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Game Thread: Indians at Reds (2013.05.27)

Happy Memorial Day!  I’d like to personally thank all members of our military who risk their lives and who have risked their lives to defend this great nation and give people like myself the opportunity to enjoy the freedom we have in America!  One of those great freedoms is the ability to watch a baseball game on a Monday afternoon!

Today is about much more than baseball, so with that said, let’s just enjoy the day, celebrate our military, and cheer the Reds on!  Win or lose, it is a great day!

157 thoughts on “Game Thread: Indians at Reds (2013.05.27)

  1. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that out #5 starter would be 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA at this point in the season, I’d have thought you were nuts. but that is exactly what we have right now.

  2. So, Nation, Leake is at 91 pitches through 7 innings. Should he be done for the day?

  3. Gameday- -Ubaldo Jimenez may prefer to go after Todd Frazier, whose OPS is .739 this season, with the splitter rather than facing Shin-Soo Choo, whose OPS is .935.


  4. Hanigan is on fire so I don’t know what the answer is, but Mes is just a completely different player when he only plays 1 game a week. He’s like the anti-Chris Heisey.

    • @eric nyc: Yeah, Dusty said he wanted to change up the pitching rotation so Mes. wouldn’t have to sit for 3 straight days.

  5. Thank you, Stubbs….

    Cardinals open game with single, homer (Molina) in KC

    • Ouch.

      Dusty’s getting ready to do some managing now.

      I wish you hadn’t said that.

  6. At least Chapman will see the heart of the order.

    Nice to see the stars align for this 9th inning.

  7. Santana is not a very good catcher. Reds are blessed to have to exceptional defensive catchers.

  8. Wow, a free base …. Marty and Cowboy wanted the bunt with the runner already at second. They got their wish

          • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Many people have an unnatural fear of the DP. I get that. I still don’t hand them a free out. Not with the middle of the order coming up. It’s funny how people can put so much faith in a batter to get the ball up in the air in one situation, but not to do the same thing and stay out of the DP in another.

  9. Nice to see a good bunt, now let’s see if the boys who get paid to drive in runs can do their job….

    • @Mwv: Funny thing is, if Cozart gets out without advancing JV, I bet they would have walked Joey.

  10. Bunt was a smart play. If that didn’t carry out it would’ve still scored Choo

  11. I can’t believe that they actually gave him something to hit. I was SURE they were going to intentionally walk him (since Phillips does hit into his share of double plays)… then they threw that ball outside and I was SURE they weren’t going to give him anything to actually swing at and just pitch around.

    They actually gave him something to hit. Insanity.

  12. Playing for his job, Mike Leake has pitched to a 3.02 ERA about a third of the way into the season. No kidding, huh?

  13. Baker gets bailed out again.. no way Leake should have started the 8th… but Votto came thru for him again….

    • @kycat679: Leake was at 95 pitches. It’s almost June. We should be expecting our starters to go at least 110-120 pitches a game, especially when they’re rolling like Leake was going into the 8th. This is just blind Dusty bashing.

  14. If Chapman ever learns how to pitch he might be something…but right now he is just a thrower…

  15. That was nasty. Nice game for the Reds, terrific game for Leake and Cozart. Oh yeah, that Votto guy too.

  16. I like this Chapman kid. Also, props to Swisher for not curling up in the fetal position after that.

  17. Nice win! Gotta love it. Great to see Leake pitch so well, and Votto comes through in the clutch, as always.

    Good to see Chapman pitch well, too, but he needs to control himself, though. Throwing at Swisher’s head was completely uncalled for and unacceptable.

    • @BenL: I don’t think it was intentional. Why would it be? We know Chapman can be wild sometimes.

      • @rfay00: If it was only the first pitch, I’d agree with you. The first one looked completely accidental. The second one sure didn’t, though. You can see things the way you like, but if someone throws a 90+ mph fastball at my head, and then is jawing at me and staring me down, I interpret that as intent.

        • @BenL: He was jawing at him because Swisher started talking at him, and the entire Cleveland dugout was up at the top yelling things at Chapman. So it was either stand there and have 10+ Cleveland players yell things at you and take it, or start jawing back.

  18. I wonder what Swisher said after the 1st pitch? That one seemed unintentional. The 2nd one, however…..uncalled for.

      • @Redgoggles: I repeat this again for the mentally challenged.The pitch WAS NOT INTENTIONAL!

        Mentally challenged? It seems both you and Chapman need a time-out, lol. The first pitch, I agree with you. The 2nd, not so much. Neither do the Indians, btw. I wish Chapman would have just made him look silly with the slider, but Swisher came away from that looking like the professional.

  19. Re: Throwing at opposing players:

    Personally, I think it can be a good thing, psychologically, if the Reds pitchers get reputations a head hunters. These Reds pitchers, unlike in the past, can throw with a bit of heat behind them, and if a batter steps into the box nervous about having to dodge a pitch coming straight for his ear hole, well, that gives the pitcher an added advantage.

    You can say it’s uncalled for or unnecessary, but as kind of an old school baseball guy, I love having pitchers that make opposing batters fear for their physical safety. It’s just an added intimdation factor in a very mental game.

  20. I don’t think either were intentionable, in part because throwers don’t have a strong command of where the ball is going.

  21. Twitter and message boards are blowing up now, calling for the Indians to throw at Votto tomorrow. Isn’t Latos starting tomorrow?

      • @wildwestLV: Easily the most emotional guy on the team. Tomorrow’s game could be full of drama. We had some of this last year too between these teams, though for different reasons. This is more like the Chapman/McCutcheon thing.

        • @Mwv: Thinking exactly the same thing. My guess is nothing will happen, between either team. Heat of the moment, but everybody knows Chapman is (mostly) effectively wild. I still don’t fault a guy for getting upset about two 100+ mph pitches thrown @ his head.

    • Twitter and message boards are blowing up now, calling for the Indians to throw at Votto tomorrow. Isn’t Latos starting tomorrow?

      Bad idea. Don’t anger the Votto, Indians. He’s mean enough already.

    • @Mwv: If they throw at Votto, then the Reds dugout needs to empty. Swisher =/= Votto… Votto is a $200m+ MVP player, and Swisher is a slightly better than average pro. That’s hardly “getting even”. Plus, Swisher didn’t even get hit.

  22. Chapman is all over the place. The idea that he’s doing anything intentionally doesn’t make sense to me.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Yeah, he had a pitch sail up and hit the back netting, and he also threw a slider that would have hit a left handed batter in the chest that Mesoraco couldn’t even bring in. He really couldn’t locate any of his pitches consistently that appearance. I doubt any of it was intentional.

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