The mighty Redlegs return home tonight to begin a homestand with the visiting Colorado Rockies. Matt Belisle takes his 3-1 record (3.45 ERA) to the mound to face someone named Jason Hirsh, who has had a pretty good season thus far (2-2, 3.41). Tonight is the start of a three game set with the Rox, after which Houston will come to town for four games.

The Reds have not been outstanding on the road, so homestands like this one are more important. The Rockies and Astros, no matter how you slice it, aren’t the cream of the crop in the National League. The Reds need to win 4 or 5 of these games at home, no question about it.

Very interesting lineup tonight for the Reds:

Scott Hatteberg 1b
Brandon Phillips 2b
Ken Griffey rf
Edwin Encarnacion 3b
Adam Dunn lf
Alex Gonzalez ss
Josh Hamilton cf
David Ross c
Matt Belisle p

I wonder if Hatteberg has ever hit leadoff in his life. I give manager Jerry Narron credit here. It takes guts to throw The Book out the window and start a slow guy with a high OBP at the top of the order. Hope it works.

Here’s the lineup for Colorado:

Taveras cf
Tulowitzki ss
Holliday lf
Helton 1b
Atkins 3b
Hawpe rf
Torrealba c
Quintanilla 2b
Hirsh p

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  1. Wow, double play. Stanton managed to escape that one.

    Now, let’s score some runs!

  2. Awesome. I figured the Rockies would get at least one run out of that.

  3. SEA vs NY
    A combined 5 HRs so far. None by the overpaid Yankee 3rd Baseman (2-5).

  4. A-Rod is underpaid.

  5. Another opportunity for Edwin.

  6. my mistake… 😳

  7. 🙂

  8. Dunn with a one-out single. Let’s get him home.

  9. Dunn sets the table. Somebody please bring him home.

  10. An interesting observation.
    The Reds have 8 hits. 1 each by the startng 8.

    And now a 2nd by Dunn. Lets get him home.

  11. That is interesting. Wonder how often that happens?

  12. How about a second hit by A-Gon?

  13. What was that?

  14. Come, Josh! Time to end this with a Jack!!!

  15. Sounds like a wierd play there. Can Hamilton keep it going?

  16. Add another chapter to the legend, Josh.

  17. Nope. K.

    On to the 11th

  18. I think Hamilton has taken a cut at the first pitch in every AB tonight. He’s not as patient as he was earlier in the season.

    And there’s an UGLY strikeout.

  19. That bites!

    Maybe Ross can end it next inning.

  20. One away.

  21. I missed why Narron isn’t here tonight. Has he got another kid graduating?

  22. Two away. Has Stanton settled down? Or am I jinxing him?

  23. I think it’s his daughter, Jim, unless I mis-heard the story earlier.

  24. JINXED!

  25. What pitcher is coming in?

  26. I just heard she is graduating from East Carolina, the alma mater of Kevin Martin of the Sacramento Kings and native of the Y-City.

  27. That’s a good mix Jim. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot took me a few times to get into, but now it’s easily in my all-time top 20 (at least).

    I went through a big Sinatra spell a year or two ago. Gotta be in the right mood, but if you are, it’s the best.

    DMB is the one band I really can’t stand. Probably from going to law school with half your classmates from UVa who swore to have been at every bar concert, frat party, and jam session they ever had. 😛

  28. What is Y-City, Jim?

    Youngstown? (/sarcasm)

  29. Sorry – internet outage leads to very tardy posts.

    East Carolina is also the alma mater of one Jeff Blake.

  30. Crap.

  31. How have I not seen that Chuck Norris commercial before?

  32. sooo. 20/20.

    Do you pull Stanton there, or leave him in?

  33. David Weathers sucks. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t. He literally sucks.

  34. :mrgreen:

    Yeah, I’ve been at every concert, etc, as well.

    Not really, of course, but I know plenty of the people you are talking about. I did see DMB ten or fifteen times at Trax, a local dive, and I think they may have played at a party I attended, but I’m not sure. They were good, but I didn’t anticipate this kind of success.

    As for Sinatra, I agree. You have to be in the right mood, but he holds up very well.

    Another of my favorites is Bruce Hornsby, another Virginian. He puts on a great show.

  35. How slow is Ross?

  36. I hate David Weathers more than I hated Danny Graves. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but it’s true.

  37. The Reds need Chuck Norris to pitch!

  38. Aaaah, internet outage, Chris. I thought I had run you off with the NPR talk.

  39. I used to see Hornsby in the bars in Williamsburg from time to time (he’s from there). Hard to miss – the guy is 6’7″ or something. He’s another guy that I never cared for. I like his piano-playing, actually, just not his singing.

  40. Ross. Freel. Conine. Ugh.

  41. I’m a huge NPR guy. I’m a lot closer to their target demographic than you are. 😀

  42. Weathers isn’t even close to Graves, in my hate book.

  43. I thought that was a hit for Freel.

    It’s all up to Co-neenee.

  44. Right now, we Chuck Norris to hit.

  45. Yeah, Hornsby may be an acquired taste, but his live stuff is awesome. Except that his shows these days are full of Dead-heads (Bruce played with the group from time to time near the end).

    He sat next to me at a UVa basketball game once; you’re correct — he’s very tall.

  46. Probably true about NPR, Chris, but I find myself moving in that direction more every day. It may be the NPR influence, actually.

  47. Fuentes throwing bounce passes into the lane, like a good point guard.

  48. c’mon, Conine.

  49. Nice work by Conine. It’s going to take a good double to score him.

  50. c’mon, BP.

  51. Conine walks. He’s been very good so far during his time as a Red.

  52. I agree, Jimmy.

    C’mon, BP!!!

  53. Nuts. See you tomorrow.

  54. BP didn’t swing at the first pitch?

    Oh well, he got out anyway. Crap.

  55. g’nite

  56. Well, that was disappointing.

  57. Didn’t Krivsky realize Weathers sucked last year?

  58. Good night, all.

  59. The reason Weathers is ahead of Graves on my hate meter is that this is Weathers’ second tour of duty with the team, and he was awful the first time. He has been terrible for this team, and even when he’s being “successful,” he is giving me a heart attack every time he appears.

    I just can’t stand him. Yeah, maybe it’s because Graves’ memory has faded into the past a bit, but I have to put Weathers at the top of my “least favorite” list. I was so happy when he left the first time around, only to see him return.

    I can’t wait until he’s gone again.

  60. The Y-City is Zanesville, Ohio. Name that for the Y-Bridge.

    Oddly enough about 15 miles east from Zanesville is a S-Bridge located just outside New Concord.

  61. Okay, I’m going to go figure out who this Wilco band is. See y’all later.

  62. Has Weathers ever been good for the Reds? At least Graves was a great closer at one point in time. I was at his final game as a Red and I was happy to see him go. I’ll feel the same about Weathers.

  63. Bucky Dent continued tonight in the footsteps of Jerry Narron. How could he not with Stanton and Weather and crew serving up BP. We can’t wait and hope that Billy Bray or EDE are going to the answers – we need help and we need it now.
    1. Figure out how to trade for at least one decent relif pitcher
    2. Maybe we could throw Jerry narron in on the deal as he has to be the least imaginitive manager since Dave Miley.

  64. Is it me or does Mark Berry do a terrible job at third base. He was lucky a couple of times on the road trip where he sent guys that should have been out by a mile but for a poor throw.

    This team ain’t winning the decision. I think Stanton and Weathers will have some trade value as setup men in July. The starting pitching has been pretty good. EE’s error killed Belisle tonight. EE has been terrible in the field and at the plate this year.

  65. Jimmy James-Narron wasn’t even there tonight.

  66. Actually the bullpen did a pretty good job tonight. The offense stalled after the sixth.

  67. Who Dey!

  68. It is going to be hard to trade old guys who can’t get outs, no matter how sad the market is. I just can’t stomach watching games after the starters exit the game, knowing that Stanton and Weathers will be pitching. For guys who have been around for a long time, you would think they should know that you have to get ahead of hitters. That absolutely kills when they get down 2-0 and have to give a meat pitch. It will be a very long season, if things keep progressing the way they are now. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wish we had a guy like Scott Sullivan back when he would save our ass.

  69. One more thing, isn’t about time to dump Castro and bring up Keppinger. He is tearing it up, actually give us another bat on the bench. I think I feel more comfortable with Bronson hitting than Castro, and that is very very sad.

  70. Castro isn’t on the team to hit. He’s on the team as a late-inning defensive replacement for the sieve called Edwin Encarnacion.

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