Oh how I strongly dislike you Atlanta Braves.  I would say hate, but that feeling is reserved more for the Cardinals of St. Louis.  So I’ll just stick with strongly dislike.  Growing up in Southwest Virginia, many baseball fans jumped on the Braves bandwagon in the 90s mainly due to the fact that it was the only team you could really watch regularly on television.  Not many people seemed to be fans in the 1980s when the Braves were terrible, but then suddenly Braves fans came climbing out of every nook and cranny during the 1990s.  I guess pulling for a winner is easier than a loser.  Trust me, it hasn’t always been easy pulling for the teams that I do.

So with that said, I would love nothing more than to see the Reds march their way into Atlanta and take this series.  Two out of three would be great, but waiving the brooms around on Sunday would be mighty nice as well.  But let me not get ahead of myself.  The Reds need to win tonight to get that ball rolling.

Discuss the game here!

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Votto 1B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Bruce RF
5. Frazier 3B
6. Ludwick LF
7. Mesoraco C
8. Cozart SS
9. Bailey

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. Absolutely awful. But, man, talk about will-power. Mes didn’t even hesitate to get up and try and get home, even though he obviously should’ve been out. Gotta love that, though it looks like he’ll be out again for a spell…

  2. Wonder who woulda played 3rd?

  3. MVP strikes. BP take him deep.

  4. the value of Billy getting to 2nd…nice hit Votto!

  5. Ribeye out of the 2 slot.

  6. Comebacks are fun, and even more so when you get to mock people who give up in the first three innings of a game.

    MOCK MOCK MOCK!!!

  7. Mesoraco wasn’t limping at all when walking towards the dugout. But with a hammy its the running that brings the pain. Yeah baby, Reds are chipping away at the lead. Go Reds!

  8. I actually turned it off after the 2nd inning……now back to watch the comeback. Let’s go Redlegs!

  9. Thank goodness the Mes injury happened BEFORE Pena was replaced in the #9 slot…

  10. These one run games do even out right?

  11. Looked like Mes grabbed his hammy…not good.

  12. I’m soooo disappointed to BP! He has been this flat and nothing at all comparable to himself even 8 years ago

  13. So who comes out of the game now?

  14. Its Hoover time. This will either be awesome or a complete disaster.

  15. I was going to say good inning for the Reds, but with what happened to Mes its hard to say that. I will say this, the Reds are chip, chip, chipping away at the lead. Go Reds!

  16. A hammy could take over a month or better to heal.

  17. Please, please, please JJ let’s see a 1-2-3 inning.

  18. Time for JJ to find his hoover-groover against his old team.

  19. Pena sporting neon orange nail polish

  20. Taking out Hamilton?

  21. Here comes the bullpen dilemas again. At least Marshall & Parra are fresh

  22. Price with matchup pitching changes, surprising.

  23. I love National League baseball. 🙂

  24. OK..I’ll give Hoover an A+ for his appearance

  25. Could someone please explain Bernadina for Hamilton?

  26. BAD News – Cubs just can’t beat Brewers… Reds apart away front race again

  27. Don’t know about taking BHam out – questionable decision by Price – almost a questionable decision each and every game by him

    • In a one run game especially. Billy is like a home run hitter that can’t hit it out of the park; he can create a run by his lonesome Can not wait to hear the reasoning for this.

      • Doug Gray posted on Twitter that he thought BHam was limping going into second on his hit. So maybe that’s why he was pulled. Otherwise, the double switch makes no sense.

  28. Marshall have enough time to warm up? 4 pitch BB?

  29. If Shumaker was not on DL and available, since BP made last out, would he have double switched BP out of the game for Shumaker?

  30. Unless B. Ham is hurting, it doesn’t make sense to take a player out that can score when he gets on base.

  31. Strained hamstring for Mes

  32. Thom Brennaman just said Mes has a strained hamstring.

  33. It is not a strained hamstring, it is a straiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind hamstring per Thom

    • Thooooooooooooooooooooooom exaggerates evvvverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrythhinnnnnng

  34. marshall took care of upton like he should

  35. That was a generous strike call, that looked low. I’ll take it.

    Gotts to score here. Keep Kimbrel out of this game.

  36. I love the “turn your tv off” comebacks as well. We still have some work to do!

  37. Don’t understand Bernadina for Hamilton either

    • Surely B. Ham is nursing an injury or something. Even I’m smart enough to know how dangerous B. Ham is when he’s on base.

    • Unless Billy is hurt like it was mentioned really dumb, no way Marshall sees the ninth and you do not have to have Bernadina leading off the ninth

  38. In Louisville. Riggleman just pulled Tucker & sent him into the clubhouse. I’d say he’s about to hop a flight south

  39. How long do the Reds hang with Soto?

  40. I hope Frazier is OK and just a ding. But who would they bring up from Louisville to play 3B? The new guy Gotay, who is raking it at AAA so far? Or Chris Nelson with some MLB experience? Or Costanzo, who had a brief stint with the Reds a couple of years back that went hitless?
    If Frazier HAS to go on the DL, I’d say lets get a look at the new guy Gotay.

  41. Now they’ll have to score off Kimbrel. Not easy. Beat him last year at home. but….

  42. Braves have the Reds right where they want them.
    It is basically an 8 inning game with kimbrell in the bullpen.
    Dude is virtually unhittable.

    This game is over. now. it will be K, K, K in the top of the ninth.

  43. holy gawd, price used marshall, a good RP, in a game down a run!

  44. Bernadina/Cozart/Pena vs Kimbrel….Give Heisey a shot PHing for Cozart? I say yes.

  45. Hey Tucker, nonstop flight Louisville to Atlanta 6:50 AM and 12:30 PM tomorrow

  46. I am missing something with Price’s sub strategy.

  47. Christiani coming in

  48. Kimbrel has been having issues with his arm lately I heard on MLB Network radio the other day. The Reds can get to him.

  49. I’m so use to bad things happening when the manager starts doing stuff, I’m a little worried about all the changes being made.

  50. Price just put Heisey in the game so no PH for Cozart

  51. Heisey would bat 4th next inning.

  52. great work by the bullpen tonight

  53. Bernidina, Cozy, Pena, then Heisey.

  54. Same old story for Reds – 1 run lost game period

  55. Steal or bunt here?

  56. Sac?

  57. Here we go !!! Good start!

  58. 2-0 …take sign

  59. Price figured Bernadina was due to get first career hit vs Kimbrel?

  60. 31,111 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 31,111.

  61. Here we go!!

  62. I know that having a persona is part of being a closer, but Kimbrel’s chicken-wing is pretty ridiculous

    • Just bad fundamental baseball – really no surprise form this team- pathetic!!

  63. Come on Redlegs!

  64. Yessir !!

  65. train kept a rollin’ all night long

  66. Nobody better swing until this guy throws a strike.

  67. Pena is no bunter.

  68. I was going to fire Cozart on the spot if he had hit into a double play.

  69. This guy is having trouble throwing strikes, why put yourself in a 2 strike hole?

  70. Still hasn’t thrown a strike.

  71. Having Pena attempt a bunt made that a wasted at bat. Pena doesn’t know how to bunt, does Price not know that.

  72. Last year Zach Cozart would have been batting in this situation. So I guess there is one difference between Dusty and Pryce.

  73. high and outside

  74. Outside and high, otherwise it was right in the zone.

  75. out

  76. Putiful at bats by Pena and Heisey

  77. Terrible swing at the first pitch by Votto. Pitiful hitting by this Reds team after the first 2 had reached.

  78. Did Bernadina score?

  79. screwed one this up.

  80. LAME4Ever – Reds

  81. First strike on Heisey was ball and third strike was too close to take.

  82. Great effort just came up short.

    Now time to count up the wounded bodies. Boy oh boy.

  83. Very unintelligent at bats by this team with the game on the line.

  84. That’s what happens when you can’t execute fundamental baseball – something that this team is simply poor at – has been going on for years now

  85. Got to say, the Pena AB was pitiful.

  86. brutal loss, but they went down angry, which is encouraging. Here’s hoping we have enough bodies to field a team tomorrow.

  87. Game is on Bailey tonight. 5 runs doesn’t give your team much of a chance to win.

  88. That

  89. So when do the 1 run games start evening out?

  90. When Homer wins 5 straight and two of those games are complete gems, the same people complaining now will be the same ones saying he is the greatest in the world. Homer is a very good pitcher, he is not Johnny Cueto.

    • No they won’t. They’ll slink away until Bailey has a bad game again then trollspam the game threads raging over his contract and how he’s a ‘headcase’

      • I’ve seen it for three years now, Trust me, I know what I’m saying. The expectations are too high for Bailey. He is who is and who he is pretty darn good.

        • Indeed he is and you are correct – he is no Cueto – maybe expectations are too high, but he needs to give the Reds a better effort than what he is currently managing to do – seems to me he is much more hittable right now – his fastball is just sitting there in the zone with a neon sign flashing “HIT ME PLEASE” – has zero movement , zero!

          • Probably a good time, for Homer, to go back and look at some videotape from late last season. Something is missing, I agree. I expect he will do something about it.

          • Maybe Homer needs to develop a pine tar pitch. If it works for the Saint New York Yankees, maybe it’ll work for the Reds.

          • Bailey is at his best when he gets his other stuff over. Any major league hitter can hit a fastball when they are looking for it. His breaking ball is not consistent, just like Hoover’s. I suspect you will see Bailey find it as it gets warmer. And maybe he is feeling a little pressure to justify his salary, this happens sometimes.

    • Yeah, I hate those people. But they won’t post when Homer turns it around, they disappear when things go well. It’s why gamethread counts are so high for losses and low for wins.

      You can generally tell who they are because somewhere in the text of their posts contains a phrase of “100 million man” because for some reason they feel like Homer’s contract was paid for with their own personal money.

    • When Homer is on he can parallel Johnny C – just so sad he suffers from the Jay Bruce syndrome – Inconsistency with a capital “I” – something Johnny C does not. . .

      • I see your point but some fellows just run hold and cold. Sometimes that is the only separation between very good and great. The Reds don’t need Homer to be the #1, 2 or even the 3 guy, with the other guys in the rotation. If he ends up being a great #4 on a great starting rotation, that works. Forget the money, it’s already been spent.

  91. Baily still ‘recovering’ phase from his big contract? he just doesn’t look the same this year, or is it just me? i have no confidence when he’s out there…

  92. The Reds couldn’t have asked for a better situation with having Votto at the plate in the 9th inning and needing a run to tie the game, unfortunately it didn’t work out this time. Close but no cigar.

    • You’re right, of course. Much more worried about the health status of BHam, Mes and Todd.

    • At least Marty had an opportunity to give us Votto’s BARISP!

  93. Down 5-0, to take it down to the last out showed some grit. But terrible at-bats by Pena, Heisey and Votto in the 9th.
    The injury report is going to be the most important after this game.

    • Exactly right, the Reds showed some true grit tonight. Rooster Cogburn would be proud.

    • Why didn’t we send up our best bunter with men on 1B and 2B and none out? Price is still figuring it out – Reds will be ok – faith restored.

      • Why not let Pena swing away? I was hoping DB took the bunting with him. To a large extent he did but not completely.

  94. Just want to point out that Mes does not score that run if it is any other player than BHam with that hit. Not going to show in the stats but it is, what it is.

    • Sounds like Billy Ham was at it again Charlotte (drove the bus for a while) – showed some real impetus for the team to follow – now they just have to get over the hump (which I believe in time they will). And Homer is a stud – going on record that he will eventually turn it around – sooner than later.

      • That guy just rings my bell. Did you see the attempt to catch that double in “leftfield”? The Braves TV announcers just laughed in amazement. I’m praying that Price pulled Billy for some very minor injury or else, he has some explaining to do. Steve said Doug Gray indicated BHam may have been limping after the double.

        Billy is one of a kind. What a gem that young man is. Your comparison to Pete is insightful too. The 2014Reds have a lot of fight in them and one heck of a starting rotation. I like what I’m seeing.

  95. only watched the 9th inning… what happened to our players.. what injuries? serious ones?

  96. This is the dumbest team in baseball in all facets, from Walt to Dusty errrrrr Price, to the 3rd base coach. Most games I wind up considering a waste of my life yet I keep coming back. I’m a masochist.

    • Only agree about the 3B coach as the job is definitely too much for him to handle. He really needs to be replaced as the season progresses – but outside of a few dinged up players this team can still play with the best of them. Saturday and Sunday’s games should be a lot of fun.

  97. Its easy to forget that after the first few innings of the game it looked like you could chalk this game up as a loss for the Reds. But by the 9th inning the Reds came razor thin close to tying the game up against one of the best closers in baseball. It was a frustrating loss to be sure, but if the Reds keep scoring runs like they are now, especially after it looked like it was “game over” after the third inning, I expect the Reds will be in the hunt for a division championship. Fingers crossed that Mesoraco will not be out for a long period of time. I expect the Reds to get some payback and win tomorrows game. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  98. Cardinals 1 Pirates 0 top of 8th. Over 43,000 showed up at Busch Stadium tonight. Begrudgingly or not, ya gotta tip your cap to Cardinal fans.

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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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