The Reds look to start this series off in the same fashion they started the last one off… by hurling back-to-back shutouts.  That task will fall onto the shoulders of Homer Bailey tonight against the Rockies.  Bailey had his worst start of the season in his last outing against Cleveland, which means he is due for a superb, bounceback start tonight.

Discuss the game here, and as always, GO REDS!

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  1. I know Sam didn’t want to walk him but …

  2. Bullpen is just not looking very good right now. Marshall is going to be out half the season and Broxton was a horrible signing. Good thing Chapman was sent to the pen.

    In other news…Reds still have two at ABs left.

  3. I love the strategy of walk the lefty unless he gets himself out, in order to pitch to a power hitting, excellent, righty. Then, of course, you pitch to him instead of walk him to face a not as good hitter. It doesn’t make sense.

    I don’t like walking anyone. It’s not like the hitters coming up were Izturis.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate:

      I don’t think they walked him on purpose.

      But I do agree with the bases empty you have to go after him in a one run game.

      • @Truman48: Truman: I can’t read minds, so perhaps I shouldn’t have been as sure of myself. But Hanigan’s target was a ball on every single pitch.

  4. A wild single from Donald Lutz?

  5. Will BP pinch hit ? He said he’s available.

  6. I’d walk hannigan to get to double play izturis

  7. I think it’s pretty clear who is getting sent out when Heisey comes back. I guess Lutz can learn from this experience and also look at the likelyhood of it being AAA instead of AA as a positive.

  8. For that, Lutz should be sent down tonite.

  9. A lot of warning track power tonight. Reds need to make a trip to Miami and hit a weight room on the way back.

  10. What bone headed move. Lutz just punched his ticket back to the minors.

  11. I think the Reds must be paying tribute to the “Bad News Bears” tonight by emulating the play of the B.N.B.

  12. Lutz has been pretty awful anyway, that certainly isn’t the deciding factor. But…wow.

  13. Dusty better PH for Izturis next inning!

  14. How do you make that mistake?

  15. Reds bullpen has been very average. They were so good last year.

    Jocketty needs to burn up the phone lines finding some relief help.

    • @RedForever: A guy gives up 2 runs and has a 1 ERA, you don’t find bullpen help. It’s baseball. In case you forgot, there are 162 games in a season.

      • @Hank Aarons Teammate: No, please remind me again…and again…and again.

        This goes beyond what happened tonight or Sunday. This bullpen is just not that good. Middle of the pack at best.

        • @RedForever: Without Marshall, it is a middle of the pack bullpen. Even with the limited way Dusty uses him, he makes a huge difference.

  16. I would hate to think how negative it would be here if we say were as bad as the Brewers or Dodgers…

  17. C’mon Dbacks and Braves.

  18. Well, we get to start the 9th with 2 outs. Izturis, anyone from the bench, then Choo.

  19. Hannahan has been taking gound balls at 2nd base. He could PH for Izturis.

  20. No idea who Dusty is going to pinch hit with…I have a feeling it’ll be Hannahan & Robinson, in that order. Hannahan would end up playing 2B if necessary. I could see him letting Izturis hit also. 😥

    I think the best choice would be Mesoraco + Robinson. Mes has power and could tie the game w/1 swing. Robinson’s speed would be hard to double up and has decent on base skills.

    I find it difficult to believe BP can play.

  21. Didn’t know Brothers was a lefty.

  22. This game has been painful for Reds fans, and to add a little salt to the wound, none of the Reds announcers know the difference between a deep fly ball and a Home Run ball.

  23. He did indeed PH for Izturis. I like Robinson here and Mesoraco next.

  24. Why swing at the 2nd pitch Robinson????

  25. Did Dusty actually decide to think this game? Robinson, then Mes? After LeCure in the 8th? It’s a miracle!

  26. I’ve learned from this game I like Baker over Walt Weiss. Completely unimpressed with him.

  27. By all means not a panic game team meeting situation – but team might need a check up from the neck team meeting

  28. Dusty went outside the box and the Reds still lost.

  29. Ugh…this one sucks…

  30. The Reds could really use Eric Young, Jr. Someone make that happen.

  31. To me, this is probably the worst game of the year, because of what’s going to come out of it.

  32. So, is there anyone who still thinks the Reds kept the wrong catcher out of Mesoraco/Grandal? Grandal got that 50 day suspension, and now he’s going to get 100 days for being part of this clinic scandal.

    • @ToddAlmighty: I think it would help to determine that if Dusty would give Mes some playing time.

      • @rfay00: No way, and break the beautiful 3 man streak of sub-.200 hitters at the bottom of the lineup? Blasphemy.

    • @ToddAlmighty: I’m a big Mesoraco fan, but…even if Grandal misses another 100 games, it’s not like Mesoraco’s time in MLB has been that much more worthwhile. Mes has had < 400 ABs,spaced out in a way that makes him developing well unlikely.

      I'm not going to pass much judgment on Grandal's PED use either. I'm assuming MLB players using PEDs is closer to 50%, if not more. I think baseball fans and the media are being extremely naive. MLB has caught the unlucky and the stupid ones…just the tip of the iceberg.

  33. Arizona’s lead is gone.

  34. Definition of tonight’s game> See Ugly. As bad as things went tonight, they could go overwhelmingly good tomorrow. Cueto is on the mound tomorrow so that’s a plus right off the bat. We’ll get em tomorrow, no problem-o. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  35. We need Phillips back. We need Votto back. That dude wearing 19 the past few nights isn’t Joey Votto.

  36. One positive from tonight is the fact this is one of the few close games lost that I would dare to say haven’t been due to the Baker Tax. I was shocked with. The LeCure Robinson and Mesoraco moves late and no Broxton.

  37. Well, Bucs lost, 5-4. Cards are looking like they’ll win. This St. Louis team is so ridiculous, Reds will have to start, not just winning series, but sweeping series to stay within striking distance. Sweeping. Winning isn’t going to cut it. Unbelievable.

    • @wildwestLV: There’s 100 games left.

      • @EdEddandEdWerder: Indeed. It’s not a question of being too far behind; of course they aren’t. But it’s about time people wake up and understand that the Cardinal team is stronger than the Reds. The Reds are depending on one of two things to finish ahead: (1) a lot more injuries, (2) regression by the Cardinal young pitchers. The latter is more likely than the former, but I don’t think it’s as likely as some think.

    • @wildwestLV: I’m not expecting to catch the Cardinals. Too good of a starting staff. Since their mediocre 14-11 start they are 24-8. That’s .750 ball over more than a month.

  38. My Bed time is at hand and the recap isn’t up yet so I’ll have to say it here. Another 8th inning gut punch but at least they were trying to adjust.

    I thought Sam let the wrong man beat him. 8th inning, home team, one run lead, two outs, bases empty. In this situation, for my money, you’ve got to make the potential tying run put the ball in play to reach base. If he homers to tie the game, you’ve still got the advantage because you are the home team.

    Once your are 3-0 to Tulo, you can’t let him beat you. Take your chances with Cuddyer.

    I’m sure there are other ways of slicing it but that’s my call.

  39. Mujica, the Cards closer, just finished pitching 2 shutout innings.

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