Reds at Braves (April 26, 2014)

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


  1. Sparky says:

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

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

  3. mwvohio says:

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

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

  5. wildwestlv says:

    Tomahawk Chop: evidently Manny Parra sucks.

    1. mwvohio says:

      Huh? He got 2 outs and gave up a walk to the guy who is 3 for 3 with a homer today.

      1. wildwestlv says:


        1. mwvohio says:

          Gotcha, was gonna say.. Parra has been pretty good other than that blip versus the Pirates.

  6. 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.”

    1. mwvohio says:

      Thanks for pointing that out, interesting article.

  7. Dibble’s haircut=awesome.

  8. sergeant2 says:

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

  9. mwvohio says:

    Joey is such a pro.

  10. charlottencredsfan says:

    Not done quite yet.

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

  12. mwvohio says:

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

  13. jbemis44 says:

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

  14. wildwestlv says:

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

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