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Sunday Night Sweep Thread: Dodgers at Reds (2013.09.08)

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

464 thoughts on “Sunday Night Sweep Thread: Dodgers at Reds (2013.09.08)

  1. Soto has yet to put a ball in play. What a horrible decision. There had to be another choice?

  2. Minor leaguer vs best pitcher in MLB? Sounds like a legit battle. Good thing they gave up a free out so that could happen.

    Why not use Mesoraco as a PH? At least he is a major league player, and crushes lefties.

  3. Dusty on national stage…being knucklehead…. Even Korean announcers r criticizing Soto PH move

  4. Even Reds announcers questioned using Soto at such an important time in the game against Kershaw no less.

  5. wow, this is sad and pathetic. “Buntapalooza version 3” is the name of the latest episode of the “Dusty Dumb Times”. We all know it is a great idea to give Kershaw free outs! Because Soto was such a great choice against the soon to be CY Young.

  6. At least we got the obligatory Soto three pitch strike out out of the way

  7. Giving away 2 outs there…bunt + Soto

    There are things I will never understand…that is one of them

  8. What a waste of an opportunity. You have Izturis, Luddy, Mes, and Drob on the bench, and you use Soto of all people? He had zero chance.

    • @Farney: That may be the first semi-positive reference to Izturis being on the bench I’ve heard all season. Worth noting is all.

  9. What a waste of an opportunity. You have Izturis, Luddy, Mes, and Drob on the bench, and you use Soto of all people? He had zero chance.

  10. Dusty Baker is an absolute idiot. PH Soto against Kershaw, wow. Just let Hanigan hit and see what happens. Leave Homer in the game. Now you got Parra to face Crawford, Puig and AGone. Bad news. Offense and Baker are going to lose us this game

  11. Movie announcer: “From the mind that brought you a squeeze bunt with 2 outs… an epic follow-up…. Soto as a PH in a big game!!!!” Oh well. Hold down the fort, try again.

  12. Ya, this is getting ridiculous. High-pressure situation. A guy who’s done NOTHING at this level so far brought off the bench to face the Cy Young candidate. Following a free out via the sac bunt.

    Someone. Anyone. Explain. No, really. Explain.

  13. I really can’t think of any reason why Soto in that situation..

    What do u all think Dusty will say at post game?

    “Well, when i looked at the dugout after swallowing my toothpick… This young man was looking at me with such a wondering eye, i just couldn’t help myself…ya know what i mean”

  14. Calling on Soto to PH was crazy, but I’m glad Homer is out, he was starting to struggle. I also thought the bunt was completely defensible. You’re probably not going to string together a couple hits against CK. Get him over and play for a single. Not all bunts are equally bad.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: Meanwhile, Dusty usually talks about how people aren’t here to play just because they get called up. If it was someone who needed playing time (Alonso, Mes), they couldn’t get off the bench, much less get the rope Soto has gotten. But in Dusty’s mixed up mind, he’s already playing for the 12th inning.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: What’s funny is I remember his first AB (can’t recall if it was this year or last year). He hit a ball hard and got robbed. Since then- 6 K’s. He is a guy that should only be coming in when we are up 6 against the Astros.

  15. Time to get Votto on, get Billy in the game, rattle the pitcher, SB and then get Billy home. Game. It’s actually fairly easy.

        • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: If we don’t score, we don’t have Votto. If we do score, then they score, we don’t have Votto. Just a risk I am not sure I’d take in that situation. Not with the team leading RBI guy up to bat followed by the player with two HR’s already in this game.

          Though, they both sucked after Votto’s out. So there’s that.

        • @tpteach: Hamilton changes the dynamic. Hate to lose this game without having a chance to use him. Oh well.

  16. Very surprised that the Dodgers sent out a RH pitcher to face Votto and Bruce.

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