Okay, no coney pictures tonight.

The Reds lost a heartbreaker last night, wasting a fine performance by Bronson Arroyo and permitting the D’backs to come back from a 2-0 deficit. Tonight, Kyle Lohse will take the mound for the Reds, and I’m looking forward to seeing if he can match his last outing. We all know that Kyle Lohse’s performance is one of the big keys — and big question marks — when it comes to whether the Reds can compete this year or not.

For the Diamondbacks, Edgar Gonzalez is the starter. Gonzalez is making his second start, but he hasn’t started very many games in his career with Arizona, a career which spans over five seasons. He pitched against the Nats last week, and he tossed five pretty good innings but, hey, it was Washington.

Reds need to win this one if they want to do any better than splitting this four game series. For what it’s worth, Chris Carpenter went on the DL for the Cards today…this division is there for the taking. The Reds don’t need to fall too far off the pace just yet.

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  1. D-Backs guy is saying to throw a low one to Ross. He doesn’t know Ross.

  2. No balls, two strikes. Ross is in a hole here.

  3. Bunt on + bunt off = screwed up hitter

  4. Ross is awful. What happened?

  5. Ross wasn’t even close on that swing. 0-1, 1 out, man on 1st and 2nd

  6. Dunn and Griffey were a combined 3 for 23 off Cruz, and he walked them both.

  7. Well, that’s just terrible, Ross. I’d rather have LaRue.

    Absolutely pathetic. Three pitches. I’m so sick of Ross I could vomit.

  8. Ross is a freakin mess.

  9. Ross swung after the ball was in the mitt I think.

  10. Now it’s up to Gonzo.

  11. Pathetic start to the season, David Ross. Reds so far not doing the little things.

  12. Gonzalez 2 for 5 w/ a HR vs. Cruz.

  13. Ross = ice cold.

    And in a bad way, not the ‘cool m-f@#!’ way.

  14. How about shortening your swing, Alex? Just need a single, not a gapper…of course, I’ll take the gapper.

  15. How bout that?

  16. how about a wild pitch now?

  17. A balk? That would have been good a couple of batters ago.

  18. Who is that first base ump. He’s huge.

    is it Froemming?

  19. wooooah, got away with that check swing I think

  20. Two on, no outs…and we can’t score. Ugh.

    And those ABs by EdE, Ross, and Gonzo were simply terrible. Ross and Gonzo didn’t even come close to hitting one. Disgusting.

  21. Wish we had an offense.

  22. This team is going to be in a lot of trouble if it keeps pissing away opportunities like that.

  23. THAT WAS PATHETIC.
    2 on, no outs, a BALK, and still no runs. Simply unexcusable.

  24. Not how you play winning baseball, boys. Bad omen

  25. Hold ’em, Stormy. I’m so glad Eric Byrnes thinks he’s a power hitter.

  26. We need to win this one in the twelfth. I have to get up for work tomorrow.

  27. Gotta hope for at least 12 innings now…

  28. Have to get up in 5 hours, this is it for me.

  29. Well, if you miss the end, Jeff, hope you get good news in the morning.

  30. I agree, let’s win it in the 12th, and go to bed.

  31. Yes the 1b umpire tonight is Big Bruce Froemming.

  32. That’s why Weathers is my arch-nemesis. Can’t stand the guy.

  33. Guess I can go to bed now. BAD BASEBALL!! This has to change quickly.

  34. Damn, there it goes.

  35. Crap. This series is really sucking so far.

  36. and with that. Good night.

    (not so natural in the field eh?)

  37. I can’t believe I wasted my whole evening on that.

    I’m afraid we aren’t a very good team right now.

  38. PS: I still hate the west coast.

    Night all.

  39. Nooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. awful top of the 11th. just had that sinking feeling we weren’t going to see a 12th. unfortunately that feeling was right. just horrible.

  41. It was poorly played, but to dead center with two outs, that would be very tough to get the out at the plate.

  42. Good night, everyone. Once again, though, looks like Weathers is oging to steal some sleep from me.

    But I know I’ll be back tomorrow.

  43. Man. Losing these close games early in the season are gonna catch up with us at the end of the year.

    sheesh.

  44. Wasted opportunities. Two straight games that the Reds could and should have won. Good teams should win these.

    Good evening. I’m going to bed.

  45. And some similar problems from the offense as last year. We just can’t get a hit with runners in scoring position. Its sickening.

  46. Good nite, all.

  47. Lack of situational hitting puts too much pressure on our pitchers. Weathers has been good. Reds have to capitalize obviously.

  48. The Diamondbacks seem to have our number.

  49. It seems that most of you are much more satisfied with Thom than I am. Yes, I prefer him to George (Buccos and Little Guy) Grande, but not by a whole lot. He beats points into the ground mercilessly. He so wants to be right about everything. It really takes something for me to be happy about Chris Welch, but I was glad he challenged Marty Jr a bit. Chris was visibly (audibaly?)irritated. If Thom had said something about the lack of taking pitches one more time I might have taken my television outside for some BP. Thom kept prefacing his comments with ‘I know I haven’t seen these guys much, but…’ you are right Thom, you haven’t. He just seems a little….caustic. It’s not personally appealing to me. Relax, Thom. Just relax. You will have plenty of time to be critical of things.

  50. I agree, preach. And for what it’s worth, a buddy of mine called me last night from Cincinnati just to make the same point.

    I like Welsh, though, and am really enjoying seeing him come out of his shell.

    I think Thom calms down and finds a happy medium after a few more games. But for now, it’s pretty annoying. He’s no more qualified than I am to offer color commentary, but he sounds like he’s Ted Williams, the way he passes judgment on professional baseball players.

  51. I agree with you preach. And Chris, I hope you are right and he does calm down. He’s not even giving the season a few weeks before railing on players. You’d think this was the last month of the season and the Reds had already accumulated 100 losses. Or that they were unanimously picked to be the best team in baseball and are already out of the running.

  52. BTW – I don’t like the new D-back’s uniforms or colors. I can’t tell which team is which. 🙂 Seriously, what happened to their old colors.

  53. I can’t complain about getting rid of teal, purple and whatever other Spin Doctors-era colors they were sporting. But the “change colors every 5 years” act is also pretty tired. It’s apparently called “Sedona Red,” btw.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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