 games behind 1st place Astros. The Reds won the NL West by 1.5 games that year. Anything is possible.

      Reply
  2. Jason Franklin

    I didn’t realize EDLC was that far up in NL war. Ohtani is not a surprise. Bet the team is starting to kick themselves for not extending him last year.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      You assume Elly (and Boras) would even sniff at that. I still think they are playing the long game for a team on either coast. Elly still has to perform to cement that in place.

      Reply
    • Oldtimer

      EDLC will command a contract that makes the Joey Votto contract look like chump change.

      It is highly unlikely it will be with the Reds.

      Reply
  3. Mark Moore

    Here’s hoping we carry that NYC momentum into the weekend and Tame the Tiggers!!!

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  4. RedsGettingBetter

    We are living barely the Elly’s arising as a big league star and should enjoy it while he is a Red.

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  5. Mark Moore

    And I just realized we get robbed of our right to watch the game … thanks MLB for putting money over fans AGAIN!!!

    OK, I did do a 1-week trial with some “not-so-accurate” information. At least I can watch tonight.

    Reply
    • Tom noonan

      Ugh. I didn’t realize apple TV til now. I couldn’t wind my way through how to do a 1-week subscription. Bummer!

      Reply
    • Ted Alfred

      How hard was it to sign up for the one week Apple trial with not so accurate information…

      Reply
      • Mark Moore

        It wasn’t, Ted. It’s the stupid principle of the thing. At least Roku isn’t charging for games. I can’t wait to hear what the “C-squad” announcers sound like … |

    • jazzmanbbfan

      I know it’s a pain for most but this is one of the few times I get to watch them.

      Reply
    • DHud

      I can’t think of another single company that goes out of their way making it hard for consumers to use (in this case watch) their product than the MLB

      Reply
      • RedsMonk65

        Agree. Detestable and unacceptable.

  6. Mark Moore

    OK, unless I saw it wrong, the kid Bell took with him to the line-up exchange had on a “Mudcats” t-shirt. That’s the closest team to me. They were the Reds AA affiliate when we first moved here and I got to see Frazier, Cozart, Alonso, and a few others play in person.

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  7. Mark Moore

    Oh, CRAP!!! Is this whole thing going to be in 4K tonight?

    Reply
    • jazzmanbbfan

      What does that mean? Poor picture quality? TV that doesn’t handle 4K? I have a great picture on my TV.

      Reply
      • Mark Moore

        Annoyingly “sharp” on my laptop so far. It’s almost “too clear” for my taste.

    • Mark Moore

      Quite the visual “treat” … 🙁

      Perhaps when I plug into the TV the resolution will go back down a bit. The stutter/flashback effect is … annoying.

      I suppose it’s “gray pride” in my house: “I’m old; I’m tired; get off my lawn!!”

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      • jazzmanbbfan

        Lol. I don’t have a laptop to test that out on. Definitely good on my TV but I have several streaming platforms (AppleTV+, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Disney Plus) and all have a great picture.

  8. RedsGettingBetter

    Spiers have to avoid left pitches in the middle of the zone

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  9. Dennis Westrick

    So, we beat two 9-game winners and a 7-game winner in the sweep of the Yankees!

    Tonight, we face a Detroit starter with only 2 wins! Let’s see what kind of plate discipline the Reds hitters have!

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    • Doc

      The starter’s W-L record is discordant with his stat line, which seems quite good.

      Many seem to think that the Reds should blow through these next 10 games with 8-9 wins because the opponents all have losing records. Probably worth noting that the Reds also have a losing record and that the Tigers would only be a couple games behind the Reds. These are essentially two evenly matched teams with two essentially evenly matched starters.

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  10. Roger Garrett

    Not a good start with back to back strikeouts.Put it in play guys.Lets get up early and give the kid some room to work.

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  11. DHud

    Might as well just buckle in for the CB Buckner show now

    Hooray

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  12. Mark Moore

    OK, Jeopardy is over and I’m connected to the TV. Still relatively sharp, though not as ultra clear as on the laptop.

    And I see the Bizzarro Zone is already on full display.

    Now let’s Tame these Tiggers!!!

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  13. Mark Moore

    Stewie tracked that well and timed the leap perfectly.

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  14. Mark Moore

    And we’ve got live mics … which I figured would happen.

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  15. Mark Moore

    Everyone double parked tonight? Or is there some bash over in Newport-on-the-Levy they need to get to?

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  16. Roger Garrett

    WOW I will just go away for awhile after that 6 pitch inning.Spiers just got set down.Does anybody think maybe he might need a breather?Goodness.

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  17. Indy Red Man

    Overton gives up 2nd ball over the fence top of 3. Meadows under .100 too

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    • Mark Moore

      I believe I said something about how cookies get eaten.

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    • Mauired

      Same thing happened last year. He initially looked great. Then after a week or two he started getting knocked around. I think he could be a really good Martinez type of swingman though.

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  18. RedlegScott

    Doesn’t appear the kid has it going tonight. Teeing off on him. Can he recover and settle down?

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  19. Dennis Westrick

    Unfortunately, Spiers is not fooling any of the Tiger batters!

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  20. RedsGettingBetter

    Spiers is letting hard contact today at GABP, isn’t ideal

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  21. Dennis Westrick

    Looks like another 5-inning start by a Reds starter tonight! Spiers at 50+ pitches thru 3 innings!

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  22. RedsGettingBetter

    The tigers have been complicated to the Reds in recent years

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  23. Andrew Brewer

    Two solo bombs by the Tigers in the 3rd. We’ll see if the Reds can answer…

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    • Mauired

      I read he was supposed to start pitching again yesterday but have not heard any update. Hopefully he can comeback this year.

      Reply
      • Mauired

        *throwing. Probably several weeks away from pitching

  24. Dennis Westrick

    No-hitter alert for a Detroit pitcher who was 2-8 coming into this game at GABP!

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  25. RedsGettingBetter

    So Olson is very comfortable thru the Reds lineup so far tossing three perfect innings with just 30 pitches.

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  26. Indy Red Man

    We get mowed down and none of our fast guys ever get a bunt down to change momentum.

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  27. Andrew Brewer

    Not a good time for the bats to go cold… Not with Spiers getting hit hard.

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  28. Indy Red Man

    Tigers have lost 13 of 16 starts w Olsen even though he’s been solid

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    • jazzmanbbfan

      It was in and out of Harrison in 10 minutes and the sun is out now. Hopefully the same at GABP.

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      • Mauired

        Great. Sounds like a refreshing shower and a beautiful evening of baseball.

  29. RedsGettingBetter

    It’s interesting whom benefits a rain delay if it takes long time… The Reds have a relative tired bullpen counting on Suter as long reliever but the Tigers should replace Olson that appears to be unhittable by the Reds so far…

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  30. Dennis Westrick

    3 innings in the books! 3 strikeouts by Reds hitters! Yep, the offense is right on schedule!

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    • Harry Stoner

      To those anticipating improved plate discipline after the series in NY the Reds are making a quick reminder that “This is who we are!”

      I’m not holding out for the required 8-2 homestand.

      5 – 5 will be a victory.

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  31. Roger Garrett

    Just checked back in and 3 first pitch outs out of 9 hitters won’t get it done.If we swing early and often better do some damage otherwise it will be a long night.Don’t even know if we have hit a ball hard yet but the dude has thrown only 30 pitches in 3 innings.Need to get back on track this inning.

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  32. Andrew Brewer

    Elly gets a walk, but the dbl play ends the ending before he can steal 2nd. Nothing going our way today…

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  33. Roger Garrett

    Elly walks and Candy just hacks at the first one then grounds into a double play.These guys just can’t stand any success at all.Got to believe they don’t even get it sometimes whats happening in the game.Elly walks and should be on second.

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  34. Mark Moore

    Well … that free trial was certainly worth what I paid for it.

    That’s a Clete for me. Catch you all tomorrow.

    Reply
  35. Roger Garrett

    Now its over and thats all she wrote for game one of this series against a team that had lost 13 out of 18.

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  36. RedsGettingBetter

    Spiers in his worst outing this year… Left a lot of meat pitches

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  37. Harry Stoner

    I’ll take the no-hitter, shutout and all, for chance to hear Bell say once again:

    “This won’t change who we are!”

    Muzak to my ears.

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  38. Mauired

    These announcers have talked about the sparky connection a couple times but missing a layup. Reds vs Tigers 1940 World Series. Reds won 3-2 in game 7 for their 1st clean Title.

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    • Mauired

      Another one was more unfortunate one was letting 22 year superstar Sam Crawford go to Tigers for a bigger contract. Almost as bad as trading Christy Matthewson to Giants. They might have been able to win a World Series or two with those two on the team.

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  39. Andrew Brewer

    If the Reds now think they can walk on water … they are eating some humble pie today.

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    • Mauired

      They still have 5 innings to get back in it. Let’s start with a run or two in the 5th

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  40. Dennis Westrick

    This is embarrassing after how well the Reds played in NY!

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  41. dimondfvr

    Manager Bell should really think about getting Speiers out of there. NOW!!!

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  42. Roger Garrett

    Reds hitters not ready.Can’t expect the Reds pitchers to hold the other team down every game.Grip and rip trying to hit 9 run homers is not who this team is and you could almost expect it after hitting 7 in 3 games.

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  43. Roger Garrett

    Looks like Bell is waving the white flag by leaving in Spiers.So I am out for the night.

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    • Harry Stoner

      No….he’s throwing in Buck “The Towel” Farmer.

      But the same message delivered.

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      • Mauired

        I’ve been a Farmer hater but have to admit he’s had a pretty solid season.

      • Harry Stoner

        Agreed.

        Overall, Farmer has pitched fairly well for the Reds, perhaps taking a bit of heat for Bell’s bizarre Ouija Board approach to his bullpen over the last few years.

        But he does tend to get used often enough after the horse is out of the barn.

        But maybe that’s a sign that there are others who are even more dependable.

      • Mauired

        Oh he’s definitely not a closer candidate despite the good era

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Bell just sits and watches as any chance to win this game slips away! It makes no difference if Spiers pitches 5 innings or 4-2/3 innings! Any more runs and we’re done!

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  45. Mauired

    Well with Lodolo due back Tuesday guess we now have a clear answer who goes to minors.

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  46. Dennis Westrick

    And then Bell brings in Farmer? Earth to Bell!!! You need a strikeout! Maybe Cruz?

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  47. Dennis Westrick

    OK, I’ll have some Louisiana hot sauce with that crow! Good job by Farmer!

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  48. Mark A Verticchio

    Major let down they could not afford. lot of pressure on Greene tomorrow.

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  49. Mauired

    Love those upperdeckers. Steer seems to hit a lot of those in Cincinnati.

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  50. Mark Moore

    Is Buckner incompetent, arrogant, or just so ignorant he falls for that wild frame job???

    Now would be the time for Bell to raise cain on him.

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    • Mauired

      Has been really bad for decades now. Probably made a lot money too.

      Reply
  51. Andrew Brewer

    Steer! that’s the way to end a no-hitter ! But that’s all we got…

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    • Mauired

      One down three to go. Still four innings to get back in it.

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  52. Dennis Westrick

    Gotta hold the fort! Then chip away at the 3-run lead!

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  53. Harry Stoner

    The Reds traded their best pitcher (in a long time) for Marte, so I’m sticking with him.

    Wondering if leaving him in AAA for another month wouldn’t have been a bad idea.

    He looked much more comfortable and careful at the plate last summer.

    I’m concerned that he’s pressing, trying to make up for lost time and building in some bad habits.

    I can’t imagine he’s getting much in the way of guidance from “Be Who You Are! Bell”.

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  54. dimondfvr

    Looks like a complete game is a real possibility. The Reds are just pathetic!!!

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  55. Dennis Westrick

    Need to come back and win this game! Pie-Rats are winning big, and the Stupid Cubs have already won!

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  56. Don

    Elly bailed out big time on an awful call.

    Two on…Candelario represents the tying run.

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  57. Mauired

    That was a bullet by Steer. Just an out in the boxscore unfortunately.

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    • Mauired

      He’s been decent. 3.83 era close to his solid 3.52 career era

      He got beat by a good young hitter

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      • JB

        Seems to give up a lot of long balls. How many is it?

      • Mauired

        7. Which is a lot. But then again he is pitching at great American so those numbers can be inflated

    • Tom noonan

      Suter has not looked good lately. Guess Wilson and Moll both pitched against NY and we don’t want use them in a losing effort. I’d rather have another good RH reliever than Suter right now.

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    • Harry Stoner

      The guy is a Turk. 23 y.o. The Reds could use a couple of Riley Greenes.

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  58. Ron

    Reds offense shines when they’re in the limelight. Playing the Dodgers and Yankees puts them in the limelight. They seem more focused against the big dogs and not so much against teams they should beat. Coming off of a sweep of the Yankees you would think they’d be pumped up and ready to kick butt. Every time they approach the .500 mark they seem to lose their focus. Until they overcome their inability to play consistently, they will struggle to see the postseason. This is on the players and the manager.

    The 5 thru 9 hitters are 0 for 10 with 6 strikeouts. Pitiful.

    Hoping and praying for the best possible outcome for Jake and his family.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      8 strikeouts thru 6 innings! Pitiful performance by any ML team, let alone the Reds!

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  59. Don

    Tigers hitters taking advantage of Reds pitchers who are leaving offspeed stuff over the inner part of the plate.

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  60. Andrew Brewer

    The best part of the bottom of the 6th was getting Olsen out of the ballgame. And, yes, we were close to tying the game.
    The Tigers got one in the 7th… it’s 5-2

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  61. Rcsodak

    Hate to be right, but I was. You don’t play the name on the jersey. Yanks were on a small tailspin when we played them. Yet many were calling for ” a winning streak with the teams coming up”. Well, that’s prolly how the yanks felt going in to the series.

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    • Harry Stoner

      We’re seeing a more accurate picture of the team tonight. A lot of hacking going on.

      This isn’t going away by itself.

      Bell Ball will comfortably lead any Reds team to a .500 + / – record.

      But not much more than that.

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  62. Mauired

    Man. India, Steer, and Stephenson all have barreled the ball and hit hard line drives straight at the defense tonight.

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  63. JB

    Well this is basically over. Benson coming up next inning so there is an out. So Reds are down to 5 outs and I don’t have a lot of faith in Stuey at the plate against a righty. First game of the series they finally lost.

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  64. Dennis Westrick

    Twice tonight Detroit batters have reached base on ground balls to shortstop! What’s up with that? Not watching the game but just checking the play-by-play on ESPN’s website!

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    • Mauired

      The ball to shortstop was actually left field and Elly made a strong accurate throw to 1st anyway but the runner beat it out.

      You can pirate the game on sportsurge

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      • Daytonnati

        Twice, basically same play. A normal human does not reach the ball.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks! An old guy here (71) that hasn’t explored all the viewing options since rabbit ears on top of the cabinet TV!

  65. RedlegScott

    Hitters 5-9 were 0-15 with 8 K’s. Yikes! Doesn’t get any uglier than that.

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  66. Don

    Tigers have outhit the Reds 11-3. They have more homeruns than the Reds have hits. It’s a miracle the Reds are just down three.

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  67. Votto4life

    Incredible how schizophrenic the offense is this season. Put up a bunch of runs one night and thenext night get only 3 hits.

    This is why I think it would be a mistake for the Reds to be buyers this summer. Draft Charlie Condon, get healthy over winter and get back at it in 2025. By 2026, this team should be ready to win the NL Central. By 2027 a deep play-off run. It’s just not happening this year.

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    • Mauired

      I’m going to take the optimistic route (today). Pitching has been great. Offense is much healthier and better than May. Friedl and Mclain could be coming too. National League is terrible like last year when Dbacks went to the World Series. And Reds are a few games out of the playoffs. Pick up Vladimir Guerrero and get Votto has a throw in too and let’s see what happens.

      Reply
  68. RedsMonk65

    So odd, yet familiar. Stellar against the Yankees, yet lackluster against the Tigers. Need to break the tendency of playing to the level of the competition and dominate this homestand to have any realistic chance!

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  69. Don

    Elly with one heck of an infield single…reminds me of his single against Houston last year.

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  70. Mauired

    Ball hasn’t even gotten out of the infield but Elly scores a run somehow. Magic

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  71. Dennis Westrick

    ANOTHER Reds runner thrown out at home! Is it time to give the Reds 3rd base coach an IQ test?

    Reply
    • Harry Stoner

      Bell was busy formulating his post game excuses for sending Dunn on a routine grounder.

      Reply
    • Justin

      No kidding. Hang our hopes on a guy with an OPS of .510. Why?

      Reply
      • Mauired

        Bell manages to sink lower everyday. Journey to the center of the Earth watching this guy.

  72. Don

    When you are down to relying on Santiago Espinal to win a game, you are in deep trouble.

    Reply
    • Mauired

      Especially when you have a left handed power hitter on the bench. Maybe they forgot to tell Bell?

      Reply
      • Harry Stoner

        Cue the tape: “I’ve got total faith in Espinal in this situation. He’s been doing it for us all season and he’ll keep doing it!”

  73. Dennis Westrick

    Same old Reds! Play to the level of their competition and make a crucial baserunning mistake that makes no sense!

    Every other team in the NL Central Division has won tonight except for the Brewers who play at LA later tonight!

    2 Steps forward, followed by 2 steps back!

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  74. Mark A Verticchio

    Stephenson failed miserably in a huge spot, very important game and he didn’t get the job done period.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      100% correct! All we needed from Ty Steve was a routine fly ball out!

      Reply
    • Don

      He’s a ground ball machine at times. All it would have taken would have been to have lifted something. Dunn is fast enough to score on a medium fly.

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    • Mauired

      Flyball ties the game and likely leads to win with all the momentum they had

      Reply
  75. Gpod

    When was the last time Stevenson pulled a ball with authority to left field….even just a fly ball….that’s when I knew we were in trouble cause he just never can seem to generate power to his pull side

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    • Mauired

      Well at least Stephenson attempted to do his job. Bell just sent Espinal up to the plate to end the game with Rios sitting there.

      Reply
  76. Oldtimer

    For crying out loud. The Reds aren’t gonna win every game. Sheesh. What maroons.

    Reply
    • Harry Stoner

      Back in 1952, the Reds came back from a 3 run deficit in the 9th on a timely sacrifice fly and then won in extra innings.

      Reply
  77. Jeremiah

    You wish Stephanson could have gone the other way there, it seems he hits a lot of grounders to ss and third in general.

    I just followed at the very end on gameday. Should Dunn have tried for home there? Was it like a run on contact type of player?

    Nice comeback effort by the Reds though. Martini seems to have a little late game magic.

    I would have thought you’d pinch hit Rios for Espinal there. I saw where Espinal a .188 hitter pinch hit for Benson a .188 hitter in the 8th yikes!

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  78. Daytonnati

    Yeah, he went on contact and the infield was playing in. Sharply hit. Had he stayed Marte’s single ties the game. “If and buts and candy and nuts” as Dandy Don would say …

    Reply
  79. Mauired

    They were running on contact but should not with 1 out. That runner was gold turned into poo

    Reply

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