The first half of the season concludes today, and for the Reds and many of their fans, I believe it couldn’t come at a better time. The Reds have not been playing great of late and these four days off could be what they need to get going in the second half.

But before everyone shuts it down, there is one game left to play. Can the Reds go into the break with a win and a series split against the Braves? Or will the Reds enter the break losers of three consecutive series? Let’s hope Tony Cingrani is on his game today and the offense can hit and the Reds at least split this series with Atlanta.

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. Nice move by DB. Everyone should be available today outside of Homer and maybe Bronson.

  2. Good for Baker. Well done, bringing in Hoover. And it might not work, who knows, but this is the right thing to do.

  3. I am really sick of the bloopers. Come on, baseball gods.

  4. When the Braves hit a line drive, it’s an out. When they hit a bloop, it’s a hit.

  5. Cozart a doubles machine.

  6. Can anyone succeed batting #2?

  7. Robinson has hit 4 fly balls today. That is absolutely not his game.

  8. That fly ball off Ondrusek made me nervous. Also, if tying run got to the plate, they probably PH with McCann.

  9. This feels like one very long game.

  10. As Bruce heats up just in time for the break.

  11. Jay Bruce on a pace to hit 47 doubles. The club record is 51.

  12. ATTN. Can’t miss T.V. tonight. Turtle Man visits GABP tonight 7:00 pm on Call Of The Wildman television show. Yeeyeeyeeyee Live Action!!

  13. Good job by Ondrusek.

  14. Logan is on his game today. Great job.

  15. Gotta get that running game going.

  16. A side note from around the league: The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals are in extra innings currently. If the Marlins complete the three game sweep, the Nationals will enter the All-Star Break with a losing record.

  17. Why throw Uggla a 1st pitch fastball? Like most of our hitters, that’s all he can hit!

  18. He knocked the cover off that ball. Wow. Settle down LeCure.

  19. That may have been ball 4. Didn’t want to see McCann as the tying run.

  20. Nice K by Sam after teeing the one up for Ugly

  21. Pirates just lost. Come on Redlegs–hold it together.

  22. Wow, that was crazy.

  23. Well, there was almost another out on the bases. One of those that people say good play if it works and dumb play if it doesn’t…

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: No definitely a heads up by Choo – on a bunt, the 3B needs to get back and where in the world was the SS? Talking about already being on break!

      Now the Brave fans can boo their team – however, if the Reds were any good, they would have taken either 3 or all 4 of this series. As it is, mediocre for a team talking playoffs!

      Finally, the Reds are getting aggressive – good point by the Cowboy!

  24. Head up Choo!!

  25. BP!!!!!

  26. lol Cubs.

    Um…Braves?

  27. BP!!! Nice base running by Votto too.

  28. Smack this team around Big time!!!

  29. Cool, a sac fly that the Terd turned into a double!

  30. Phillips is leading a charmed life when it comes to RBI this year. Glad he’s playing for the Reds.

    • @Steve Mancuso: Nice way to add a couple, that’s for sure.

    • @Steve Mancuso:
      I posted this earlier, but it got lost in the shuffle.

      Don’t underestimate how important or not-automatic it is getting that run in. Ask DRob a few batters earlier or Bruce yesterday in the 1st. It’s very demoralizing not getting the RBI there. BP does a great job at it, and those RBI’s shouldn’t be considered cheap

  31. Seemed like Votto took forever to score…maybe he was tagging?

  32. That’s a sun double … tough break for the young kid in RF. Great break for us!!! 😀

  33. Bruce just crushed that ball, Braves got lucky.

  34. Jeez, can’t we get the Uptons back?

  35. Near terrible misplay by Constanza …

  36. Add on runs in the 9th? I can dig that.

  37. Stupid Reds, they should not score so many runs. Don’t they know that they’re supposed to score exactly 5 per game?

  38. He Frazierized that ball – meaning a nearly cross-handed swing with mostly one hand on the bat when it connected.

  39. It would appear we are headed for a Milton-free zone here. I knew egging him out of his barn yesterday was a good idea on our part.

  40. Nice to see the Reds finish well, both in this game and the 1st half.

  41. Pirates LOSE!

    Now the Reds can go on break feeling that at least they have a chance in the 2nd half of the season.

    When will Ludwick be ready?

  42. I was surprised that the Braves manager didn’t use a lefty out of the bullpen in the 9th, to try to keep it close.

  43. I hate Chapman in this situation…

  44. Chapman?

  45. Actually HAT it’s the only situation I do trust him in.

  46. Braves announcers: I can’t think of a more valuable guy than Chapman closing.

  47. What’s gotten into Chapman lately? Velocity up, and it’s going to max much faster. Me like.

  48. He’d already warmed up when the lead was 2 runs. Why not a tune up ?

  49. 103 low and on the corner … love that one. 😯

  50. OK, no big deal Chapman, let’s just get the last out. I’m tired of this team.

  51. That’s sorta what I meant.

  52. The Reds are wrapping up the first half with a bang. Who knows what the second half holds in store for the team and us. As always its gonna be an interesting, informative and fun time following the Reds on Redleg Nation. Thanks for enhancing my baseball experience this first half of the season Redleg Nation. Back at em next Friday. Buckle up boys the ride could get bumpy at times. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  53. I think that was the first time I’ve ever seen anyone do anything with a high fastball from Chapman, that was not a hittable pitch.

  54. Chapman looks amused.

  55. Does anybody feel like it was a split.

    • @Gusandwally: A split in Atlanta is good. They have the best home record in baseball. And I don’t want to hear about their being depleted. Their reserve OFers won Game 3 for them.

      Today the Reds had to hit a tough pitcher to win, and they did.

  56. Man, tip your cap to Simmons, who is a terrible hitter but that HR was impressive, high and 99 MPH. Not very many players can hit that ball out of the park.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: As a former boss of mine was fond of saying, even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and again.

      • @msanmoore: I agree in general, but even with luck, you have to have some serious skills to stay on top of a 99 MPH heater and hit it out of the park.

        He’s basically Zack Cozart at the plate in general…weird.

  57. Even against a depleted Braves team, a 4 game split is nice.

  58. Surprised he could get behind that so much as opposed to popping it up. But it doesn’t matter anyway. I’ll take a split.

  59. Good job by Chapman!

  60. Phew, so glad we have Chapman in the bullpen. Who oh who else could possibly preserve a 5 (errrr… 4) run lead for the team? I was pretty terrified when Paul Janish came up to the plate. I saw a series loss flash before my eyes. Thankfully Chapman did what no other pitcher could do, and struck Paul Janish out.

  61. After this win I feel really good, as opposed to just relieved, which is how I’ve felt after most of the Reds’ wins lately….good way to go into the All-Star Break. Now here’s hoping Travis Wood twirls a gem tonight! This is one of the few times it’s acceptable to say Go Cubs.

  62. Someone mentioned Phillips success with man on 3rd, < 2 outs. The available BR stat "success rate" here stupidly counts a walk as a failure (as opposed to nothing).

    Phillips actual stats this year with < 2 outs, man on 3rd:

    42 PAs, 31 ABs, 3 BB, 7 sac flies, 16 hits. So, essentially, in 39 chances (removing walks), he has gotten the run home at least 23 times. I say "at least" because nowhere can I find how often a player gets a run home on a groundout. This is certainly very good work by Phillips.

    Votto: 30 PAs, 16 ABs, 11 BB, 5 hits, 3 sac flies. So, his success rate is at least 8 out of 19. Not as good as Phillips, but I would expect that he sees crappier pitches.

    Interestingly, Devin Mesoraco has a higher success rate (at least 7 out of 11) than Phillips. That might indicate that this stat is overblown a bit? (It's all a pretty small sample, after all.)

    Reds as a team are 90 out of 177, at least; I bet it's more like 100 out of 177 when you consider groundouts. Pretty good. Cards are at least 77 out of 172. Reds are clearly much better at this.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate:
      Thanks for that.
      I’m surprised the stat doesn’t factor in RBI groundouts or that BB’s are a negative.

      From time to time on Reds FOX Sports they throw that stat up with a runner on third an 2 outs or less.

  63. Great win by our Redlegs! Now let’s pull for a cards loss at wrigley tonight!

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About Chris Wilson

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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