Game Thread

Cubs at Reds (July 9, 2014)

Who is having fun? I know I am. The Reds are on a roll lately and last night’s come from behind win was very fun to watch. Although I have to admit, it was a toss up as to which was more entertaining: Watching the Reds win or the Cubs implode.

The Reds look for their 4th straight win in this series with a win in Cincinnati tonight. As I mentioned before game 1 of the series, I’m making the 4 hour journey to Cincinnati tonight and will be at GABP for Thursday’s finale so I’ll be pulling hard for a Reds win tonight to set up the possible sweep tomorrow day. Well, pulling as hard as I can while I dance with the Groo Grux King*.

Discuss the game here Reds fans! Go Reds!

Lineup:
1. CF Billy Hamilton (S) – .280/.312/.417
2. LF Skip Schumaker (L) – .254/.293/.333
3. 2B Brandon Phillips (R) – .269/.305/.390
4. RF Jay Bruce (L) – .233/.313/.424
5. C Devin Mesoraco (R) – .313/.376/.620
6. 1B Brayan Pena (S) – .260/.293/.387
7. 3B Ramon Santiago (S) – .231/.315/.262
8. SS Zack Cozart (R) – .237/.282/.310
9. SP Alfredo Simon (R) – .139/.162/.167

*I’ll be enjoying my other favorite activity tonight other than watching Reds baseball. Subtle hint as to where I’ll be tonight while the Reds play.

352 thoughts on “Cubs at Reds (July 9, 2014)

    • 8-1 before it and after blowing the big lead against toronto, team can bounce back, It is like they somehow they manage to get by or that they are ACTUALLY managed

        • He’s not the same pitcher now so the previous seasons mean very little now.

        • League average closers don’t do so well in playoff situations. How to predict how will do well ? Look at meaningful statistics, like you do with starting pitchers. League average closers don’t strike out 2 batters an inning.

        • His conversion rate is over 90% this season and both blown saves were 1 run leads.

  1. So I’m guessing that Contreras goes to Louisville and the Reds bring up a bat for tomorrow. Probably Soto. Otherwise it’s a very empty bench.

  2. Chapman not fooling around tonight. Yesterday Lake hit a single and Olt walked off him. I think he takes those things personally. Blew away Lake with fastballs and on 3-2 challenged Olt with a fastball right down the pipe, didn’t want to walk him again.

  3. Good win for the Reds, but lets hope BP and BHam’s injuries are minor and they are quick to return to the lineup. Lets sweep em tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

      • Man, what a collapse by the Brewers. They could either be hearing footsteps or simply trying to find themselves – either way – the Reds benefit. Predicted on a site that the Reds would be 2 1/2 games out at the All Star break. Man, didn’t think it would happen this quick. GO REDS !!

  4. Good thing the Reds had Chapman around to close the door. They only had a 97.3 percent chance of willing starting the ninth. Not just anyone could rack up those three-run saves. What a waste.

  5. Mike Maffie wonders if Jay Bruce will be playing second base tomorrow night. My theory is Bruce will play both first and second.

    • I watched my dad play shortstop and third in a softball game one night. Nothing got by him. My dad was the white Hamilton in his day. Sad thing is he can still outrun me at 65.

  6. Alfredo Simon. What to say about Alfredo. Dear sirs, this guy is a pitcher; when I watched him in Baltimore, he was a thrower and not a good one at that. He is a very,very good pitcher and Bryan Price had a big hand in that evolution. It is not luck or an accident, he is who he is. He has been a very effective pitcher for 2-1/2 seasons now. The argument should end, we should expect this type of effort every time he toes the rubber. I’m awed by this young man.

    Here is to you Alfredo Simon. Thanks!

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