Game Thread

Phillies at Reds (June 6, 2014)

Johnny Cueto takes the mound tonight to kick off a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ballpark. Steve laid out the series pitching match-ups earlier today, and it looks like tonight’s game should be a duel between two aces. Don’t let Cole Hamels’ 1-3 record or 4.01 ERA fool you. He sporadically has issues with control, but still strikes out more than 1 batter per inning and has allowed just four homeruns in eight 2014 starts.

Todd Frazier is getting a night off while Brayan Pena makes his 4th start in the second spot in the lineup. It’s Pena’s first time batting second since May 13.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Brayan Pena (S) C
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

INJURY NOTES: There was news today that Mat Latos will be making another rehab start on Monday. Price is quoted as saying that he wants Latos to throw 90-100 pitches in a game before being activated.

Discuss the game here and go Reds!

148 thoughts on “Phillies at Reds (June 6, 2014)

  1. Even last-place Phils O-W-N the Reds. Anytime, anywhere. I was putting it off, as long as I could, but…it’s time for a good ‘ol fire sale. We’ll need a lot of smoke & mirrors, however, to move some of these $$$ pieces. I’d try to shop Bruce first.

  2. One humorous moment in the game, anyway. BP thinks he has a walk on a 3-0 pitch. Then he really thinks he has a walk on 3-1. 3-2 is well below his knees, but this time, rather than starting to walk to first, he just freezes, not moving anything, until the ump calls it ball 4. First time I ever saw the hitter frame a pitch.

  3. It will be a while before this team even sniffs the .500 mark – totally disappointing effort on all counts – including upper management (wink,wink > Rip Van Jokerty )

  4. I truly think Jocketty will play some kind of role in TLR’s Arizona D-Backs, 2015. He’s just packing up & planning his exit strategy, now. Castellini’s head better be on a swivel.

  5. Well, there is some good news per Marty. Even if the Reds do lose (it ain’t over yet) the Reds won’t lose any ground in the division. Go Reds!

    • How’s that? Cubs won, today. And Pirates are destroying the Brewers. We’re moving down, not up. And certainly not treading any water.

      • I thought Marty said the Reds wouldn’t lose any ground if they lost, but maybe I misheard him. Wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong. Go Reds!

    • Good point and a lot of baseball left to be played this year. It is always darkest before the dawn.

    • The NL Central has been marching in place for the last month. The Reds could be in the front with any sort of reasonable winning record. Acknowledge the tough schedule recently.

  6. Bases loaded, nobody out. Like I said, I’m beginning to think the Reds may not win this game. It also ain’t over till the big woman sings. Go Reds!

  7. Another error at first base by Frazier. The lineup when Cueto pitches is terrible, both offensively and defensively.

  8. The Frazier @ 1b and Santiago @ 3b should now end. Price made a gallant effort but it’s a total failure.

    • I’ve presumed Price has gone that way for Cueto’s last 2 starts because Cueto has faced a lefty each time. He should not go with this lineup again under any circumstances.

      • I presume it’s so Cueto gets so angry with the team that he’ll ask for a trade, that way the fanbase won’t be outraged when they trade the 2014 Cy Young leader before the deadline for a king’s ransom because he’ll have been the one who asked for it rather than the Reds just doing it.

    • The Reds SHOULD still win the series, looking at the Phillies starting pitchers for the next 2 games.

      • Reds should win a lot of games/series, but you never know when the opposing pitcher will suddenly channel the spirit of Denton Young for their start against the Reds. It happens a lot, apparently.

  9. Guys, it is in your capable hands. Have an early rise for a Canadian fishing trip. I expect an eight-game win streak while I’m gone!

  10. Is what it is. Live in Columbus and usually go to 2-4 games a year. Went to one so far and wavering on how many more to go to. No fun to watch…..

    • Know what you meant, it was a nice day, so I was thinking of heading down to Cincinnati and picking up a couple of tickets on the walk to the stadium to see Cueto pitch. Pretty dang glad I didn’t drop money on tickets, parking, and ridiculously priced beer to watch that.

      • I will probably still go to another, just sucks it will remind me of a late summer game circa 2001-2007

  11. It’s all about Backbone, this REDS team doesn’t have 1… No one getting upset about the SB in the 9th inning when the Phillies are pitching a shutout w/ a 4 run lead…I’m sorry hated Dusty but Dusty would have called for the next batter to get beaned… That’s 1 of those unwritten rules, like staring too long at a HR ball or to slow of a HR trot…This season is over for the REDS, see yah next spring…Hope someone gets a Backbone this winter…Go REDS

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