Another day game today, and the Reds have a chance to win the series if they can take this one today. Good news: Aaron Harang is on the mound for the good guys. That’s always a good thing.

A win today moves the Reds two games over .500, plus it would give them series wins against two decent teams, and a split with a third. All in all, given the struggles of the offense so far, it would make for a very nice start to the 2008 season.

There’s always hope, Reds fans.

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  1. We all know it’s early, but doesn’t it feel like the reds won’t go on long losing streaks with this rotation (especially harang, of course).

  2. Since losing the opening series to Cincinnati, the D-backs have swept two series, winning 6 straight. They outscored the Rockies 20-5 and the Dodgers 23-11 in each respective 3-game series.

  3. TODAY’S GAME BETWEEN ATLANTA AND COLORADO HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW. IT WILL BE MADE UP ON JUNE 16.

  4. Dude’s a machine. Harang gets through 4 batters on 10 pitches.

    Meanwhile, Phillips just loves that first pitch. Kind of wish he’d take one every once in a while, just to get into the swing of the at-bat.

  5. Early 1-0 lead for the Brewers. If they want to use Corey Hart to sacrifice bunt, that’s fine by me. Gameplan against Harang seems to be hack away – 22 pitches to face 9 batters.

    Kendall makes an out like he’s supposed to – praise be!

  6. They’re going to play this game in 2 hours at this pace. Kinda wish the would have saved some offense for today.

  7. Crazy – 27 pitches for Harang through 3, facing 12 batters. Hack-tastic. Still no Reds hits though.

  8. The Brewers know Harang well, love that get-ahead fastball.

  9. The Brewers know Harang well, love that get-ahead fastball.

  10. 4 innings in under an hour… Can the Reds wake up the offense in the late going again?

  11. EdE works another walk. Any baserunner is a good start. Time to see Hatteberg break out of his early slump.

  12. That’s a good second step. Next up, Bako needs to put some muscle into one.

  13. Bako knocks in a run 1-1. Runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.

  14. Ha ha! Step 4: Harang should clear the bases like the dynamite hitter he is.

  15. anyone else having gameday problems? I swear the new interface is nothing but trouble this year. annoying.

  16. Ugly squeeze attempt there.

  17. Bako has been a huge surprise to far.

    Harang has to get that bunt down.

  18. and our inability to bunt gets us again.

  19. Word up, Andy. This year’s mlb gameday often stops itself; it also seems to clog up the bases, so to speak, and every so often causes the whole computer to hang up for a period of time.

    I also don’t like that the gameday window now fills the screen. I preferred the applet feel of the old one.

    The in-game highlight video clips are kind of neat, but I’d gladly ax them to get the stability back.

  20. That’s interesting – my gameday is frozen in time from an inning ago, but a little alert popped up at the top to highlight the Bako double that the boxscore doesn’t yet know about.

  21. Go away, Jason Kendall. Everyone knows how ridiculous this is.

  22. Bloop and a blast-nice job Edwin. 3-1 Redlegs.

  23. Edwin gets his batting average over .100 in the best way possible! 3-1 Reds.

  24. nice work by the two strugglers. man, I am so excited that the middle of this lineup might be waking up.

  25. When three straight batters under the Mendoza line reach base against you … it’s time to go to the bullpen.

  26. all cylinders firing in the 7th.

  27. Finally – offensive output again! About time against Villanueva.

  28. When Aaron Harang gets a hit off of you … it’s time to go to the bullpen.

  29. Five hits in a row, and we know Patterson won’t break the streak.

  30. Harang is a monster at the plate. Batting .333 !

  31. Has Keppinger ever drawn an intentional walk before?

  32. Walking Hatteberg to load the bases for … Ken Griffey. Huh?

  33. walking Kepp to get to Griffey with one out?

  34. Yeah, imagine that.. being walked to get to Griffey.

  35. Not so stupid after all.

  36. Check out the nifty baserunning by Harang.

    I guess they really wanted the lefty-on-lefty matchup, walk to get to Griffey. Wow…it worked.

  37. Guess that was just as genius as batting Kendall 9th.

  38. Ok then.

  39. EE is looking a lot better at the plate today – maybe yesterday’s day off really helped him clear his head.

  40. 2 hits for EE. Hopefully, he’s starting to wake up now.

  41. Reds gotta get out of town before Jason Kendall makes me do something violent to my monitor. I mean, come on.

  42. Think Dusty lets Harang go the distance?

  43. Maybe batting Juan Castro ninth would do him wonders too…probably not though.

  44. I guess not.. Man I hope he gets the win here

  45. Harang got worked a little more in the later innings, and finished with 99 pitches. Gotta let Francisco Cordero get out there and earn a save in the house of the team that didn’t keep him.

    Unless there’s no save opportunity by the time the bottom of the ninth rolls around. A distinct possibility with Turnbow out there.

  46. Walking Keppinger makes a lot of sense. you do it to set up the double play.

  47. Reds’ 1-4 slots today: 0-16 with two walks. This one’s all on the bottom of the order.

  48. Brewer fans aren’t real fond of Cordero.

  49. Wow, lots of boos for Cordero. Feed on it!

  50. CoCo has ninja-like efficiency. Nice win!!

  51. ATOBTTR!

  52. It’s fun having a “real” closer isn’t it?

  53. 1-2-3 9th for Cordero – and this one belongs to the Reds. A 4-1 win for the good guys.

  54. Nice game. Feeling good about our chances in the division.

  55. There we go – easy 9th. I’m very happy with this team. Get Dunn and Hatteberg on track and this should be fun.

  56. Nice solid game all around. We have beaten some good teams so far.

  57. that’s how you win a ballgame – excellent starting pitching, some (eventually) timely hitting, and a 1-2-3 close. Go Redlegs!

  58. 2 of 3 from the Brew Crew! (Thanks, George) Nice to have a closer to 1-2-3 instead of making it an adventure every time (Stormy)

  59. Cordero’s so good, he took a run away from the Brewers according to Marty. 4-0 we win

  60. That’s 4 IP and 1 hit on the season for Coco. Reds on pace for 97 wins.

  61. It feels good that we haven’t lost a series yet! I feel good about this road trip, headin’ to Pittsburgh and all.

    We look good, I have to say, and I just wanna say that we shouldn’t have to be saying “there’s always hope” just yet! It’s not that there’s always hope, it’s that we should have a lot of hope right now! Go Reds!

  62. Good to see the bottom of the order work it out for the team today.

    Got to do well in Pittsburgh.

  63. The top of the order certainly didn’t clog many bases today!!

    This pitching is pretty amazing!!!

  64. This is going to be a fun season!

  65. A playoff-bound team wins a series with the Pirates. I’m confident that EV will bring it tomorrow. Hopper may start. He was 5-8 off Maholm last year. EdE and BP also handle him well.

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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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