Yesterday’s game was a wash, so the Reds start anew today at home with a series against the Seattle Mariners.  The Mariners are only a Houston Astros addition to the division away from being a last place team so this is a good chance for the Reds to continue their good play that began this week against the San Francisco Giants.

The Reds will face a familiar face tonight in Aaron Harang.  Harang’s 3-7 record and 5.08 ERA is nearly the exact opposite of Mike Leake’s, who Harang will face tonight.  Leake is putting his name into serious consideration for an All-Star nod (he’s a longshot) with a 7-3 mark and 2.52 ERA.

The Reds have been going the last 3 games and really need to step on the gas pedal over these next 7 games before heading into a 3 game set with Atlanta before the All-Star break. I think many have stepped away from the ledge this week, so now let’s celebrate some winning baseball!!  Go Reds!

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  1. Mesoraco basically got rung up on strike 2

  2. Charlie Furbush. Redhead with a beard. Straight out of Major League IV.

  3. Well, that sucked.

  4. My old D.I. would have a field day with Private Furbush.

  5. Well. Shoot.

  6. Did Marty really just say “they’re gonna have to hurry” with Kendrys Morales running?

  7. Has Manny Parra earned these high leverage situations? I know he’s been better lately and he just got out of that mess. It just seems like risky business.

  8. Need to get at least one run with this part of the order.

  9. 2-0 cozart…take a pitch!

  10. Cozart almost fell over swinging at that last pitch it was so far out of the strike zone.

  11. It hit him

  12. Votto clearly hit by that pitch. Didn’t Votto want to go to first base? Didn’t Dusty Baker argue it?

  13. Joey needs to spin and take that off the shoulder like Choo would. The situation calls for a baserunner. It was a curveball, no harm.

  14. Softly into the night.

  15. BP has looked really bad at the plate tonight. No patience and no solid contact.

    • @Mwv: BP’s offensive numbers are remarkably close to Frazier’s. It’s been a month since he got hit in the arm. Not sure people can blame that on his continued struggles.

  16. There have been some really bad ABs from the Reds tonight. Just about all of them since Votto’s bomb (Paul’s ROE included).

  17. Hi brethren havent posted in awhile. Beyond frustrated. Our team has no hitting discipline. We hacked endlessly tonite at upballs over and over allowing mediocre harang to keep pitching. He shluld have been in deep trouble from the get go. Didnt make him work.
    We need a better hitting coach but mostly a better manager. What else is new.
    2 teams playing muchmore intensely than we are, our division rivals. They are ahead and will be because they have better coaching and more intensity as well.

  18. Wait.. our bullpen is fully rested.. 2 run game.. and we go Partch for 2 innings and then Parra for 2? Dusty is so weird.

    • @Mwv: I really do not understand why Dusty has no reluctance to use our worst bullpen guys to go 2 innings, but the best guys cant pitch longer than an inning!

  19. 33,596 on hand for tonight’s titanic struggle, 33,596.

  20. Down goes Paul, up comes Hamilton (just not Lutz)!

  21. 46 pitches by parra. he will be out for the rest of the weekend. Dusty is so stupid.

    • 46 pitches by parra.he will be out for the rest of the weekend.Dusty is so stupid.

      No. Actually, it just means that he’s only good for 30 tomorrow.

  22. I really liked Baker’s move to pull Leake when he did. A lot. But then his management of the bullpen has been kinda curious.

    • I really liked Baker’s move to pull Leake when he did. A lot. But then his management of the bullpen has been kinda curious.

      They did their job, just wished our offense did…

  23. Another good appearance for Parra. I like what he is given the Reds lately since they have really needed bullpen help, but he is not someone I want to see pitching often. Looking at his numbers, it is hard to even find an “average” season. I can’t imagine he suddenly figured it out at age 30.

  24. Paul looks like he’s still in some pain. Maybe its not noticeable from the dugout.

  25. Bruce, Frazier and paul? I’m not getting my hopes up. At least Cozart is not hitting this inning.

  26. Bloop and a blast time.

  27. “Boy, you talk about going south again. Here he goes again. He is decidedly going the other way.” — Marty on Jay Bruce.

  28. Bruce has struck out 5 of his last 8 at bats.

  29. So who bats for Paul if he can’t hit, Robinson of Izzy?

  30. I don’t agree that Mesoraco should have tried to move the runner along in the 7th. Down 2 runs, I don’t play for one run with 2 innings to go.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Well, it was three innings to go in the seventh. If you get that run in you just need one run in either of the last two innings to tie. I’m with you on strike one and two, but when it gets to strike three he needs to be looking the other way.

      • @Steve Mancuso: I can agree that when you get 2 strikes in some situations you do that, but not on a 3-2 count. Also, it was in the 7th, so if you (for example) give up an out there, I assume you’re playing for 1 run in the 7th, and then have the 8th and 9th to tie.

        As it was, I hated his approach on that 3-2 pitch, it wasn’t even close. A walk there, and you have a completely different situation.

  31. So far so awful.

  32. Robinson? Well, that will about do it.

  33. Taking their at-bats like they’re double-parked.

  34. If it somehow went to the 13th, the Reds might score off the mighty Mariners pen.

  35. Perez looks better than Chapman. Can we get him in a trade?

  36. Well, can’t win them all. But never fun to lose ground to your two arch rivals when you have a favorable matchup. A really poor game tonight.

  37. Pretty good job by Oliver “I thought he was flipping burgers 2 years ago” Perez.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: he was head case in NY. Lots of attitude. The Mets wanted him to go down to the minors and work out his problems–and he balked at that. They finally got tired of his act and got rid of him.

      Looks like a different guy tonight.

      • @Richard Fitch: I agree; I followed Perez a lot of his career because of fantasy baseball, he was on my team for a long time. He has a ton of talent, but couldn’t find the strike zone with a map half the time.

  38. 9th-inning hat trick.

  39. What a stinker, Reds!

  40. Bullpen did there job, offense did not (except Choo and Votto).

  41. When this series is wrapped up and the Reds have won the series 2-1 I’ll be a happy camper. However I ain’t very happy right now that’s for sure. Hopefully the Reds will do Red Bull IV’s before tomorrows game. We’ll get em tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  42. It’s just one loss. It is what it is (a Milton the goat game). Need to come back and win the next two.

    I’m sure, though, we’ll hear about inconsistent, boom or bust offense, etc.

  43. Sure looks like Dusty threw in the towel after 6 innings tonight.
    Could that be why he didn’t use any of our front line bullpen pitchers?
    😡

  44. DRob gets start tomorrow.

  45. Jeff Franceaur flier, anyone? I mean could he play any worse than our LFers.

  46. 1-9 all time vs. Seattle

  47. I keep thinking that somewhere up the Charlie Furbush family tree, some great grandfather or something would have emigrated here and changed the name to Fairbanks or something that wouldn’t get young Charlie taunted in school.

  48. Francouer is .242/.288/.306 this year…vs lefties! I’d rather have just about anyone else.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: The Reds already have him using the alias Chris Heisey

      • @OhioJim: This year, yes. Heisey is significantly better than Francouer, though. Come to think of it, Francouer may be the most overhyped player in the last decade.

        • @Hank Aarons Teammate: No way. There have been a plethora of overhyped players, namely playing for east coast/big market teams. Then you have the guys like 2010 Votto who have the ESPN guys saying, “sounds like the guy who mows my lawn”.

          To this day that phrase still irritates me. Colin Cowherd is an idiot, and not just for saying that. His very existence proves his lack of intellect and meaningful contribution to any topic.

  49. well, I must say, despite listening to the entire game while at work and suffering, reading some of the game thread comments just now had me laughing out loud. So thanks for that.

    Get ’em tomorrow.

  50. In other news, the Reds have held steady at exactly 0 international signings. Their last chance will really be the two or three Cuban defectors that are about to hit free-agency, and the downside there is that there is no limit to what teams can spend, meaning that the Reds would likely get outbid by other teams anyway (Dodgers).

  51. Never underestimate Harang when he pitches against the Reds. The Pirates and Cards face the Cubs and Marlins, so the Reds need two from the M’s to stay in contention.

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