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.

Discuss the game here while you are ignoring your responsibilities at work….

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65 Responses

  1. james

    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. GregD

    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.

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  4. DevilsAdvocate

    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. DevilsAdvocate

    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. Jeff Gentil

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

  7. DevilsAdvocate

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

  8. Dan

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

  9. Dan

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

  10. CeeKeR

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

  11. DevilsAdvocate

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

  12. DevilsAdvocate

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

  13. nick

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

  14. DevilsAdvocate

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

  15. Andy

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

  16. AnnapolisRed

    Bako has been a huge surprise to far.

    Harang has to get that bunt down.

  17. Andy

    and our inability to bunt gets us again.

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

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

  21. Brian

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

  22. DevilsAdvocate

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

  23. Andy

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

  24. renbutler

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

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    Finally – offensive output again! About time against Villanueva.

  26. renbutler

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

  27. Jared

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

  28. DevilsAdvocate

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

  29. renbutler

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

  30. DK

    walking Kepp to get to Griffey with one out?

  31. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  32. CeeKeR

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

  33. DevilsAdvocate

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

  34. DK

    Think Dusty lets Harang go the distance?

  35. ChicagoRedsFan

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

  36. Kerm

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

  37. DevilsAdvocate

    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.

  38. AnnapolisRed

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

  39. DevilsAdvocate

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

  40. nick

    Brewer fans aren’t real fond of Cordero.

  41. DevilsAdvocate

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

  42. nick

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

  43. DK

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

  44. DevilsAdvocate

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

  45. brublejr

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

  46. Andy

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

  47. Jeff Gentil

    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)

  48. Jeff Gentil

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

  49. Jared

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

  50. Kevin

    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!

  51. preach

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

    Got to do well in Pittsburgh.

  52. Y-City Jim

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

    This pitching is pretty amazing!!!

  53. Mike Martz

    This is going to be a fun season!

  54. McWax

    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.