Cincinnati has won the first two games against the Rockies, guaranteeing them at least a split of the series. Tonight the Reds will look to pick up win number three and pick up a series win over Colorado. The first pitch for the contest is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Colorado Rockies

Cincinnati Reds

Ezequiel Tovar – SS Jonathan India – DH
Brendan Rodgers – 2B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Ryan McMahon – 3B Jeimer Candelario – 1B
Elias Diaz – C Spencer Steer – LF
Brenton Doyle – DH Tyler Stephenson – C
Jake Cave – RF Austin Slater – CF
Michael Toglia – 1B Noelvi Marte – 3B
Nolan Jones – LF Rece Hinds – RF
Sam Hilliard – CF Santiago Espinal – 2B
Kyle Freeland – LHP Frankie Montas – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Frankie Montas 77.1 4.19 1.32 33 62
Kyle Freeland
Links: Frankie Montas’s Stats | Kyle Freeland’s Stats

Frankie Montas

Frankie Montas has performed much better this season against right-handed hitters. They aren’t hitting for average, drawing walks, or hitting for any power. Left-handed hitters are doing much better. They’re hitting for a solid average, walking plenty, making tons of contact, and they are hitting for a good amount of power. Teams have also stacked their lineup with lefties against him throughout the season.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 142 26 8 0 2 11 32 .200 .268 .308
LHH 191 43 11 0 8 22 30 .262 .361 .476

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 95.4 94.5 90.2 85.2 85.9
Usage 35% 16% 17% 11% 21%

Kyle Freeland

After making four disastrous starts to begin the season – his ERA was 13.21 – the Rockies place Freeland on the injured list. He didn’t return until June 23rd, but since then he’s been good in his three starts – posting a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 innings against the Nationals, White Sox, and Royals.

Lefties and righties are both hitting well against Freeland. That’s been the case for his career, too, as the differences haven’t been large in his splits. That said, in the limited sample size this season, right-handed hitters have shown a big advantage in their power output. Things have been quite similar when it comes to the other stuff. Historically righties have had a 68 point advantage in OPS against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 143 41 5 2 4 11 51 .318 .373 .481
LHH 20 6 1 0 0 1 6 .316 .350 .368

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.2 91.7 83.8 87.0 87.3
Usage 27% 26% 18% 19% 10%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 80°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jake Fraley is back

The outfielder was activated today and is available off of the bench. Blake Dunn was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Fraley on the roster.

Injury Updates

Prior to the game today we heard from David Bell and he provided updates on Brandon Williamson, Ian Gibaut, TJ Friedl, Matt McLain, and Nick Martini. From that group only Friedl is close to returning, but if you want more details on all of them we’ve got you covered right here.

Graham Ashcraft is back, but not

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 53 39
St. Louis 48 43 4.5
Pittsburgh 44 47 8.5
Cincinnati 44 48 9.0
Chicago 43 49 10.0

236 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Can we try something new tonight? Let’s try to talk about the game without mentioning the manager or how much you hate his guts. I can promise you that it won’t hurt you. (hey, it worked last night)

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    • Mark Moore

      Crash Davis said, “respect the streak” … 😛

      I’m in again tonight, Doug. And I think you know most of us don’t actually hate him (especially since we don’t know him). But I get your point.

      Good to see India back at the top of the order. Hoping Hinds performs well and keeps the magic alive for the 3rd game in a row. Need some focus from Frankie tonight like we saw early in the season. Cowboy says to watch his arm angle.

      Almost time to Kick This Pig!!!

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    • Doc

      Thank you again, Doug. It was a much more pleasant read last night.

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    • Melvin

      Two nights in a row? Boy you’re pushing it now. 😉 haha Let’s at least say no David Bell negative talk at least until we lose. As you said it worked well last night. 🙂

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    • Doug Gray

      Starting to think this isn’t working.

      Quick, everyone switch seats!

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  2. Red Lasso

    According to ESPN Analytics…
    Reds odds of winning tonight 74%

    So let’s win and keep fighting to get back to playing .500 ball.

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  3. Red Lasso

    Today, a few games over.500 gets you in the hunt for a playoff.
    And then some of us old farts remember when the Reds had the best record in baseball (66-42) in the strike shortened season of 1981, yet were left out of the playoffs!

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    • Oldtimer

      I remember when the Reds were 99-73 (in 1973) but were beaten in NLCS by NYM who were 82-79. NYM went on to lose WS to OAK.

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      • Votto4life

        Yeah, that Met’s line up wasn’t very good at all. Great pitching though.

      • Red Lasso

        Yes I remember it well unfortunately.
        Losing to the Mets and Tom Seaver.
        Reds could’ve-should’ve won a couple more World Series in the 70’s!

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Freeland pitching good since his last 3 outings having a 1.37 ERA is a bad news to the Reds offense… Let’s see…
    We need Montas showing his best stuff today to win a series…

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    • Mark Moore

      So you’re saying Freeland is do for a down day … I’ll take that.

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  5. Mark Moore

    I asked elsewhere, but I’ll do it again here on the game thread …

    What’s the scoop on Slater in CF? I know we’re running very thin there. I’m fine with Benson sitting even after a good night given the LHP starting tonight.

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    • Melvin

      Just know he’s has played there before. Replacing Benson is much better than replacing Hinds.

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  6. Kevin H

    Interesting news on Ashcraft, hopefully it’s just a strain. Now will he be with the big league club while on IL?

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    • Mark Moore

      That’s what I read. He’s still earning MLB salary.

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  7. Melvin

    On a positive note I think our manager did a pretty good job with the lineup tonight. To be nitpicky I’d rather have India at 1B and Candy at DH but at least Espinal is in the field on defense and not at the DH. AND by golly Hinds is in there three games in a row while he’s hot so good job. 🙂

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep … Bell did an admirable job with the situation and roster.

      I’ll disagree on flopping India and Candy. I’m thinking India’s knee is still tender. Plus I don’t believe we’ve seen him there during the regular season. Not the time to “learn” the position IMO.

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  8. Dennis Westrick

    Need the “good” Frankie to show up tonight! Two in a row is a mini winning streak! Let’s make it three in a row!

    As always, let’s score early and let Frankie cruise!

    Go Reds!

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    • Mark Moore

      Look back at the streak vs. these Rockies … pretty solid.

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  9. Mark Moore

    Nice first inning from Frankie … I especially loved the first pitch = first out

    Espinal made a great play as well

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  10. RedsGettingBetter

    Montas topped the 4SFB at 99.1 MPH in the first inning…

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  11. Mark Moore

    Candy bleeds one through … that rifle shot from Elly getting caught is a piece of luck for the Rocks. Elly would have scored from wherever he ended up (2nd or 3rd).

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  12. VaRedsFan

    2 missels by Elly and India….caught for outs though.
    Candy finds a hole.

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  13. dimondfvr

    Nice to see we got Doyle! He’s been killing the ball!!

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  14. Mark Moore

    Broke back first … probably should have had that. Tough read in the sun.

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep … we’ll give him that one, especially since it didn’t cost us anything but a couple of pitches.

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  15. Mark Moore

    Need to string together a few hits and chase Freedland tonight. Frankie needs support, boyz.

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  16. RedsGettingBetter

    Freeland pitched a SL,CH, CH, KC to struckout Hinds…3 pitches out of the zone including the strike three

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  17. Kevin H

    Freeland seems to be healthy after his IL stint. Looks sharp, however Reds have hit some line drives. For not

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  18. Mark Moore

    Little lapse in concentration. Need some Bike Helmets to remedy that.

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  19. Mark Moore

    Wait … WHAT????

    Get behind … throw a cookie. Remedy is to NOT get behind that way. 3X when you are pitching to sub .200 guys.

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  20. dimondfvr

    Oh boy! A bomb and another poorly judged ball to the outfield!

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  21. Ted Alfred

    Slater is EXTREMELY underwhelming. What a stinker of a trade that will likely turn out to be

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  22. Mark Moore

    OK, Slater … we’re not the most patient bunch here in RLN. I get you are just joining, but that’s not what we need to see.

    Cowboy noting Frankie getting behind in the count this inning and that’s adding to the mess we’re watching.

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    • Kevin H

      Slater over thinking. Hopefully he just relaxes and plays ball.

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  23. Don

    Call me crazy, but I somehow don’t think Montas is going to come anywhere close to his prediction of winning 20 games this season.

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  24. Mark Moore

    If we Houdini our way out of this having given up only 2 runs …

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  25. Dennis Westrick

    Always, always, a walk before the HR! And, welcome to the Reds Mr. Slater! With that outfield play you’ll fit right in with the Reds!

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  26. VaRedsFan

    So the Rockie runners don’t just blindly break for home on any batted ball?
    The actually judge whether it’s worth running or not?
    Cool concept.

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  27. dimondfvr

    The Rockies are not gonna roll over and hand us a win, We gotta get to Freeland and send him to the showers.

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  28. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, this game is in a hole but it’s early yet…

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  29. RedAlert

    Montas ain’t it – overplayed dearly for this kinda pitching out of him- pathetic route and effort by Slater also

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    • Don

      If the Reds are sellers come the deadline, he needs to go.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      But Krall is such an expert in evaluating talent! And, overpaying for same!

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  30. Mark A Verticchio

    Slater not having much of a first game in a Red’s uniform.

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  31. Mark Moore

    Alright, alright, ALRIGHT!!!

    That’s the way to get things going.

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  32. VaRedsFan

    India scalded both balls tonight so far.
    That one leaves the surly bonds.

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    • Mark Moore

      And we see that wild whiff again, partly because the Chumpire is clueless. SMHXH!!!

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    • Gpod

      he keeps going to the knuckle curve every time he gets 2 strikes on a batter, and the Reds keep swinging at it

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      • Kevin H

        Hard pitch to lay off. Looks like a strike and then drops.

  33. RedsGettingBetter

    The Knuckle curve is doing a lot of damage so far

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  34. Old-school

    Let’s once again appreciate Jon INdia.

    Really good leadoff hitter, elite obp, and great value at $3 mil this year and $5 mil next year. Add him to Elly and Steer and Candy as proven core guys for more than a few months in the lineup. Stephenson is probably in that Group as well.

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    • Mark Moore

      Makes me wonder what other GM’s are offering when they ring up Krall and ask about his availability. Not saying I want him traded, but if the return is solid, it might not be a bad thing in a year that is essentially “lost”.

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      • Old-school

        Don’t think so because at $5 mil next year and controlled for 2 more years he is too valuable to trade. Do you really want a Yankees AA 20 yo with high upside? I want to win now and you need good hitters. India can hit.

  35. Dennis Westrick

    OK! Got one run back! Hopefully Montas won’t implode and can last two more innings without giving up any more runs!

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  36. Mark Moore

    OK, got out of that one. Time to hit some more and chase Freedland. Somebody haul Jobu out from under the Moondeck and sober him up.

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  37. Dennis Westrick

    Here’s a scary thought! If we lose this game and the Stupid Cubs hang on to beat the Orioles, the Reds will be back in last place in the NL Central Division! Time to get busy and score some runs!

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    • Old-school

      What you are basically saying Dennis is the Reds season is day to day and on life support as it has been since they were 10 Under .500 in may.

      Reply
  38. Don

    Sadek calls Candelario Cand-el-air-e-o and he calls Sam Moll Sam Mall. Not sure that either of those are correct.

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    • Mark Moore

      Check his pronunciation on our second baseman for tonight.

      He’s always been one to “over-pronounce” names. It’s one of the reasons I can’t really warm to him. That and his insistence on emptying his personal “bag of words” every night.

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      • Don

        I think he’s really sharp, but I am just not into his style. I also think he goes over the top with providing statistical data several times an inning.

      • Mark Moore

        That’s another part of it for me, Don. He seems uncomfortable with silence. And Larkin provides a LOT of silence.

        It switch to the WLW audio overlay the vast majority of the time.

      • Don

        Mark, how are you watching? I subscribe to the MLB TV feed (I live in NC). I’d love to listen to the WLW broadcast and watch the Bally Sports feed, I just don’t know if that is doable.

  39. Mark Moore

    You have to think GM’s are calling the Rock’s about Freedland’s availability with how he’s preforming since coming back from his IL stint.

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  40. RedsGettingBetter

    Freeland throws the knuckle curve out of the zone consistently on 2 strikes. The Reds batters consistently swing to get punch out

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  41. Don

    I’d like to take some solace with taking three out of four against the Rockies, but after being embarrassed by the Tigers, I just can’t. Reds really needed to sweep this one.

    Montas gives up another dinger.

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  42. Mark Moore

    These balls are just jumping out. Hot + Humid + Cookies/Cement Mixers = BIG TROUBLE

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  43. RedAlert

    Montas just ain’t that good period – weak effort

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  44. DHud

    I’ve seen enough of Montas

    Problem is no one else is gonna want him

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    • Don

      If the Reds could get a bag of sunflower seeds and a Mr. Redlegs mustache kit, I’d say take it. Teams just won’t be giving up much for him. This was a year when he could have really shined. He did not. At 31, he’s trending downward.

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  45. Dennis Westrick

    Should we start calling Montas “Four-Run Freddie”?

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      • Dennis Westrick

        CORRECTION! Make that “Five-Run” Freddie! Hopefully the sixth inning was his last!

  46. Jason Franklin

    So, off-subject, but does anyone else find it sadly funny that Ashcraft is going to the IL? After being optioned down to AAA, it was then voided. Krall is like “Well, we thought he was a itty bitty hurt but not a big deal at the time of his game..” What is going on in that FO?

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    • Kevin H

      Not at all. Injuries happen and who knows what went on behind close doors that us as fans don’t know.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Not sure what to make of it.
      I’m sure Ashcraft likes getting the MLB check instead of MiLB.

      Reply
  47. dimondfvr

    I think that was a makeup call by the ump! We’ll take it!

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  48. Kevin H

    Well a missed strike 3 call again causes pitch count to up. Then he calls a high strike.

    LOL

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  49. RedlegScott

    Our guy Hinds facing a more challenging pitcher tonight.

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  50. Kevin H

    You know rockies have some pieces. Dolce, Mcmahon, Rogers Diaz.

    While I haven’t looked at their stats, the pitching I assume hasn’t been good.

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  51. Gpod

    Reds: 1 run 8 strikeouts….welcome back reds…missed you the last couple of games

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    • Kevin H

      Freeland is dealing tonight so far. Sometimes you tip your cap and keep battling.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Soft tossing lefty. They’ve given them trouble for quite a while

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  52. RedsGettingBetter

    Freeland is pounding the zone and mixing very good to get the hitters off balance. The knucke curve is unhittable tonight. I had high hopes on sweeping this series but this game is one of the frustraring version apparently…

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  53. Mark Moore

    This is developing into a Stink. Fish. Pot!!

    May have a Clete loading. Still time if we hold them down and actually string together some hits.

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  54. Mark A Verticchio

    After this sad performance they must win tomorrow, 3 out of 4 a must in this series. It’s beginning to look like this may not be a winning home stand. A loss tonight means they must finish 4 and 0 to go 6 and 4 on the home stand, so disappointing after the Yankees series.

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  55. Mark Moore

    Yeah … that’s a Clete for me. Boyz are flat and Frankie is way off tonight.

    Maybe tomorrow will bring some sunshine to our realm.

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    • Ksdavis

      Twice within the last week EDLC got on and Candy swung at the very first pitch and GIDP. For all of you that have played baseball at some level wouldn’t the best thing be to allow the best base stealer in baseball an attempt to steal a base? Who should we blame for not allowing this to happen?

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  56. RedlegScott

    No need for the Rockies to consider bunting tonight.

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  57. Melvin

    Had to be away from the game. So our outfield play and our hitting haven’t been great this game eh?

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  58. RedAlert

    What the Reds do best ….Making this bum look like Cy Young .

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  59. Don

    Huge game so far for Marte. He got a hit and has made it through six full without committing an error.

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  60. Melvin

    I missed the error on Slater but saw him lose the ball in the sun. Not a great start?

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  61. Melvin

    I would say that’s a very tough play for a guy who’s 6’5″ or more.

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  62. LDS

    So just checked in and see the Reds are down 1-5. I have a question for he who can’t be mentioned: why on earth are you leaving Montas in the game? As for Krall, this is what wasting $15+ million looks like. Fix your screwup.

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      • LDS

        Irrelevant – the goal is to win. Bad bullpen management isn’t a viable excuse.

  63. Melvin

    Okay we’ve got three more ABs to come back. Come on guys.

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  64. Old-school

    Elly much better in july than april against the phillies on the 6-4-3 turn

    Elly is my SS

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  65. Melvin

    Ooooh. Not a good decision there Stephenson. I have a feeling that one is on the 3B coach.

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  66. RedAlert

    Why Stephenson , just why ???!!!
    Boneheaded baserunning – another Bell staple

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  67. VaRedsFan

    My goodness Ty…what were you thinking?
    Noted just this sort of thing in the “Reds Half Season Grade” article

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    • Ted Alfred

      3rd base coach was waving him on. I think the Reds third base coach is probably the worst third base coach in Major League Baseball as far as getting guys thrown out consistently due to really poor decisions based on the game situations. Look at where this inning would be without that moronically stupid decision. Would be 5-3…runners on 1st and 2nd nobody out. Instead they’ll likely go to the 8th down 5-2.

      It is flat out unbelievable that they keep doing this.

      No consequences.

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    • MK

      My Goodness? Do you think you’re broadcasting with Barry Larkin. I think he should be fined if he uses more than two “My Goodness”es per game.

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  68. Ted Alfred

    I’m starting to wonder if the Reds have maybe the worst base running team ever in the history of Major League baseball. You’re down 5-1 in the 7th inning and you’ve got your slowest guy in the team getting thrown out trying to get a triple a 3rd base by 10 ft. with nobody out. How van the 3td base coach here still have his job.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…down 5-1 no outs in the 7th inning…incredible but true. And I’m sure after the game we’ll hear about how aggressive we are as a team and we live and die by our aggressiveness….yada yada yada.

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  69. VaRedsFan

    Definitely on House.
    Ty picked him up and House waived him to 3rd.

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  70. Melvin

    Looking at the replay Stephenson did what he was supposed to do. He looked at the 3B coach and followed instructions.

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  71. Don

    The Stephenson mistake looms a bit larger now after the Marte double. It should be 5-2 now.

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  72. Indy Red Man

    Lolllll. Your catcher tries for a leadoff triple when you’re down 4 in the 7th. Who could make this up? 8th grade teams have a higher baseball IQ and I’m being 100% serious

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      • Harry Stoner

        “The one who shan’t be named” will no doubt find a way to excuse this.

      • Rob

        I don’t get it. Why on earth would you take a chance in that situation.? You are down by 4 with no outs. Would somebody ask Bell why House did that. Any rules of good baseball say you don’t take a risk there. At least 1 run and possibly 2.

    • Ted Alfred

      That’s okay…. probably just pat the third base coach on the back after the game and give him some milk and cookies because he was “trying to be aggressive”

      Never changes…he should be fired after the game tonight. Like someone else said…it’s exactly like watching little league.

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  73. VaRedsFan

    About time you get a single Rece.
    cuts into the lead.

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  74. Dennis Westrick

    Do we not have anybody to pinch-hit for Espinal?

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  75. Indy Red Man

    If the Reds base coaches worked as traffic guards at a elementary school then 14 kids would get killed the first week

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  76. Harry Stoner

    Just a reminder from some of RLN’s self-defined experts:
    “Hinds hasn’t earned the right to be playing.”

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Absolutely! If Hinds batting average falls below .500, he should immediately be sent back down to AAA! Hint: that’s sarcasm!

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    • Don

      Gonna be a real shame if the Reds lose this one by a run.

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      • TR

        One of many one-run lost games this season. A good sign of a not very good team that continually fails to get beyond .500 and stay there. Coming close in late innings is still another loss in the standings.

  77. RedsGettingBetter

    India hit that ball at 99.9 MPH for a ground to force-out

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  78. Dennis Westrick

    Surely “you-know-who” won’t send Montas out for the 8th inning? And don’t call me Shirley!

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    • Don

      Suter delivers by giving up back to back hits to start the inning.

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  79. Dennis Westrick

    Suter is rapidly moving up my list of least trustworthy relief pitchers!

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  80. Melvin

    Two hits for Diaz. I still like to have him for our backup catcher. It shouldn’t cost too much. He’s a .300 hitter.

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    • Rob

      He is not a backup catcher. He is a pretty solid starting catcher. Bats cleanup on good hitting team. 300 hitter with pop. Certainly capable DH on off days. Doesn’t do much to fix our OF deficiencies.

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    • Beaufort Red

      Can’t say negative things about “ you know who. Sure could use an intimidating closer.

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  81. Melvin

    Like I said last night, let’s do a Doyle/Diaz blockbuster trade.

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  82. Don

    To quote Marty quoting Lou Piniella, “I’ve seen enough”.

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  83. RedAlert

    Hall of famer for sure – but Larkin offers ZERO to the telecast – brutal

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    • MK

      I really grow tired of extolling the youth of Greene. It is his third year. At what point does Hunter become a veteran? Everybody continues to learn but Hunter is no longer a rookie Barry.He does good things but he also does some things a 3-year vet shouldn’t.

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    • RedAlert

      Never underestimate the value of one run … here’s looking at you House !!!!!

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  84. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs, Cards and Brewers ALL currently winning! That’s why every game is important now! Especially playing against a team like Colorado at home even though there are 70 games to go!

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  85. Dennis Westrick

    Any chance Reds can trade Montas for, let’s say, a Third Base Coach?

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    • Melvin

      😀 We all make mistakes but that WAS pretty bad by House. He should know better.

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    • Harry Stoner

      “It took a perfect throw to get him!’

      “But isn’t it a longstanding fundamental not to make the first or third out at third base?’

      “But it took a great play to get him!”

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      • Melvin

        Yeah. It looked pretty bad because he was out by a mile.

    • Ted Alfred

      No kidding. I’m still dumbfounded by the thought process of House. How in the world do you wave Stephenson around to 3rd leading off the 7th inning down 5-1…0 outs. He gets thrown out by 10 ft in what likely short circuited what could have been a big inning. The 3rd base coach for the Reds has been absolutely brutal all year long. The Reds have made so many huge, game changing base running errors in so many games that it’s hard to imagine this keeps happening. Sometimes its the players, sometimes the 3rd base coach. The problem is there are zero consequences at all.

      I really think that should be the last straw and the 3rd base coach House should be fired after the game tonight. He has literally been terrible over and over and over again… but probably none worse than that one.

      In a nutshell that is how the Reds have lost quite a few games this year… and if you turn around five losses to five wins it’s a whole different outlook on the season.

      3rd base coaches can be easily replaced… just can’t have one who is consistently hurting the team’s chances to win games.

      Cost us AT LEAST 1 run in the 7th…and likely the game.

      I feel better…not that it will happen?

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  86. VaRedsFan

    Turns out Tyler can play in 3 straight games without wilting into a a powdery mess.

    He should be the DH tomorrow if the manager is paying attention.

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  87. Old-school

    Maybe Marte finds his way before the Reds Season is a TKO.

    Its getting very close.

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  88. Melvin

    Hinds good hit just right at the RF. Tried to go the other way.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Hinds actually looks like he has a really good game plan at the plate depending on the game situation, the P Etc… unlike a lot of the Reds hitters who seem to be just swinging away.

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  89. Beaufort Red

    I’ve never understood the dislike for Espinal. Clutch and good base running.

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    • Harry Stoner

      I agree.

      A singles hitter in an era of grip and rip.

      He doesn’t hit for much, but is timely.

      His 24 rbis in his limited ABs isn’t too shabby.

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  90. Melvin

    Is Espinal that slow so that Benson has to run for him? Just curious.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      The great Johnny Bench was once asked what it took to win a Division! He responded by saying you need to play .700 ball at home and .500 ball on the road! That would produce 96 wins BTW!

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      • Oldtimer

        I can count the number of Reds teams that did that EVER on my two hands with fingers left over.

        PS. Math. 70% x 81 games = 56.7 W at home, round up to 57 W.

        50% x 81 games = 40.5 W on road, round down to 40 W.

        That’s 97 W. Since 1962 (when games increased to 162) Reds had 97 or more W in 1962, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, and 2012. Seven times.

      • Oldtimer

        PPS. Reds won division (since 1969 when divisions were created) five times with 97 or more W.

        Reds won division ten times total in that timeframe. Five times without 97 W or more. 1972, 1979, 1990, 1995, and 2010.

        It appears JB fumbled his math.

  91. Melvin

    Well. We lose by one. House is running to hide in his closet or under his bed.

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    • Harry Stoner

      Let the excuse making and platitudes begin.

      “We’ll learn from this and come back stronger. We’re close. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll get there.”

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    • Ted Alfred

      He should by running to the unemployment office first thing in the morning

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  92. Dennis Westrick

    That run given up by Suter was HUGE in this one-run loss!

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  93. RedAlert

    Never underestimate the value of one run …. Looking at you House !!!!

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    • Melvin

      Poor guy is probably not going to sleep too well tonight.

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      • Harry Stoner

        My hunch is that he is oblivious to the situation.

        “It took a perfect play to….yadda yadda…I’d do it again….yadda.”

        Sleeping like a baby.

  94. LDS

    Leaving Montas in for 7 IP and serving up 5 runs is simply inexcusable. House may have screwed up as well, but that just again points the fingers at a poorly run team.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Bullpen pitched 6 innings yesterday as noted above.
      Montas had a clean 7th.

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      • LDS

        Again, bad bullpen management is not a viable excuse. Montas gave up runs in the 5th and the 6th. The objective, which seems to escape the Reds thinking, is to win baseball games. 2-4 against weak competition is not success. It’s selling time again.

      • VaRedsFan

        So you’re saying that they shouldn’t have pulled Lodolo yesterday, in favor of managing the bullpen better. But then turn around and want to pull Frankie the very next day (which would result in more bad bullpen management). Man…you painted yourself into a corner there LDS.

      • LDS

        No, what I’m saying is one and done isn’t the best use of the bullpen. For example, Martinez who is supposedly long relief went 1.1 IP and 25 pitches. Cruz went 3 pitches. He didn’t need to use six relievers yesterday. So, no, I didn’t paint myself into a corner. Nice try.

  95. VaRedsFan

    Got off the mat to make it close.
    Too much Freeland to overcome

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  96. Mark A Verticchio

    This team will never see .500 again because they are so up and down on offense and so poor on fundamentals.

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  97. VaRedsFan

    So Annie’s question to Bell should be:
    Down 5-1 how is that your slow running catcher is asked by your 3rd Base to try to stretch a leadoff double into a triple?

    Politically correct and cleanup that question any way you want, but it needs to be asked.

    We know the answer? But I would just like the question to be asked.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      My PC suggested edit! Instead of “slow”, how about “not-so-fleet-afoot”!

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    • Harry Stoner

      Yep, we know the pat answer in advance, but I’d love for just once a reporter would follow up with:

      “Really?”

      He / she could leave the “Your kidding, right?’ part out, but it’s worth imagining.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep. Bell could actually impress me if he would throw house under the bus in the post game where he deserves to be and say we’re making a change at third base coach effective tomorrow.

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      • Dennis Westrick

        Here’s an idea! How about replacing the 3rd base coach with a strobe light that flashes green or red and is AI controlled! Anything would be better than House!

      • Melvin

        “Here’s an idea! How about replacing the 3rd base coach with a strobe light that flashes green or red and is AI controlled!”

        😀

    • VaRedsFan

      Well the question was asked.
      Bell thought it should be a triple after the guy dove and missed…but he would rather have Ty on 2nd with no outs.

      There was a followup…I heard the name House mentioned, and they cut the rest of the interview off.

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  98. Melvin

    Welsh – “It’s the Rockies defense that made that play not the bad call by House”.

    I must disagree Mr. Welsh. There was no need to try it there. Not wise.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Well they did indeed execute the relay perfectly. Despite the bad “House Call”

      House must be used to watching the Reds throw to the wrong guy so often.

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    • Melvin

      According to baseballsavant Stephenson sprint speed at 26.6 which makes him the slowest man on the current 26 man roster.

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  99. Melvin

    Like it or not Bell said in post game comments he thought it was a triple all the way and still thought it was a triple as TS was rounding 2B. It was just TS broke stride there is what the difference was.

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