From Superman to The Joker; yesterday’s magnificent performance yields to Eric Milton’s return to the mound at Great American Ballpark. Hide the women and children.

Okay, all joking aside, I’m fairly interested to see what Milton does today. He gets a really bad rap in the Nation, and much of that rap is deserved, but Milton had some extended stretches last year of adequate pitching. With Matt Belisle and Kyle Lohse pitching well, all we need is for Milton to somehow figure out how to be league average. A league average fifth starter is like icing on the cake.

So, I haven’t given up hope on the old guy…yet.

That said, the Brew Crew has given us fits over the last couple of seasons, and they have a pretty good team this year. So I’d like to win this one. Adam Dunn is supposed to be back in the lineup, and we may need his offense.

Keep those fingers crossed, and discuss the game here.

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  1. With our offense:

    Game Over

  2. Well, this isn’t good.

  3. Matt, Heisey and Stubbs have hit in every game for the Dragons.

  4. ball game is right. . .

  5. While getting the kids ready for bed, I got to listen to some of the radio broadcast. Good to hear the Ol’ Lefthander.

  6. This “pitching and defense” thing is working well, isn’t it?

    Whether it works or not in the end, I think we’re going to have some frustrating nights watching this anemic offense struggle.

  7. Thank god for Marty and Joe

  8. Top of the order. It’s the only chance we have of pushing a couple across … at least there’s some distance in the order right now between us and Castro/Ross suckitude.

  9. E6. Runner aboard with no outs.

    And Thom is hammering Freel about his hacking ways. That’s good to hear.

  10. And, of course, Phillips hacks at the first pitch….at least he hit it hard!

  11. no pressure dunn, you are the only hitter in the lineup

  12. Two on for Dunn.

  13. River, Ross’ OBP is .077 because he has two hits in 24 ABs (before tonight), but he also has two sac flies, which is part of the equation for OBP.

  14. Hah, that’s true, isn’t it, Matt?

  15. I love him, but I know Dunn is going to strike out here.

  16. I’d say you’re right, Jimmy.

  17. I wanna be wrong, though.

  18. Not a K!

    Bases loaded with no outs, and Michael Wuertz isn’t within miles of the stadium. They have to score here.

  19. Let’s go Reds… Please please please have some offense. I cannot take another bases loaded no runs….

  20. Thanks Brian.

    Come on Conine!

  21. Hit your 9th grand salami, Conine!!!!!

  22. I agree with Brantley, that’s one of the worse calls I’ve ever seen. Takes ’em right out of the inning.

  23. the reds just got royally screwed..plain and simple

  24. I’m following on MLB.com. What happened there?

  25. uggghhh

  26. Conine had a broken bat line drive to shallow center — Rickie Weeks tipped it with his glove but didn’t catch it. One run scores, but the 2nd base ump called a Infield Fly Rule. Conine called out after the fact.

  27. conine hit a soft broken bat line drive and they didnt catch it and they called conine out on an infield fly

  28. I’m also following on MLB.

    I see Griffey continued with tonight’s hack attack.

  29. Way to go EE!

  30. How do the runners move up on an infield fly call? Was the ball dropped?

  31. it’s safe to say they got screwed there..encarnacion’s double would have had conine on third with 1 out and castro’s fly ball could have scored him..oh well

  32. Awesome, three runs in. We can win this ball game.

  33. Never mind, that’s trash!

  34. Well. We salvaged that inning, but this team usually has one big outburst, then back to nothing again. They have 3 more chances to prove me wrong.

  35. Over their last 3 games, the Reds have now scored in 3 of their last 33 innings!!!

    Woohoo!!!

  36. 4 games I mean…

  37. You must be referring to the 6 run outburst in Chicago

  38. Crap, two runs on with no outs on Coffey. I think he can still get out of this.

  39. loaded up

  40. Coffey is a gas can tonight!!

  41. If the Reds hold the Brewers scoreless this inning, I think that’ll be enough momentum for them to win this one…

  42. you gotta be kidding me come on guys keep it close

  43. I’m so mad about that infield fly call, I can barely see straight. That was just awful, and it completely screwed the Reds’ chances of tying.

    Not that it matters the way Coffey is throwing gas on this fire.

  44. Bases loaded, no outs, Bill Hall at the plate.

    Welcome to your worst nightmare.

  45. well that’ll do it. night night

  46. Boy was I wrong. I think it is over now. Coffey’s ERA just balooned.

  47. Think we can score 9 runs?

    This week, I mean. Can we score 9 runs this week?

  48. Look at the bright side – our pitchers will be very motivated this season…pitch a shut out and hope for at least a tie!

  49. What was the error there, I didn’t see it. Was it on a throw?

  50. EE bobbled it, he didn’t field it properly.

  51. I’m sick.

  52. Me too. What a waste of a decent outing by Milton.

  53. Milton and decent. It could happen. I fear it is to late though. MB will get things back on track tomorrow.

  54. I suppose you can call it a decent outing. 99 pitches over five innings is unacceptable though.

  55. Is Cruz like 12-years-old?

  56. Can we score seven in the 9th?

  57. Lets not get on Milton for throwing 99 pitches. Coffey is the one that blew..

    7 runs in the 9th? It could happen…I wish.

  58. Ross got a hit!!! His third of the season!! WooHoo

  59. 7, maybe not, but I’ll take 6 – and there’s 2 right now. Wow. Josh Hamilton.

  60. Hamilton smacks one out of the park…..Maybe there are some bright spots tonight.

  61. I agree that Coffey blew major chunks but you asking for trouble when your starter can only give you five innings.

    2 down, five to go!!

  62. Thom Brennaman loves Josh Hamilton.

  63. Will anything equal that pounding that Claussen took from Milwaukee last year? Man! That was brutal!

  64. Thom has man love for Josh.

    I am still a little skeptical. His minor league stats are not strong.

    Lets put this one behind us and start Josh tomorrow in CF.

  65. Pathetic result, but a lot of positives tonight, actually:

    – Say what you want about a pitch count, but Milton did as good as you can expect from your #5. The bullpen was rested, and has no excuse for melting down.

    – EE came through with a big hit, breaking out of his slump.

    – Three hits for Dunn, including a good AB and a single up the middle in a throwaway AB in the 9th – good “greedy” hitting, ala Pete Rose or Tony Gwynn.

    – Nice outing by Countlangus. A good find by Krivsky.

    – It’s early, but I’m close to believing that Jeff Conine has something left in the tank. Another kudo to Krivsky.

    – Hamilton. Just Hamilton.

    All that said, this team needs to find some offense, and quick. This is no surprise – and Krivsky should’ve been prepared for the possibility that Ross wouldn’t hit.

  66. Chris: I like the positives, and I think you are correct on most of them. Dunn has been impressive to me for the most part this season, and I truly want to believe that EE, Ross, and Phillips are going to come around (biggest doubts about Ross, but with 3 catchers, one of them has to be able to hit right?)

    Get ’em tomorrow boys.

  67. Seasdon is still young yet. Got to get the kinks out of the bats still. We will wake up eventually. Milton, I guess it was more of an acceptable outing. Needs toget his act together better placed pitches would be nice start.

  68. I’m unable to tune into the games for a few days, and have to read about them the next morning…but looks like Bill F#&%ing Hall did it again.

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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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