2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Brewers (2013.08.18)

After winning the first 4 games of this road trip, the Reds have dropped the last 2.  Today’s game wraps up this 7-game trip before the Reds head home for 7.  While the last two games have definitely been a disappointment, a win today would still wrap up a 5-2 trip and be what most of us would have taken when it started.  A loss today however will leave a very disappointing taste in the mouths of Reds fans.

I normally say it is up to the starting pitcher to go out and get the job done.  But that is not the case.  The pitching has been good enough to win games this month and last night’s game was case in point.  So Homer Bailey, you just do what has been done by the starters this month.  It is you, OFFENSE, that needs to get it in gear.

Discuss the game here.  I have a feeling you’ll be discussing a lot of Reds runs and a fine pitching performance by Bailey today.  At least I hope.

304 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Brewers (2013.08.18)

  1. 1 out, winning run on 2nd (after a successful sac bunt) at PNC. If Pittsburgh wins, will this count as a walk-off?

  2. The D-Backs bullpen has been really stressed (other than their closer, who hasn’t appeared in the series yet). Even through just 12 innings, several of their pitchers have thrown in three straight games and several others two in a row.

  3. Has the Reds offense came out of its coma? We shall see, we shall see. I am really looking forward to the series with the D-Backs. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  4. Dusty sure pulled all the right strings today. Just the right jumpstart for the ol’ lineup.

        • @vegastypo: Scary thing is: with Dusty Baker calling the shots, it’s not entirely in jest. He’s likely to do it again just to prove how much smarter he is than the rest of us. And if he’s criticized, he’ll just say “did you see how many runs we scored Sunday?” And then he’ll add “you want to manage this team?”

  5. Don’t mean to brag, but I called this one for the Reds way back in the 5th inning when they were up by just 8 or 9 runs.

  6. I have to admit, I was really pessimistic when I saw the lineup today. I was even more so when there was bunting in the first inning. Regardless of how ugly that lineup looked, they got a win today, so good job.

      • @ToddAlmighty: And the really annoying thing is that Baker will only notice the part where Izturis hit second and the team won the game. He won’t bother to notice the fact that Izturis hurt more than he helped.

  7. 14th inning coming up … just 34 more to go before a Snakes win and the Rats bring in Charlie Manuel to pitch.

  8. I simply don’t get it unless there really isn’t anything to get and it doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Bailey had thrown 103 pitches after 7 complete. The game is a blowout with the Reds up 9-1. Why the bleep does Dusty bring Bailey back out for the 8th inning? There is absolutely nothing to be gained by Bailey throwing another 15-20 pitches and running up his pitch count. Neither LeCure nor Brox had pitched on Saturday or Friday. Both LeCure (7 pitches) and Brox (5 pitches) had pitched less than 1 inning on Thursday. Ondru was the only reliever to pitch yesterday so the bullpen was certainly not over-taxed, except for Chapman. Simon had thrown 26 pitches on Friday. Bailey tends to be much less effective in the game following a high pitch count performance. Why bring Bailey out for the 8th and why not get some work for LeCure and Brox to keep them game ready rather than sitting them for 3 consecutive games?

    • @Shchi Cossack: Baker will say that if he uses LeCure today, he might not be available tomorrow. And if he uses him today and tomorrow, he definitely isn’t available on Tuesday. And we need to have him available for as many games as possible in the upcoming series. Now, why not throw Ondrusek out there? I don’t know. Protecting him for the playoffs, maybe?

    • I simply don’t get it unless there really isn’t anything to get and it doesn’t make any sense at all.

      Bailey had thrown 103 pitches after 7 complete.The game is a blowout with the Reds up 9-1.Why the bleep does Dusty bring Bailey back out for the 8th inning?There is absolutely nothing to be gained by Bailey throwing another 15-20 pitches and running up his pitch count.Neither LeCure nor Brox had pitched on Saturday or Friday.Both LeCure (7 pitches) and Brox (5 pitches) had pitched less than 1 inning on Thursday.Ondru was the only reliever to pitch yesterday so the bullpen was certainly not over-taxed, except for Chapman.Simon had thrown 26 pitches on Friday.Bailey tends to be much less effective in the game following a high pitch count performance.Why bring Bailey out for the 8th and why not get some work for LeCure and Brox to keep them game ready rather than sitting them for 3 consecutive games?

      Ol’ Cossack, I agree with you on this. My question is, wouldn’t you think that Price has some input on pitcher usage? Most around here feel that Price walks on water … doesn’t it seem that a strong pitching coach would have some influence on a manager in situations such as this?

      Maybe I’m totally wrong, but I’d think that a manager would lean on his coaches in some respects and this would be such a case???

      • @ChrisInVenice: I agree with you. Furthermore, wouldn’t you think that Price would have a say in who comes in when a game is still within reach? Case in point, the St. Louis game a couple of weeks ago when Ondrusek relieves Leake and suddenly the game gets out of hand in a hurry. Gotta think that Ondrusek would not be Price’s first choice in that game.

    • @Shchi Cossack: Because Bailey is Dusty’s guy.

      That’s why Dusty constantly talks about trying to get Bailey more Ws. Awhile back he left him in too long in a game the Reds ended up losing because Dusty admitted he was trying to keep him in there to get him a W since he hadn’t had one since his no hitter. Dusty manages “his guys” differently than the rest of the players.

      Times reaching 110 or more pitches in a start:
      Bailey- 8
      Latos- 3
      Cingrani- 2
      Leake- 0
      Arroyo- 0

  9. 15 – what fun. I’ll stop now and “see” everybody tomorrow night. The Snakes are going to be very tired when they get to our town.

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