The Reds kick off a pretty important series tonight with the Diamondbacks at home at Great American Ballpark.  This is not a make or break series by any means but it is still important. The Diamondbacks are next in line to overtake the Reds for the final wild card spot in the National League, but sit 5 games behind the Redlegs for that spot.  A series win by the Reds would put the D-backs 6 or more games back.  However, if the Reds lose the series or get swept, the D-backs could climb to within a game of the Reds when this series concludes.  That is why it is pretty important for the Reds to at least manage a split.

But at this point, the Reds should not be eyeing splits of series to keep Arizona back.  They should be targeting the division and catching both the Pirates and Cardinals.  A win tonight prevents the club from losing ground.  The Reds finally combined a good pitching performance with solid hitting yesterday and hopefully that will set them up for another good game tonight.  Discuss the game here fellow Reds fans!

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. You have to admit, the Reds run the bases like little league tykes. cept it ain’t cute. But hey, why be negative on a night when the Reds lumber has awoken from its slumber. Go Reds!!!

  2. Reds – Worst base running team…Ever.

  3. Ever been on the kiss cam? I have. All of your acquaintances who were also at the game tell you they saw you for days after. Interesting to know who else you knew was at the game when you were.

  4. Choo himself has seen 24 or 25 pitches

  5. Go get your glove Delgado … you’ve got some more grapefruits to serve up.

  6. Anyone else surprised that Delgado hits here? I am. High pitch count. Of course, extras last night kills.

    Advantage Redlegs.

  7. Just curious since I cannot see the game, anyone warm-up for the D’backs last inning? Delgado might have to take one for the team. Need more AB like Choo to wear him out, would be great if they can go after a worn out bullpen

  8. Arroyo is dealing. I don’t pull him yet but I have standing instructions to get someone up pronto if anyone gets on.

  9. Tee off time. Woo hoo.

  10. Frazier!

  11. That’s a #2 hitter!

  12. Thanks for leaving the pitcher in, Snakes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. I was impressed with how Todd kept the bat close to the body so the fat part would hit the ball. Good swinging there. Usually Todd just throws his bat at it.

  14. Never understand a catcher turning his head.

  15. Closing in on 90 pitches and Nieves is NOT a happy catcher.

  16. I just don’t understand why anyone would throw a fastball over the plate to Frazier. Even 3-0, I’m not sure I’m throwing him a fastball over the plate.

  17. I want foot on the throat: remember D-Backs & Rats went 16 yesterday.

    • @wildwestLV:
      I look at each reliever the Dback use as an advantage for the next 3 games, let’s hope the Reds chase him next inning.

  18. Get some production from Frazier & Cozart and the offense looks a lot better.

  19. Brandon 3-for-3 … now can JB go yard?

  20. Time for a jack by Bruce.

  21. Getting back in the box after getting your head buzzed by a 90 mph pitch is what separates the big leaguers from everybody else.

  22. Ugly swing … need a 6-pitch AB minimum to push Delgado to 100.

  23. Can’t seem to get any productivity from the lefties. Did not see that one coming.

  24. Thom is driving me nuts.

  25. Sheesh. This is not a good situation.

  26. Hello? Reds bullpen?

  27. Oh no. I’m very nervous about this AB.

  28. Uh oh.

  29. Who’s up in the pen?

  30. Hit Aaron Hill for going deep. Don’t be leaning out over the plate.

  31. Only positive there is the runner didn’t advance to 3B

  32. Still nobody up

  33. Arroyo got the ball up to Prado and even though fooled if the ball wasn’t up he wouldn’t have been able to get to it.

    This would be his last batter.

  34. Where’s Parra?
    Dusty knows something I don’t

  35. Opposing catcher

  36. Arroyo sidearm: nasty.

  37. OK – limited damage there. Let’s get 1 or 2 back.

  38. Arroyo is scary when he doesn’t keep it down. Big sigh of relief. In my world he’s done for the night.

  39. Good job limiting the damage. Now, let’s get more runs.

  40. Brewers tied the Cardinals 1-1 in the third inning

  41. How long is Gibby going to leave Delgado in there … not that I’m complaining

    • @msanmoore:
      I am, the Reds left him off the hook, tip of the cap to him because he battled and took one for the team and he kept them in the game.
      It would be a big advantage tagging up their bullpen tonight, but worse could happen if the Reds only get 2 innings out of the Dbacks bullpen

  42. Bronson could have looked that bad while striking out. Hanahan you swing like a pitcher. (Respects to Mike Leake.)

    In fact, Leake might have been the better choice there.

  43. Parra not getting lefties out as much lately

  44. Is our offense finished for the night? If so, I don’t think it ‘s enough.

  45. Hockey goalie maneuver.

  46. What is it tonight with pitchers and catchers not being in sync

  47. Manny Parra has become Must See TV for me. And I’m not sure if that’s in a good way, yet.

  48. Nicely done Manny Parra!! Way to knuckle down and hold the Snakes.

  49. Very nice job by Parra.

  50. Another nice job by Parra. Brian Price, take a bow.

    • @George Culver: was just logging in to say the exact same thing! We’re gonna miss Bryan Price next year when he becomes manager of the Cubs.

  51. Not to rain on the Parra Parade, but the other Parra hit the ball right on the screws and I’m not so sure Eaton was out. It was a lucky job that works out for us but not what I’d call impressive by any means.

  52. nice hit Choo…Looks like a tough lefty

  53. I love choo, but if you’re a left-handed pitcher, and Choo gets a hit off you, you’re probably not very good at pitching. Just sayin.

  54. Thatcher looks like a cartoon pitching.

  55. Frazier’s batter’s stance is right out of this computer game I had on my Commodore 64, in the mid ’80s: “Hardbal”l. Great game.

  56. C’mon Brandon!!

  57. What is Cairo’s job now that Mark Berry is back?

  58. They have to change the way they call that crap.

    • @msanmoore: Why? It was called correctly. He swung at a pitch that was so bad that it hit him. There is no argument. Like there was no argument on the ball he tried to showboat away from Choo the other night. He loves watching himself on Web Gems so he knows replays exist so why embarrass yourself further by arguing?

  59. another swing on a ball that hits the batter…

  60. That was BS. Phillips did not swing.

  61. He did not swing.

  62. Pittsburgh losing to Washington by 11 after two. Different sport, but nice to see.

  63. I’m sorry. Swinging at a ball that hits you is embarrasing. You should not be smiling and laughing about that

  64. This is THE important inning. Get through this unscathed and Reds have a really good shot.

  65. Hoover is the man.

  66. Popped him up … niiiiice!!

  67. D-Backs TV crew all but christened Hoover the Reds’ 2014 closer.

    • @wildwestLV: Not as long as Chapman dons a Reds uniform. Unfortunately, of course.

      • @prjeter: That has to give because there is going to be at least one spot in the rotation open if Arroyo doesn’t resign. and you have to wonder about Johnny Cueto’s future as a starter. I also have to believe Bryan Price is going to push the issue. Having two LH power pitchers in the rotation are the surest way to start dominating the Cardinals and a lot of other teams.

  68. How good has Hoover been?

  69. SIT DOWN, SIR!!

  70. WOW!

  71. I would let Hoover close vs RH hitters.

  72. Anybody else kind of hoping irrationally for a 2 inning save?

  73. Hoover vac.

  74. I realize Hoover isn’t allowed to pitch in the 9th because Baker didn’t label him “Closer” a few months ago, but does anyone believe we’d lose this game if Hoover finished it? I sure don’t. I just wish it were possible to do the thing that would maximize our chances of winning a game, just once in a while.

    • @Baseclogger:
      managing a MLB game is not always about setting yourself up to win, you have follow the book

      • @vicferrari: But which edition? The first edition said nothing about “closers,” and the most recent edition says they’re sometimes allowed to go more than one inning.

  75. Thatcher for 2 inning and nobody else?

  76. IMO Hoover’s job was even more valuable than Chapman in the upcoming 9th by getting thru the heart of the D-bax lineup. Now Chappy comes in to face the bottom of the order and gets the stat. Credit undue.

  77. Ludwick looked real bad and slow there.

  78. Brewers and the Angry Birds tied up again.

  79. At least Chappy faces the bottom. Remember when we used to complain about that? Now that’s about as far as I trust him. Of course, with the pitcher manufacturing the power, any part of the lineup is dangerous.

  80. brewers tied the cardinals again 2-2

  81. I think the JJ Hoover for Juan Francisco trade has worked out pretty well for the Reds.

    • @Greenie55: especially considering we could have had him back for free a couple months ago. So essentially Hoover was a freebie. Thanks Atlanta!

  82. Kubel can turn around a fastball. Watch out here.

  83. Love me some B Phil. Outstanding.

  84. holy cow what a DP

  85. First Chappy doesn’t get any work … and he’s rusty.

    Then Chappy pitches 5 of 6 games … now he struggles.

    And as I type, the slickest DP we’ve seen in forever.

  86. WOW. That was a special DP

  87. That made my week!

  88. BP may now smile.

  89. So unbelievable.

  90. Thanks Wil

  91. slider-free zone tonight?

  92. Never a dull moment. Go Reds!

  93. There goes that dang BP show boating again (sarcasm intended)

  94. That’s ONE … need at least one of those ahead of us to lose tonight. Brewers down 4-2 at the moment.

  95. Just curious, how many times has Chapman got a save w/o a K?

  96. Take THAT, wildcard wannabes.

  97. Seems like Mesoraco calls for more sliders than Hanigan does (not hat I have the numbers to prove that)

  98. Step one complete in the Reds quest to sweep the Arizona Gibson’s. Lets get em again tomorrow fellers. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  99. Good night Nation. Sleep well and dream of raking Padres.

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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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