Another West Coast game tonight, and Aaron Harang will take the mound in his hometown, trying to keep the Good Ship Cincinnati afloat. David Wells will go for San Diego.

There really isn’t much that we can say about this west coast swing at this point. Yes, it’s been horrific. Yes, this seems to happen every time the Reds go west.

Let’s just hope the Reds can pick up a win tonight and tomorrow. If the good guys can somehow win this series, it will take some of the sting out of this road trip.

As for me, I probably won’t be able to stay up for much of tonight’s titanic struggle. I have to get up early tomorrow to catch a flight to the Big Apple. Don’t ransack the place while I’m gone.

Enjoy the game….well, let’s hope we all enjoy it tonight.

UPDATE: A picture from Redleg Nation editor Chris, who wasn’t kidding when he said he had great seats for tonight’s game:

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  1. Keep an eye out for me, viewers. I just scored some sweet seats – right behind home plate, but probably too far back to be seen on the normal CF camera. Maybe on a foul ball or something….

    I’ll be the dude in the Eric Davis road jersey that’s too big for him.

  2. I’ll be watching until I fall asleep. Hope you have a good evening at the ole ball yard.

  3. Tonight’s lineup for the Reds:

    Freel 3b
    Phillips 2b
    Griffey rf
    Conine 1b
    Dunn lf
    Gonzalez ss
    Hamilton cf
    Moeller c
    Harang p

  4. Will Jerry Narron be fired before the All-Star break?

  5. One can only hope. I was hoping for mid-June at the latest.

  6. We’ll see. I’d like to think Krivsky will pull the trigger on that one, but he hasn’t done anything to fix this team’s bigger problems.

  7. Conine cleanup, Alex G. 6th, and Moeller starting… Might be a long game..

  8. Hamilton getting the start, even though it will be against a crafty old southpaw. Of course, I guess the Reds have no other real option with Freel at 3b.

  9. Two up, two down, very quickly. Picking up where we left off the other night!

  10. Junior fouls out.

    At least we have Conine leading off the 2nd! :mrgreen:

  11. Harang’s ERA is now below 5.00 !

  12. If the Gameday pitch tracking is to be believed, Harang threw fastballs for 16 of 18 pitches in the first inning.

  13. It’s the second inning, and the Reds aren’t losing yet!

    And now, Harang whiffs the slick-fielding, girly-looking Padre shortstop.

  14. Harang has always thrown a lot of fastballs, especially early on and early in the count. Now in the second he’s throwing a bunch of sliders to set up the fastball again.

    There are two A. Gonzalez’s in this game.

  15. And on the next pitch, Cameron crushes one that could not have gone further without being a homerun. Hamilton chased it down. Whew.

  16. I’m watching on mlb.tv and still listening for the first Simpsons joke from the Channel 4 San Diego broadcasting team . . . although one of the announcers does sound quite a bit like Matt Groening.

  17. 26 pitches for Wells through 3 innings. Deja vu.

  18. Whammy!

  19. Phillips does a good Freel imitation there, getting picked off second with Junior batting.

  20. Alright, guys and gals…I’m off to bed. I have a flight to catch in a few hours.

    Cheer on the good guys for me.

  21. This game is now halfway through and it’s only lasted 50 minutes.

  22. Yes I’ve been on Farney’s case but IMHO that play should have been made by any 3b with range. Freel doesn’t have the instincts to play that position well

  23. I don’t think we’re ever going to score again.

  24. That’s it Farney make me look bad all you want.

  25. Finally – 1-0 Reds! Could have been more if not for the play by Kouzmanoff on the would-be sac. bunt.

  26. Harang’s ERA now down to an even 4.50 and dropping . . .

    74 pitches thrown through 6 (4 were on the intentional walk, though). Meanwhile Wells has thrown 60 pitches through his 6 innings.

  27. This might be the best I’ve seen Harang pitch this year. Lot’s a grounders and some easy outs. Good to see. Hope this means more to come.

    Not being a Moeller fan, me thinks Moeller is going to be Harang’s personal catcher.

  28. 1-0 lead… Must not take Harang out ever. Must not take Harang out ever. Must not take Harang out ever. . .

  29. Well at the pace of this game I think I’m glad I decided to watch a few innings. Turns out I might watch the whole thing.

  30. Need more runs, the dreaded 8th is about to begin.

  31. The 8th is only dreaded if the bullpen is pitching it. Harang is still going strong – just 1 hit allowed to this point.

  32. With a win tonight they’ll be at .400!

  33. one more out, one more out. Not much to ask for

  34. Uh-oh – Harang looking more vulnerable. Brian Giles will toe the line with two in scoring position and two out.

  35. you gotta to be kidding me.

  36. That balk is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen in my life.

  37. That is terrible, terrible luck. A balk on a caught spike. Shazzbot.

  38. gotta watch the top half of the 9th but after that it’s bed time. Hope they can put something together here. Still can’t believe a balk on a pitch to the plate. The luck factor of this team is absolutly zero if not negative.

  39. At least he was able to regroup and get the last out. Most of the rest of the staff would have given up a homer on the next pitch or something.

    So . . . 1-1 and the Reds get to face the vaunted Padre bullpen for the first time.

  40. At least the strong part of the order is coming up.

  41. Even more – the Reds face their former draftpick, Trevor Hoffman.

  42. Just think what could have been if Hoffman was still with the Reds

  43. The Prince of Milwaukee could be easily better than his dad. Another HR tonight for 12 this yr.

  44. Just think what could have been if Germano waw still with the Reds and not Saarloos. Can’t believe he was traded for Cormier

  45. Good night all good luck Redlegs

  46. Regardless of the balk, a nice outing by Aaron

  47. Padre broadcasters were talking like Harang was done for the night, but he’s still in the game. Standing at 108 pitches to start the 9th.

  48. Aaron Harang: Zen Master. What a job he did tonight.

  49. Adam, its getting late..do something about it!

  50. Here we go, into the tenth facing Scott Linebrink now, with some big hitters coming up.

  51. Dunn walks and is taken out for a pinch-runner. I sure hope that pays off.

  52. Marty does his rant of the inning

  53. Well, as the Padres announcers said “if this game keeps going, we don’t have to worry about pitching to Dunn anymore tonight…and that’s…refreshing.”

  54. A. Gonzalez bunts again and pops it up again, though foul and just out of the reach of the other A. Gonzalez. Hopper had a huge jump and had the base stolen, for nothing. And K on the next pitch.

  55. Ok Hamilton does a single to score Hopper

  56. Guess not

  57. Wow, just saw the photo – those were good seats! Heck of a pitching masterpiece by both teams too!

  58. Harang’s night must be coming to an end, Moeller is out.

  59. The only time I’ve had seats that good was at a minor league game

  60. Wow, Linebrink strikes ’em out… Hatteberg looked helpless up there.

    It’s late – I have to head to bed. Hope I wake up to some kind of good news…

  61. Weather on for the loss

  62. It’s David Weathers in a pressure situation. Let’s hope he maintains that good-looking stat line.

    Hey, Russ Branyan! I remember him.

  63. Stellar Photo!!

  64. Weathers looking uncharacteristically dull in a 1-2-3 inning. Thank goodness. Castro-Freel-Phillips due up in the 11th.

  65. What an inning for Weathers. if only the rest of our relievers could be that way.

  66. Phillips got a hit.

  67. Pillips out at 2nd on a solid throw by Bard.

  68. Weathers back on the hill. Giles and the top of the order for Padres.

  69. another effective inning by Weathers……20 pitches and 2 innings pitched.
    Come on Griffey lets get the rub and go up.

  70. homer!!!

  71. Conine a single, come on Ross

  72. See, that’s why Narron took Dunn out. He knew he’d need the bunt here. πŸ™„

  73. Ross got Conine over to second. small ball.

  74. Let’s see if Weathers deserves this win…

  75. 2 quick outs end the threat. Lets see who Narron sends out. Old man Weathers for a 3rd inning and the win.

  76. 1 more to go

  77. Its only 10pm here on the west coast and the bottom of the 12th. Crazy.

  78. Whoa. Stormy keeps it interesting with 2 deep flybal louts. but the skid comes to an end. Reds Win!

  79. Cameron up……high fly ball, Freel under it……And this one belongs to the Reds!!

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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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