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:

79 Responses

  1. Chris

    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. Chad

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

  3. Jimmy James

    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. Ben

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

  5. Y-City Jim

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

  6. Randy

    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. CeeKeR

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

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    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. Jimmy James

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

  10. Jimmy James

    Junior fouls out.

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

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Harang’s ERA is now below 5.00 !

  12. Bill N.

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

  13. Chad

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

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

  14. DevilsAdvocate

    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. Chad

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

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    I’m watching on 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. DevilsAdvocate

    26 pitches for Wells through 3 innings. Deja vu.

  18. Jimmy James

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

  19. Chad

    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.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

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

  21. The Mad Hatter

    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

  22. Jimmy James

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

  23. The Mad Hatter

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

  24. DevilsAdvocate

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

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  26. The Mad Hatter

    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.

  27. CeeKeR

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

  28. The Mad Hatter

    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.

  29. The Mad Hatter

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

  30. DevilsAdvocate

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

  31. Michael

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

  32. The Mad Hatter

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

  33. DevilsAdvocate

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

  34. The Mad Hatter

    you gotta to be kidding me.

  35. Jared

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

  36. DevilsAdvocate

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

  37. The Mad Hatter

    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.

  38. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  39. DevilsAdvocate

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

  40. Mike

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

  41. Mike

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

  42. The Mad Hatter

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

  43. The Mad Hatter

    Good night all good luck Redlegs

  44. Mike

    Regardless of the balk, a nice outing by Aaron

  45. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  46. DevilsAdvocate

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

  47. Mike

    Adam, its getting something about it!

  48. DevilsAdvocate

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

  49. DevilsAdvocate

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

  50. CeeKeR

    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.”

  51. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  52. Mike

    Ok Hamilton does a single to score Hopper

  53. CeeKeR

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

  54. Justin

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

  55. Mike

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

  56. CeeKeR

    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…

  57. DevilsAdvocate

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

    Hey, Russ Branyan! I remember him.

  58. DevilsAdvocate

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

  59. Justin

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

  60. Justin

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

  61. Justin

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

  62. Justin

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

  63. Bill N.

    See, that’s why Narron took Dunn out. He knew he’d need the bunt here. 🙄

  64. Justin

    Ross got Conine over to second. small ball.

  65. abner

    Let’s see if Weathers deserves this win…

  66. Justin

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

  67. abner

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

  68. abner

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

  69. Justin

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