2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Diamondbacks at Reds (2013.08.21)

Game 3 of this 4 game tilt tonight.  The team that wins sets themselves up for a series win and guarantees themselves at least a split.  Let’s hope it is the Reds that do that.

Discuss all the positives of the game here.  Hopefully there will be no negatives to discuss or read later in the Titanic Struggle recap.

422 thoughts on “Game Thread: Diamondbacks at Reds (2013.08.21)

  1. You just have to think these guys feast off the crowd energy. Do the local fans not get that? They give a standing ovation to a closer up there at the plate hacking for some odd reason and the team responds by stringing some big hits together. Coincidence?

  2. Todd Frazier must be re-incarnated from a previous life as a Cricket player. The most awkward, defensive swing I have ever seen to end up as a hit. Big AB to lay off of the breaking pitch on the outside corner on the pitch before.

  3. So lets say Bruce gets a two run double, does Dusty leave Chapman out since it will still be a save or does he bring in Ondrusek?

  4. I feel much better about this team now than I did an inning ago. Hopefully I feel the same way after the top of the 9th.

  5. anyone know what a 2 inning save looks like? this might be Reds fans last chance to ever see one if it does not happen tonight

  6. Arizona knows that this game is huge as is guarantees they do not pick up any games on the Reds and could lose 2 with a lost tomorrow.

  7. Seems like a lifetime ago that this game was thought to be in the bag, fun and stress free. Go Reds!

    • @RiverCity Redleg: It looked that way to me, in Prado’s AB. I don’t know if the first pitch was a strike, but I know it almost always gets called a strike. And anything 2 inches over the hitter’s belt was called a ball.

      • @prjeter: Looked like Cozart got the benefit of the “neighborhood” call. I was afraid that he was going to be called for not being on the bag. And it looked like he wasn’t.

  8. Whew. Deep breathing exercises to calm down.

    Good night Nation. Sleep well and dream of a long and strong performance from Latos tomorrow. We’re gonnna need it.

  9. 8 pitchers by the Snakes. Obviously Chappy won’t be pitching tomorrow if needed, but Simon and LeCure will be rested and available. Let’s head into that matinee and take 3 of 4.

  10. Even when this year’s Reds win, it doesn’t feel like a win. Oh well, keeping the NL Central bunched up is nice.

  11. What a nerve wracking game. The Reds seemed destined to lose it.

    Frazier’s 2 iron shot seemed to please the baseball gods.

  12. Gotta say, the offense won this game in top of 9th. Gotta give them credit for scoring two runs with two outs in the inning and, in doing so, extending the D-Backs closer’s pitch count and knocking him out of the game.

  13. Perhaps tonight’s game is sign that the Reds destiny is to win the division. (works for me). Game lasted 3 hrs. 45 min. As Forest would say “that’s a lot” I say lets get em again tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  14. Frazier’s hit is a perfect example of why I hate to see so many guys taking strike three. Even if not the pitch you were looking for, if you put the bat on the ball you’ve at least given yourself a chance.

    • @Baseclogger: Yes Frazier was just trying to keep alive by fouling off the pitch with that swing. And if you do the right thing, sometimes you need to get lucky.

      • @pinson343: Delete the “need to”, my brain is fried from that game and some serious heat in my apt. Time to turn on the AC.

        I repeat: If you do the right thing, sometimes you get lucky.

        • @pinson343: Consider it deleted.

          I just don’t understand why, when guys see hits like that, it doesn’t seem to register that it’s always better to take a weak emergency swing than a called third strike.

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