Man I should bust out song lyrics in game threads more often!  It worked last night as the Reds broke out the bats late and pulled away to take the first game of this series against Milwaukee.

But instead of posting lyrics tonight, perhaps I’ll break out this oldie but goodie in honor of Milwaukee being in town…

Lineup:

1. Chris Heisey (R) LF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Brayan Pena (S) C
6. Zack Cozart (R) SS
7. Roger Bernadina (L) CF
8. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B
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. Party on, Reds!

  2. I’d like to say it was my bold prediction yesterday as the first comment that the Todd-Father would go yard and he did. I think the “party on” is a good omen. Bold prediction some surprising loving from the bottom half of our lineup.

  3. Cholula hot sauce speed: 83?

    • 83 ugh! That’s why I prefer Tapatio always good for 98, but I can’t wait for some 105 Tabasco.

  4. Is anyone else very confused by this whole Star Wars thing?

  5. I love Star Wars, and I love Reds baseball, but for some reason I’m not loving the combination.

  6. Any idea why BP is resting today?

  7. I really like what Heisey’s been doing out of the leadoff spot. He’s seeing a lot more pitches than Hamilton.

  8. Maybe the Reds #3 spot in the order is just cursed.

  9. Bryan Price is showing who’s leading this club by making tonight’s lineup.

  10. No score but we get 24 pitches out of Peralta, I’ll take it.

  11. Is there a boxing metaphor where you have a guy on the ropes and then you let him off and then start punching yourself in the face? Because that’s what just happened.

    • I get the letting them off but not the punches to the face part of your metaphor. Meanwhile, Leake cruising early.

  12. Frazier’s DP ball sure looked foul to me.

    • Not sure of the rule. If it hits in fair territory and then you girl it before it hits out isn’t it fair?

    • It sure looked like he thought it was foul, even back in the dugout. Surprised not even a whiff of a challenge.

  13. Mike Leake: We’re not worthy.

  14. Leake is throwing most his pitches at 91-92 mph.

    Is it just me, or does this seem like a slight uptick in his avergae velocity?

  15. Mike leake has that nasty sinker working.

  16. To keep with the theme, Mike Leake is using the force.

  17. Every time Gomez catches the ball, he has to do a “look at me” dance. A-hole.

    • Looks like a little prance hop thingy. He makes Brandon look tame.

    • Even though I feel the same, the Division (not the League, just the Division) just needs to pitch him accordingly (he”ll swing at…well anything, but anything NEAR the zone) and he’ll fade accordingly. Nyjer Morgan made some impressive defensive plays + some impressive at-bats, and got people talking. Okay.

  18. I’m not sure how Cozart pulled that 97 mph fastball so hard. I mean, what is he sitting on to do that? “Well, I think the pitcher is going to load the baseball into a bazooka and fire one down the middle so I’ll get started a little early on this swing.” Not knocking Zack, he’s been improving but wow how does that happen?

  19. “24” on Fox on Monday…and no Reds game to get in the way. Jack Is Back!

  20. Pena and Bernadina swing at the first pitch, giving back the plate discipline in the first inning.

  21. CI3J – You called it. Leake’s fastball is definitely up in velocity tonight so far. He hit 94 twice against Segura.

    • Leake saw my Cholula post (3rd post in this tread) and said “no way”.

  22. Leake K’s the side. We’re not worthy.

  23. Wow, leake is “en fuego”.

  24. Wow, Leake is touching 93 and 94 now. What is going on?

  25. Leake looks up to pitching for the JV squad tonight. Keep it up.

  26. If the radar gun can be trusted, Leake has hit 93 and 94 today. Either way, he’s pitching as well as I’ve ever seen him right now.

  27. “There is still time to save Han!”

  28. Mike Leake: Power Pitcher?

    Dude must be eating his Wheaties.

  29. I don’t know what the alternative is, but Santiago is a waste of a roster spot. If that’s his best shot at getting in base to lead off an inning than he doesn’t deserve a paycheck. I don’t care if he can field.

    • Once Hanahan and Schumaker come back, he will be gone.

      Same with Ondrusek and Chrisitiani in the bullpen when Chapman and Latos get here.

  30. “Your thoughts betray you. Especially for..sister! So, you have a twin sister! Obiwan was wise to hide her from me. If you will not be turned then perhaps she will!”

  31. Peralta just threw that one at 99. Is the gun juiced tonight?

    • I’m starting to believe that too instead of thinking that Leake suddenly figured out how to throw 5mph harder.

  32. “Now, witness the power of this fully armed and operational battle station.” – Emperor Palpatine

  33. let’s hope that that slip of the light saber doesn’t cost a run.

  34. Gomez with a TOOTBLAN!

  35. Cozart giveth and Cozarth taketh away. Wow thank you Gomez.

  36. Sweet tootblan for Gomez.

  37. I’ve got a very bad feeling about this….

  38. Young Master Leake…

  39. Now the fence robs Joey, sheesh.

  40. tom is blind…it hit the wall

  41. Time to turn Peralta into Bantha fodder.

  42. fan should have pulled it in

  43. Taking a moment again to appreciate just how awesome it is to have a player like Joey Votto on our team. Does not happen often.

  44. The radio announcers are saying it was a HR, too. But the replay to me looked clearly like it was a double. Hit off the top of the yellow and back into play.

    Votto robbed of HR by inches two nights in a row.

  45. Top of the wall is a HR right? That was pretty indisputable.

    • I think top of the wall (yellow) and back on to the field is a double. Brantley said he could see it hit the railing after it hit the yellow, which would be a home run. But it didn’t look like it hit anything behind the fence, just the top. Stayed in the park.

    • The padding isn’t a HR, it hit into the padding, compressed it.. then sprung back into play. It has to go fully over the wall to be a HR.

      • Furthermore, if it hit the railing afterwards, it would still only be a ground rule double. The only way it can hit something in the field of play and yet be a homer is if it bounces off a fielder’s glove, or his head, for example.

        • Actually that railing is not considered in play at GABP, each park has their own rules on that kind of thing. So if it had hit that railing and then bounced back in, it’s a HR.

        • I mean if it hits the padding first and then the railing, it would be a ground rule double (I think). Just bouncing back from the padding makes it an ordinary hit.

        • No it would have been a HR if it hit the top of the wall and then the railing. It never hit the railing however.

  46. Honest to god I don’t know why anyone throws Bruce anything BUT that pitch.

  47. what did jim day just say about the home run?

    • Just what I posted up above, that the fans confirmed that it compressed the pad and then shot back into the field of play without hitting the railing.

  48. “If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play”

    – Yoda

  49. Seriously?

  50. Those two homers Votto has lost this series is the difference between a 33-34 HR pace and a 22 HR pace for Votto this year.

  51. I opened Gameday, saw “Middle of the 5th, Due Up: and then BAs of .191, .154, and .133” and closed Gameday right back.

  52. wow, sure thought Heisey would get us at least one run in.

  53. Doesn’t it seem a little crazy that Simon so far has been better overall as a starter than both Leake and Cingrani, yet Simon is definitely going back to the pen once Latos is healthy?

  54. Votto brought his glove tonight!

  55. What is the latest word on Latos?

  56. Reds used to NEVER let anything up the middle get through. Seems like every night, lately.

  57. I was beginning to think the 3 hole was on the Darkside for the Reds until Todd got that dbl…

  58. Chris Welsh is already anointing Peralta the Brew Crew’s “Cueto”.

  59. Time for JB to earn.

    • Not getting it done, but you sink or swim with him, you can’t move ’em all down

  60. I guess going with the “B” lineup really was effective.

  61. What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on around here. Spend a few days in sick bay, get back only to discover that a mad scientist has taken over the lineup card. Go Reds!

    • We’ve been lost on the attendance the past few nights. Glad you’re feeling better.

  62. Baseball is a curious game.

  63. Not a great game by Bruce tonight. Is terrible throw cost the Reds that second run.

  64. Great play by Cozart. Cannon arm.

  65. Going off to some NBA Playoffs (hey, it helped last night)

  66. Remember your failure in the cave!

  67. Once the dark path you take, forever will it dominate your destiny!

  68. Can we get some 8th inning magic 2 nights in a row?

  69. Boy it’s almost like when you start your JV squad against a 1st place team’s ace you can’t score many runs. STRATEGERY.

  70. Obiwan never told you about your father.
    He told me enough. He told me you killed him.
    I am your father!

    Join me and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son. It is your destiny.

  71. Fat peralta getting it done.

  72. Soto now 2 for 25 PA in his professional career.

    • He and Bernadina have been “no bueno”. Both should be cut. I would think Soto will be sent out when Shumaker comes back. I’d call up Gotay from AAA and send down Bernadina as well.

    • A little too much importance being placed on a guy who might be your back-up catcher, not doing him any good riding the pine making out 2 or 3 times a week.

    • Having Soto pinch hit for Mike Leake is a debatable proposition.

  73. We probably didn’t need to win this game. It’s all good.

    • got ’em right where we want ’em, I presict a walk off grand slam by BP

  74. Good!
    Your hate has made you powerful! Now, fulfill your destiny and take your father’s place at my side.
    No, I’ll never join you. You have failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.
    So be it, Jedi. If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed!

  75. Jay Bruce will see nothing but breaking balls. Going for the golden sombrero.

  76. golden sombrero

  77. The Empire Strikes Back!

  78. 5th time the Reds have been shutout already this year.

  79. Ok…I get running out a Sunday Special lineup from time to time. You have to get guys playing time and statistically it might be better to do it all at once. But in the 2nd game against a 1st place team with 2 more to play with their ace on the mound? Could this be any more predictable of a result? Is Dusty calling this shit in to Price?

  80. A weak lineup rears it’s ugly head tonight. Perralta pitched a good game but this team can’t hit most pitching anyway.

    Jay Bruce’s bat looks slow and loopy. He may be striking out on bad breaking balls because he’ s pressing but he had plenty of fastballs right down the middle and he’s so behind on them that all he can do is foul them off.

    Can’t blame this one on having BP in the 3 hole tonight. Frazier had a double but a rally killing double play in the first

    Cozart can’t get a hit because he’s diving his head and shoulders in on most pitches. Just watch close, his head ends up over the plate after almost every swing. Looks very off balance.

    This team acts as if they have never seen a breaking ball in the dirt because they sure do swing a almost every one they see.

    Wasting some great pitching as for the 9th time this year this was a game in which they scored less than 2 runs as well as their 4th time being shutout.

    OUCH. This is painful.

  81. Nice lineup construction tonight Price – AAA special – this team is just pitiful offensively – wasted another good pitching performance

  82. Get Jay one of those giant red whiffle ball bats – might be able to make contact with something then

  83. walt gonna wait till reds 10 games out before making any roster movers – been sitting on his hands for well over a year now

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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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