Okay, it’s game four. With a win, the mighty Redlegs can take three of four from the defending world champs. That ain’t bad.

There was a time when the Reds would go out west and lose, lose, lose. So many years, Cincinnati would be pretenders for the crown, then they’d go out west and have all their hopes dashed. Is this year different?

A win tonight would be very nice, indeed. The Reds need to go. Go Reds.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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  1. Hunter Pence would be good in LF for the Reds…

  2. Okay, Frazier can put the final nail in this game.

  3. Great inning here so far. Very patient ABs, with the exception of Votto, who lucked out there that it wasn’t a DP.

  4. Can someone tell George Grande that the Giants were *not* the wildcard team last year?

  5. Wow! San Fran pitcher at 90 pitches after only three and a half innings.

  6. However, I completely agree with Welsh that should have been an error on Blanco. No need to slide. Blanco has played about the worst CF tonight I’ve ever seen, including the messup on Phillips hit along with that play, and then he throws it home even though Choo is going to be safe by about 40 feet (and makes a terrible throw).

  7. 4 walks this inning.

  8. Frazzy…3rd time aboard

  9. Starting to show Todd a little respect. Mes, make them pay.

  10. Can Chris Welsh go five minutes without saying some variation of “boy, you’re right about that” or “you’re not kidding.” While I enjoy the Thom-free experience, George Grande turns Welsh into pudding.

  11. We’ve stranded 7 through 4 innings. Had 4 walks that inning. Sloppy defense by the Giants. Don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining, but we should have about 12 runs now. I’ll take 6 with Leake on the mound, however.

  12. I’ll never forgive whoever it was last night talking about “loopers!” Now it’s all I can hear! 😉

  13. Welsh: Well, you’re right about that.

  14. Izturis played that well.

  15. I don’t think this is going to be one of those 2hrs. and 20 min. games.

  16. Well, that AB sure got away from Mike.

  17. Mike can’t stay off the tightrope tonight.

  18. Absolutely stupid pitching trying to be fine with Scutaro with a 5 run lead. Now it could get bad.

  19. Leake says, “Piece of cake”.

  20. Panda wouldn’t have popped that up if he wasn’t so fat.

    • @preach: Welsh is indeed all over his weight, even saying that if he were thin he’d have gotten Votto on a DP. Man, I don’t know. He’s certainly overweight, but he made a pretty decent play there, I thought.

  21. That’s still not the way to do it with a 5 run lead, being too fine with a singles hitter in front of a guy who absolutely owns you and has power.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: True but maybe we should give ML credit as he obviously doesn’t have it tonight.

      • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Fair enough. My point, though, was that Mesoraco was set up on the inside corner on both 2-2 and 3-2. Why do that? Was it what Leake wanted, Mes wanted, or both?

        • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Good observation. Mike doesn’t have his normal fine control tonight. I do think it’s a good sign that he is still hanging tough. This guy is really impressing me. When can we say the fellow is “for real”?

  22. Many, many fans forget that Leake went from college ball straight to the majors. His progression has been nothing short of amazing.

  23. I’m not into drinking games, but I could imagine a game revolving around instances of “you’re not kidding about that,” “looper,” and, when Thom is in the booth, “in all honesty.”

  24. I sure did not think that was strike 3 to Paul.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: It was too close to take with two strikes and a runner on third. I just don’t understand what goes through these players’ heads, the way they’ll swing at bad pitches when they’re ahead in the count, and then take a fastball for strike three with a runner on third when they pretty much know a fastball is coming.

      • @Baseclogger: I don’t think Paul could have done anything with the pitch, so I don’t have a problem with that.

        What you are talking about in general is pitch recognition, which some players are good at, some not so good.

        • @Hank Aarons Teammate: He could have fouled it off. He could have poked it to left. That’s what good hitters do. I’m not suggesting Paul should be Votto, but there’s no reason he can’t at least TRY.

  25. DP right here.

  26. 12 baserunners through 4.1IP counting the error. Reds are lucky the Giants have not cashed in yet. Need Leake to escape again.

  27. Feels like this is the 15th inning.

  28. How many total runners have been stranded tonight? Feels like a million.

  29. Leake is duplicating in spirit the Zito game from yesterday. 5 IP, 10 hits, 1 BB, only 1 run.

  30. How in the heck was that not a HR??

  31. Votto’s not paid to hit triples.

  32. How many of you were thinking “Don’t slide into third base in San Francisco, Joey” ??

  33. The Giants are simply going through a period where they are as flat as a pancake. Ain’t nothing going on for the Giants right now. The Reds just need to maintain focus and this game is as good as won.

  34. That was a BOMB. Of course, it’s Yellowstone, so it hits up against the 421 sign. Does that not sound weird?

  35. Grande: (said twice in span of ten seconds) Phillips continues to deliver.

    Cliché city.

  36. That’s the best I’ve seen Votto look running in a while.

  37. BP and Bruce both appear out of whatever mini-slumps they might have been in. Great games from both tonight.

  38. What would Mike Leake’s or Bronson Arroyo’s ERA be with this cavern as their home park?

  39. “With the pitcher due up, Bochy will obviously double switch.” Well, with Bochy it might be obvious…..

  40. This is fun, especially with friends and family who are Giants fans.

  41. For a second there I thought Panda was pitching.

  42. Is anyone else enjoying this? I’d like to go to sleep, but I can’t. I have to watch the Reds completely take the Giants to the woodshed. It doesn’t erase last Fall, but it’s helping somewhat.

  43. Devin is still a Hot Mes.

  44. I’ll go out on a limb and say this is Mes’s best series as a Red.

  45. Devin needs to start 4 of 5 when Ryan returns. They can’t afford to take his bat out of order. Hey, they cleared the 8th spot!

  46. Mistake pitch by Machi to Mes there, didn’t get it down. Mes has a lot of trouble with breaking balls outside from righties. (He’s not the only guy in MLB, of course.)

  47. I was smiling about Mes’ hit, and Izturis made out before I could blink. Please come back tomorrow, Cozart.

  48. That’s twice they’ve pitched to Mes with a runner in scoring position, two outs, and at least one empty base. Does Bochy not have access to the Reds’ batting order?

  49. Reds-Dodgers might be a high scoring series. Reds offense has been clicking pretty well and Dodgers have scored 41 runs in the last 4 games. I’m looking forward to ending their hot streak.

  50. “you’re not kidding about that”

  51. Welsh: Well, you’re not kidding about that.

  52. Have the ump call time out, its time for ask Marty.

  53. The mlb.com t.v. is about a full 2 min. behind the WLW call of the game.

  54. Giants gonna Cub.

  55. This is the sloppiest defense I’ve seen in a long time.

  56. This game has the feel of little league game. Hit it to the weakest kid and run to first.

  57. Mike Leake is fun to watch. He’s the starting pitcher, up 8-1 in 7th. Still runs hard and takes out the second baseman.

  58. Chris and George are having their first fight. It’s adorable.

  59. In college we played drinking games while watching/listening to Cleveland Cavaliers games. We would be… “Set” by halftime… I can’t imagine we’d make it passed the third inning watching a Reds broadcast.

  60. Would have reached second on that hit if he weren’t so fat.

  61. It’s really time for the bullpen to come in.

  62. Wow, we may have 30 hits before this game is out. No exaggeration.

  63. I’m a bit disappointed. We FINALLY have a looper and it’s called a fly ball.

    • @prjeter: He did come back with “blooped” on the replay. But it was certainly ironic to hear “fly ball.”

  64. Leake is going to scatter 25 hits tonight.

  65. Baker seems to have a bit of irrational fear about using the bullpen…they haven’t pitched that much in this series, even with the DH yesterday.

  66. When you have the number of overweight players that the Giants have, its a sign that discipline is not a high priority with management.

  67. More idiotic nibbling with an 8-1 lead.

  68. Great for the ERA, terrible for the WHIP. Baseball is a strange game.

  69. Lecure is shaking off everything Mes is laying down.

  70. LeMazing

  71. Sam was LeCure tonight.

  72. What a FANTASTIC job by LeCure. Awesome.

  73. I wonder if Marty criticized Buster Posey for not getting any runs in.

  74. In taking 6 of 7 from the Giants we have single-handedly knocked them out of the post-season. That’s all the payback we can get this year.

  75. Boy, you’re not kidding about that.

  76. I figured Lecure might use the Maddux back door fastball there, as Quiroz was looking for another breaking ball in the dirt.

    The pitching he did to Posey was brilliant. Frenchy is an easy mark on breaking balls in the dirt.

  77. I left the room for 20 seconds and missed a “you’re not kidding about that”? Serves me right.

  78. Ondrusek warming up. Is this lead big enough to chance it?

  79. Seagull time! With the obligatory camera shot of them! THIS GAME’S OVER BOYS!!!

  80. Why are the starters still in?

  81. This game needs to be over. The defense it terrible. The umps are drunk.

  82. Ondrusek is bad.

  83. You know why Sandoval had to hold at third.

  84. Get him out.

  85. Hunter Pence is one of those guys I’d love to see in a Reds uniform, if only to keep him from playing against them.

  86. Has Baker lost track of the inning? He thinks it’s the 9th?

  87. The Giants have fifteen hits in this game.

  88. Chapman ???? In the 8th????! It can’t be!!!! That scenario will rip a hole in time and space and we cannot allow that to happen

  89. Ondrusek doesn’t deserve to wear the bizarre facial hair of the bullpen.

    • @preach: He’s the one guy, shagging balls in the outfield before yesterday’s double-header, that rarely to never tossed a ball up into the stands to us. Not a fan.

  90. That ball rolled all the way to third.

  91. oh yeah, Jack H’s hottest face! can’t fall asleep tonight.

  92. How can this be the game that Baker was willing to bring Chapman in in the 8th?

  93. Pretty good to take 3 out of 4, I’d say.

  94. Brandon Phillips just said nips…

  95. g’night, everyone. You got that right.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.


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