Reds and Fish start a weekend set tonight with a pretty good pitching matchup: Aaron Harang vs. Dontrelle Willis. I will probably miss part of the game because high school football starts tonight in my area, and we’re probably going to go to the game.

Discuss the Reds, or high school football, or whatever you want, right here.

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39 Responses

  1. Chad

    Game is getting ready to start and I already regret coming out in this heat to watch a football game, of all things. Football. Ugh.

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    It would be nice if Harang allows fewer than 3 homeruns tonight. It’s a pretty powerful lineup the Marlins have got.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    David Ross is playing in Louisville tonight. He’s batting second; walked in his first plate appearance. Also, Bailey is supposed to make a rehab start in Sarasota tonight but it’s raining there.

  4. Chad

    Hopper, Cantu, and Ellison in the lineup at the same time? All of a sudden, I’m glad that I’m at a football game. Terrible.

  5. Chad

    What bothers me is that the Reds can start crap like that while Joey Votto rots away in AAA.

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    Cincinnati Reds

    Norris Hopper, cf
    Jeff Keppinger, ss
    Griffey Jr., rf
    Phillips, 2b
    Jorge Cantu, 1b
    Encarnacíon, 3b
    Javier Valentín, c
    Jason Ellison, lf
    Harang, p

  7. ChicagoRedsFan

    I can understand Cantu and Hopper but why is Ellison starting too?!

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    There’s only one more week to go, Chad. It’ll be alright.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    It’s the proverbial “keep ’em sharp” semiweekly start for the 24th and 25th guys on the roster.

  10. Jared

    Alright, Todd Coffey is recalled after 15 games with a 1.83 ERA, Livingston is on the 15 day DL. Who takes Livingston’s spot in the rotation?

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    And look at it this way – with this lineup, now the Reds bench is loaded for the late innings. Benitez better watch out.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    No one knows, Jared. Belisle is back to take spot #4, and beat writer speculated that Gosling will get the #5 – at least for one start. And this isn’t even mentioning Elizardo at #3, who the Reds seem to want to keep on a very low pitchcount. He hasn’t looked that good regardless.

    It’s not only the Reds’ staff that has been thinned substantially by injuries etc., but Louisville’s and even Chattanooga’s to an extent.

  13. Justin Anderson

    LLM pulls through AGAIN!!!

  14. Chad

    I know there is only one more week, DA, but they have wasted a month. Not a huge problem, just a dumb decision by a team that has made a lot of dumb decisions over the last decade.

  15. Mike

    I just wonder if we have some dead arms in play with Aaron and Bronson’s arms?

  16. Mike

    What a hitting machine we have at short tonight!!3 -3

  17. RedRedMan

    Are you kidding me!?!? Dunn, Hamilton and Hatteberg on the bench and you pinch hit Gonzalez?

  18. Chad

    I left the football game at halftime with my team up 28 to 0. Get home just in time to see the Reds score and waste an opportunity when Gonzo hits into a 2B play to get more.

    Baseball is always better than football, even if the baseball involves these crappy Reds.

  19. Chad

    The Majewk Man is in the game, with an ERA under 10 for practically the first time in his Reds career. And he pitches a good season. That’s good to see.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

    Hector Carrasco comes in. THE Hector Carrasco?

  21. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha ha, I mixed up the Lousiville gameday with the Reds. I thought Carrasco was in the Nationals system, last I’d checked. As a former Red, it’s practically the law that he be with that organization. Nevermind.

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    So a bunch of scoring since I stepped away. More homers off Harang, but it also looks like some of the hard-hit balls the Reds were hitting off Willis finally found holes.

  23. DevilsAdvocate

    Phillips with the rare Great American triple. An insurance run for Weathers is a good thing. 5-3 Reds.

  24. RedRedMan

    Nice work Phillips. I don’t exactly know if the gameday pitch tracker is working correctly with that at bat though (can’t watch live).

  25. Mike

    I guess it will be Weathers, cause we need a full pen tomorrow night.

  26. DevilsAdvocate

    Come on Weathers. A 2-run lead ought to be money in the bank.

  27. DevilsAdvocate

    Ellison has a cannon for an arm, certainly. Nice throw to hold the runners, one third of the way home as they say.

  28. CeeKeR

    Phew – Weathers strands the two runners…. 4 in a row for the Reds – can they make it 5 tomorrow?!

  29. DevilsAdvocate

    Whew. He makes it interesting, no doubt about it.

  30. Mike

    Reds win, whats the rest of the Centeral gonna do? All the important games are later.

  31. DevilsAdvocate

    Now that we’re not distracted by Stormy, down on the farm Louisville has just come all the way back from a 9-2 deficit to tie up their game at 9. They’ve got an explosive offense. And Votto & Bruce aren’t even the big contributors tonight.

  32. DevilsAdvocate

    Yikes. Johnny Cueto struck out 11 in 6 innings down in AA, but also gave up 4 runs and got pinned with the loss.