The Reds close out May with a titanic struggle vs. the Braves. Today’s game will be a FOX broadcast featuring…Josh Fogg and Jair Jurrjens? We all know about Fogg, so I suspect Reds fans are a little nervous. Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised and Fogg will celebrate his return to the rotation with a good outing. There’s always hope, Reds fans.

The Reds have won 14 and lost 12 thus far in May. A 15-12 record in the month sounds good, and it will hopefully be a spur to an even better record in coming months.

Discuss the game here….

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114 Responses

  1. Brandon

    Braves Lineup:
    Escobar SS
    Johnson 2B
    Jones 3B
    Teixeira 1B
    McCann C
    Francoeur RF
    Norton LF
    Blanco CF
    Jurrjens P

  2. Brandon

    Reds Lineup:
    Hairston SS
    Bruce CF
    Griffey RF
    Phillips 2B
    Dunn LF
    Encarnacion 3B
    Votto 1B
    Ross C
    Fogg P

  3. Brandon

    I think this is the best offensive lineup we can put out there, I know a lot of people don’t like seeing Hairston at short but we need to ride out his bat for as long as he keeps it up (1 hit and 2 more walks yesterday).
    As weird as it might be to admit it…he’s doing exactly what we need our leadoff hitter to do, especially in front of Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce.

  4. Andrew

    Griffey shouldn’t be 3rd. That makes this not our best, but it’s a lot closer than it usually is.

  5. Matt B.

    STOP STOP STOP STOP STOP putting Griffey 3rd.

  6. slattspub

    Big day today in our quest to get to 500

  7. Chad

    I don’t mind this lineup. The criticism of Junior’s lineup spot is certainly valid, however.

    Griffey HAS been swinging the bat better lately, and Encarnacion surely will snap out of his cold spell soon. Then we will have a great lineup.

  8. Chad

    Re: Hairston leading off.

    I’m not a huge fan of that idea, in the long term. In the short term, however, he has been everything we could have asked for.

    Hairston can be a solid bench player, though his career stats aren’t good. What we need to do is ride out Hairston’s hot streak, then get Keppinger back in the lineup when ready.

    Keppinger will hit better than Hairston over a full season, and his defense at short is likely better as well.

    That said, can’t argue with the job that Hairston has been doing.

  9. Ben

    I was happy to see Fox has once again decided that people in Indianapolis would rather watch the dodgers vs. mets than reds/braves. This happened during the Cleveland series too. I am all for national exposure for the reds, but not when one of its target cities is not able to view the game.

  10. Y-City Jim

    Fogg escapes 1st inning danger.

  11. Y-City Jim

    Maybe Bruce is giving Junior some hitting tips!! 599!!!

  12. Y-City Jim

    The BIG RED MACHINE is a’runnin’!!!

  13. Y-City Jim

    I would love to see this team just get stinkin’ hot!!!

  14. Y-City Jim

    Reds will likely need to do this every inning to win behind Fogg.

  15. Y-City Jim

    Why not pinch hit for Fogg?

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  16. Tom

    I heard on the pre-game they are targeting Fogg for just 75 pitches today. He tossed 16 in the first, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of the bullpen today.

  17. Y-City Jim

    Who is the announcer along with Brennaman in the Fox booth?

  18. renbutler

    Maybe FOX can do us a favor and NOT air any more Reds games? They actually REDUCE the coverage by doing that.

    I’m glad I got to miss #599 in favor of the great Midwestern matchup of LA and NY. ๐Ÿ™„

  19. Chad

    And now Fogg gives up a two run homer in the top of the 12th.

    We are going to have to score more than 3 runs if we expect to win this game with Fogg on the mound.

  20. Brandon

    I agree dont hit griffey third haha

  21. Chad

    Jim, that’s Leo Mazzone in the booth with Thom.

    I’ve never heard him announce before, and I think he’s pretty darn good.

  22. Y-City Jim

    I thought it was Mazzone but his voice isn’t what I had expected for him.

  23. Chad

    I’m very surprised we have Reds/Braves in southwest Virginia (less than four hours from Cincinnati). Probably because the station I’m watching is actually located in Tennessee, and there are a lot of Braves fans there.

  24. Y-City Jim

    It certainly is interesting to hear Mazzone’s thoughts on pitching.

  25. Chad

    Me either, Jim. Don’t know what I expected, but I was surprised.

  26. Chad

    Yeah, Mazzone is a genius when it comes to pitching, and he does a surprisingly good job of putting his thoughts into words.

  27. Y-City Jim

    Maybe the emergence of Jay Bruce can get those Tennessee Braves fans to “volunteer” to become Reds fans.

  28. Chad

    Another hit for Bruce. This is just unreal.

    And then some great baserunning by Bruce (and Hairston).

  29. Y-City Jim

    Bruce is simply taking what they are giving him.

  30. Chad

    They just brought out a special “600” baseball for Junior’s at-bat.

  31. Y-City Jim

    Is the Special 600 baseball juiced?

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  32. Chad

    I just know that Junior is going to hit 600 later in this game.

    I know that because I have watched almost every game this year, but I will miss the end of this one because I have to go to my 6 year old daughter’s gymnastics recital. That’d be my luck.

  33. Y-City Jim

    Blanco almost misjudged that into a double.

  34. Chad

    The only thing that makes me feel better is that Jurrjens looks like Fogg on the mound today. And Atlanta’s bullpen is worse than ours.

  35. Mike

    Much improved baserunning. Is Bruce teaching the others how to play ball?

  36. ChicagoRedsFan

    If Fogg can pitch 5 innings and give up no more than 3 runs, I’ll be satisfied.

  37. Brandon

    Hopefully Fogg and just get to the back 3rd of the game with the lead.

  38. Chad

    Another leadoff hit against Fogg…a double. Fogg is terrible.

  39. ChicagoRedsFan

    Okay, I’ll be happy with 5 innings and 4 runs or less out of Fogg…

  40. Chad

    If Fogg can pitch 5 innings and give up no more than 3 runs, I’ll be elated. I doubt it will happen.

  41. Chad

    There goes the lead. 3 run homer by Texeira, and Fogg has crapped away another lead.

    Fogg sucks so bad, it’s unbelievable.

  42. Chad

    Fogg’s ERA is an even 10.00 now. Good work by this pathetic excuse of a pitcher.

    What a complete waste of a million dollars.

  43. Mike

    Time for a new 5th starter!…cause Fogg isn’t even close

  44. Chad

    Fogg leads off the 3rd and gets an out. Wish he could get an out when he was on the mound.

  45. Mike

    How much $,$$$,$$$.00 has Bob had to eat this year? Its gonna be more! Bye Fogg

  46. Y-City Jim

    Maybe they call sell Fogg to that Korean team.

  47. Andrew

    Fogg can get outs when he pitches, too.

    he just likes to separate his outs between 2-3 hits/walks and occasionally homeruns.

  48. Y-City Jim

    Maybe they can sell Corey Patterson as well.

  49. Chad

    Now Fogg gives up a leadoff triple to the pitcher in the 4th. Geez.

  50. AnnapolisRed

    Yep, it’s time for Homer Bailey. Ready or not he couldn’t be this bad. Heck, they didn’t think Jay Bruce was ready either. It’s time.

  51. Mike

    Can’t even get the pitcher out ๐Ÿ™„

  52. Y-City Jim

    Fogg pitches for the cycle as he has given us singles, doubles, triples, and homers.

  53. Chad

    Fogg is gone. Affeldt enters the game.

    Fogg should never be allowed to pitch for the Reds again.

  54. Tom

    Will Homer be the 5th starter the next time through the rotation? Or maybe Matt Maloney, he has come on strong after a slow start, and he’d give us a lefty in the rotation.

  55. Ron

    I think Fogg finally seals his fate with todays outting

  56. CeeKeR

    Fogg’s gotta go. You can’t expect to field a winning team when you KNOW your pitcher is going to give up 5 or more runs. I suspect that Maloney is the one called up, it seems the Reds front office thinks that Bailey needs a bit more time in AAA.

  57. Kurt Frost

    Does anyone know what the rattling noise is in the background of the game on Fox? It seems to happen every couple of minutes.

  58. Tom

    Fogg has to go, but it sure would have been nice to see him pitch a few half decent games so we could have traded him for something.

  59. Y-City Jim

    It has to be either Bailey or Maloney since Pettyjohn must be even too lousy for the Koreans.

  60. CeeKeR

    Chad: But those 6 earned runs “spread out” over 3.1 innings only raised his ERA by 0.53!

  61. ChicagoRedsFan

    I’m not sure what Krivsky was thinking with Fogg. Yes, he had 10 wins last year, but he was 13th in the NL in runs support and got lit up all of the time. It’s shocking that Colorado kept him in the rotation. Even stranger, I heard a couple weeks ago that the Rockies may be interested in reaquiring Fogg.

  62. CeeKeR

    Affeldt is now doing his best to make Fogg look good. Eesh. I think there’s yard work to be done…this is pathetic.

  63. Chad

    Ceeker, it’s sad that his ERA was so high already that it barely rose after this pathetic performance.

  64. Chad

    I can’t take any more of this. I’m off to my daughter’s gymnastics recital.

  65. Y-City Jim

    then followed it with a 80 mph pitch, which made McCann look real bad.

  66. Y-City Jim

    Jerrjens isn’t hitting his spots any better than earlier in the game but the Reds aren’t hitting the ball as solidly.

  67. Y-City Jim

    Good grief!!! Has him 0-2 then loses him to a walk.

  68. Y-City Jim

    Hello, Fox!!! There is a ball game going on. How about announcing it?

  69. Tom

    Yep, that’s our $3M middle reliever. Great stuff, has no idea where it’s going. Another stellar signing.

  70. Y-City Jim

    Come on, Affeldt, Even Fogg got Escobar out three times.

  71. Mike

    Affeldt is up to 43 pitches according to mlb.com

  72. mhopp

    I can name 4 guys from the lookouts and the bats teams that could do as good or better for a lot less money. D. Thompson, Ben Juckich, Gary Majewski (yes he is doing much better), Danny Herera (he’s a 5’8″ lefty that has an ERA of 0.98). There is another guy but I can’t think of his name

  73. mhopp

    Holy smokes, EE 2 for 3!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜›

  74. Tom

    Now would be as good a time as any for Jay Bruce’s first major league HR.

  75. AnnapolisRed

    No way on Majewski. I’ve watched that horror show before.

  76. nick in va

    Weathers gives up a homer after the Thom and Leo sing his praises – “he’s put together a solid career blah blah blah”

  77. Tom

    They should have dealt Weathers at the trade deadline last season. Held onto him one season too many.

  78. Mike

    Having 12 or 13 free agents may not be all bad. Time to clean house. Most of them can go!

  79. james

    Nothing like fogg and weathers pitching in the same game.

  80. Mike

    Should have known with Fogg and Stormy pitchin’, the day wasn’t gonna be a sunny one!

  81. dan

    I actually would call that an average Weathers outing. It’s safe to assume he’ll give up at least one run per appearance.

  82. AnnapolisRed

    Weathers=Majewski. He is done.

  83. AnnapolisRed

    He has given up six runs over his last eight innings.

  84. CeeKeR

    Looks like another nailbiter at the end for the Reds… 7-6, no outs, Dunn on first…

  85. Ron

    I am sure glad we kept this kid in AAA for the 1st two months of the season … NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. Mike Martz

    How about that kid! Bruce is really something else. Bruce for President! ๐Ÿ˜€

  87. Mike Martz

    Corey, don’t make any plans to return anytime soon!

  88. AnnapolisRed

    If this was a movie I would dismiss it as unrealistic. Unbelievable.

  89. Mike Martz

    These extra inning games are going to give me a stroke! I sure enjoy watching these guys win again!

  90. CeeKeR

    I’m going to the Phillies/Reds game on Tuesday…could they be over .500 after that game? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  91. Mike

    The June schedule is no picnic. If the Reds can repeat their 15-12 for May or even a little better, it’ll be something.

  92. GregD

    #85 – the other name you’re looking for…”bat boy”? ๐Ÿ˜€

  93. BenL

    Ceeker – I’ll be there too. I’ll be the one yelling “Bruuuuuuuuuuce”

  94. Steve

    #110 – That’s the point, Mike.

    I really respect most of the opinions of the editors on this site. I don’t say much, just casually osfuckolf