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Game Thread: Pirates at Reds (2013.06.20)

It is a quick turnaround today after last night’s marathon 13-inning affair.  The Reds and Pirates will feel like they never left the ballpark as today’s game has a start time of 12:35.  Homer Bailey will take to the mound for the Reds who look to get this tough stretch of games started off right by taking 3 of 4 against the Pirates.

If you have to work today, call in sick.  If you were at last night’s game or were like me and stayed up and watched it, then you have a good reason to call in sick.  If you are at work, then sneak in a radio, turn on the tv, or as we like to do here at Redleg Nation… Tell your boss to shove it!

Go Reds!

191 thoughts on “Game Thread: Pirates at Reds (2013.06.20)

  1. Anyone want to guess why Dusty keeps PH Hanahan and not Lutz? I like Cingrani, but looks like way too many fastballs, and this time Alvarez caught up with it. That’s why Marshall is so important to have with the off speed stuff. When the Cardinals won the world series a couple years ago, they brought in a left hander mid season–Respskosinski (spelling??), but he did the job as a left handed specialist. The Giants use Lopez & Affeldt sucessfully. The Reds are not going to score alot of runs, especially with good teams. That is why you really need two decent left handed specialist’s to compete. Parra pitched pretty well as of late, but defintely not early in the season. So, when Marshall went down, the Reds really were stuck.

    • @WedgieSanders: Heisey is a better every day starter if you are forced into a corner. XP is a much better hitter off the bench. Simple as that.

      I don’t know why, but I’d take DRob starting over both of them if we have to right now.

  2. Hey we got one run out of the deal, better than nuttin’. Got to hold the Pirates to zero runs though if the Reds hope to come back and win this thing. (Says Capt. Obvious)

  3. At least Votto gets to lead off another inning. Is there a way to quickly find out if there’s another #3 hitter in baseball that leads off more innings than Joey Votto?

    Ok, so if Cingrani wasn’t going to pitch 2 innings then WHY ON EARTH did we pull Frazier for Hannahan? Dusty KEEPS doing that.

  4. As far as the Reds not scoring on Locke and Morton; it would seem that a lot of teams aren’t scoring on Locke. Locke came into yesterday with an ERA just above 2.00, giving up about 6 hits per game, and about half a HR per game. As for Morton, well, they really should of scored more.

    As far as catching the Cards, I’m not sure the Reds can or will. The Reds are on pace to win 96-97 games again, which is enough to win most divisions most years. The problem is that the Cards are looking at winning around 100 (103 would be current pace). That is epically good.

    The Pirates may fade like the last 2 years but I think they will still hang around and make it interesting. I think they may be really dangerous in the next couple years.

    • @LWBlogger: The problem the Pirates have is depth. Clint Hurdle manages every game like it counts but he can’t afford to pay the piper all the way through the season. But they are a handleful through 2/3 of the way through just as the have been the last couple of seasons.

  5. Oh and I agree with all those saying that the double-switch was really dumb on Dusty’s part if Cingrani wasn’t going to come out to pitch again. Now you’ve got the pitcher’s spot coming up instead of Frazier and you have Hannahan’s “bat” in the lineup.

    My father was killing me at the game last night when he said the Reds bench this year was even worse than last year but it IS pretty bad.

  6. ooops, didn’t see that Lutz was in the game in that 6th spot… Still, I don’t like what we have coming up in the bottom of 9th.

  7. At least we split with a good (for now) Pirates team. It could have been worse. The Pirates will remain a half game behind the Reds, just where they were when they got to town. Now its on to Phoenix and a sweep of of the venomous Arizona Rattle Snakes. (fingers crossed). Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  8. Really bad loss, with the offense only generating two runs against Brandon Cumpton. Lots of blame to go around for that. Wish we had the three outs and two base-runners back related to trying to steal bases.

  9. Well, this to me is the most disappointing loss of the season so far. There’s just no way a home game with Bailey vs Cumpton should result in a loss.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Easy to underestimate the Pirates. They don’t look like much on paper but they do on the field. Hope the Reds are not taking them as lightly as some of the commentators here but I’m afraid they probably are.

      • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Crompton isn’t good and the Reds missed opportunities. This isn’t about underestimating the team in general.

        Cingrani could have been out of the inning if they called one stinking breaking ball. Alavarez saw only fastballs in Cole at bat and then through his whole AB. He cheated on a good guess and it paid off. Why does coming out of the pen mean that late inning guys are only allowed to throw heat until the other teams start sitting on it? Ugh.

  10. Who was really surprised that the struggling bench couldn’t hit Cumpton? Really. Reds, even when they’re hitting hot, usually are baffled by pitchers they haven’t seen before (moreso when they’re minor league call ups), and when they’re cold, it’s a guaranteed shutdown. Just wait to see how they do against these AL West pitchers. Also, we’re closer to the Pirates than the Cardinals (record wise), so why is it such a shock that we split a 4 game series with them? The Reds are not guaranteed 2nd in the Central. Winning the Division twice in three years and getting knocked out in the 1st round of the playoffs both times doesn’t make 1st (or even 2nd) in the NL Central your birthright.

  11. A tough loss but wow, the negativity is staggering. They probably should have won today based on the pitchers going but that’s why they play the games.

    And no, the Reds aren’t guaranteed 2nd in the Central but it’s looking like the NL Central has 3 really, really good teams in it.

  12. I simply cannot understand why any pitcher would throw a fastball to Pedro (Cerrano) Alvarez. He proven that he cannot hit a breaking pitch with or without Jobu the voodoo god. Homer gave up a long ball on a fastball and Dusty picked Cingrani who threw only fastballs. Does no one else see this? IMO you can’t allow these kind of things to beat you.

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