Can the Reds hold on here? Lots of baseball yet to be played, but the Reds have put themselves in a great position.
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Odd little play to end the inning. Catch the ball and fall on the base for an out.
@msanmoore: I envisioned Freese booting that one into the dugout first.
@Johnu1: So did I … I was surprised when it didn’t carom off into someplace bad (for the Birds).
I would still like to score another 5 runs in the 8th, just to make it easier.
@Johnu1: Agree with that. And then plunk Holliday to avenge BP.
What happened to BP, cannot view the game
@vicferrari: Bruised quad from Holliday hard slide attempting to break up a DP.
@vicferrari: Bruised quad from the hard (but good baseball) slide from Matt.
Choo now has a .417 OBP. He’s certainly no Willie Taveras.
@preach: And Wily was no Drew Stubbs …
Was afraid we wouldn’t get a Cesar Izturis sighting tonight. Whew.
@wildwestLV: With a 4-run lead, I can tolerate him (barely)
Good morning, good evening, good night!
I like LeCure better as an inherited runner cooler kinda pitcher and like Every day JJ as a clean inning setup guy.
Ideally Chapman does not even warm up and relatively is well rested for the LA series.
Hit that one 324 and 3/4 feet.
LeCure is dealing and the HP ump must have dinner reservations shortly.
One more inning and this one belongs to the Reds.
Lecure loves lefties
Votto’s so indecisive that he ‘s just slapping at these pitches late in the zone.
Does he wear glasses/contacts? Cause he just seems to not be seeing the ball let alone the spin of the ball at all.
Had trouble posting for a minute. Love the way LeCure walked off the mound immediately after throwing what turned out to be strike 3 to Jay.
He knew he’d made his pitch.
@pinson343: You and I have both suggested the Cueto-Latos-Chapman-Bailey-Cingrani SuperRotation. Could Sam as closer and Manny/JJ as lefty/righty set-up men be the basis of a solid bullpen?
@CharlotteNCRedsFan: I really don’t like Sam as closer. I like having him as the flex guy. I think Hoover can close. I think Marshall and Broxton are a decent set up team.
@RedTitan19: I could see that and a bullpen of Lecure, JJ, Parra, Marshall & Broxton are a nice start. Forgot all about Big Brox & Sean.
@RedTitan19: I agree with Hoover as closer, if Chapman starts next year.
with Broxton-Marshall as middle innings guys?
@pinson343: Stud. LeCure’s a vet.
I’m sensing the ghost of Tony LaRussa with this pitching change.
@I-71_Exile: Yeh, they even talked about that on Reds tv.
Luddy just missed that one.
Is Chappy really necessary?
Chappy time … let’s get him tuned up for the Dodgers.
I hope this is a statement.
Should let LeCure finish it. Chapman won’t be available vs. the Dodgers tomorrow.
Why is he pitching? Is something wrong with Lecure? Really a dumb move to a big night
Shane Robinson wins the award for the ugliest swing of the night.
Holliday needed that one up and in. Just wish it was closer to his face.
Remember back when the Reds were supposedly afraid of the Cardinals? I’m not so sure it was true.
@Baseclogger: Maybe we were afraid of ourselves … you know, kind of a Walt Kelley’s Pogo thing.
@msanmoore: Love the Pogo reference.
6 pitches and 2 outs … let’s get one more.
How huge would it have been to sweep this 4 game series and leapfrog the Cards and be in 2nd by ourselves. Should be a 1/2 game back and only 2 behind the Rats
Should have been a sweep but 3 of 4 ain’t bad.
21,418 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 21,418.
@Sergeant2: In a weird way, I like this … shows we have no respect for the WLBs. Then again, the attendance is always nice. Will be packed for the LaLa’s.
Why is no one questioning this lack of foresight move. You do not pitch Chapman for 9 straight days, then 3 in a row, when he is not necessary, plus can you expect him to pitch in 2 of the Dodgers games?
@vicferrari: It was questioned, but you’re absolutely right.
Stupid flair hits.
Not Molina. At least, he is not the tying run.
I completely agree. NO WAY should Chapman be in this game
Day off for Hanigan tomorrow.
Good win tonight.
I’m still mad about the one that got away yesterday. I wanted blood.
102 to sit Yadi down … love taking 3 of 4 from the Angry Birds.
Couldn’t ask for a better way to end this series. Molina out on three pitches.
I’m happy with tonite but coulda shoulda been a sweep.
I loved getting Chapman in the game there, especially with a tired bullpen from last night. Top of the order, don’t mess around. Just shut the door and take the series.
If they were not in 3rd place with the hottest team since the All-star break coming to town and had an off day, I would agree.
All the 2nd guessers will be in full force if there is a blown save this weekend (not just by Chapman)
Really a bad move if you do not see any urgency in going into the Dodger series at full strength.
@vicferrari: So he shouldn’t have been used because it wasn’t a save situation, I guess? Don’t use him because of the possible chance that he’ll be needed tomorrow? Some would argue that mindset has been the problem with his use all along. Hoover or LeCure can close too.
Why not pitch him in St. Louis or Colorado, it did not matter, but why 3 straight days?
I guess I do not see the division as a reality and view beating the Dodgers just as important as beating the Cards (show you can play with the elite)…hopefully they can do it without Chapman as I doubt he pitches more than once and there is no possibility of an 2 inning save
Well I feel like this team can compete. The Dodger series is big for the Reds as it shows how intense they remain for the homestretch after coming off 2 straight letdowns against inferior competition.
Alright, who gave Soto the pictures?
@steveschoen: Willie Harris
102 mph fastball to blow Molina away. And this one belongs to the Reds. Taking 3 outta 4 from the Cardinals is huge for the Reds after the way they played in St. Lo. Next up the Dodgers. Is this fun or what, first the Cards and now the Dodgers. Can’t wait to see the Dodger series. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.
Wearing my Los Rojos jersey to work tomorrow, to better communicate with the Dodger-Nation, what kind of series they’re facing this weekend.
I’m one of Baker’s biggest critics, but I don’t mind going with Chapman in the ninth. Shows he is really taking this game seriously. Plus the way he’s thrown the last two days, I was really eager to watch him again.
@down with dusty: Except for that line drive back at him. A bit on the scary side.
What’s the math? 41 you can’t win, 41 you can’t lose … the other 58 are up for grabs. Think of the ones we’ve squandered.
Havin’ me some tasty crow. Called a Cardinals blowout after last nite’s debacle, but it’s nice to be wrong and chew some feathers. Great bounce-back win. Shoudda swept, but they moved on and got it done tonight. Cingrani and the pen were outstanding.
Seriously, some of these people on here are still complaining from taking 3 of 4 from the Cardinals? Seriously! Seriously!!!
It took the Cardinals 15 freaking innings to beat us this series. If I was anyone, I would be liking the fact that the last taste the Cardinals have in their mouth from the Reds is a 3 of 4 game loss that required a very extended game to even sneak away with one.
Get a grip people.
I think a lot of people would be happy with a 5-2 week after the Rockies series. It is very realistic and if it happens that way the sky will be falling after one loss to the Dodgers
@rfay00: This is called greed. It’s a fairly common human emotion.
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