Game Thread: Reds at Pirates — 2008.04.13 Chad Dotson 04/13/2008 57 Awwwww…crud. I hope the Reds don’t get swept by the Pirates. Discuss it here…. Share this:TweetPrint 57 Responses Chad 04/13/2008 Freel CF Hopper LF Griffey Jr. RF Phillips 2B Keppinger 1B Encarnacion 3B Castro SS Bako C Cueto P Chad 04/13/2008 Of course that lineup will probably score 15 runs or something, but it’s one of the worst lineups I’ve seen this year. No Dunn, interestingly. Chad 04/13/2008 Pitt: McLouth CF Rivas 2B Bay LF Doumit C Nady RF Mienthkshgfhiwer 1B Bautista 3B Bixler SS Gorzelanny P al 04/13/2008 any word on the weather there? Chad 04/13/2008 Nothing yet. Anyone listening to Marty? Jimmy James 04/13/2008 Hope we get 15 runs today. The offense has been stagnant. Maybe by putting the worst players in the lineup, Dusty will shake things up. Heck, at least the bases won’t be clogged. 🙂 Mike Martz 04/13/2008 It is raining but Marty says all systems are go Mike Martz 04/13/2008 LOL, after the break, now they are covering the field. al 04/13/2008 how the double reverse. now we’re going to play ball Mike Martz 04/13/2008 come on Marty, now the umps say play ball……….Marty just finished talking about how bad the weather outlook is. 😳 Mike Martz 04/13/2008 holy cow, now the umps say cover it up……..I’m going back to bed! Mike Martz 04/13/2008 starting pitchers are still warming up? this is gonna be a crazy day! Mike Martz 04/13/2008 1:45 est. start time Ellis 04/13/2008 I went to the Bats game two days ago and I think their lineup was more potent than this one. Good Lord… renbutler 04/13/2008 The game is available in HD, and it’s showing up on the FSN Cincy channel on DirecTV (638-1)… …but the pillars are showing on the sides! What’s going on? Chad 04/13/2008 Good job by Hopper to break up the double play there. al 04/13/2008 phillips, dang it! you have to be kidding me! man this is a tired story. Jeff Gentil 04/13/2008 Same thing is happening on Time Warner. Lovely. Shockingly, the Reds get the first two on, then, you guessed it, get ZERO runs. Excellent work again, boys. This is starting to get frustrating. Chad 04/13/2008 I’m having the same problem, renbutler. I just switched over to the Pittsburgh HD broadcast because of it. At least I am not suffering through George Grande now. Jimmy James 04/13/2008 1 inning. 2 more runners left on base. Same old story. Chad 04/13/2008 At least we have Johnny Cueto on our side. al 04/13/2008 not that it really matters, but how do you bat castro ahead of bako? Jimmy James 04/13/2008 They’re both pretty bad, but at least Bako has been decent early this year. Castro is just awful. But you’re right, it probably doesn’t really matter. Chad 04/13/2008 Cueto looks like he has a pretty good swing. And he works a walk there. Nice AB. Chad 04/13/2008 Man, Freel refuses to take a pitch. Swinging at everything, and fouling most of them off. Chad 04/13/2008 Then Freel grounds into a double play, wasting the leadoff walk to the pitcher. al 04/13/2008 the reds have nothing on the pirates. Chad 04/13/2008 Cueto thought he had strike 3 on McLouth to end the inning. It was called a ball and Cueto lost focus. Gave up another run with 2 outs. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 Well that was a quick worthless inning. al 04/13/2008 and now the pirates announcers are making fun of phillips because he didn’t hit that ball out in a “real ballpark.” i can’t believe how humiliating this is. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 It is unbelievable that the Reds have struggled against such mediocre pitching. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 I hope Phillips hits an absolute moon shot the next time up to shut up that kind of talk. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 Speaking of announcers, the Columbus Dispatch had this article on the Reds crew. Ron 04/13/2008 Its awful watching the Reds in the batters box this weekend, they look clueless and overmatched. Almost like they “expect” to make an out. over 20 men left on base in the first two games and now they are making Gorzy look like the second coming of Steve Carlton. You know its bad when Baker has his number 2 hitter sacrificing down by two. Left handed pitching just owns this team because we have no one that has a clue on how to hit them. Watch, the Pirates will do the smart thing and finish off this game with nothing but their 3 lefties out of the pen and the Reds wont score a single run. AnnapolisRed 04/13/2008 That was a good story. I love the Reds radio broadcast and TV broadcast when Grande is not on it Abner 04/13/2008 well. Will it be the same old story? al 04/13/2008 how many times can EdE come up with the bases loaded in on series? this is crazy, he needs this hit. Ron 04/13/2008 Add another 3 runners left on base to the total Kevin 04/13/2008 I thought he was our clutch hitter? The pirates own us. Jimmy James 04/13/2008 This is a complete and utter embarrassment. Chad 04/13/2008 That’s all for me. I’m going to watch The Masters. al 04/13/2008 wow. the wheels just came off of this one. cueto certainly hasn’t looked great today, but he deserved better than this. couple of the balls this inning should have been played. Jimmy James 04/13/2008 How many pitches has Cueto thrown? Jimmy James 04/13/2008 I agree, Al. Jimmy James 04/13/2008 Wow. We’re not good. renbutler 04/13/2008 A complete waste of a weekend. Abner 04/13/2008 well. a missed double play followed up by a 3-run homer. That about sums up the Reds trip to Pitt. I’m gonna check out early. But I definitely won’t be watching golf. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 What’s the answer, Dusty? You’re the big name manager so you should have big name answers. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 Going back to the comments by the Pirates announcers. I compared the dimensions of their “real” ballpark versus GABP. LF GABP 328 PNC 325 LF PA GABP 379 PNC 389 CF GABP 404 PNC 399 RF PA GABP 370 PNC 375 RF GABP 325 PNC 320 There are some height difference as well. Not a lot of differences. GABP is a physics project awaiting some enterprising science student. Kevin 04/13/2008 I’m waiting to wake up from this terrible, weekend long nightmare! Good thing I’ll be at Wrigley field watching the Reds in two days! Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 Dusty needs to decide on his starting line-up and stick with it. You don’t get out of a slump with revolving line-ups especially when Juan Castro is in the line-up. Plus he yanks Votto from teh line-up just when the kid is starting to hit. Tom 04/13/2008 If I’m going up against the Reds, I’d call LH starters up from AA if I had to just to get to face the pathetic RH lineup Dusty runs out there against lefties. Seriously, just call the game in, it’s less painful to watch. Mike Martz 04/13/2008 I wish it would have rained it out! Darwin Harrington 04/13/2008 I am officially throwing my hat into the arena for the manager’s position when Dusty gets the boot. I coached my son’s Little League team for seven years and seriously think I could do a better job. The line-up he sent out there today was a joke. How long are we going to run Edwin’s sorry excuse of a bat out there? When Alex gets back to the field there is NO excuse not to have Keppinger as our starting third baseman. Also Votto is our future at first base and the future is now. Let him play everyday. Y-City Jim 04/13/2008 Dusty needs to realize his left handed bats could do no worse than the right handed bats he inserts into the line-up. Stop platooning and play the best hitters period. BuccoMike a.k.a email@example.com 04/13/2008 Reds played horrid this weekend. But the bad part about it the Buccos gift wrapped game 1 and 2 with their follies in the field but the Reds barely over .100 avg with risp and 2 outs killed them. Glenn 04/14/2008 I agee Jim. Dusty needs to stick with his starting lineup. The lineup against lefthanders is very weak. I can’t imagine Patterson, Dunn, Votto or Hatteberg wouldn’t have done a better job than what he ran out there.