I considered getting all deep and philosophical with today’s game thread but decided to just keep it simple again.  Win and the Reds are tied for 2nd again.  Lose and they’re 2 games back of Pittsburgh, likely out of the division race unless something crazy happens in the last week, and preparing for a 1 game playoff.  If you believe the Reds can win today, then you have to believe they can win a 1-game playoff next week against these very same Pirates.

Dusty has made some lineup changes for today.  I’ll let someone else post it because every time I do, I make a mistake that someone corrects.  Perhaps I should just proof my own threads better.  Or perhaps the Reds should play really good baseball today and we will all live happily ever after!

Discuss the game here Reds fans!

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. Whatever else happens, Arroyo just made three great pitches to McCutchen.

  2. The big mistake there was hitting Tabata. Otherwise Walker’s double is harmless.

  3. Like usual, Baker never thinks ahead. The pen should have already been warmed up.

  4. Further damage averted….How about some insurance please

  5. Yankees are tied 1-1 in the sixth inning against the Giants. It’s likely Mariano Rivera’s last game in Yankee Stadium. Sure hope he gets to close the game. Yankees had a long pre-game ceremony for him. They brought Metallica back to play “Enter Sandman” live. That’s big time.

  6. Beats out a GB to the SS, that was a hit

  7. How is that not a hit?

  8. Speed kills

  9. Someone needs to tell Chris to chill.

  10. This game feels eerily similar to a game from the spring in Pittsburgh that the Reds jumped out to a big lead and then went to sleep while the Rats came back and eventually won.

    • @Kyle Farmer: If the Reds allow a pathetic offense such as the Pirates to score eight runs then they deserve to lose. I think it is ridiculous that They let them score none over the first two games.

  11. An insurance run would be huge boys. Hopefully Dusty uses the pen accordingly. Hamilton is absolutely unreal. Heisey needs to bunt

  12. No need for Heisey to swing yet. Billy is living rent free in the kid’s head.

  13. That sucked.

  14. The pitcher’s name is Stolmy Pimentel? Wow.

  15. HEISEY? Swinging at a 3-0 pitch? BUNT THE RUNNER OVER, typical Baker ball right there.

  16. Green light to Heisey on 3-0 with Votto and middle of the order coming up ???!!!

  17. two bad ABs for Heisey after a good start

  18. Honestly a run here would be huge and Baker doesn’t bunt Hamilton to 3B to give Votto a chance to make it 8-3. That will haunt. Steal 3B Billy

  19. Man oh man.

  20. Reds finding way to waste Hamilton effect

  21. Why Heisey hacking at 3-0 and not bunting and then Votto swinging when Hamilton stole 3B. Missed chance at another run

    • @Josh: In 14 previous plate appearances when Chris Heisey faced a 3-0 count, he walked. Blew that 1.000 OBP today.

  22. Stupid batting set Phillips up to be beaned.

  23. The Pirates – making the St. Louis Cardinals look mature and composed since 2012.

  24. That was bad baseball.

  25. What an opportunity wasted.

  26. We’d be out of slam range at 8-3.

  27. Watch that come back to haunt the Reds. I just don’t understand not wanting to score there! Hamilton on 2B, NO OUTS and yet Baker decides not to play small ball. That run could have demoralized the Bucs.

  28. Chris Heisey is not the kind of hitter you allow to swing at 3-0 pitches. Sorry, it’s just a fact.

  29. If the Pirates want to hit Reds hitters then go at it as long as not at the head. Just don’t whine when the Reds pitchers bean yours teammates.

    • @Y-City Jim: They threw behind Philipps. Batters hate that, as their natural reaction is to move back. It’s a no-no.

      • @pinson343: Throwing behind the batter like that is a real cheap shot, it’s been a big time no-no since the days of the Dodgers/Giants bean ball wars of the ’50s. Worthy of a suspension.

  30. nice inning by simon

  31. Good job by Simon, he’s pitched well recently.

  32. Simon threw about 15 pitches. I’d give him another inning unless he comes to bat.

  33. Come on, be patient at the plate.

  34. I want to see nothing but 0s tossed up their by our staff the rest of the game. I’ll take a 7-3 win.

  35. The Bengals game is ridiculous today.

    Go Reds. Beat those Buccos.

  36. Simon really squeezed on Walker.

  37. OK Simon, one more. Get Marshall and Hoover warmed up

  38. Great job by Simon.

    • @Steve Mancuso: Outstanding. And kodos to Dusty for going with him for a second inning instead of Parra. Parra should be used as a LOOGY.

  39. Yes ! That began to feel dicey.

  40. The Fraz strikes again. Should be wearing a Gold Glove after the season.

  41. I’m still luvin’ Todd-father on defense!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Way to stay with it Frazier

  43. Strong work by Simon.

  44. Happy Dusty choose Simon over Ondru.

  45. DRob is a nice guy and all, but wouldn’t XP be a better choice?

  46. Redeem yourself here, Chris.

  47. There are no adjectives worthy of Billy Hamilton.

  48. Way to go Heisey.

  49. And a nice piece of hitting too.

  50. Yes ! Good job by Heisey. And Hamilton, obviously.

  51. Alright, redemption for Heisey

  52. MVP!!

    That should do it.

  53. Putting it away. The Pirate broadcasters are sighing.

  54. That’s what I’m talking about, keep adding on

  55. Billy Hamilton brings a new meaning to the words, “get it going”. Wow!

  56. Billy Hamilton has emphatically stated his case for post-season spot.

  57. Almost perfect spot to bean Phillips again.

  58. watch out for the purpose pitch

  59. 23 sellouts for Pirates…what is Reds count so far?

  60. Bengals just won in a crazy crazy game with 4 turnovers per each team… amazing game. 4th and inches for Green Bay and runner fumbles, Bengals pick up the fumble, then fumbles and another Bengals pick it up and goes for a TD…

    Rodgers try to come back to Bengals 20 yard line; 4th and 5 ball gets tipped, incomplete, game over..

    crazy game.. been watching both games simultaneously… Go Bengals (2-1 with easier stretch coming up).

    Browns won w/o Weeden and Richardson (1-2)

    Reds will be tied w/ Pirates for WC if this keeps up..

    Good day for Ohio

  61. Lower the jolly roger.

  62. A good beating is called for here, after throwing behind BP.

    • @pinson343: Somewhere it needs to stop. I vote right here would be a good place. Two pretty classy organizations so let’s just call it a day.

  63. I have developed an amazing animosity for this Pirates team…would like to score 10 more in the ninth off this blankety blank team.

    • @PRoseFutureHOFer: I never had anything against the Pirates, but their radio and tv broadcasters are off the charts for blatant hostility against the Reds. Are they that way with the Cardinals too ?

  64. I for one say, let’s make sure Choo’s thumb has completely healed before returning to action. If DB would play Choo & Billy together, than get back soon.

  65. A win today puts the Reds Magic number at 2, and could be 1 pending the MIA-WSH game 2 of their DH today.

    Either way, starting tomorrow, the reds can clinch a playoff spot.

  66. No save for Rivera today.

  67. 38,699 turned out for today’s titanic struggle, 38,699.

  68. Pirate broadcasters reduced to directing sarcasms at BP this whole half inning.

  69. Parra has still been very tough on lefties.

  70. Question for the Nation:

    Reds should clinch during the Mets series (and Pirates should clinch during cubs). Both teams having clinched a playoff spot and assuming STL puts the division out of reach, do you focus on setting rotation for the one game play-in and subsequent division series, or do you try to win the home game? Going for the home game is preferable, but could be dangerous if you don’t win it and can’t set up a rotation for the play-in game win and into the division series.

    • @abox03: If it becomes a matter of playing for home advantage vs. having the right guy start in a play in, you’ve got to go with the right guy to pitch for a play in in Pittsburgh. And that would be Homer.

  71. So Heisey was pulled?

  72. Can you imagine next year’s lineup if BOTH Hamilton and Choo are hitting in front of Joey.


    We MUST resign Choo

    Heck with next year. How about right now and the post-season?

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan:
      I like it.
      Small change in lineup
      Choo first, Hamilton second

      Choo needs to be signed

      And we need to play at home- our fans will lift the team and our park will improve our bats!!!
      GO REDS

      • @redeyenation: You negate Billy’s ability to bunt onto first and steal to second by putting Choo in front of him. Taking an obvious hit in OBP is worth it for a situation like this, I think.

  73. Good spot for Soto to hit.

  74. And Dusty could not give hometown Mesaraco an AB there? C’mon man.

  75. Also a good spot for Ondrusek.

  76. Robinson is 1 for his last 1, Hamilton is 0 for his last 1. I’m afraid that seals it: Hamilton is off the post-season roster.

  77. There you go.

    Impressive and dominating performance today. Time to do the same to the Mets.

    Go Reds!!!

  78. 6 games left, all in the GABP. That place is going to be rocking. Harang vs Cueto in the opener, time to knock around Harang and start the 6 game home stand off on a great note. We need Milwaukee to help us tonight. We’d only be down 2 games with 6 to play, not impossible but going to be tough.

  79. Great wins today by the Reds and Bengals!! There’s a lot of joy for Cincinnati fans tonight!

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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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