Game three of a four game set against Hot-lanta tonight features Bronson Arroyo vs. Lance Cormier.

Sorry for the lack of a “Down on the Farm” feature today. The day turned out to be much busier than I had anticipated. Hey, Redleg Nation is fun, but sometimes life gets in the way.

I’ve settled in to watch the game tonight, though. Let’s discuss it here.

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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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23 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    34 pitches in the first for Arroyo. And he only threw to 5 batters.

  2. Derek

    Back to back homers!

    Who needs Dunn when we have Keppinger?

  3. Jared

    Arroyo makes it out of the 5th on a pop foul and grounder to SS with the bases loaded. Scary.

  4. Jared

    Wow, I dont know if anyone else just saw that, but it looked like, after sliding ahead of the tag at home plate, Javy was pointing the lost ball out to McCann..?

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Surprised they let Arroyo bat here with 97 pitches through 5. But it sure worked out well. 4-1 Reds.

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    That is an inspiringly smart move by Mackanin to take Arroyo out. He’s learning about the pitchcount effect on Arroyo, and he doesn’t want 130 pitches for Bronson tonight to turn into 8 runs allowed his next two times out. The Jones homer was as good an excuse to take him out as any.

  7. DevilsAdvocate

    Of course, then he brings in Stanton. As long as his outing is short.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    WWWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Texas won the first game of a doubleheader in Baltimore, 30-3. No, that is not a typo. Most runs scored in the live ball era. In fact, I think the most scored since the 1800’s.

  9. ChicagoRedsFan

    30-3? Was Majewski traded to Baltimore without me knowing? 😀

  10. ChicagoRedsFan

    Baltimore was actually leading 3-0 going into the 4th inning…talking about blowing a lead!

    I think we have found a team with a worse bullpen!

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Jeff Brantley needs to not try so hard. He doesn’t need to say, “It wouldn’t have mattered if Griffey had been in a three-point stance and sprinted towards third as soon as the ball was hit, he would still be exactly where he is right now, and that is third base. And that is because that man out in center field – and here I’m talking about Andruw Jones – he can cover it like there’s no tomorrow.” All in that slow even monotone . . . all he needs to say is just what happened; don’t fancy it up with awkward language you don’t need. “It wouldn’t have mattered what kind of jump Griffey got on that hit, Andruw Jones is just too quick out there and would have thrown him out from her to there.” It’s not so hard.

  12. ChicagoRedsFan

    Just for fun, here are Keppinger’s numbers projected over a full season (600 at bats):

    227 hits
    52 2B
    5 3B
    16 HR
    109 RBI
    114 R

    I realize rather unlikely to happen over a full season, but still puts his 116 AB output into perspective.

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    Meanwhile, in AAA . . . Todd Coffey is now 2-2 at the plate since he was sent back down to Louisville. Also, he has an ERA of 1.83 . Also, he’s been credited with two wins.

  14. ChicagoRedsFan

    DA, I think anchoring on ESPN has possibly made Brantley that way. Many of the “personalities” there try to show off how “smart” they are or try to become bigger than the sport and entertain.

  15. DevilsAdvocate

    That’s a good theory, Chicago. Bloviating on TV has corrupted many a broadcaster.

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    Whew. Stanton got through a scoreless 1â…” somehow. Glad to have him out of there and get things feeling a little more secure. The hottest hand in the bullpen is on.

  17. daedalus

    damn, i was thinking about going to that o’s doubleheader tonight. i wish i had!!!!

    just got home. chad, when life starts getting in the way of baseball, it’s time to change life!!! ha ha ha.

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    Storrrrrrrmyyyyyyy . . .

    Weathers is on. Let’s hope he’s sharp, and gets to strike out Chipper swinging to end it.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    Weathers benefited from a bit of a wide strikezone there. But it’s a K to end the game. Reds beat the Braves again!

  20. Y-City Jim

    Maybe Andruw Jones’ little showing up of Guardado on Monday got the Reds fired up a bit.

  21. Justin

    And now the Lizard Man gets to give me a nice birthday present. A win and a 2nd series win over the vile Braves. We have won the season series from Hotlanta lets put a dagger in their play-off hopes. Onward to .500

  22. GregD

    30-3, and Wes Littleton picked up his first major league save. In fairness to Littleton, the lead was only 14-3 when he entered the game.

    You may also recognize one of the Orioles relievers names: Robert Allen Bell. Only 7 of the runs in 1.1 IP.