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Game Thread: Reds at Brewers (2013.09.14)

I really hate Milwaukee!  I do not like beer, I was never a big fan of Laverne and Shirley, and I really hate the Brewers.  Playing this team 250 times* a season has really gotten old!  Losing to them at this point in the season is really bad.

Discuss the game here Reds fan and share in my dislike for everything Milwaukee!

*Maybe a slight exaggeration

227 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Brewers (2013.09.14)

  1. Mix and match in the 7th, then LeCure in the 8th and Chapman in the 9th. Speaking of Chapman, has he pitched since his 4 game swath of domination?

    • @Eric the Red: I don’t care if Chappy pitches with a 5 run lead. He needs some action. For that matter, so does Cueto. Time for the Reds to increase their lead.

    • @Eric the Red:
      Chapman better pitch today, he pitched Sunday. Its only been once in 6 days. Would like to see how he looks with a 4 run lead

  2. Homer’s good for 100+ every time. Not 120, but he’s got some time to go today. DPs help.

    • @RedLeg75: Nah, the bullpen needs some work and there’s no point in pushing him at this point of the season. He typically pitches better when he hasn’t been stretched too far in the previous start.

        • @RedLeg75: it’s a quality start, he’s battled, Dusty should call it a day. I say that regardless of what happens this inning so let there be no claims of second guessing 🙂

  3. No one doubts your Joey’s biggest fan and no problem.. The snarky remarks about his contract “every time” he does something positive are not necessary. It is not crazy to question whether, or not, JV is going to be worth the contract. Personally, I think it is way to early to tell but it is a legitimate concern.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: No one should doubt that the last years of Votto’s contract will be lost money. The idea is that we pay extra then so that we get value now. Instead of getting nothing ever.

      • @RedLeg75: I do agree. IMO, it is just going to take some time to judge the value of the contract.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: I think if you check the record, you’ll find several people saying much nicer things about Votto than I have. I don’t remember even mentioning him for the last week or so. But the moment I make a quip about his paycheck, there you are to take offense. You’re obsessed with me, I think.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Can everyone say in unison – Todd Helton?

      Not that that’s bad – but not HOF caliber either.

      Showing my age but would take
      HOF-er Tony Perez any day.

      • @Steve Mancuso: It would be great if this policy were always enforced. I virtually never say anything about anyone on this site until I’m attacked. I make a quip about Votto earning his paycheck — aimed at nobody in particular — and I get attacked personally for it. But these comments never seem to be removed until I respond to them, and then all of a sudden the rules are being violated. I really don’t care one way or the other — let people address each other or don’t let them address each other — but a bit more consistency would be appreciated. I’m tired of being attacked and then being told I can’t respond.

        • @Baseclogger: I understand how you feel. The problem with consistent enforcement is that there aren’t any paid employees for this blog. If one of the editors isn’t participating in the game thread, there’s no way to monitor it. I’m here for a lot of the games, but not all of them. I attend a bunch of the home games, so can’t be on then. And candidly, lots of time I hate having to read the game thread, especially when things aren’t going well for the Reds, even briefly. All the repetitive, brain dead negative commenters come out. It stinks to have to read the thread, let alone take the time to police it.

          The editors are working on a post that explains and clarifies the commenting guidelines, which I think will help.

          Otherwise, my advice would just be to try not to take seriously or personal the criticisms of people writing anonymously who you don’t even know. Keep up the comments, though. You have a lot to offer, even though we don’t always agree.

  4. 7 IP 3 R for Homer. Good stuff. 13 games left after today. I would like to see 10-3 and 9-4 at least. 9-4 is taking 2 out of 3 in every remaining series.

  5. Nice job, Homer. I still think to be an Ace you’ve got to cut down on those mistakes here and there that make games like this closer than they need to be, but I’ll take it.

  6. Love seeing Bryan Price having a serious conversation with Homer after the game. Clearly a teaching moment for Price and Homer seemed to be taking it in. Brantley says the best thing about Price is how he keeps challenging the pitchers. The entire team could use that approach.

  7. Man, Heisey must have really ticked off Dusty somehow. It’s even worse than usual.

    • @RedLeg75: Yes, I’m really curious whether Robinson failed to get the bunt down twice or he was decoying.

      • @Eric the Red: I’m cautiously optimistic that he was just trying to be a menace to give Hamilton a better chance. He didn’t look very serious about trying to make contact. When he definitely wanted to make contact, he did.

        • @Eric the Red: I’m cautiously optimistic that he was just trying to be a menace to give Hamilton a better chance. He didn’t look very serious about trying to make contact. When he definitely wanted to make contact, he did.

          I sure hope so.

  8. Having a guy who can consistently steal bases seems like something the Reds ought to look into. It seems to be helpful.

  9. Well, I’m glad Dusty decided to put Hamilton in to push for the extra run. A little bit of killer instinct for once.

    • @Eric the Red: I hadn’t thought about that, but you’re right. Nice to see Hamilton being used in a situation where he’s not the tying or winning run. It is so NOT Baker’s style to worry about adding on one more run with a three run lead. Maybe the first sign of genuine urgency?

    • @Eric the Red: AMEN! And the Reds are in a pennant race – so they need to PUSH to the finish and beyond. It is not going to get any easier.

  10. Let’s think along with Dusty: I can have LeCure face a LH hitter, or Duke face a RH hitter. I hope that with a smaller lead he would have chosen to have LeCure face the LH hitter, but with him you just never know.

  11. TV showing that Delino DeShields is on the Reds bench. Mentoring Billy, it seems.

  12. I forgot. Angel Hernandez is behind the plate. Now that I remember, some of these ball-strike calls make more sense.

  13. I wonder if Hamilton will get so far into the heads of opposing pitchers that they will be afraid to walk guys like Hanigan in the late innings.

  14. 4 out save. It is a rare creature around these parts, but here it is.

  15. I knew I should have kept the defibrillator within reach. Go Reds!

  16. Clever Dusty. He figured out how to get Chapman a Save even though we have a 4 run lead.

  17. I just hope those 4 pitches don’t completely ruin Chapman’s ability to get through the 9th. (Great play, Hanigan!)

  18. If the reds go nuts in the 9th, like score 2 or morewhat are the odds Chapman comes out?

  19. What on earth is happening to the Reds when they get on base? Why does it apparently not occur to anyone to actually LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING before attempting to advance to the next base?

      • @vicferrari: On Chapman K — ball was way outside and went to the backstop. Mes picked it up and made a long throw to first.

        What happened on the previous play was that Bruce grounded out, and Votto inexplicably started running to third. He was easily doubled up attempting to get back to first. But catcher’s interference was called, and both runners declared safe.

        Of course, two batters later Votto is trying to score on a ball he has no chance of scoring on, and then chooses not to slide.

  20. Is Cueto active?

    If so and the Reds go up 5 or 6 would love to see him.

  21. Hope Cozart gets another AB and can get a hit. Continue that hitting streak of his. Shame to end it at 16.

  22. Why send him home? This team makes more base running mistakes than I have ever seen

  23. what was that at the plate? no slide? pulling a “Choo” there? what happened Votto

  24. But then Chapman wouldn’t get credit for the Save. Silly rabbit; I know Dusty is managing with an uncharacteristic sense of urgency, but he wasn’t kidnapped by aliens 🙂

    • @Eric the Red: Sorry, that was meant as a reply to the question about whether Chapman would be taken out if we score a few more runs.

      • @vicferrari: Right. That was the point. To get the Save he had to finish the 9th, so there was no way Dusty would take him out no matter how many runs we scored.

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