The Reds have dominated and completely beat down the Houston Astros in the first 2 games of this series.  The Reds need to do the same thing tonight to close this series out before heading to Pittsburgh for a pivotal 3 game series.  Not only does a win tonight keep the Reds within distance to take over the 1st wild card spot, but it also helps eliminate the thought that Washington is going to catch the Reds for that 2nd wild card spot.

Discuss the game here, Reds fans.  Lineup below the fold.

1. Choo – CF
2. Phillips – 2B
3. Votto – 1B
4. Bruce – RF
5. Ludwick – DH
6. Frazier – 2B
7. Cozart – SS
8. Mesoraco – C
9. Billy Hamilton – CF

Greg Reynolds – P

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. Rockies had bases loaded bottom 9….strike out to end the game. Cards win 4-3.

  2. NO EXCUSE NOT having Chapman in this game

  3. If the Reds lose this game…where the heck is Chapman?

  4. Don’t stress Reds fans, Cristiani and Duke are warming up.

  5. Duke with a hot righty coming up ? I don’t understand this.

  6. Duke, Duke, Duke of Earl…

  7. Chapman could easily go 2 innings tonight. Why is he not in the game? Unbelievable this idiot.

  8. Uh, someone help me here…..

  9. Incredible play by Bruce.

  10. This inning is the epitome of the season. I’m still too stunned with the BP/Votto carnage to properly evaluate the reasons for first leaving Hoover in and now bringing in Duke to face a RH hitter, arguably their hottest hitter…..and immediately after Duke lost a game due to a RH. AMAZING BRUCE CATCH saves the game momentarily.

    • @Redgoggles:
      and if you have faith in Duke, why is he not in there in the 6th?

      Did Hoover get hurt, that is bizarre. I do not agree with not using Chapman, but I understand the logic, keep him for the lead

  11. Anyone else see the Cardinals finish off the Rockies? They were jacked big time. There’s a team that understands the gravity of the situation.

  12. Fabulous play by Bruce. Tremendous effort. As Marty says, fearless for heading into the wall.

  13. That’s my boy!! Great catch BRUCE!!!

  14. It is beyond mind-boggling that with the game on the line in the 9th, in the middle of a pennant race, we have 2 guys warming up that were both in the minors 3 weeks ago.

  15. I cannot wait for the day that Dusty Baker is no longer manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

    • @homerandbruce: How dare Dusty Baker cause Phillips, Votto and Ludwick to complete such a terrible trio of plate appearances in a such a key situation in recent memory. What was he thinking?

  16. @prjeter: did you forget that bunting reduces your chances of winning?that includes the fact that many bunts are unsuccessful, like this one.cheating or not, the bunting call is idiotic and continues to screw this team at the most important of times.

    Preach it!

    • @tpteach: I guess no one read anything I wrote. Spectacular. I hate bunting so very much. Never advocated for it.

      Although I think my posts are getting deleted, so I’m just going to stop. I think calling BP a cheater for cheating is against the Terms of Service.

      Let’s hope they pull this one out. Good night, ladies and gents.

  17. Dusty would save Chapman in game 6 of the World Series down 3 games to 2 in case the reds got to game 7.

    As someone said before, Dusty’s motto is “managing for tomorrow’

  18. MOST important game of the year and Baker lets Ondrusek throw 30 pitches and uses Zack Duke in the 9th inning in a tie game. Duke with his 2nd walk off loss, wow. Baker needs to go, he has cost this team prob 15 games with putrid management.

  19. Miraculous !

  20. WHY IS DUKE STILL PITCHING?

  21. Why in the world would you bring in Zach Duke there? Why in the world would you intentionally walk someone to get to Altuve. I don’t understand.

  22. Why is Duke in the game??? Does Dusty even care about winning. This is awful managing!!!

  23. I guess all’s well that end’s well?

  24. Both teams loading the bases in the 9th, without the benefit of a hit, and leave them loaded without scoring. Cincy doing their best Houston impression tonight.

  25. Line drive right at someone — exactly what Dusty anticipates when he asks the essentially-minor-leaguer to deal with the game’s toughest situation while his best relief pitcher watches.

  26. Whew. Unhappiness with this game temporarily suspended.

  27. New game now
    Hope we have the lucky toothpick in
    Let’s show some lumber

  28. BUNT BUNT BUNT!

  29. The Reds deserve to lose.

    Their play in the top of the 9th inning show why this team isn’t going any-where. BP knew he was out of the baseline by a mile -as he’s the same player that ruined it for the Reds and Homer Bailey by his STUPID base-running in the fist inning of game #3 of last year’s playoffs. And Joey swinging at the first pitch and not allowing Hamilton to steal 3B is a joke. This team has major talent but is not fundamentally sound.

  30. I’m still trying to figure out how Dusty’s shenanigans didn’t cost us the game in the 9th. He must have made a pact with the devil.

  31. We haven’t lost yet.

  32. YES! SUCCESSFUL BUNT! WE WIN!

  33. C’mon Mes. It’s time.

  34. Astro broadcasters questioning why Dusty would have Cozart bunt with 8 and 9 coming up.

  35. saving Chapman for the Pirates…wild card play-in game

  36. So which member of the Nation is going to be called upon to pitch the 10th?

    “The ‘stros are too minor league to use any of our big league pitchers, so we decdied to recruit a member of RLN” – Dusty Baker after the game.

  37. Hottest hitter bunts to set up the coldest hitter and a guy making his first start.

  38. Should’ve pinch hit XP.

  39. New game thread available. Please watch the use of profanity.

  40. Alright. Hold down the fort.

  41. Dusty’s managing has cost us too many games like these. It is so frustrating. He’s gotta go.

  42. Thanks for the free out Dusty

  43. I’m currently watching the scene from Moneyball where Billy Beane is instructing his team never to bunt. Seems so fitting for the current moment. I wish I could implant this scene in a neverending reel into Baker’s head.

  44. New game thread has started.

  45. Managing backwards again

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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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