Game Thread

Reds at Dodgers (May 26, 2014)

The Redlegs begin yet another dreaded west coast road trip tonight with game one of a series against the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Reds have lost two in a row, and stand at 22-26, 6.5 games behind first-place Milwaukee.

During this series, the Reds will face a trifecta of brilliant Dodgers hurlers: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw. This is gonna be fun, Reds fans!

Tonight, we’ll see Ryu, who is currently 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA. The last time he faced the Reds was in July of 2013, when he surrendered only two hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine and walking just one.

He’s good, but the Reds have a pretty good pitcher slated to start tonight, as well. His name is Johnny Cueto, and even after a rough outing last week against Washington, Cueto is 4-3 with a 1.86 ERA. He hasn’t faced Los Angeles in nearly two years, when he went took the loss despite going seven strong innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out seven without walking a batter.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

1. CF: Billy Hamilton
2. SS: Zack Cozart
3. 2B: Brandon Phillips
4. 1B: Todd Frazier
5. LF: Ryan Ludwick
6. RF: Chris Heisey
7. C: Brayan Pena
8. 3B: Ramon Santiago
9. SP: Johnny Cueto

464 thoughts on “Reds at Dodgers (May 26, 2014)

  1. Bernadina to run for Pena, I assume then Lutz would play first if needed, right? It’s not like we actually have a backup first baseman on the roster or anything.

      • IMO, just a case of being overeager. Seems like a really bright kid and hopefully he learned something. I was a little suspect that he could hit .400 anyway (smile).

  2. The ultimate waste of a night.

    First I get reeled in by the potential perfect game.
    Then I get reeled in by the potential comeback.

    How does it end? In the same old fashion. What’s that they say about insanity?

  3. Brutal loss and a must win game. Though I give up hope for the season doesn’t mean that I will cheer for any other team! Go Reds! and to heck with all these losers on here cheering for the Dodgers.

  4. No such thing as a good loss. There were some positives, including clutch hit by Hamilton. Superb defensive play was huge for Dodgers.

  5. A grueling five hours and twenty minutes and nothing comes of it but more frustration. The best Reds pitching of my lifetime (and I’m 57) totally going to waste because of untimely errors and seemingly never a timely hit. Very frustrating to watch.

    • Yep – almost know that it is inevitable if Reds are involved in a close game ( especially when they dip into those gascans in the pen)

      > would also be nice for just once if Price would put a half decent lineup behind Cueto when he is in the mound – getting to the point it is rediculous

  6. Defensive lapses cost the game, people playing out of position. I’m not sure that the ball Cozart errored, even with the infield in, shouldn’t have been taken by the third baseman. If Frazier is playing his normal position (where he had become quite proficent) maybe the error is not made at 1B early and maybe Todd makes the play at 3rd later instead of Cozart making the error. Who knows, I just don’t like playing multiple players out of position.

  7. I’ll cut Mesoraco some slack cause he’s a rookie, but its been a constant bugaboo of Reds hitters swinging at the first pitch after the previous hitter was walked. Are the coaches not allowed to talk to the batter in the batters box to remind them to take the first pitch? Either the coaches are not doing their job or the players have tuned them out.

  8. Never letting Bruce get an AB in this game at point where one swing could have wibit or maybe tied it is equivalent to not using all your timeouts alloted in a football or basketball game – inexcusable – can’t take em home with you Price !

  9. Ludwick has taken lots of heat, but don’t know how you start Lutz over Heisey or Bernadina unless resting Hamilton or Bruce. If resting Bruce, then matchup won’t be good for Lutz. So why even bring up Lutz?

    • 1st base. Heisey, Bernadina & Ludwick are not part of this team’s future. Lutz may not as well but I think it would be wise to give him a look. Let him play 1st for a while when Pena is catching. Could Lutz/Frazier be any worse than Frazier/Santiago? What do we have to lose??

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