If you decide to watch the Reds tonight, feel free to discuss it here. I’ll be watching, but this team has lost 11 out of 14 and is showing no signs of coming out of this funk. Perhaps if Matt Belisle throws a no-hitter tonight, the Reds will have a chance of pulling out a 1-0 victory.

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  1. mike

    If I would have told you before the season started that after the first 24 games the Reds would have 3 starters with ERAs of 1.21 (1), 2.76, and 4.05 could you have imagined winning less than 40% of those games and being on a streak losing 11 out of 14?

    those 3 are a combined 5-5

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    If there’s any game that the Reds should and must win, this is it.

    Facing an offense that would be passable in AAA, Belisle ought to do well. Facing a pitcher . . . well, he just left in the first inning with an injury, so a big opportunity there as well.

  3. renbutler

    The Reds finally knocked an opposing pitcher out early!

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha! Good positive spin on that one, renbutler.

  5. Chad

    If the Reds don’t win this one, I give up.

    Well, not really, but….

  6. Y-City Jim

    Please have an offensive explosion, Reds!

  7. Matt B.

    It feels like forever since the Reds manufactured a run with a single.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    Woo! That lead lasted all of two pitches.

  9. CeeKeR

    2 batters into the game, the game is tied. So much for the 1-0 victory hopes…

  10. Y-City Jim

    Has Bellisle always worked this quickly or is this something new?

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Gameday just ID’d a Belisle curveball at 67mph with a 17″ break.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    There’s that curve again. That’s going to make somebody look foolish tonight.

  13. renbutler

    RBI by a relief pitcher.

    It is not our year.

  14. Chad

    Wow, that’s a really good play by Phillips to sneak around the tag at second base.

  15. nick

    Oh please let the Reds win this game……

  16. Y-City Jim

    Bako off on his throws tonight.

  17. Y-City Jim

    Bellisle 9-0 on the GB-FB ratio.

  18. Y-City Jim

    Reds with some luck falling their way.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    This is a wacky game already. Lots of good swings by the Reds, I’ll say that. 4-3, 1-run lead again.

  20. DevilsAdvocate

    Seems kind of funny to double-switch someone out of the game in the top of the 4th. But that’s what SF just did.

  21. Chad

    This really has been a wacky game so far. Hope the Reds can hold on.

  22. Y-City Jim

    The most encouraging thing about this game is that the Reds have scored in three of the four innings.

  23. Y-City Jim

    Is Bellisle being deceptive because it seems like the Giants this inning are swinging late?

  24. Y-City Jim

    Bellisle really slowed down his pace that inning.

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    Edwin continues his tradition of getting an important hit in his next at-bat after making an error. RBI double makes it 5-3 Reds.

  26. Y-City Jim

    So much for Bellisle being deceptive.

  27. DevilsAdvocate

    Each team has scored in 4 of their 5 innings at bat.

  28. DevilsAdvocate

    SF radio team says that was the first ball hit into the water this year.

    Bonds made us all take it for granted…PacBell (or whatever it’s called now – AT&T, maybe) is a tough park to hit for power in.

  29. Bill

    Tough night for our own Matt Klinker also. 4 IP 5 R 5 ER 2 HR…

  30. Y-City Jim

    I think George Grande worked that game when Thompson hit the “Shot heard round the world.”


  31. DevilsAdvocate

    Bako is suddenly a hitter this year. Hot start. Get the run back, 6-4 now. Belisle out after 5 innings & 72 pitches.

  32. DevilsAdvocate

    Klinker can get that bad start out of the way (really mostly the 2 homers, looks like), and go back to his winning efforts. With the 10 2/3 shutout innings to start the year, ERA is still only 3.07 .

  33. DevilsAdvocate

    ‘Got away with’? Did he go out of the baseline to take out the 2b?

  34. DevilsAdvocate

    This game is crazy. Runs in 5 of 6 innings now for each team.

  35. DevilsAdvocate

    SF announcers saying that an ump in the LA game got hit in the neck by a Brad Penny fastball that the catcher missed. Down and not moving, an ambulance is coming in. Scary stuff.

  36. Y-City Jim

    For two teams that haven’t been able to hit their way out of a paper bag.

  37. Scott

    No he popped up at the bag and threw his elbow out at the guy.

  38. Y-City Jim

    Votto becoming the hit machine we expected.

  39. Y-City Jim

    What sign is it when Berry grabs his crotch?

  40. renbutler

    Another bizawkward slide avoids the tag.

    GG was right–when was the last time the close plays all seemed to go the Reds way?

  41. renbutler

    This game is an Instant Classic.

  42. CeeKeR

    The Giants are playing like the Reds usually do… This is much for fun for a Reds fan to watch!

  43. renbutler

    The Dodgers scored 10 runs in the first tonight. That includes 9 runs after having two outs and the bases empty.

  44. nick

    I sure hope this is the start of the offense getting on track.

  45. Y-City Jim

    When we have a ten or ore game winning streak I’ll believe the offense is on track.

  46. CeeKeR

    5 run lead, Coffey gives up double, double, walk… Absolutely pathetic.

  47. renbutler

    First save opportunity for FC in over two weeks. Unreal.

  48. Dave from Louisville

    Coffey should be canned…….get it coffey can!!! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

    Cordero just hit 98, that’s awesome.

  49. renbutler

    Repeat to self: “A win is a win.”

  50. GodlyCynic

    When Coffey gave up one of those doubles, Welsh went on about how if Coffey could have kept that pitch 4 inches lower, it wouldn’t have been so bad. Of course, that would probably be true of every pitch Coffey has thrown this year.

  51. Y-City Jim

    Send Coffey packing. We’ll see him latte.

  52. renbutler

    Coffey ain’t worth a hill of beans.

  53. Y-City Jim

    Let this be the beginning of a long Reds winning streak.

  54. Y-City Jim

    Coffey makes me go to the bathroom.

  55. DevilsAdvocate

    Latte…beans…think of what we’ll lose if we send Todd Coffey back to AAA. We already lost Coutlangus, we just can’t afford to lose another source of constant puns… :mrgreen:

  56. Y-City Jim

    Namewise we still have Dick Pole and now Jocketty.

  57. John

    Coffey almost Sanka potential win tonight.

  58. DevilsAdvocate

    Dick Pole’s name is the joke – can’t do any more with that one. And Jocketty is boring upper-management that we won’t get to see on a regular basis. I’m going to go into withdrawal without Coffey.

  59. Joe

    More contracts to eat, but please get rid of Coffey and Belisle. Enough is enough!

  60. AnnapolisRed

    Coffey, Belisle and Arroyo. Belisle is a AAAA pitcher, Arroyo needs to work on his command and Coffey is just awful.