Time for Barry Larkin to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. The fact that I was unable to clear my schedule to get up to Cooperstown today is going to end up being one of the great regrets of my life.

Also, it’s time for the sweep! If you really wanted to sweep the Brewers, is there any pitcher you’d rather see on the mound than Johnny Cueto? Yeah, me either.

Discuss the game and the HOF induction here. Go Redlegs. And go Barry!

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  1. Heisey, LF
    Valdez, SS
    Phillips, 2B
    Bruce, RF
    Ludwick, LF
    Frazier, 3B
    Cairo, 1B
    Hanigan, C
    Cueto, P

    Looks like Cozart needs another day off to rest. At least Valdez has started hitting better lately. He even has 2 BB in his last 4 games (for a grand total of 3 BB for the year). OK Reds, bring out the brooms and sweep the Brew Crew into sellers as the trade deadline approaches.

  2. At least Stubbs sits while Heisey plays CF and leads off against a tough, young RH pitcher. That is something positive with the lineup. Shut ’em down Cueto. Show the youngster how an ace puts away a division opponent.

  3. Congratulations Barry Larkin, you are now one of the Boys in the Hall. You were also the first player I picked in my first rotisserie league way back in 1990.

  4. @BloodyHo: The line up almost has the look of one of Bob Boonedoggle’s Sunday afternoon specials.

    It makes sense that Heisey would play and Rolen would sit (especially with them travelling after the game) but that is tough having Valdez and Cairo both in there.

    This is where they really miss having the LH bench bat with the potential to run into one fro a little frequency as he would figure to be at 1B today.

  5. Todd Frazier needs a rest. Soon. No joke.

    • Todd Frazier needs a rest. Soon. No joke.

      5 for his last 14. What is the rest for he is only 26-27 years old?

  6. @OhioJim: That’s a thing with Baker, he loves starting multiple bench players on Cueto weekend games. It’s a big reason why Cueto is 11-5 and not 14-2.

  7. This inning and Cueto’s pitch count really is on Cairo.

  8. Batters against Cueto now this year with the bases loaded.. 0 for 14. Crazy.

  9. @Mwv: If there was a slipperiness metric, Cueto would be leading the Majors.

  10. This rookie wants no part of Bruce.

  11. We need to run on this guy every time we get on base. His delivery is slower than Latos’.

  12. Quit making me look bad Bruce! Oh well.

  13. @Mwv: Maybe just a little bit.

  14. What is with all these sunday game lineups from Baker though? Never understand his “sit as many people as I can on the same day” philosophy.

  15. Lol, the announcer confused the Reds fans for Cardinals fans at the induction ceremony. He’s going to get some hate mail.

  16. I hope that the bottom part of the order today is not the Reds undoing. Cairo, Hanigan, and Cueto are pretty much auto outs right now.

  17. GREAT AB by Valdez. Outstanding job sitting on that ball.

  18. Valdez!

    Hits pretty well with RISP too.

  19. We needed that, great job Valdez and BP.

  20. Talk about manufacturing runs – Bravo boys.

  21. If Bruce can start taking that ball to the opposite field, he is probably a .300 hitter.

  22. Padres signed OF Carlos Quentin to a three-year contract extension.

    No need to discuss him as a trade possibility, although I never thought the Reds would consider him.

  23. Chris Welch: “Johnny Cueto has been more of a contact pitcher this year, trading in strike outs for ground balls.”

    Cueto’s strikeout rates:

    2011: 6.00 K/9
    2012: 6.70 K/9

    Cueto’s ground ball rates:

    2011: 54%
    2012: 47%

    • Chris Welch: “Johnny Cueto has been more of a contact pitcher this year, trading in strike outs for ground balls.”

      Cueto’s strikeout rates:

      2011: 6.00 K/9
      2012: 6.70 K/9

      Cueto’s ground ball rates:

      2011: 54%
      2012: 47%

      Its obvious that Chris Welch does look at stats before he says something.

  24. Ryan hanigan should really be a backup cacher. His offense is zip.

  25. I love me some Ryan Hanigan but it might just be time to change that 60/40 split, in Mes favor.

  26. So Hanigan shouldn’t bat second?

    • So Hanigan shouldn’t bat second?

      Maybe 3 weeks ago but not now.

  27. Eric Davis is such a stud.

  28. JC needed a quick inning and got it.

  29. @RedLegHerrm: Could he still CF? If not, how about LF?

  30. Love when Cueto reaches back and gives it that extra oomph for an out.

  31. Dumb baseball on the Brewers part- 2 out 0 on and a guy that can tie the game with one swing bunts for a hit to bring up a guy that couldn’t hit one out in a phone booth.

  32. No HRs through 6. Is the streak in danger?

  33. Gutsy performance by JC!

  34. Alright. Another great game from our ace. Let’s get a couple of insurance runs, to reward him.

  35. Can’t say I’m too concerned about that particular streak considering more than a few of them were against us rather than for us.

  36. @RedLegHerrm: RLH good to see you posting today. Haven’t seen you around these parts too often. Everything good with you? Hoping you will be posting more, I miss your insight.

  37. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates see Shane Victorino as a “perfect fit,” but they won’t trade for him unless the Phillies drop the price “dramatically.”

  38. Cueto is wheeling & dealing & movin’ & grooven. 😀

  39. Got to get this run in.

  40. Alright the table is set, lets score some runs.

  41. Pit and the Cards both winning at the moment.

  42. Hani does his job. Time for X Paul to do his and make a mark!

  43. And we have another Paul sighting… will there be a hit here?

  44. @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Doing well my friend, thanks for asking. Life’s gotten a bit busier so haven’t been able to post on here as much. Still an avid reader. Hope to contribute on here more often as we enter the dog days.

    Nice to see Miggy poke on. Good job Ryno, let’s get this run in.

  45. and he strikes out… sheeze

    • and he strikes out…sheeze

      with a runner on 3rd less than 2 outs were you actually expecting any other outcome.

  46. Now it all comes down to Heisey…

  47. I just heard Cowboy say “Cueto peers in vividly.” Guess that’s to entertain Hanigan.

  48. I guess this was destined to be a one run game. Its up to the bullpen now, and that’s not a bad proposition a-tall.

  49. Game is now in the hands of the Reds’ very capable bullpen.

  50. Man, that strike out was a killer… OK, bullpen, let’s hold ’em.

  51. Classic DustyBall.

    Leadoff double. Give up an out. Send up a minor league pinch hitter because he’s left handed. Strikeout. Then the third out. No run.

    • Classic DustyBall.

      Leadoff double. Give up an out. Send up a minor league pinch hitter because he’s left handed. Strikeout. Then the third out. No run.

      It’s really ridiculous when you bunt a guy to third to give the key at bat to Xavier Paul.

      Remember, Baker thinks Paul is a great pinch hitter, even though he’s actually horrible in his major league career.

    • Baker

      Agreed. I could even see hitting a left hander there. But, umm, there is a guy named Bruce on the bench. And, Baker hits Paul? That’s just where Baker being the “players manager” just doesn’t work for the team. Did that cost the game? Of course not. Could it have easily cost the game? Yes.

  52. Let the shutdown show commence.

  53. @Steve Mancuso:

    Got to do it by “The Book.” “The Book” don’t lie.

    • At least in this case, the defense is Loe is much worse versus LH batters. Paul has about 8 more days to show he’s the LH bat off the bench, so today I’ll give the manager a break in trying to find out.

      But a major league hitter has to make contact, runner on third, less than two outs.

      • At least in this case, the defense is Loe is much worse versus LH batters.Paul has about 8 more days to show he’s the LH bat off the bench, so today I’ll give the manager a break in trying to find out.

        But a major league hitter has to make contact, runner on third, less than two outs.

        @lthedaug: I’ll second that verbatim.

    • @Steve Mancuso:

      Got to do it by “The Book.” “The Book” don’t lie.

      When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

      • When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

        Oops, entirely sorry. I just got home from work trying to catch up. I see Bruce started. I thought he was one that sat. Still better batters on the bench than Paul is.

  54. See in the box score that Valdez is the only one with more than one hit. Glad to see some production from the top of the order, even if he’s not a top of the order guy…

  55. Ondru!!!!!!! Coming through.

  56. The most amazing thing about Cueto this year- only TWICE has he allowed a run in the inning immediately following when the Reds have scored. That’s the epitome of a shutdown starter.

  57. Where was Jay’s head at? Ugh.

  58. Ouch, that was rough.

  59. He’s just a kid, he’s still learning, Bruce that is.

  60. Wow, Bruce has made more “head up rear end” plays since that Giants game where he dropped the ball than I would think possible.

  61. Just seeing the Bruce play. Inexcusable at any time, but especially given the situation with a chance to add an insurance run.

  62. Well, it seems the home-run streak at GABP is about to come to an end ladies and gents. That’s assuming that Chapman can close this down.

    • @MikiLove:

      Well, it seems the home-run streak at GABP is about to come to an end ladies and gents. That’s assuming that Chapman can close this down.

      That’s just bad karma to be saying that.

  63. If have to wonder whats going through the batters mind that’s waiting in the on deck circle to face Chapman.

  64. I don’t know the Brewers, as in I don’t watch them every day, but when you know Chapman’s pitching the 9th, and you have Izturis up with 2 on, 2 out against Ondrusek, how do you not pinch hit? Izturis is hitting .232, with a .546 OPS this year.

  65. Aw-oki has been tough on the Reds this year

  66. And thanks for playing, take a seat.

  67. Good at bat

  68. That is a really ill-timed walk, with Braun on deck.

  69. Slider and Braun sits down. Throw it!

  70. Sweep!!!! Sweep!!! Sweep!!! Go Reds Go!!!

  71. Filth.

  72. The old slide piece.

  73. 5 and 2 with Votto on the DL. Not too bad.

  74. Great sweep and homestand. Go Reds!!

  75. It’s almost like I’m psychic. Or like I’ve done entirely too much watching of that slider this weekend.. whichever. Batters are now hitting .027 against it so far this season.

  76. Another sweep for the hottest team in the NL, if not all of MLB.

  77. Chapman’s slider is just not fighting fair! Thank you for finding that pitch again.

    • Chapman’s slider is just not fighting fair!Thank you for finding that pitch again.

      I honestly believe that if he’d been throwing the slider in his whole time as closer, the
      Reds would have at least 2 extra wins right now.

      The real question is: when it gets hit—and it will get hit eventually, by someone—will he keep throwing it? I hope so.

  78. and the Reds win with their “weak” lineup!

  79. The slider is unhittable given how good his fastball is. It’s not as good as Kimbrel’s slider (which looks like he actually has it on a string), but Kimbrel’s fastball is not as deadly.

  80. Luckily Morgan and not Gomez was out there on Valdez’s RBI hit; Gomez has a much better arm.

  81. Yeah due to his fastball and much improved control hitters literally cannot sit on that slider, ever. So if it’s in the zone, it is a strike.

  82. @Racine Red:

    You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

    • @Racine Red:

      You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

      Is it Baker’s fault that Paul struck out? Of course not. Did I say that? I don’t have nearly as much of a problem bringing Paul up to the plate as I do bunting. Though I wouldn’t have brought him up to hit at all.

      Of course, Mancuso brought this up in the first place, why not respond to his post? I think I know the answer.

    • @Racine Red:

      You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

      Since Paul was the only left handed batter on the bench, I can understand putting him in there to prove himself at this time. But, how much of a leash do you give him? He hasn’t been a good pinch hitter his entire career. There are batters on the bench who hit right handed pitching better than Paul. Thus, textbook move? Not necessarily. A move I still would have possibly done. But, everytime there is no success, that leash has to get shorter. For, like with Harris towards his final AB’s, everytime Baker went to him over a right handed hitter for a right handed pitcher, the textbook move, it wouldn’t be the right move.

  83. 8-2 Home Stand can’t ask for more then that. Now the Reds gotta become road warriors and hold their own on the upcoming road trip. Not to be greedy but no reason the Redlegs couldn’t sweep the Astronomical’s. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  84. @steveschoen: When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

    How could Baker have pinch-hit Bruce instead of Xavier Paul when Bruce was the starting right-fielder?

  85. @steveschoen: Oops, entirely sorry.

    In other words, you were just trying to make the manager look as bad as you possibly can. If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are on a roll and are tied with the Nationals for the most wins in the league. Complain all you want, though.

    • @steveschoen: Oops, entirely sorry.

      In other words, you were just trying to make the manager look as bad as you possibly can. If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are on a roll and are tied with the Nationals for the most wins in the league. Complain all you want, though.

      No, in other words, I messed up and thought Bruce was one of the regulars that was on the bench.

  86. On to the Astros and the Rockies: two of the worst teams in all of baseball.

    The Reds are in a sweet spot right now.

  87. How frustrating is for the Pirates, who have won 5 in a row, and still can’t make up any ground against the Reds.

  88. If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster. If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

    In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

    • If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster.If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

      In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

      They both are at fault. Walt only decides who’s on the roster. Baker decided to use him in that situation, when there are better batters on the bench.

    • If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster.If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

      In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

      But, don’t worry about us. We are enjoying the sweep just as much if not more.

      • But, don’t worry about us.We are enjoying the sweep just as much if not more.

        Really? Every comment of yours in this thread and the next is negative.

  89. Paul also had a chance yesterday, when he grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded. I was definitely surprised to see him being used in a high leverage situation today. I’m thrilled we won. I just think Baker made poor decisions that inning. As Steve said, classic Dustyball. Nice job Cueto and Reds!

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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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