Afternoon game, rubber match of the series. Ignore your work, tell your boss to shove it, and discuss the game here.

Go Redlegs.

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  1. Honestly, I think I’d rather work today.

  2. Go Mets.

  3. Left side of the infield: 35 and 37 years old!

    1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
    2. Edgar Renteria (R) SS
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Chris Heisey (R) CF
    5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
    6. Miguel Cairo (R) 3B
    7. Dave Sappelt (R) LF
    8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
    9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P

  4. Ground balls-fly balls – B Arroyo 0-3.

  5. Arroyo 6 outs on 12 pitches.

  6. Another lazy backhand play by Renteria for an error. Only base runner off Arroyo in the first four innings.

  7. Sounds like the stros are as anxious to get the season over as we are.

    • Sounds like the stros are as anxious to get the season over as we are.

      VERY obvious. This is their last road game of the season. They’re letting Arroyo get away with nine pitches an inning.

      I mean, they’re probably not trying to get outs, but they sure aren’t trying to see more than one or two pitches each.

      I bet they were really antsy when the fire alarms went off, delaying the top of the fourth inning for a few minutes.

  8. Question of the day..

    Dusty Baker is or is not HOF material as a manager….

    If so why …if not what does he have to do to be HOF material as a manager

  9. So did Bronson promise a bounty to each Astro hitter if they let him go 9innings to give him a chance at 200. 72 pitches into the 8th. wow.

  10. Looks like they got a little more patient once they finally had a realistic scoring threat.

    Doctor, as I pointed out, the Astros’ only motivation is to be home in time for dinner. I’ve heard that said before about certain teams or umpires, but in this case (the last road game of a terrible season), I believe it’s actually true.

  11. Bronson Arroyo is back kids. Next year is looking better. 😀

  12. Dusty Baker has real potential to go in to the Hall of Fame as a manager. He’s currently 21st in major league history in wins as a manager. and 14 of the 20 managers above him are in the HOF. Those not in the HOF are Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Gene Mauch, Ralph Houk, and Lou Piniella. I think Cox, Torre, and LaRussa are locks.

    A World Series win would help greatly, but he’ll move up on the managerial win list…he could possibly pass two guys next year alone.

    I haven’t given it much thought…but, we may be in a “golden age” of major league managers. Here’s the win list: http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/

    (click on “W” to put it in win order)

  13. [Assuming Thom B]: That might have been, without question, one of the finest pitching peformances you’re ever going to see, I mean, my goodness.

  14. Was only able to peak at GameDay for a couple of innings, but it looked like Bronson had them bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Not to mention baffled.

  15. That’s about as cheap of a win as you’ll ever see in the MLB.

    • That’s about as cheap of a win as you’ll ever see in the MLB.

      Why was that a cheap win?

  16. Swinging for the buses, not the fences

  17. @dn4192: See my first two posts in the game thread.

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      @renbutler: See my first two posts in the game thread.

      so you come to the conclusion by watching the game? Or did you actually ask them? I mean really it is amazing how “us” fans are able to see things so clearly….

      • so you come to the conclusion by watching the game?Or did you actually ask them?I mean really it is amazing how “us” fans are able to see things so clearly….

        Goodness gracious. I watched the first few innings, and it was very obvious. It was not subtle at all. It was as noticeable as the NY Giants faking injuries.

        I’m not criticizing it. They’re an awful team and didn’t want to spend any more time on the road than they needed to. They weren’t trying to lose — they just wanted the game to be over as quickly as possible, win or lose.

  18. @renbutler: there is definitly another major factor to todays game. The Astros are AWFUL! Worst team in the majors by far.

  19. Bronson loves to pitch to young impatient hitters like the Astros have. He was obviously sharp today, but it was predictable that he would have success against them.

    But we shouldn’t belittle his performance. If pitching to the Astros is so easy, why can’t the Reds bullpen do it ? (Obvious answer to that one, I know.)

    • But we shouldn’t belittle his performance.

      I don’t think anybody was belittling it. The Astros simply had a clear strategy that made it easier on him than it would have been in any other game situation.

  20. @pinson343:

    But we shouldn’t belittle his performance. If pitching to the Astros is so easy, why can’t the Reds bullpen do it ? (Obvious answer to that one, I know.)

    Because they are the gasoline bridge burning gang 😀

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About Chad Dotson

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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