Can’t beat the good teams? The Reds play the final game of this series, looking to sweep the Dodgers on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. It’s been an extremely successful homestand already, as the Reds have gone 5-1 against the Cardinals and Dodgers.

In a rematch of the July 26th pitcher’s duel between these clubs, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (14-8, 1.89 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) takes on Homer Bailey (10-10, 3.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP). Bailey is coming off back-to-back scoreless appearances against the Cardinals, where he allowed 7 hits, issued 3 walks, and struck out 15 over 14.1 innings.

In their last matchup, the Dodgers won 2-1 behind Kershaw’s 8 innings of 1-run baseball. He allowed just 6 hits, no walks and struck out 8. Bailey was also great in that game, allowing both runs, 7 hits, and one walk while striking out 5 over 7 innings.

So, it should be a “good old fashioned good one”. With a win tonight, the Reds will find themselves in a tie for 2nd place in the National League Central. The last time the Reds were in second place was June 20th.

Watch or listen to the game and discuss it here. GO Reds!

Choo CF
Heisey LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Frazier 3B
Cozart SS
Hanigan C
Bailey P

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  1. Cozart showing that Hamilton speed.

  2. It’s a good thing Hamilton wasn’t in there. He would have beat the throw by about five seconds and ruined the suspense.


    Go Reds!

  3. WOW taking 6 of 7 from Cards and the Dodgers……. didnt expect it but I will def TAKE IT!!!!!!!

  4. I will say this, when it works, Dusty reaps a lot more than a win. Having Cozart and Hanigan be the two to make that happen only serves to enhance their confidence as we head into the playoffs. Bringing in BH everytime gets the team thinking that’s the only way they can score.

    Glad it worked tonight.

  5. Good night to a happy Nation.

  6. Last time Reds swept LA at home was 1992.

  7. Reds can’t beat good teams. NOT!

  8. 34,041 turned out for tonight’s game, 34,041. (No Marty, no titanic struggle) Go Reds!


  10. Don’t let off the gas now – gotta take care of business vs the Cubbies

  11. Great win…but boy, not to damper this but that 16 inning game vs the cards….Reds win that and they are in a 1st place.

    • Completely agree. We don’t blow that 16 inning game and we are in 1st place by ourselves, 22 games over .500 and 1/2 game over the Cards with 18 games left

      • @Josh: Except that it’s impossible to say the last four games would have played out exactly the same as they did if that result had been different.

  12. Sweep! Should be riding a 7 game winning streak. But 6 out of 7 is incredible. Lets take this momentum and confidence into the Cubs series. We cannot let up and take them for granted, bring the A game everyday from here on out. 2 out of 3 is a MUST. Tied for 2nd folks, wow.

  13. Sweeping the Dodgers was huge. Shame the team had to consistently win in spite of Baker, but still… awesome.

  14. Well done, gentlemen. All 3 games, all 7 including the Cards, also. These would normally be games we lose, especially against good teams.

  15. How happy the Pirates were to secure a non-losing season. And yet, they have yet to secure that 82nd win for a winning season. Awesome that our Reds secured a winning season before the Rats!

  16. Great chance tomorrow night to be one game behind the Cards and take over sole possession of second place. We get the Cubs at home and the Pirates get Darvish in Texas. Cards are off Monday.

  17. Can’t let up against the Cubs, Astros, and Brewers now. We probably need to go 7-2 against them. Hopefully the Brewers will be able to get to the Cards, as well as the Rockies in Denver.


  19. Not only did the Reds win the game, but they still had all their time outs left in the 9th inning. : )

  20. It occurs to me that this team is a little more prepared to win than before the trip to Denver. Maybe there is something to the Ryan Ludwick aura after all.

  21. And, we didn’t have to utilize our secret combo weapon…..Ryan Hamilton. What a fun week!!!!

  22. It’s really not too much out of line to consider that the Reds are only about 3 games back of Atlanta for best record. If that happens, no matter what, we’d play the wild-card winner. That — of course — assumes a lot at this point.

  23. We cannot stumble against the Cubbies!!!! Take care of them like a good team should!!! Donot do what you did in Colorado!!!! Glad the redlegs made me eat crow and did the exact opposite of my prediction and went 6-1 and not 1-6!!!! Big week!!

  24. A great homestand thus far. I have to admit that I felt like a kid again this weekend. There were moments that I could not bear to watch and there I was last night standing up in the living room giving Cozart the green light to come to the plate hollering “send him, send him, send him”. I love this time of the year when every pitch means everything. It is gut wrenching championship caliber baseball and it is great. I do not believe that it is a coincidence that the Reds have really turned it on since Ryan Ludwick has returned. He is providing that much needed leadership and accountability. We questioned that two weeks ago and the Reds have played fantastic baseball since his return. Go Reds!!!

  25. Great win for the Reds in front of national TV. Bat Bruce at cleanup and forget the left right left stuff, Dusty. Now we need at least 2of3 from the next three series before we go head to head with the Pirates.

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