Since the Reds own the Cubs in Chicago of late, I decided to drop the adjective describing the Cubs.  At least for one day.  Of course if Matt Garza decides to be a fool tonight, I may add a few more adjectives to describe the Cubs in tomorrow’s game thread.

This is the first time Matt Garza has faced the Reds since the controversy erupted the last time he faced the Reds when Johnny Cueto threw a pitch that was “slightly” high and inside to David DeJesus.  The end result was Dusty telling the two to strap on some gloves and fight it out.  Since then, Cueto has gone back on the DL, the Reds have continued to play good baseball, and the Cubs have been the Cubs.  Hopefully nothing happens tonight, but if it does, I hope the Reds answer with their bats and arms like Brandon Phillips and Homer Bailey did last night.

It’s game 2 of the Reds and Cubs.  Let’s hope the Reds Go, the fog stays away, and the good guys take home another victory.

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235 Responses

  1. George Culver

    No better way to shut up a mouthy pitcher that to beat his brains out on the field.

  2. tgarretson82

    XP is too hot. He needs to sit tomorrow.

  3. rhayex

    I can’t wait to see the reactions on this board when Dusty makes a truly atrocious decision in a crucial game (such as the playoffs).

    Wait…

      • rhayex

        @Truman48: I know. I was reacting to previous comments (Choo bunting, specifically). When I saw that, I immediately turned to my friend and told him the string of events that happened (bunt, GO, HR by Votto). He agreed it was insanity.

  4. NoPOP4u

    garza looking pretty shaky now,.. wonder how much longer he will be in this one

  5. Sergeant2

    And Musketeer Paul puts a little icing on the cake. Why is Garza still in the game? Oh never mind he just got taken out.

  6. RedForever

    How come Dusty Baker is wearing batting gloves? That would be like me sitting at home watching the game and wearing sweatbands and batting gloves. My wife is laughing on the floor right now!

  7. George Culver

    I think the Reds just ruined Garza’s trade value.

  8. tgarretson82

    BUNTS GALORE! DUSTY IS IN HEAVEN!

  9. abox03

    Dusty….where was the Choo bunt….you cost us a DP!!!! haha 🙂

  10. tgarretson82

    Man looking at Lutz in the dugout. That is big dude! (a youngin too)

  11. jas_428

    Lots of Dusty and bench love for XP. I feel Heisey’s hammy tightening up some more. XP is totally deserving of the love and playing time.

    • prjeter

      @jas_428:

      I agree. XP has earned a spot. We all know Heisey will get his fair shake when he gets back, I just hope Dusty keeps him on a short leash if he doesn’t perform.

  12. tgarretson82

    I bet Dusty is wearing batting gloves just in case he gets in fistacuffs with Garza.

  13. dg44

    I think Garza would feel much better had he just come out and plunked Choo in the back on the first pitch, and been ejected immediately. 9 earned runs.

  14. NoPOP4u

    hard decision when Heisey comes back.. His biggest plus is that he plays some CF when Choo clearly could use a day off. Lutz probly goes down. Still dont see heisey playing anywhere close to every day

    • dg44

      Joey just wanted to pad Cingrani’s strikeout numbers. He knew Rizzo would chase the curve in the dirt. Great play Joey.

  15. Steve Mancuso

    If the Cubs hitters just go up there to swing now, I could see a CG for Cingrani tonight. Possible.

  16. prjeter

    Yeah, Lutz has way more terrible at-bats than just about anyone on the team. Needs some more experience to get more selective with pitches. His swing/miss percent has to be sky high. Although I love his upside.

  17. Sergeant2

    This game is a wee bit more enjoyable then Sunday nights wouldn’t you say. We fans deserve this blowout. Go Reds!

  18. jas_428

    Will the Cingrani bunt be viewed as rubbing it in?

    • Truman48

      @jas_428: Hey he already had 2 hits off of them. The Reds were just doing the nice thing by trying to give the Cubbies an out.

  19. ToddAlmighty

    Cingrani can only pitch 10.2 more innings this year before he loses the ability to qualify as a rookie next year.

  20. George Culver

    If Bruce starts to go the other way as he has tonight, it’s a whole new season.

  21. Steve Mancuso

    Pirates won tonight 8-2. The Cardinals won 9-2. Reds sitting at 9-2 right now. Will they outdo St. Louis?

  22. Sergeant2

    How bout Jay Bruce going the other way again. Looks like Reds hitters liked the way the Cardinal hitters approached their at bats.

  23. dg44

    If Bruce can continue getting hits to left field, this lineup gets a lot more dangerous. He becomes a .300 hitter, which means Brandon gets more pitches to hit, which means they can’t pitch around Votto.

  24. Sergeant2

    Its between Kelch and his consistent sleep inducing droning, and WGN’s ongoing 20 min. interview with Arsenio Hall. Both are equally painful to endure.

  25. Mwv

    Good outing by Tony. This game is taking forever. I blame Garza.

  26. Steve Mancuso

    I realize the score is 9-2, but how does Speier not send Hannahan on that? The Cubs weren’t even trying to get the ball back in for a play at the plate.

    • Sergeant2

      @Steve Mancuso: Not replacing Speier as 3rd base coach is inexcusable. Mark my words, its going to end up costing the Reds wins they should have had.

  27. Sergeant2

    The Reds will be in 2nd place in the division 3 1/2 behind the Cardinals and 1/2 a game in front of 3rd place Pittsburgh.

  28. George Culver

    Cubs pitchers now so embarrassed about giving up hits to Cozart that they are faking injuries rather than continue. A last ditch effort to salvage their career.

  29. rhayex

    I just realized… The HS kids getting drafted were in my class. I hope there were plenty of future HOFers drafted this year, especially by the Reds!

  30. George Culver

    Cubs pitchers have gotten killed tonight on pitches up in the strike zone. 1st Cozart now Izturis?

  31. Mwv

    Baseball is a weird game. Last night we score 6 runs, BP knocks them all in. Tonight we score 12 and he doesn’t knock in a single one of those.

  32. Sergeant2

    Bruce struck out, the Reds should trade him for a middle reliever.

  33. George Culver

    Replay shows that Todd Frazier’s homerun tonight was another 1 handed swing.

  34. WedgieSanders

    Say what you want about Cozart, he has a good looking swing with lots of power, and plays great D. He still has the potential to be a great player.

    • WedgieSanders

      @WedgieSanders: a few small changes to his approach at the plate he could be an All-star… But you could probably say that about AAA and bench players everywhere.

  35. wildwestLV

    How many runs would you let a Manny Parra mercy outing go?

    • Sergeant2

      @wildwestLV: With a 10 run lead Dusty will let Parra give up 11 runs before taking him out.

  36. wildwestLV

    Mesoraco must be catching the next two games.

  37. wildwestLV

    Hannigan needs to be put on ice, the abuse his been taking.

  38. Sergeant2

    Would you have Hanigan steal 2nd to avoid the DP?

    • Mwv

      @Sergeant2: I think this situation calls for a bunt. With 2 outs they’ll never see it coming.

    • wildwestLV

      @Sergeant2: If Hanigan could actually steal a base at this point in the night, the Cubs deserve it. Sad to say.

  39. ToddAlmighty

    12 runs, 16 hits, 4 HR, and 4 Cubs errors.

    Nothing like some Cub action to pick up a team after losing a series to the WLBs.

  40. wildwestLV

    Glad to be taking the kids to see Raiders of The Lost Ark on the big screen, tomorrow afternoon. As much as I hope to be proven wrong: I wouldn’t be surprised to see Travis Wood 1-hit or 2-hit the Reds tomorrow, following a game like tonight. GO REDS! (though). (btw, are we sure Curtis Partch isn’t the Red-Headed/Kenny Powers/REDS “Wooooo!” Guy?) Night, ALL.

  41. Sergeant2

    Day games Wednesday and Thursday so don’t forget to have your sick day excuses ready for why you won’t be in those days.

  42. Sergeant2

    Good win for the Reds, and a fun night to have fun making funny and frivolous comments on tonight’s game thread. Like I said earlier, after Sunday nights tough loss to the pebble in our shoe Cardinals, we fans deserved to enjoy a blowout game like tonight’s game. Back to the drawing board tomorrow afternoon. Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.