Wow, that was a fun game last night, wasn’t it?

Tonight, Bronson Arroyo takes the hill, so there’s some chance that tonight will be a good one, as well. Opposing him for the Cards is Braden Looper, who provided me with one of my favorite moments at Great American Ballpark.

It will be interesting to see Looper pitch as a starter; he has certainly enjoyed some success in four starts this season thus far.

The game starts at 8:10 Eastern, so everyone needs to be here to discuss what we hope is another win against the hated Cardinals.

125 Responses

  1. Chad

    Another eight run lead would be nice.

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    In other NL Central news, Mark Prior is out for the season – again – after exploratory surgery evolved into “debridement of Prior’s right rotator cuff, as well as repair of the labral and capsular injuries in his right shoulder.”

    Also, Ben Sheets left his start early today with a groin injury.

  3. Y-City Jim

    Prior may someday be compared to Paul Wilson.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Cincinnati Reds

    Hamilton CF
    Dunn LF
    Phillips 2b
    Griffey RF
    Encarnacion 3b
    Hatteberg 1b
    Gonzalez SS
    Ross C
    Arroyo P

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    St. Louis Cardinals

    Eckstein SS
    Duncan LF
    Pujols 1b
    Rolen 3b
    Edmonds CF
    Wilson RF
    Kennedy 2b
    Molina C
    Looper P

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    There’s that Hamilton patience again. Leadoff walk – I haven’t paid close attention to Looper, but given that he’s a converted reliever I wonder how good his endurance is.

  7. DevilsAdvocate

    Huh – Gameday switched it up on me. Now it has Phillips hitting 2nd and Adam Dunn hitting 3rd.

  8. H.K.

    Freel is batting .375. Encarnacion does not have a hit. Narron said to CTrent Freel will play tomorrow. He does not have a hit against keisler.

  9. CeeKeR

    Let’s hope the bottom of the Reds’ lineup can be productive again tonight!

  10. DevilsAdvocate

    Hmmm. I was wondering whether Freel was banged up or something. That’s three days off in a row for him.

  11. Dave Massey

    Nice catch by Griff to end the 1st.

  12. Jimmy James

    Who is on base? I missed what happened.

  13. Jimmy James

    Ross looked pitiful there. (This is a recording.)

    I had forgotten about that game, Chad.

  14. Chad

    Hamilton has played 88 games since 2001.

    Unbelievable.

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    I watched that TLC show last night that partially featured Josh Hamilton. It really brought home how gigantic a change he has gone through in so short a time. Less than a year ago he was being inducted into his high school’s hall of fame, and at that time that could just as easily have been the pinnacle of his baseball career. And he knew it.

  16. Jimmy James

    After all the offense last night, we can’t touch Randy Keisler.

  17. Chad

    I haven’t watched it yet, DA. I may try to watch it tomorrow evening, since the Reds have a day game.

  18. Michael

    According to ACCUSCORE on ESPN.com, David Ross has an 18.2% chance of hitting a home run tonight.

    Not sure what to make of that!

  19. Chad

    I wrote the post above, and I still somehow thought Randy Keisler was pitching. I’ve lost my mind.

  20. Jimmy James

    You’re not the only insane one, Chad. You fooled me, too!

    What’s funny is that I was thinking of Looper in my head when I typed my post!

  21. DevilsAdvocate

    Randy Keisler is the career reliever who is starting for the Cardinals tomorrow. Braden Looper is the career reliever who is starting for the Cardinals tonight.

    How the conventional wisdom figures them for a division favorite is beyond me.

  22. Y-City Jim

    It looks like the Reds need some love!

  23. Y-City Jim

    On an unrelated note, Jack Black is hilarious.

  24. Y-City Jim

    It’s Hamilton Time!

    Feel the Love!!

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    BOOM!

    Hamilton cannot be stopped.

  26. Chad

    That was a shot.

    Josh Hamilton = good.

  27. Michael

    I, hereby, declare this the Summer of Hamilton!!!

  28. Y-City Jim

    Dunn needs some lovingQQ

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Y-City Jim

    Toggling back and forth between the Reds and the Idol special. Jeff Beck is playing with Kelly Clarkson. Great number!

  30. Y-City Jim

    Besides the all-star performers on AI tonight, Paula Abdul’s breasts are amply on display.

  31. Y-City Jim

    I think they may have been inflated with nitrogen.

  32. Y-City Jim

    Time for the Edmeister to go downtown.

  33. Jimmy James

    Jim, I was about to mock you for watching Idol until you mentioned breasts. You redeemed yourself.

  34. Jimmy James

    I’m starting to wonder if ole Edwin’s head is so screwed up that he WON’T come out of this funk this season…or until he is traded away from Narron. He looks terrible.

  35. H.K.

    Edwen 0-3 still hitless against Looper

  36. Y-City Jim

    Breasts are the great redeemers.

    A charity show with Jeff Beck, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Bono ain’t all bad! If they just had a surprise performance by Bruce Springsteen.

  37. Jimmy James

    Edwin’s bad, but Ross is worse.

  38. Michael

    Ross kind of reminds me of Rick Hundley, the later years…except Ross never really had any good years, just a good half…

  39. Jimmy James

    Hope we have good news for you tomorrow, HK.

  40. Y-City Jim

    Now that Looper is gone I sure would love an eight run lead.

  41. The Mad Hatter

    Just got back from a week in the field and it’s nice to see that things having changed much since I left, still hovering around .500 and still not scoring many runs. Come on guys let’s get to this bullpen and give Bronson some love.

  42. DevilsAdvocate

    What is that, 10 in a row set down by Arroyo? He’s thrown 96 pitches and is likely out for a pinch-hitter in a moment.

  43. Y-City Jim

    Let’s make Bronson a winner by scoring a few this inning.

  44. Jimmy James

    Is it already the 8th inning? Wow.

  45. The Mad Hatter

    Wow can’t believe the difference between home and away for a guy like Freel.

  46. DevilsAdvocate

    Need several runs…the bullpen is on for at least two innings.

  47. Jimmy James

    Don’t scare me like that, DA.

    Please hit a couple of homers this inning, Hamilton!

  48. Chris

    That’s the first time I’ve seen Hamilton look bad.

  49. Chris

    I think last year Narron keeps Bronson in for the 8th. Wonder if Bronson said he was “done” again?

  50. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha ha, Jimmy James…

    “Dave, if medicine tasted good I’d be pourin’ cough syrup on my pancakes.”

  51. Dave Massey

    Man, I really hope this doesn’t turn into Y.A.W.A.B.A.S.

    (Yet Another Wasted Awesome Bronson Arroyo Start)

  52. Jimmy James

    All I know is that Bronson had another great start, and the Reds can’t score so he won’t get a win again. He’s been so unlucky this year.

  53. Y-City Jim

    Well, I would love a shutdown performance by the Reds bullpen and for the offense to just explode all over the Birdies in the top of the 9th.

  54. Jimmy James

    The bullpen comes in…and the first batter gets a hit.

    Here we go again. I’m afraid this game is lost. I hope I’m wrong.

  55. Jimmy James

    Cards on first and second with no outs. Albert Poo-holes coming to the plate.

    This is getting tiresome.

  56. Y-City Jim

    I would love to see Sarloos throw some strikes consistently.

  57. Jimmy James

    Well, that didn’t take long. I hate this bullpen. You can love them, Jim…I hate them.

  58. Chris

    Anyone know why Saarloos threw a turd down the pipe with a 2-2 count?

  59. Randy

    This bullpen sucks!!!!!

    Not to put too fine a point on it….

  60. Y-City Jim

    You just don’t put two guys on base in front of Albert. BTW, where’s Voodoo Albert?

  61. Jimmy James

    Chris, because he thought he could get a below-average hitter like Pujols out with that crap.

    I swear, this bullpen’s act has worn thin. It’s the same thing every night (with the exception of about a week earlier in the year).

  62. DevilsAdvocate

    Yikes. This looks bad. Heck, Saarloos didn’t even retire a batter.

    “There comes a time in every friendship when you have to say, ‘I never liked you – get lost.'”

  63. The Mad Hatter

    don’t worry The Kriv will make it better by trading some excess offense, wait there isnt any

  64. DevilsAdvocate

    So is Isringhausen still a ticking timebomb like he was last year? Reds only have one shot to reel this one back in.

  65. DevilsAdvocate

    Looks like his last time out, Jason Isringhausen gave up 2 runs to the Cubs to blow the save.

  66. Y-City Jim

    Nothing like a defensive implosion to complete the night.

  67. DevilsAdvocate

    At this rate there won’t even be a save opportunity for STL.

  68. Chris

    Is Tom Hume still employed as bullpen coach? I’m just askin.

  69. Jimmy James

    At least Arroyo won’t get the loss.

  70. CeeKeR

    Ok: I think I’ll just watch the first 6 innings of the Reds games from now on. If they aren’t up by at least seven runs, I turn it off and can safely assume they will lose. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Another great starting performance and yet again, more crap from our so-called bullpen.

  71. DevilsAdvocate

    Good ol’ Tom Doom is indeed the bullpen coach.

  72. Y-City Jim

    Hume is back in the pen but I still find that job a mystery.

  73. Chris

    Dunn is so selfish and lazy, only hitting doubles once the game is out of reach. SO anti-clutch.

  74. Y-City Jim

    Well, it would be nice if someone would get the bullpen straightened out since Dick Pole has the starters doing some good stuff.

    This Cardinals outfield is horrible.

  75. Jimmy James

    Nice hit by Dunn to lead off the ninth, but where has his power gone? What happened to the days when he’d crush balls every other night or so?

    I think Brook Jacoby and all the Marty-like sniping at him over the strikeouts has screwed him up bad. He can’t just be Dunn now.

  76. Y-City Jim

    Will the aliens that abducted the real EE please return him?

  77. Chris

    Dunn hit that ball to the warning track the opposite field – I thought he drilled it pretty good.

  78. Jimmy James

    He did drill it pretty good…but how many hard hit balls have we seen from him in the last two weeks? I can’t remember any.

  79. Y-City Jim

    Well that might have been the game winner if not for Sarloos.

  80. Chris

    He hit another double the opposite way a couple days ago, too. Dunn’s never been one for loud outs. If he’s slumping, it’s pretty much strikeouts.

  81. Chris

    Haha. Love to see Eckstein boof one. I really hate that guy.

  82. Jimmy James

    David Ross at the plate as the tying run?

    That’s my worst nightmare.

  83. Chad

    I love it when Eckstein screws up. E6.

  84. Jimmy James

    Aaaah, it’s the LLM. Much better, I think.

  85. DevilsAdvocate

    LLM represents the tying run…

  86. Y-City Jim

    What’s the latest medical report on Bray?

  87. Jimmy James

    I remember that Eddie, Jim….what happened to him? He was Mr. Clutch last year.

  88. Jimmy James

    Games like this are so frustrating. I can’t imagine how Arroyo feels.

  89. DevilsAdvocate

    Reds also have Jared “My Real Name Is Levi” Burton on a rehab assignment, which can last another week-plus.

  90. Randy

    I’m sad about Edwin. He always looks so pitiful.