I type this game thread out in the early morning hours of Saturday, and the biggest question is: Will there be anyone available to play in tonight’s game for the Reds against the Braves?  Reds players seem to be dropping like flies these days.  I just hope they have enough able bodies to defeat Atlanta tonight and even this series back up.  I have an important twitter avatar bet with a Braves buddy of mine and the thought of having an avatar of Ted Turner or Greg Maddux for a week is pretty sickening to my stomach.

So PLEASE, go Reds!

If you haven’t read Greg Dafler’s great series preview, please do.

Lineup – No Mesoraco as expected. No Frazier, which wasn’t a sure thing. Billy Hamilton back in the lead-off spot, not injured.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Neftali Soto (R) 3B
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) 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. Good Luck to Neftali Soto in his first MLB start. Here’s hoping he gets a couple of hits and doesn’t hurt the team effort in the field.

    • Hey Jim, remind me to bring you in as a guest speaker for my next pep talk! ;<)

      • Yeah, I guess I should have said “and also makes a positive contribution in the field.”

        I’m a little on edge here until I can make sure that I will be able to get both the Reds and CBJ tonight and hopefully actually record them both too. 🙂

        • Glad you mentioned the CBJ game tonight. The Old Cossack is not a hockey fan, but I’ve become interested in the playoff run for the CBJ.

  2. Pretty funny that Pena is hitting 6th after they steadfastly refused to bat Mesoraco above the 7th spot in the order. Go Reds!

    • This is one the the 1st games that the Toddfather had not started. So I’m sure had the Toddfather been out that the Mes would have batted higher

    • Here’s hoping Pena gets on base and Soto runs into one. Soto has to just be stoked for tonight’s game. Pena and Barnhard did a good job during Mesoraco’s stint on the DL for his oblique. No reason to expect less while Mesoraco rides out his DL stint for his hammy.

  3. First time in ATL
    Go reds!

  4. Trying to stay positive.. at least this way Tucker is getting a little more major league experience, which can only help the club down the road should we need it. I have the utmost confidence that Todd will be fine once they figure out who among the Braves has the glowing green rock in their pocket.

  5. These Braves uniforms are Uggla…

  6. Saw where a team lost their closer, top starter and catcher to the DL. No it wasn’t the Reds. The Pirates.

  7. Luddy! Love to see that early.

  8. How does Bruce not score there?!?

  9. omg, is this Mike Leake? When has he become such good looking mode?

    And I hate the tomahawk chop even more.

  11. That ball wasn’t even close to in the zone, complete tomahawk by Freeman geeze.

  12. Why Zach Cozart still in line-ups ? there is no chance to win tonight

  13. Hard to believe that 23 games in and Zach Cozart has exactly 1 walk. He is on pace to walk 8 times the whole season.

  14. Game of inches. ludwick misses a home run by inches and Freeman gets a home run by inches that Hamilton misses by inches.

    Reds making Hale look like the Skipper. See what I did there?

    • I think his next start is vs his little buddies in Denver.

      • Wow….that was pretty good, Professor. You, Sir, are a giant among Minnows.

        • Nah, you’re the movie star that makes us all feel like millionaires. I’m more like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. As primitive as can be.

  15. The middle infield is a weak spot throughout the organization. Hopefully they can draft a couple this year. I get that Phillips has a long term contract but by the looks of it he’s just nowhere near where he used to be and Cozart is well just Cozart at this point. Good defense but he won’t be around forever either.

  16. Ludwick with robbery!

  17. Guess its just not Bailey who can pitch lollipops.

  18. Mike Leake is deeply affected today by Homer Bailey’s terrible last night.

  19. Leake getting knocked around. Great play by Luddy, prevented back to back HR

  20. Tough to win games when your starters are giving up 4+ runs.

  21. Hey leake, way to hang them, baby.

  22. Our pitching has sprung a Leake tonight!

  23. Mike Leake not fooling anyone.

  24. Wow, nevermind. Gattis missed home plate

  25. U-G-L-Y

  26. I can’t believe the reds gave homer bailey $100 million for leake to pitch like this.

  27. Difference between the 2 teams. When the Reds hang a pitch, the Braves hit it out. When the Braves hang a pitch, the Reds foul it off or take it.

  28. Reds need to answer with a couple of runs of their own.

  29. Hale looks like he’s very capable of walking quite a few batters tonight if the Reds let him.

  30. Pena not exactly making the case for the catcher batting higher in the order. Two terrible ABs.

  31. I bet the Braves are chomping at the bit to get in the batters box. All the same Go Reds!

    • I dunno, Leake has always been like that. He’ll get a few pitches up and have a bad inning then he’ll come back and induce a bunch of grounders to make a team look awful. The first home run wasn’t on Leake though, that was all Freeman. That pitch was well outside the zone and he just muscled it right out of the stadium. Take that one away and it’s a 2-1 game.

  32. You know, it’s so funny that the Braves hit like this, seemingly E-V-E-R-Y regular game/season. They’ll still implode in the end. You just have to accept it & watch it unfold. They D-O-M-I-N-A-T-E in the regular season, yet A-L-W-A-Y-S C-H-O-K-E in the post season. They may sweep us, but I can promise you, they will be gone in round one, of the playoffs. Braves fans know this too.

  33. Nice work by Leake that inning.

  34. Reds hitters look like they’re in a hurry to get to the late night chicken and waffles place.

  35. Very cool moment.

  36. I’m getting the game on MLB television network. Thom and Chris are calling the game, they work well together. But mostly I’m listening to Marty & Cowboy on my MLB audio subscription. Go Reds!

  37. I have to say though, I like this new more patient Bruce. Even though his bat is not hot right now, he still has 17 walks on the season (only two behind Votto), so he’s still providing some value in his slump with a high OBP.

  38. Reds are hanging around, top of the order and time time to do some business.

  39. Is Hale really this good or are the Reds just having a bad night?

  40. Reds look completely disinterested in this game. Is Dusty in the dugout?

  41. Thom’s in love with the Brave’s “patriotic” jerseys. You could distract Thom with sparklers. And bubblegum.

  42. Wow. Leake is not happy with BP.

  43. Mike is giving the team the opportunity to get back in this thing. Let’s take advantage of it Reds.

  44. Brave announcers just wondering “how long the Reds can carry Zach Cozart and his .140 avg.” We aren’t the only ones thinking that.

  45. Why isn’t Leake vilified to the extent as Homer Bailey? It’s 4-1, 7th inning.

    • Probably because more is expected from HB. Not saying it’s right but it is all I can come up with. Plus Homer has 4 stinkers this year.

    • Nobody expects, or ever expected Leake’s ceiling to be above an okay #3 or good #4 starter. Bailey was supposed to be “elite” and was getting paid like a very good #2.

      Expectations are the difference.

    • Plus while it’s never good giving up 4 or more runs, I will take 7 IP/4 ER over 6 IP/5 ER.

  46. So far the game is boring.

  47. This team is dull as dishwater.
    I think I saw where the Reds are averaging 5+ runs when mesoraco is catching and less than 3 when he isn’t.

    2 hits against the Braves #5 starter. Hale will get sent out after the game to get lit up in AAA.

  48. For some reason the replies are out of sequence.

  49. I’m not sure hale has thrown many strikes all night! Reds hitters seem baffled by his changing speeds.

  50. Honestly if we make 2 quick outs.. I’d let Leake bat.

  51. The Reds look like they have gone into a coma! 11 in a row for Hale

  52. cozart consistently drops that back shoulder on all his swings. You have to wonder why the Reds have never tried to change his swing.

  53. I’ll say this though, when Leake pitches he pitches fast. This game is going to be finished in a little over 2 hours.

  54. Well, until tomorrow, I’m off to do more exciting things…like watch paint dry.

  55. Tomahawk Chop: evidently Manny Parra sucks.

  56. There is good article on Fangraphs written by Dave Cameron about the Twins new offensive strategy and how it’s paying huge dividends. Someone should forward the article on to Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, and Zack Cozart.

    “Me and (Kubel) were joking in the dugout, we were like, ‘Man, we’ve been doing it all wrong for a while. We’ve been trying to hit the ball to score runs. We don’t need to do that,’” said Chris Colabello, who drew the seventh of eight walks in the bizarre eighth inning. “It was awesome, just the combination of guys having good grinder at-bats and not trying to do too much. It’s really easy in those situations to get too amped up and get out of the zone. But obviously, awesome approach by everybody. It was just a great team inning.”

  57. Dibble’s haircut=awesome.

  58. 33,702 turned out for tonight’s titanic struggle, 33,702.

  59. Joey is such a pro.

  60. Not done quite yet.

  61. Votto doesn’t give away at bats. He’s unreal.

  62. Then you contrast that with Bruce’s 3 pitch at bat and you appreciate it even more.

  63. Votto draws a walk, then BP and Bruce swing at 6 straight pitches to end it.

  64. For what it’s worth, I blame Homer. That just feels better to say.

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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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