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Reds at Brewers – Friday the 13th

Starting tonight, the Cincinnati Reds (31-34, 4th place) will play 16 of their next 19 games on the road. The Reds look gain ground on the division leading Milwaukee Brewers (40-27) in a three game series.

Jason explains in his excellent series preview, that this Brewers team is a bit of a mirage. The Reds won 3 out of 4 games in their early May series against the Brewers, outscoring Milwaukee 18-10. Also, it appears that the pitching matchups are a bit in the Reds favor.

To kick the series off, the Reds have Homer Bailey taking the ball. Bailey has had quality starts in 7 of his last 8 outings, including 4 straight. Earlier this season against Milwaukee, Bailey allowed 3 runs over 8 innings.

Matt Garza is coming off a win in Pittsburgh, despite a shaky outing where he walked five batters and only struck out one over six innings. Garza hasn’t faced the Reds yet this season. In two starts last year, he allowed 13 runs over nine innings. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are a combined lifetime 11-for-32 against Garza.

Billy Hamilton is back in centerfield and leading off. Brandon Phillips finger is good enough to play. Skip Schumaker (6-12 lifetime against Garza) is getting the start in left field.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Homer Bailey (R) P

Today’s superstitious triple play could be a turning point in the Reds season. It will hopefully mark the last time the Reds find themselves this far out of first place, and keep them on the road to winning baseball.

Go Reds!

214 thoughts on “Reds at Brewers – Friday the 13th

  1. Boy ohhh boy … Mesoraco has been about as terrible as you can be for May and June.

    I want April Mesoraco back.

  2. This game is a perfect example of what some of the negatives can be from having a “players manager” Price left Homer in the game longer than he should have, because Price was overly concerned with Homer’s feelings. The Reds are in no position to treat a win as expendable as to not offend a players sensibilities.

    • It sjust players not getting it done,you have to leave Homer in throwing a 3 hitter with 92 pitches, if Sam comes in and gives up 3 out of 4 hits like he did, everybody screaming why not take him out…2nd guess not bring in a lefty when you got 4 in the pen, but Homer should have been out there in the 7th and has to get through the bottom of the order

        • In a game like this when you’ve got only two dependable relief pitchers, you have to try to get seven out of Homer. Complaining about that now is a second guess.

  3. Just got back to the game and there seems to be some typos on gamecast. It says Ondrusek’s era is below 4 and we lost our huge lead. Don’t know whats harder to believe

  4. It all boils down to one inning. Its not going to be who wants it more, but who goes out and takes it, seizes it. Are our guys givers or takers tonight?

    • Really will be hard to take anything less than a 1-2-3 inning,..really do not want to see Gomez until tomorrow. Asking a lot of Chapman to do it 3 days in a row, maybe not available tomorrow, got to get it done

  5. Two guys who catch alot of grief came through when the chips were down. They seized the moment and pushed a run in. Good for them. Then the $29 million guys couldn’t get an insurance run in.

    • I feel really let down, was hoping for a cheap run of a throw to get Frazier and Billy tries to score, Phillips could have worked that a bit

  6. Wow… great job by the little guys to get home a run. Then Chappy holds em. Huge win in a must win series.

  7. That’s a statement game. The offense, which had been the problem up until the last few games, scored some runs then despite the disappointing pitching performances in the 7th, they didn’t give up but came back to take the win.

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