2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Brewers Take 2 (2013.09.13)

Let’s try this again.  The Reds and Brewers kick off a three-game series TONIGHT!  The bright side is the Reds did not lose the imaginary game I made up yesterday.  Of course, they did not win it either.  They did lose ground to the Pirates despite not playing a game.

Discuss the game here, Reds fans!

192 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Brewers Take 2 (2013.09.13)

    • @jas_428: Agree with this. The way this team is currently hitting, they could ill afford to surrender 2 more runs. Choo should have gone all out.

      • @YorktownRed: Then again, Baker probably should have gotten Latos out of the game before it got to that point. Again, leaving in the starter in an attempt to get him a potential win turns ugly.

  1. Gomez has five RBI tonight, all on bloop singles.

    I agree that Choo needed to dive for that ball. It’s a huge difference between catching it and not. It was hit so softly it’s not like it’s going to roll to the wall if he misses.

  2. No Choo could not have caught that …

    Issue is with two outs, we got the bases loaded… Putting ourselves in trouble…

    Should have taken Latos out after two outs… When dusty visited the mound

  3. J.J. Hoover has lost my confidence to be used in tight situations with inherited runners. Still, another night of Dusty leaving a starter in way too long.

    Typical. I do missed the days of Sparky.

  4. At least, the Reds are making quick work with their ABs. Showing some mercy to the Nation.

        • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: I so hope that’s true, but I really have no reason to believe it. They gave him a two year deal immediately after flopping with what seemed to be the best team in the national league. He’s been allowed to continue making the same mistakes over and over, and nobody seems to care. No trades were made to improve this team, which is yet another sing of complacency from the top. I’m just not optimistic that he’ll be fired until at least halfway through next season, and only if things go horribly.

  5. Another hanging breaking ball missed by Frazier. The Reds should be leading in this game by scoring 6 runs in the last 2 innings on hanging breaking balls.

    This team looks slow and tired at the plate.

  6. Marty is on the radio blasting the Reds for taking too many pitches. People here criticizing the Reds for swinging too early.

    Lohse is just pitching a great game.

    Now Marty is going on about the Nationals. He needs to get a grip.

    • @Steve Mancuso: How do we know he’s pitching a great game? When you swing at practically everything, it’s hard to know whether the pitcher is really doing anything or you’re doing it for him.

      • @Baseclogger: Is it swinging at everything? Or not swinging enough (Marty)? Have they really been swinging at pitches out of the zone? That’s not what I’ve seen. Lohse has kept them off balance and has had pinpoint control.

        • @Steve Mancuso: Sometimes you need to let a pitch go by even when it’s in the zone. Maybe the next three are out of the zone. If they’re not hitting him, which they’re clearly not, then at LEAST force him to throw some pitches and try to get him out by the 7th. The worst of all worlds is to make an out on the first or second pitch.

        • @Baseclogger: My point was that Lohse doesn’t walk anyone. The Reds were trying to take pitches earlier in the game and it accomplished nothing other than getting behind counts. Then they started swinging at first pitches etc. that were over the plate. They just haven’t had any success. I think Lohse has pitched really well. Control and being unpredictable. Nothing more.

        • @Steve Mancuso: I’m all for giving credit when credit is due, but Kyle Lohse should not retire 20 straight batters, ever. Looks like a very disinterested offensive AND defensive showing tonight. I very Tin Man effort tonight.

  7. I have to wonder if Scott Rolen had been convinced to return what his impact would have been on this team, even if he was just a bench guy. I don’t necessarily think you need a fire and brimstone manager to win, and I actually think its preferable to have a player fill that role. There doesn’t seem to be anyone, not that we can know what’s going on in the clubhouse.

  8. Marty is just totally losing it tonight. He’s getting hysterical about Ondrusek walking two guys and making the point that Ondrusek may not make the postseason roster. I’ve got news for Marty. Ondrusek isn’t going to make the postseason roster. No way, no how. I doubt Alfredo Simon will make it. When Cueto and Marshall come back, that’s two slots right there.

    Marty is so out of it — and loud about it.

  9. Welsch: “This isn’t what Dusty Baker expected when he brought on Ondrusek…”

    But its what we expected. Logan gonna Logan i.e. walk lots of batters. The guy hasn’t figured it out in 4 years.

  10. You’d think this was an exercise in securing Game 7 of the NLCS (which, we’d still lose, given the score).

  11. I’ll settle in the 9th for some professional at bats. That’ll be an improvement over the first 8 innings.

  12. Made Lohse look like Greg Maddux tonight. This effort ain’t gonna get them to the PS. Better Luck tomorrow.

  13. Can’t watch the Cards. I respect them, their manager, FO, and hitting approach. They’re the best run organization in baseball. But I’m not watching them.

    • @D Ray White:

      Doing so makes the Reds’ hitting approach and managing all the more frustrating. The talent levels aren’t that different with the players.

  14. BP got himself out on a 1-0 pitch that was probably a ball. Votto got himself out on a 1-1 pitch that was probably a ball. Bruce took some pitches and walked. Anyone see a trend here?

  15. Gotta win the next two. The Brewers are a bottom-tier team even with their best player, and he isn’t playing. 9-8 season record against them is unacceptable, especially given their rotation and obvious holes offensively.

  16. One thing stands out from watching the post game highlights. On every ball that fell for a Brewer’s hit, even the one’s that were misplayed for bad luck, Latos left the ball up in the strike zone.

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