The Reds look to get back on track after losing their first home series of the season to the Braves last week by taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at home.  The Brewers are currently under .500 and I would love nothing more than to see them further under that mark by Sunday’s end.

But first, rookie phenom Tony Cingrani will look to keep his perfect record in tact and record his third victory of the season.  He’ll face off against Yovani Gallardo whom the Reds have had a decent amount of success against in his career.

The forecast does not look great, but let’s hope the rain holds off so the Reds can take game 1 of this series.  Go Reds!

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. BP night at the ballyard!!!!! I really had the feeling he was going to go yard, just riding the crest.

  3. I like this Phillips kid.

  4. And the cherry on top for Brandon Phillips, a HR on his at bat after making a great play. Some people have it, and some don’t.

  5. Dear Cleveland:

    Thank you for Brandon.

    And you are welcome for Stubbs.

  6. C’mon Paul, one more run and this game feels really good.

    • @Matt WI: and two more will keep Chapman on the bench another night. At least tomorrow is his bobblehead day, so fans won’t forget what he looks like.

  7. Brandon Phillips is the greatest defensive second baseman of all time. 100 years from now, Brandon Phillips will be the greatest defensive second baseman of all time. Dude is ridiculous. Over the years, I have heard a lot of disparaging comments about BP from Reds fans, and it has always baffled me. This guy plays the game with nothing but joy and heart and mad crazy skills. We are blessed to have this guy on our team.

    MVPhillips!

  8. Rain is coming, and heavier than before.

    There might be enough time for the Reds to get six more outs though.

  9. BP better be careful, having a game like he’s having tonight could earn him a seat on the bench for tomorrows game.

  10. This guy is bouncing his fastball five feet in front of the plate. His FASTBALL. Don’t swing at nothing, unless it’s in your exact spot.

  11. …or, we can send a lazy fly to left. That’s another option.

  12. Hanigan is swinging the bat a lot better. Great to see.

  13. I can’t believe Hanigan was swinging there. Sorry, slap hitters don’t get the green light in that situation.

  14. Theoretically, what with 3 HR capable hitters up, I might send out my best pitcher. Or Sean Marshall, who secretly is probably the best man for the situation… a little less heat for them to run into one on.

  15. Also, if Rebutler is correct on his weather, and he usually is, it would behoove Broxton to move quickly… which is not his forte. No delays at this point please.

  16. I’ve always thought giving Broxton more credit than Marshall is a huge mistake. Unless it’s a crazy matchup dilemma, I’d go with Marshall.

  17. With the pace of this game, it may be quicker to have the game called after a 3 hour rain delay.

  18. 33,251 turned out for tonight’s titanic struggle, 33,251.

  19. Tired of walks.

  20. I don’t mind Broxton here. 4 right handlers in a row.

  21. Lucky there. LuCroy should have killed that ball.

  22. Man do I love getting Gomez out. He’s such a diva.

  23. Any thoughts on the wisdom of doing a double switch here? Seems useless to me.

    • Alright! Good recovery by Broxton after the walk. Play on.

    • @belgariontheking: No harm no foul on this one. It’s gonna be Chapman no matter what, he shored up the defense. But MOST importantly, doing double switches makes Dusty feel important.

      • @Matt WI:…makes Dusty feel important. Now that’s funny.

      • @Matt WI: Makes sense but when we’re not tied/behind, burning a bench player when you don’t need to just seems like it could bite us in the butt.

        Your comment about Dusty should be on some kind of quote wall.

  24. Had tickets for tonights game but bailed because of rain. Never thought the weather would improve this much. BUT….I did go see 42….wonderful movie.

  25. wow, looked at Fergeson Jenkins stats for 1970, it was the subject of the trivia question. During the two years (70 and 71) Fergie won a total of 46 games. In those same years he had 54 complete games. He had 638 innings pitched those two seasons. Really.

  26. ….and Chappy can’t pitch a two inning save.

  27. Wow @ the Rockies/Cards game

    Shelby Miller gave up a hit to the first batter of the game. Has retired the next 24 batters without a hit. 11 Ks, no BBs.

  28. More Choo, please.

  29. Considering their talents, who is the most disrespected Red on the roster? For me its Sean Marshall.

    • @Sergeant2: Easily…….in a walk.

    • @Sergeant2: Hmm, tie between Marshall and Mesoraco. I mean, if you think about the fact that Corky Miller played more as the #2 catcher than Mesoraco did as the #2 catcher. Combine that with the fact that Mesoraco had to have almost double the Spring Training OPS than Miguel Olivo in order to FORCE his way onto the roster.

      So sure Marshall has more skill than Mesoraco right now, but Mesoraco makes up for that in the equation with significantly more disrespect.

  30. Three walks in one game by the leadoff spot… isn’t that more leadoff walks than Stubbs and Valdez combined last season or something? Hah

  31. Man, Cozart is just not a hit and run kind of guy. Second time tonight. Once gain, Dusty: Know thy players.

  32. What a strange way to put on a hit and run.

  33. Wow… I’m not sure that was ball 4 to Votto. Eat away at all of their pitchers though please.

  34. Chapman will be pitching with a 6 run lead.

  35. You would think Axford would throw that first pitch breaking ball later in the count as well.

  36. Brewers had a team meeting in short right field

  37. Bases loaded and less than two outs.. no runs. Rough.

  38. Well, let’s hope Chapman has been working hard in side sessions and kind find the zone easy tonight.

  39. Well, this guy is pretty much impossible to walk…that’s a plus.

  40. DRob!

  41. Robinson needs more playing time.

  42. Small nod to Dusty there… getting Robinson in LF in a tight game and using his speed. Well done, well done.

  43. It’d be great to see what Robinson could do hitting second for more than one game every week and a half.

  44. Do you suppose Baker keeps a box of toothpicks in his office, or that he REALLY likes olives and cheese?

  45. I’m not big on the RISP statistic. The usefulness of that has been pretty much debunked. I would like to know stats on what I would call scoring opportunities – runner on 2nd with no outs or 3rd with one out. The proportion of the time the team is in those situations and score in the inning.

  46. Chapman is following the Kenny Powers career trajectory. His velocity keeps dropping. Mid 90’s is hittable.

  47. I wouldn’t be sad if a fastball found itself smacking Aoki on the thigh.

  48. Many say its for control. But his control isn’t any better than it was. What gives?

  49. Aoki is a pretty good hitter. Imagine having a guy like that hitting in the 2 hole.

  50. This is an ugly AB.

  51. SCOUT: Aroldis Chapman showed faith in Ryan Hanigan by throwing that slider in the dirt with a runner on 3rd.

  52. Jeeze Chapman.. two wild pitches in one AB? I’m not watching on TV, so are those “wild pitches” that probably should have been stopped, or actual wild pitches?

  53. Chased ball 4, but we will take it.

  54. Wow that was a downer of a win.

  55. I like the fact that Brantley flat out says Chapman needs to pitch more. Good win.

  56. A rusty save.

  57. Not the prettiest at the end, but a win is a win. Yehawww. More coming tomorrow.

  58. Sigh…Chapman is such a waste of talent. He’s been a complete non-factor this season.

    The only high leverage situations he’s pitched in are situations he’s created himself.

  59. A win is a win. Looks like Chapman needs more work to stay sharp. Imagine if he pitched in some high leverage situations in the 7th or 8th innings?

  60. Someday after Dusty has been fired or retired, he will understand that your closer needs to pitch on a regular basis, even if it isn’t in a save situation.

    Then again, he may go to his grave never understanding that.

  61. Our bullpen is a strength. Our bullpen management is a weakness.

  62. Well, at least Dusty figured out that you don’t bunt Choo (.500 OBP or whatever) and that you don’t bunt in front of Votto because he’s so likely to walk anyways.

  63. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I honestly think Chapman is miscast as a closer. I don’t mean the usual “he’s more valuable as a starter” argument (though he probably would be), I mean that closers have to pitch 4 days in a row and then not for a week (the way some, but not all managers, including Dusty, manage their closer). This is not good for Chapman. He can’t pitch many days in a row, and he really isn’t good on a lot of rest, apparently.

  64. Good win for the Reds. When the starting pitcher only goes 4 innings and the team wins, its a good win. Back to the drawing board tomorrow and another Reds win. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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