I am a huge baseball fan and would rather watch Reds baseball than anything else.  However, after yesterday’s debacle, it has become tough to get excited about this team. Yeah, I was flying high after they beat St. Louis and Los Angeles.  However, that excitement has subsided now after back to back series losses to the Cubs and Brewers. Plus the Reds will be competing for your (and my) attention tonight as the Bengals face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Reds kick off an exciting series with the Houston Astros in Houston tonight.  Nothing should fire you up more than this rivalry reunion with the former whipping boys of the NL Central.  If you need more than that, then welcome the return of Johnny Cueto to the mound for the first time in a long time.  Let’s hope he can last more than a few innings and that he’s completely healthy!

Discuss the game here Reds fans!  Who-Dey!  Er uh, I mean Go Reds!

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. Still having to watch 3 games – instead of Pirates now its onto the locals against the Cards.

  2. Is anybody warming up in the Red’s pen?

  3. I’d like to see Hamilton get a couple innings in the field though Choo doesn’t like to sit.

  4. WOW Cashner is the man. Looks like no one wants to win the central.. We’re still in this race!

  5. Choo needs rest against LHer’s anyway. He wants to stay on the field? Hit better than a pitcher against lefties…

  6. Fantastic, huge play by Frazier at 3B. He’s been Gold Glove this year. BP didn’t handle the throw at 2B. Don’t know if he had a shot at the DP.

  7. Huge play bt Frazier. Defense has shown up nicely tonight

  8. Gold glove infield strikes again

  9. More good news – missed the Reds going up 6-0 – get Johnny his 5 innings and bring in relief.

    Nice play Todd!

    Don’t mind 2013 Todd – but 2012 Todd has been sorely missed this year (sophomore jinx?)!

  10. Earlier this year when Dusty was ask about the players base running blunders he responded “go ask them” referring to the players. Dusty went on to say that “they’re big boys, they’re in the big leagues now, they’re supposed to know this stuff” I guess some managers think teaching is part of the job, and some don’t. Dusty is right that their supposed to know this stuff, but if they don’t then teach them,its what good managers do.

    • @Sergeant2: Dusty’s job is to fix these errors instead of allowing them to perpetually occur. He’s failing. Can’t let this keep happening without acting to fix it.

    • @Sergeant2: Someone has to hold the players accountable for their mistakes. That usually and should be the manager. Dusty, if you don’t want the job, get out.

  11. Am I the first to say…

    Wooooooo Dey!

  12. Dusty really wants to get Cueto this win.

    • @tpteach: No worries Reds nation – Cueto through 5 with his shut out intact (and yes, Dusty definitely wanted to permit Cueto to be in a position to get a W (actually 1 of the blind squirrel’s most redeeming qualities).

      And did someone really recently post that there’s no room for Cueto in 2013? No, of course not – only that he’s a better pitcher than Latos and Bailey when healthy (definitely open to debate but just don’t see it).

  13. Time to take him out…

  14. I’ll go on record and say I don’t mind Cueto being given one more batter.

  15. Cueto should NOT still be in there. His maximum pitches in a simulated game was 60. This is courting with disaster,

  16. VERY nice Cueto!

  17. 5 scoreless. 82 pitches. Nice return for Cueto!

  18. Can’t imagine the plan was for Cueto to go more than 80 pitches. Glad to see him make it through healthy. Good thing it was against the AAAstros.

  19. Cueto gets in line for a decision. Let’s hope getting a shot at the “W” doesn’t cost him …

  20. Thank goodness. But the first 2 of the outs that inning were shots and Cueto had to throw about 25 pitches that inning.

  21. Cueto pitched better then I ever could have hoped. However the pins and needles part is waiting to see how Cueto feels tomorrow.

  22. Apprehensively happy for Cueto. I’m really starting to think Cueto and Marshall returning could be a real shot in the arm for a team that needs it.

  23. Johnny – really nice performance – as Phil would say “happy, Happy, happy”

  24. You’ve known missing Cueto was a big hole in the staff but hope he’s there to get thru the playoffs.

  25. Wins are nice, but I’d rather Cueto throws 15 less pitches, Simon closes the inning, and Cueto lessens his risk of injury. If the Reds make the Playoffs, Cueto is a valuable commodity. A 3 man rotation of Bailey, Latos, and Cueto in a 5 game series is pretty stout.

  26. Short sighted move to leave Cueto in. I understand the sentiment (I love Cueto and will be happy to see him get a W), but it just isn’t smart.

    Are the Reds changing their mind about having Cueto pitch in relief? I’d be fine with that if he can stay healthy. He could be a real difference maker if the Reds make it out of the wild card game.

    • @Kyle: I was afraid they would leave Cueto in longer then they should if he was pitching well, and they did. An unnecessary risk if you ask me. Hopefully all will be well.

    • @Kyle: For once, the Reds are right about realizing what they have in a healthy Cueto. If the Reds play in the WC game, Cueto will definitely be in the bullpen. If (Once) they advance to the Divisional or NL Championship series, Cueto will get a start -count on it!!

    • @Kyle: They must have. Why stretch him out and throw that many pitches if he’s going to the pen?

  27. Man, the Red Rifle definitely left his compass at home with some of these wild throws.

    And to note, the Bengals special teams have played better as the game has progressed.

    And are the national announcers getting tired yet of saying Vontaze Burfict.

  28. Looks like it’s up to me to defend Dusty (as usual). Where’s the evidence indicating a guy can’t throw 80 pitches after throwing 60 in his last outing? Where’s the evidence that he’s going to get hurt throwing those last 10 pitches? Frankly, I’m MUCH more concerned about him getting hurt in the first 10 pitches than the last 10.

    • @Baseclogger:

      Bingo Baseclogger. Jonny going 5 shut out innings tonight helps this team tremendously! He is the staff leader and when healthy pitches that way.

      And with that name, you don’t double as a Reds player do you?

  29. Maybe a good game to get Marshall some action also

  30. I think if Cueto can’t pitch 5 innings, there’s no reason to think he’s going to help. The only way to see if he can pitch 5 innings is to let him pitch 5 innings with a 6-0 lead.

  31. Wow it looked like Bruce had a shot at that.

  32. Will we see Marshall tonight?

  33. Can we get Hamilton some time in this game in the field and/or at bat?

    • @tpteach: Josh Hamilton no longer plays for the Reds. Is there a different Hamilton on this Reds team I’m not aware of. : )

      • @Sergeant2: I was referring to Joey Hamilton who was 4 – 10 for our Reds in 2002. Would love to see him field and bat in this game. I thought that was obvious. 😉

  34. Cards tied. Really need them to lose their series.

    • @tpteach: Going out to the Stadium tomorrow to pull for the Rockies. Would love to see the Rockies going for their 2nd win in a row tomorrow over the Cards!

      GO ROCKIES!!

  35. Simon not looking too sharp.

  36. No screw up here Bengals – but move it!

  37. Gotta have some more runs – not taking anything for granted after that debacle yesterday (still got the dreaded 8th inning coming up)

  38. Strike 3 to Votto was a ball.

  39. Eifert!

  40. Got to be discouraging to a reliever, that a twice-injured starter, returning off the DL, on a pitch count, can pitch 5 shutout innings, and you can’t make it through one inning without getting scored on.

  41. I’m guessing approximately zero viewers correctly answered today’s trivia question.

  42. Matt holiday hit into another double play – leads the league with 30- cards and Rockies still tied -1-1

  43. Don’t buy the Houston ownership approach either. Don’t mind the scolding.

    • @jas_428: They have an impressive system full of talent. Similar to the Pirates a few years ago. It could pay off, a la the Expos of old.

  44. That’s more like it Simon.

  45. Simon gets in a nice groove.

  46. Plus, Jonny Cueto is a big part of the Reds – and he actually wants to be in Cincy – unlike some Texas cowboy who will bolt for the state of Texas the chance he has (in a little over a year).

  47. I sometimes wonder if Simon wouldn’t make a good starter?

  48. Other Colorado news: everyone see Todd Helton announced his retirement, when was it, yesterday?

    • @wildwestLV:

      yup!

      He will be missed here in Denver – I’m not even a Rockies fan but his announcement that almost made me cry as he has been a legend here in Denver.

      Rockies up!!

  49. Cards out in the seventh, score still tied.

  50. Parra and Logan warming….no Marshall i guess

  51. With all these games whirling around me – had a momentary brain cramp and wondered why I was watching the Rockies.

  52. I remember last year Mike Costanzo hit a ball onto that terrace in CF … and it was caught.

  53. Choo an adventure out there sometimes. I hope he doesn’t have to deal with the hill in this series.

  54. Stupid little hill.

  55. By the way, loved the Reds T-shirts that I saw when I was in Cincy last week – especially the ones that said…

    I’m With Pete… I’ve got $20 on the Reds

  56. Here’s to Jay Bruce’s efforts to get his 1st 100 RBI season this year.

  57. 15,449 turned out for tonight’s titanic struggle, 15,449

  58. Can’t wait for Sarge’s attendance post tonight. Any guesses?

  59. Choo walks again. He knows how to get on base. We need him back next year $$$

  60. Rockies now have base runners at 1B and 3B with one out.

    GO ROCKIES!!

  61. Rockies score off the Cardinals lead 2-1.

  62. Rox up 2-1

  63. Rockies now up 2-1 – and still have runners on 1B and 2B.

    This is the time of year crazy thing happen – how about a 4 game sweep of the Cards by the Rockies?

  64. Reds Win! Much needed.

  65. Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!

  66. When you see how these nights turn out and swallow the pill of a game squandered like Sunday, that’s what hurts.

  67. Posted it a couple days ago – this Rockies team has the talent to make this week real uncomfortable for the Cards.

    Count on it!!

    • @cincyreds14: Yes and tonite the Rockies went with an emergency starter, McHugh, who went in with a 10.80 ERA in 5+ major league innings. If the Cardinals lose tonite, they could be in for a rough series.

  68. Good job by the bullpen. Go Rockies !

  69. Rockies currently have the bases loaded with 2 outs in bottom of 7th up 2-1.

    GO ROCKIES!!

  70. I just realized that at no time tonight did I check to see if the defibrillator was close at hand. Most important thing is that the Reds won, secondly Cueto looked sharp considering all the time he missed, very, very encouraging. Gotta get em again tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  71. 2-1 against the Rockies is not exactly all that comforting.

  72. Oh by the way its 2-1 Rockies top of 8th.

  73. They just showed a replay of Bruce not sliding. Votto was clearly signaling for him to slide. He was telling him to slide to the outside, and then the catcher jumped to the outside and sort of blocked the spot where I think Bruce was going to slide, and Bruce just didn’t know what to do. I’m going to say it wasn’t a “lazy” play, but I still don’t understand how you go in standing when you’re being told to slide. You’ve got to slide SOMEWHERE.

    • @Baseclogger: Looked to me like the kind of play that bad baseball teams make on defense that totally defies common logic– and makes regular teams look bad.

  74. Speaking of Choo … I see Drew Stubbs is sustaining the type of numbers he had with the Reds. That negates any belief that I had that he might be a better hitter under a different coach. Could be, Jacoby’s a great coach after all.

    Naaaah.

  75. Did you really think Matt Carp wouldn’t get a double with 2 strikes and 2 outs? That’s why these guys are leading the division.

  76. Rockies retake the lead in the bottom of the 8th, 3-2.

    Rockies runners on 2B and 3B with 2 outs in Denver.

  77. Good old Axford.

  78. Watching the Rocks hit and wishing the Reds could do that more often … just pound the ball.

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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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