Game Thread

Braves at Reds (August 21, 2014)

Have you ever played golf? If so, have you ever had a decent round going, but then suddenly a hook out of bounds and 3 in the pond completely ruin your round. You then find yourself just hacking away on the last few holes with the sole purpose of getting off the course and back home. Ever done that? Well, the Reds season is really starting to feel like that round of golf. A round I put together from time to time.

At the same time, I am a competitor. Sometimes a few bad holes ruin the round but you still want to try and birdie a few down the stretch to prove that you’re still decent despite what the overall score says. Reds, I need you to birdie a few holes! In fact, I would really like for you to birdie 4 holes straight and sweep the Braves! As I’ve mentioned far too often in game threads when the Braves are being played, I have too many friends who are Braves fans! While the Reds’ chances of making the playoffs died with the hook out of bounds (Colorado) and those shots in the pond (St. Louis), you can still salvage my interest by giving me some bragging rights over my friends.

If you didn’t understand this game thread, I’m sorry. Just discuss the game here and root the Reds on to victory!

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 3B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Bruce RF
5. Mesoraco C
6. Pena 1B
7. Santiago SS
8. Schumaker LF
9. Holmberg P

164 thoughts on “Braves at Reds (August 21, 2014)

  1. Who in the H?!L scouted Holmberg and thought he was worth trading for! His scouting report i found on google said at the time of the trade that he was a fly ball pitcher who had questionable control, a below average fastball and had some rough outings in Arizona last. That reds scout should be fired. I dont miss Hanigan but he’s the worst reds pitcher I have seen since Scott Scudder.

    • Somebody needs to be on the AAA roster, maybe that’s what the Reds wanted with no thought of this happening.

      • Hanigan was worth more than minor league roster filler. I guess I am glad the reds didnt make a deadline deal given the state of their scouting.

      • Scudder pitched over 100 innings 3 times in his career. Had 2 shutout innings in the post season. he and Holmberg are not on the same planet.

        • It is obvious that it is true , the shame is that neither one is on this planet.

      • Yeah, Whitey Herzog said he would trade ant player on his roster for Scudder. Clearly we should have made that trade. Career ERA 4.80 and Whip 1.55 in a pitcher friendly era.

    • Good question. What was the Reds plan coming into the season when a starter was out due to injury?

      There seems to be no depth in this organization

    • Love the Scudder reference. And since there is really nothing to care about with the rest of this Reds game, I started wondering, since 1989 (Scudder’s 1st year with the Reds) who have been the Reds worst starting pitchers? Personally I think Milton, no not our friend we see too often in game recaps, Eric Milton. But when you get as bad as Milton or Scudder I might be splitting hairs.

      But since 1989 for Reds starters with at least 200 IP (in their Reds career) the worst Reds pitcher has to be one of these; Milton, Acevedo, Villone, Dempster, Neagle, or Scudder.

        • Armstrong was one of the better starters we’ve had since 89 (hard to believe right?). But what did happen to him. I just remember him getting injured and never returning to the game.

        • @ Michael Howes ..he blew out his rotator cuff after/during a stint with Tx. Then he started breeding ball players apparently

    • I thought Paul Householder was supposed to be the next Mickey Mantle, got rid of Foster, Collins, and Griffey to make room for him and Clint Hurdle

    • The answer is obviously yes. But oddly VERY few of the Reds 1st round picks panned out.

      The Reds Crown Jewel #1 pick that panned out all the way to the HOF is obvious. Barry Larkin. Nolan, Carbo, Bruce (minus this season), Dan Wilson and Austin Kearns all had careers.

      But the list of failed Reds #1 picks is VERY long. Scudder, Wayne Simpson, Mike Miley, Brandon Larson, Motolla, Nitkowski, Pat Watkins, Moseley, Sowers, Boxberger, Stillwell and on and on. And almost all of these players at some point in the minors were considered “Crown Jewels”

      Oddly the Reds have had better luck with 2nd round picks. Oh fewer ever made it to the bigs but the ones that did have more higher quality success. Bench, Votto, Dunn, Sabo, and Tomko for example.

      then it things thin out in later rounds but the Reds have had a few scores in the lower rounds. Danny Tartabull (3rd round), Paul O’Neill (4th round), Jeff Russell (5th round), Hal McRae (6th round!), one of my favorites Reggie Sanders (7th round, 180th overall pick) and the best Reds low round pick ever! Eric Davis (8th round, 200th overall pick). After Davis I have to apologize to Charlie Leibrandt, Jeff Montgomery, and Tom Browning who were all 9th round picks. And one that people often forget. The Reds drafted Trevor Hoffman in the 11th round.

  2. Ondrusek really must enjoy mopping up after this vomit….makes him look like Goose Gossage

        • If you have been following the team fairly closely lately, the question would answer itself. But yes the bags are on. Schmaker pitched tonight and if moved to the bullpen would be an upgrade. The Reds lost Tuesday nights game by a walkoff HBP. Be sure to cut the eye holes out before, I repeat before you put the bag on your head.

    • I’d hold off on that thought for a couple more games. Why? Because the Reds are only, what? 5.5 games out of last place. If the Reds finish behind the Cubs it’s absolutely paper bag on head time. Where Saints fans back in oh the early 80s? the 1st fans to start going to professional sports games with bags on their heads? When the Saints were so bad they were referred to as the Aints? I don’t remember other fans for other teams doing that before those awful Saints teams. Maybe they started doing that in the 70s? I can’t remember.

    • If it is, I claim all exclusive rights to put the 2015 ASG logo on all paper bags (w/ a Sharpie, of course).

    • Yes, the most optimistic thing is that you have to hold out hope that the Reds will go back to blowing games late. I predict 2 more wins by Labor Day

  3. If I am the Braves manager I would be worried that the scoring stopped when the Reds brought in Logan O.

  4. Don’t go over to the Enquirer. Votto’s playing the “victimized-by-the-fan base card”. It really CAN get worse.

  5. Votto isn’t the type to play the “victimized by the fan base card”. More than likely he was asked a loaded question and his answer was taken out of context.

  6. Apparently there is a glitch in on the website as far as showing that a recap has been posted. The space where it should show the title of the recap is blank, even though a recap has been posted.

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