Game Thread

Pirates at Reds (April 16, 2014)

Cue-to! Cue-to!  Cue-to!

Johnny Cueto looks for redemption today against the Pirates.  Redemption for the way the Pirates and their fans treated him in last year’s playoff game in which Johnny was clearly rattled by the fans chanting his name.  Johnny has been solid thus far despite goign 0-2 in his first 3 starts.

Also on the line today is a chance for the Reds to win their first series of the season.  The Reds and Bucs split yesterday so the winner of game 3 will take the series and some momentum moving forward.  The Reds offense has shown some life the last three games so lets hope they support their ace on the mound today and take the W!

Tell your boss to shove it!  It’s a day game in Cincinnati!  Go Reds!

Lineup:
Hamilton CF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Frazier 3B
Heisey RF
Ludwick LF
Pena C
Cozart SS
Cueto P

233 thoughts on “Pirates at Reds (April 16, 2014)

  1. That last pitch was nasty! Batter thought it was going to hit him, cut right back in. Ouch.. Cueto is coming out for the 9th I am sure.

  2. Cuteo. Wow. And they just said how Votto’s HR off Liriano is the first HR by a LHed batter off him since Adam Dunn in 2012.

  3. I really like how for the most part this good pitching has kept our hopes alive for a solid year. We’ve never had this type of pitching top to bottom that we’ve had these last few years that I can remember. And I go WAY back.

  4. Jeff Brantley: “He (Cueto) is going back to the mound for the 9th inning. There is no decision.”

    • Definitely hurt BP – and I for one don’t want that to happen again – because BP and Joey are looking good – at bat and in the field. Base running? Not so much …

    • Thanks. Even with the bad weather, the Reds are 1% ahead of last year’s pace through nine home games.

  5. Did we sign Johnny to that extension yet?

    Sorry Clayton, this year’s Cy belongs in porkopolous

    • They sure are. Makes me want to take back my comment about the lunacy of not starting Mesoraco against lefties! Although at this point, a righty is in.

      Go, catchers!

        • Would take a .270 or .280ish BA from Cozart any day – but .095? And we are talking about B Ham? At this point a lot more concerned about SS providing some offense than CF because Zach has been almost a dead zone while Billy Ham has and will continue to set Votto up for some real good home cookin’. .

  6. They’d better reverse this call – we’ve gotten some bad ones today. This ump is terrible.

    • Hey Sparky, is Davey or Barry available? Have said it before and will say it again for those who didn’t hear it – Zach couldn’t carry either of their jocks.

  7. WOW, blatant blocking.. missed the call not once, but TWICE. Even with a review they should be ashamed of themselves.

  8. That was BS. Still, Bernadina shouldn’t have been running. We need to fire this third base coach.

  9. Maybe Cueto grooves a fastball about 6-12 inches above Pena’s head and next time the home plate umpire recognizes that blocking the plate isn’t allowed anymore.

    • Ease up on the coffee, buddy as this team is finally getting their feet under them. Don’t need any kind of distractions at this point.

    • Wouldn’t min seeing the Brew Crew win today. Keeps the Central reasonably tight. And I don’t want those little bitc-birds getting any sense they are any good.

      • Long-term, the Cards are going to be the team to beat.

        And I like the Brewers, so I’m definitely hoping this lead holds up.

        • I know – sounds like a broken record – but if it had been Johnny C instead of Homer with a 4-0 lead after 1.5 innings in Saint Louis – then the Reds and Cards would have split their 6 games. As it is we can only hope that Homer rights himself and starts pitching like we have seen in the past and like he’s capable. he’s the only SP holding this rotation up. Cueto, Leake, Simon and Cingrani – last time I looked Homer’s ERA hovering around 8.00. Homer, we need you to earn your keep, buddy.

  10. And the rReds have actually given Johnny a little bit of offense today. At one point thought he would start the season 0-2 with an ERA under 2.00. Give Johnny a chance – and a new contract while you are at it.

  11. Sure glad Cueto and Votto are on our team.

    And, to a somewhat lesser extent, Cingrani, Latos, Bruce, and BHam.

  12. Thought a little earlier that Johnny C was going to be this year’s version of Steve Carlton from 1972:

    1972 27 PHI NL 27 10 .730 1.97 41 41 0 30 8 0 346.1 257

    That’s right folks – Carlton lost 10 games in 1972 with an ERA under 2.00.

    Johnny’s ERA after today: 1.50.

    Simply Awesome !!!!

  13. On to Chicago and hopefully a sweep of the Cubs. (all day games by the way) What can you say about Johnny Cueto, the man was smooth as silk today. Gotta keep it going. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  14. Missed the game but the eighth and nineth innings. BHam, Votto and Cy Cueto!!! Looks like we may finally be on our way. Given some time, I think the BHam – Votto combo is going to be very special.

    • Hey Charlotte, we still have some non-believers out there in Reds Nation and as a result there are still empty seats on the Billy Ham fan bus. Bet by midseason that bus will be full – and over-flowing with fans – so keep the faith and no doubt it will continue filling – one by one as BH’s mojo keeps flowing. We both know this kid has the talent and will eventually make a successful adjustment to the level of play (MLB). He has done it at every level – sometimes at a young age good things just take a while. His solid base hit last evening is simply a show case of things to come as he is beginning to relax a little bit and letting the game come to him. His little slap in the bottom of the 8th set up Votto’s blast and gave Johnny C a solid lead for once going into the 9th.

      • I am in no way swayed that Billy is not going to do the job/. Like most rookies he will have stretches where you scratch your head but he is on his way to place few, if any, have been before. The upside is too enormous. We are blessed with many talented/knowledgeable would-be GMs on the site but I’ll still take Walt.

        Everyone will come around in the end.

        • Sorry Charlotte, didn’t mean to imply that you weren’t on the bus already – actually was talking about the other hold-outs that will be quickly boarding as this season progresses.

          At this point in time we both know Billy Ham will be just fine. Sometimes the best ones take a little more time to mature – as in most 23 year olds.

        • Never thought you implied that at all. That was for the general audience. For Hamilton, I expect improvement throughout the year and coming into his own sometime around ASB. As you have said, he is going through OJT.

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