As a kid, I loved these West Coast trips.  Staying up late, listening to the Reds on the radio as I drifted asleep.  As an adult, I don’t think I am quite as fond of these trips.  Staying up late to watch/listen to these games is not quite as easy with three kids and morning responsibilities to take care of at home.  I will make it as far into the game as possible, but no promises of seeing the final pitch.

The Reds will play 11 games over the next 10 days in California.  This could very well be a make or break stretch for this club.  Last season, the Reds turned their play out West around and the successful trip boosted their record and standing in the division.  The club will need to return home with no worse than a 6-5 record I feel if the Reds hope to stay in the division hunt with a key series against the Cardinals on the horizon for when the Reds return home.

Bronson Arroyo faces off against Tim Lincecum in game 1.  Let’s hope for a similar outcome for the Reds as the last time they faced Timmy!  Drink some coffee, get an afternoon nap, and put the kids to bed so you can watch the Reds game.  And if your boss asks why you’re sluggish tomorrow morning, tell him to shove it cause you were up late watching the Reds play!  GOOOOOOOOO 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. Bruce just CRUSHED that.

  2. BRUUUUUUUCE!!!!!! I like this Lincecum.

  3. Wow. Where were these yesterday?

  4. It is not easy to hit a ball out to right center at this ballpark.

  5. Bruuuuuuce!!!!

    That’s a blast to that part of the field. 430 feet. ?

  6. They are just teeing off!!!

  7. that a boy, Jay :LOL:

  8. meant

    that a boy, Jay 😆

  9. John Fay said on the radio that Ryan Hanigan thinks he’ll be back on Thursday.

    • @Steve Mancuso: That means we will have to only see Corky for 1 more game (1 of the 2 games tomorrow).

    • @Steve Mancuso: I hope Dusty doesn’t work him a lot right when he comes back and he injures something else. Let Meso catch 3-4 times per trip through the order for another week or so to let Hannigan heal some more, IMO.

  10. Chris: The Reds are dialing 8 at AT&T Park tonight.

    George: No charge for long distance for the Reds tonight.

    Say what you will about Marty, he’s guaranteed pun-free.

    Oh, and also BRUUUUUUUUUUCE!!!

  11. Timmy had only given up more than 3 ER in 2 of his last 10 starts (4 ER and 5 ER).

  12. Nice AB by Cozart.

  13. Just a-killing TL.

  14. When the Reds hit they can hit. The trouble is they dont do this all the time.

  15. I don’t know who’s announcing the game on mlb.com but one of them sounds like he’s covering a golf tournament. (talking in kind of a whisper) Back to Cowboy I guess (which at times ain’t easy).

    • @Sergeant2: Probably Duane Kuiper & Mike Krukow. Pretty decent duo but it is California-style – a little more laid back.

  16. Votto: 0 for 2, 2 bad K’s. Phillips: 0 for 2, 2 weak tappers to the pitcher.

    Reds: 6 runs.

    Go figure.

    I like it.

  17. You know when it comes right down to it, the Pirates have a very good pitching staff and that could really be a factor in the 2nd half of the season(play the Cards 7 times in the next 6 weeks – Pirates will be a factor for sure – glad to see them back – it must have been pure misery to be a Pirate fan for the past 25 years!

    • @cincyreds14: I hope they finish right behind the Reds. They may run into the same old problem: not enough depth for a 162-game schedule. They just run out of bullets. I do like their club. They are a gritty bunch.

  18. I like the deal the Cubs got for Garza.

    • @preach: It’s a steal, from the Cubs standpoint. Garza for a half season for a top 100 prospect and a high upside guy? Plus a thrown in high floor low ceiling ML starter? Yeah, pretty good.

  19. AT&T Park is a great park. Much better than Candlestick Park. I miss baseball games at Candlestick. Anybody else share this thought?

  20. Arroyo is a really good fielder.

  21. The question for me is, can the Reds continue this great play tomorrow in the double-header? Why? Because I’ll be there. And with two AAA pitchers on the mound, I’m a little nervous. Though I’ll give our guys a better chance than theirs.

    • @tpteach: Cingrani is no longer a MiLB player – he has exceeded 50 innings pitched this year in the Majors and is therefore in his rookie year (and thus no longer being a MiLB player).

      • @rhayex: I’m comparing them to past Reds teams. Whatever, all I know is @cincyreds14: Yes, yes, yes…technically true. But he started the year there and is being called up from AAA (again, a technicality). And, I like both of our guys in tomorrow’s matchup.

  22. Starting with this w/e series in Atlanta (after a 3 game series with the Phillies), the Cards play the following over the next 44 games:

    Reds 7 games
    Pirates 11 games
    Dodgers 4 games
    Braves 7 games

    If the Cards win the Central Division they are definitely going to have to earn it.

  23. Bronson is fun to watch on nights like this. Quick, efficient, good.

    • @prjeter: He is putting together quite a good season. I hope they can work out a short-term deal with him at season’s end. Looks like he might have a year or two left in that arm.

      • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: He really ought to sign with SF. He’d be pretty dang good pitching half the time in that ballpark.

      • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Charlotte, Bronson is a very good pitcher and definitely a player that could be of assistance in developing a stable of young Reds starters. But when Cueto is finally healthy, I would much prefer a LHP in the rotation and in my book Tony C. definitely deserves a spot in the Red’s rotation. And I can’t wait to see the other Red’s starter tomorrow because for once, the Reds strongest suit in the MiLB are SP. And with Danny Corcino finally putting some good starts together, the Reds are stocked at SP.

        • @cincyreds14: Definitely see your point. Just that if the Reds need more O, they may have to deal from strength – SP. Also, I feel that JC will comeback but there is still a small question mark there.

          I do believe that Tony is in the rotation next year regardless of what happens with Bronson. Kid looks like he has the goods.

  24. It almost looks like Arroyo’s pitches are moving way more today…wind in SF? (Kidding.)

  25. Giants haven’t swung at a first pitch all night yet, and many of them are taking seemingly til they hit two strikes. Not sure if Bronson’s stuff is extra jumpy tonight, or maybe they just want to rack up his pitch count and knock him out ASAP? Bullpen use today is going to be a big factor given the doubleheader tomorrow.

  26. I would be REALLY tempted to just have three back-to-back short bunts to third base and just make Sandoval be able to run forward and bend over to make the play each time.

  27. Random Stat: Reds are 10-2 when Votto walks twice in a game.

  28. Okay, that a boy JV.

  29. Sorry smug Giants fans, your boy is roadkill. Enjoy the garlic fries!

  30. Time for BP to get off the snide too and blow this baby out.

  31. Man, we put a whuppin on Timmy. I wish we could have done that in the NLDS. I’ll take this, though.

  32. I realize the Reds have a 6-0 lead but its still early, so all youse that have to get up early in the morning don’t worry about it. Stick around till the final out, you’ll feel fine when that alarm goes off seconds after you close your eyes. As for me I’ll be here for the final out, I ain’t worried about no stupid alarm clock. (threw mine away when I retired).

  33. Everybody is getting in on the action. Fantastic. That Berry is heaven!

  34. Wow, can’t believe they messed that up and let Votto score… but see? THAT is a heads up play by Berry. A real 3rd base coach!

  35. There is a hit with 2 outs and a RISP. Which means absolutely nothing.

  36. With the way the Reds have played the Giantys the last few years in the regular season, it makes last years playoff loss that much harder.

  37. Shaking my head over the Phillips AB…the guy hasn’t swung at a strike all day, and he doubled on a ball half a foot, at least, outside!

  38. I’m trying to imagine that it’s October 2012.

  39. There are not many I’d rather have with a big lead than Arroyo. You know no one is walking, and he won’t change a thing. Just keeps doing his thing.

  40. Would love to see three more innings like the last—10 or so pitches—so we can save the pen for tomorrow. 3 more good innings and they can pitch Partch.

  41. This may be Bronson’s best 4 innings so far. He’s dealing.

  42. Frazier is killing the ball. Welcome back Big Boy.

  43. Good hustle by Todd. Wonder if there is a lackadasical attitude by the Giants.

    • @preach: I have watched their last 3 games and haven’t seen it but down 8-0 in the 5th, you never know.

  44. Good hustle by Frazier. He knows every run matters.

  45. Another hit with a runner RISP, another run scored. huh.

  46. Does Mark Berry’s presence make these guy run faster? Todd looked light on his feet there.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: I think it’s because Berry doesn’t hesitate and makes his signals very clear and very quickly. If you take off from second on contact and Berry immediately shows you’re going home, you’ll be faster than if you wait until the guy gets to third to send him home.

      Not sure if it’s actually the reason, but I can only imagine confidence and quick decisions probably help a lot.

  47. Mesoraco needs to hit more homers, because on the basepaths…he’s got some issues.

  48. Just out of curiosity for the people who had tickets for the July 4th rainout between these teams, did they get refunded since they are playing the make up game in San Francisco?

    • @Larry1980: I believe they are giving tickets for any game (with a few exceptions) in exchange for the rained out tickets.

  49. How in heck was that a strike?

  50. Man, welcome back Mark Berry, the Reds often looked like clowns at times without your solid guidance.

  51. So, when Hanigan comes back, I assume it’s 3 for Hanigan, 2 for Mesoraco, right?

    If I were Baker, I’d flip it…3 for Mes, 2 for Hanigan.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: He needs to flip it. It’s not a coincidence that Hannigan has been like glass this year. I don’t know if he’s ever fully healed from his myriad injuries. It’d be very nice to see Meso get 3-4 of every 5 starts.

      • @prjeter: Agree. It’s time and he has earned it. Base running notwithstanding.

        • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Yes…someone needs to remind Mesoraco that he’s slow; other than that, he hasn’t played great (but pretty good recently), but he should get the opportunity to play more.

  52. Love to see Mez get some results. Oh and yeah…..Bronson’s not pitching too badly with him catching. Go figure. Next up, Homer.

    • @Redgoggles: The dude needs to play – if given a chance he may very well get markedly better. And Bobby Tolan and Hal McRae could help him with his base running (please indulge me, I’m just reviewing Reds history lessons to stay sharp).

      • @cincyreds14: Honestly, the way Mes has been running the bases, he could improve with coaching from your average little leaguer!

  53. Man, Bronson has some crazy movement in his pitches today.

  54. The only catch left tonight is to make Reds earning run(s) in each of 9 innings. Yay, Let’s do it to humiliate stealer SFG!

    • @joeyxxoojay:

      damn, i really should have bought a winning streak lottery tonight! It’s closer! Reds scored run(s) in EVERY Innings entering 8th. Goooooo Reds! Humiliate SFG! Yay!

  55. CincyReds14: From one auditor to another, I do believe you were making some material misstatements yesterday. 😉

    • @BearcatNation: Good catch – lesson learned, don’t write audit comments when you are ticked (get it, ticked? – inside auditor joke)off!

  56. Boy, if Robinson could stay consistent he’d be a nice addition to the roster, I think.

  57. Also, I continue to strongly believe Derrick Robinson is severely underrated by members of the nation. He is no starter, but he is a solid bench player with the ability to make a difference with his speed. I will take him all day every day on our bench, especially considering what we sat through last year.

    • @BearcatNation: I agree. When Ludwick comes back, though, I don’t think we can keep 6 outfielders on the roster. Would be nice if Robinson was a middle infielder and we could release Izturis.

      • @prjeter: Just as I say this, the Izturis graphic tells me he is a career .295 hitter while pinch hitting. No idea how many ABs, but that’s not bad.

    • @BearcatNation: I thought I read or heard somewhere that the Reds lead the NL in pinch-hitting. This bench is certainly a big upgrade over last year and DROB is certainly a part of the reason. Still like to have a masher on the bench.

    • @BearcatNation: Bearcat, I’m in your corner, if Choo leaves after this year, Robinson (he’s a natural CF) and Heisey could fill in admirably for him (as I have been a lot more concerned about the Reds offense coming from C, SS and 3B). Hopefully Messoroco and Frazier are finally coming of age (with Frazier potentially becoming a huge Reds fan favorite) – we can only hope, one game like tonight does not make a season, but it’s an awfully good start to the season’s 2nd half, with tomorrow telling more of the story. As it is, each time the Reds have looked like they were going to take off this season they have stalled, maybe this is a new chapter (Reds 2nd half team, baby).

  58. That ball 3 for Hannahan was strike 3 for Votto not once, but twice.

  59. Time for Jay to rack up some stats here.

  60. That will do, that will do.

    Okay boys, save some for tomorrow.

  61. Arroyo may have just etched his name into the Reds record book – 100 wins as a Red – congratulations Bronson, and many more (at least through the duration of the 2013 season).

  62. yay, reds got runs in every inning at 6th now. Goooo Reds

  63. How to know when a game is over: When the announcers start talking about seagulls and the camera immediately cuts to cover the action.

  64. Surprising to me to the crowd bundled up in hoodies, coats and jackets in the middle of July. Does it really get that cold in San Fran. in the summer time.

    • @Sergeant2: yes, the wind coming off the Bay can be awfully cold in SF/Oakland, even if mid July.

    • @Sergeant2: “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. Usually attributed to Mark Twain but is actually of unknown origin.

  65. I can’t help but notice that Votto/Choo/Phillips have been pulled. Due to noticing that, I am now starting to doubt that Heisey is perfectly fine and didn’t start today just because Dusty decided it. Wouldn’t he be in for Bruce right now if he were actually okay?

  66. Jack Hannahan is soooooo hot! – That’s Why Jay B free falling now – it turns out Joey V ditches Jay n xxoo Reds No. 9 now. uggh….

  67. Man, I dare say that Mes wants Hani’s job.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Hey Charlotte, I think its time and if Meso could get his base running problems straightened out he could be a very solid catcher for the Reds for years to come (and as it turns out the Reds may quite possibly have made the right choice on which catcher they decided to keep).

      AND ROBINSON CAN PLAY CF AS HE JUST SAVED BRONSON”S SHUT OUT COMPLETE GAME!

  68. Wow, Mesoraco is crushing the ball today and calling a heck of a game with Bronson.

  69. I think the home plate ump wants this game to end as soon as possible.

  70. Fun Fact:

    Since 1900, only three teams scored a run in every frame of a nine-inning game – the New York Giants on June 1, 1923 in a 22-8 win over Philadelphia; the St. Louis Cardinals on September 13, 1964 in a 15-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Colorado Rockies on May 5, 1999 in a 13-6 win over the Cubs in Chicago.

    There have been six American League clubs that scored in each inning, but did not bat in the ninth inning since they were the home club.

    ……

    The Reds have scored a run in all seven innings so far.

    Also a fact: Since I brought this up, I have surely jinxed them for the last 2 innings. :mrgreen:

  71. Is Kontos their long man? 60 pitches and counting….

    • @Redgoggles: Apparently they already sent the rest of their bullpen home and told Kontos that he pretty much just needs to muddle through the rest of the game.

      • @Redgoggles: Apparently they already sent the rest of their bullpen home and told Kontos that he pretty much just needs to muddle through the rest of the game.

        Yeah, I was hoping we would waste their bullpen a day before the DH.

      • @ToddAlmighty: Ah, apparently they saved one more guy.

  72. Cartman made a decent play at 3rd.

  73. Bronson is giving the team just what they need right before a Double-dip. Guy is a real pro. Thanks BA.

  74. Carlos Fisher is pitching a pretty good game for the Giants.

  75. The next time Bronson has a bad outing, I hope everyone remembers tonight’s performance.

    • @Sergeant2: Timing is everything, and as everyone would probably agree, the Reds did not need a shut out tonight – would prefer to have an outing like this in a 2-1 nail biter over the Pirates or Cards any day.

  76. 0 runs in the 8th? This offense is so frustrating!!!!!

    What’s that? Oh, nevermind.

  77. What is really nice about tonight is these have not been cheap hits. Reds are ripping the ball. Hopefully this bodes well for tomorrow.

  78. GO REDS

  79. So do they throw Bronson out there for the 9th inning? 11 run lead, doubleheader tomorrow, just ask Bronson to throw more than he’s normally asked and completely save the bullpen?

  80. Pretty very pretty double play turned there.

  81. Man, Soto still just looks like he simply doesn’t belong.

  82. Gotta get some sleep. I’ll leave this game in able hands.

    Just a great all-around game: hitting, “clutch” hitting, pitching, fielding and yes even base running. We actually had a successful steal tonight.

    Congrats to Bronson on #100 and special mention to Mark Berry – welcome back sir!

  83. I’m in some serious awe of Bronson tonight !!

  84. haha…..thats when you know things are going right!

  85. That’s about as exciting of an end to a 11-0 as you’ll find.

  86. Wow. Great play by Robinson.

    Grande is a bit confused though…George: if the ball hits Robinson’s glove and then the top of the fence, it’s not an out. It did not hit the fence at all.

  87. What a play by Robinson! Tonight’s game had absolutely zero in common with yesterday’s game. Three more please.

  88. I’ll take that everyday, and twice on Tuesday!

  89. Hey, the Giants just called. They want to borrow Milton for their recap.

  90. OK, tomorrow, Reds face Surkamp first game—great prospect at one time, great minor league record until TJ surgery. It’s his first MLB game in a couple years.

    Second game, Zito. Dangit, it’s time to pull a full-on Lincecum whuppin on Zito.

  91. Incidentally, was there ever any word on Heisey’s late scratch?

    I know that a few days ago, Dusty was gonna sit Heisey but Robinson and XP had sore shoulders and Dusty didn’t want to start them. Maybe this was just Dusty going back to his plan of playing Robinson when Arroyo is the starter.

  92. As an aside, McCovey Chronicles is a great Giants site (roughly like this site, but a lot more traffic).

    In their game thread, they posted one mid-game, and the moderator said in introducing it:

    “I think Buster needs to quit calling the dingerz.exe pitch.”

  93. Soon as Marty said “and this one belongs to the Reds” my internet connection went down like McCutchen rounding 2nd base. Anyway I can’t say enough about Bronson Arroyo’s performance tonight. We couldn’t ask for a better start to the second half of the season. Take two tomorrow? Hey, why not. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  94. A great way to begin the west coast trip. Lets hope the Reds can break the pattern of scoring a boatload of runs and the next day finding it hard to get one or two.

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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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