The Reds travel to Beantown to take on the defending World Series champion Red Sox.  Is it possible to look at this brief two game stint and not think about the 1975 World Series?  I guess that is one of the perks of interleague play.  It allows us to look back at some of the past World Series matchups which really mean nothing today and reflect on the past.  With that said, I’m not a fan anymore of these interleague games.

With that said, us Reds fans can look at this series with the excitement of knowing the Reds get to use the Designated Hitter!  Nothing says DH quite like watching Neftali Soto bat.  No offense to Mr. Soto, but how many teams are using a DH with 2 career hits?

With that said, I still think the Reds get a win tonight.  If I didn’t feel that way, I wouldn’t be much of a fan now would I.  Discuss the game here and GO REDS!!!

Lineup:
1. Heisey RF
2. Votto 1B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Frazier 3B
5. Ludwick LF
6. Schumaker CF
7. Cozart SS
8. Soto DH
9. Barnhart C

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  1. pinson343

    Any news on why Brayan Pena is not in the lineup ? On Sunday he pulled up lame at one point, stayed in the game and ran hard on the bases, then left.

    • jcredlegs

      I think Homer likes pitching to Barnhart.

  2. pinson343

    I thought Ludwick would be the DH but I guess the idea is to not start Bernadina against the lefty.

  3. BearcatNation

    Just looking at that lineup takes away my appetitie. Ugh.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    With that said, it’s time for Homer to step up his game with a dominating performance tonight. Homer has had sufficient time and innings to be fully game ready. With that said, no more excuses. This is not CY on the mound facing the Reds. Bailey should dominate this matchup, hands down. There are enough bats in the Reds lineup (barely!) to win this game if Bailey shuts down the BoSox hitters. With that said…GO REDS!

  5. reaganspad

    Shumaker was roping the ball but shows an 0-5. I am excited for him to get untracked and now is a great time as we really need him

  6. jdx19

    Super short port in right field on Boston. He’s hoping Votto, Schumaker, and Barnhart can yank one out! Or Votto can just plaster the Monster, which seems more likely.

    • jdx19

      *Porch, that is.

      On a side note, why aren’t posts editable?

      • ohiojimw

        I’d vote for that. Also maybe I just don’t know the right way to do it; but, I tried composing in a WP and pasting in here and lost my formatting.

      • jdx19

        I meant editable after the fact. Like, when I make typos, which I do all the time.

  7. doublenohitter

    Nice lineup. 3 black holes at the end of it. Might as well play 6 on 9.
    Hopefully, the Reds will make us all look like a bunch of dolts.

  8. Tae Yun

    here we go w/ Bailey again… walk, hit, ? ?
    will this guy ever get it going?

  9. wildwestlv

    Homer is making this really difficult on himself.

    • wildwestlv

      NO challenge. Though Price would probably lose.

    • wildwestlv

      They did. That’s the problem.

  10. Steve Mancuso

    Bailey should be out of the inning without a run.

  11. hof13

    Another not so great start… but giving up only 1 here would be a win.

    • wildwestlv

      Reds had the DP. Should be 0-0.

      • Eric NYC

        He was pretty clearly safe. Good no challenge. Nice base running.

      • wildwestlv

        “Pretty clearly”? Okay, after super slow-mo, freeze frame, maybe by a cleat. Not pretty clearly. I suppose it was Homer’s fault, though, for putting himself in the situation.

  12. Eric NYC

    Really hope that run isn’t the difference…we are offensively challenged tonight to say the least.

    • Eric NYC

      That was solid base running. Must have been running on the pitch. Smart move.

  13. hof13

    Reds should have had a DP but I’m pretty sure he was safe. Homer did a good job getting out of his own mess.

  14. Steve Mancuso

    Ludwick swings at ball four.

  15. Eric NYC

    That was some big league hitting from Luddy. If he can step up like he did in 2012 when Joey went down that would be huge.

    • wildwestlv

      It’s funny, I was thinking the exact same thing, after the Bruce news. I thought back to when Votto went down, & Luddy went crazy.

  16. hof13

    Nice patience and good hitting. A big inning here would be nice.

  17. hof13

    If the Red Sox are smart, they won’t throw anything in the zone.

  18. Eric NYC

    Neftali Soto, ladies and gentlemen.

  19. Ed Lambert

    Cozart and now Soto swing at terrible pitches and refusing to take walks. Management needs top step in and give the take sign when these pitchers are struggling with their control and these weak hitters are up.

  20. Eric NYC

    I would much rather have Barnhart ahead of Soto in the order for exactly this situation.

  21. Eric NYC

    Should reasonably be up 2-0 right now. I hate this season.

  22. redsrover

    Can’t imagine that they see a future for Soto on the big club. Looks completely overmatched.

    • jdx19

      He’s played over 700 career minor league games. Pretty safe to say there’s no future for Soto anywhere, IMO.

  23. wildwestlv

    Well, it’s tied. Homer should be OK.

    • jdx19

      Because coaching, just like last year, is horrendous on this team.

    • jdx19

      Did you also notice he was running while looking at the 3rd baseman the entire time? Talk about horrendous base running.

  24. hof13

    Looking for a positive here … the Reds turned the lineup over.

  25. Eric NYC

    Homers fastball looks good at 94 with some motion.

  26. Tae Yun

    why is Soto on the roster? i can’t remember … i do remember the “Mario Soto” was pretty good when i was a teen

  27. doublenohitter

    Aroldis Chapman (head) was knocked around for five runs over two-thirds of an inning in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Louisville Tuesday.
    Chapman surrendered four hits, a walk and a hit by pitch while striking out one. The left-hander fared well in his previous two rehab appearances, so the hiccup on Tuesday isn’t too concerning as long as he’s OK physically. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported earlier Tuesday that the Reds are expected to activate Chapman from the DL this weekend.

    • Eric NYC

      Hasn’t pitched live ball in a month. I’m not worried.

    • jdx19

      Agreed. This is like spring training for him.

  28. Steve Mancuso

    Think how often Votto would hit the ball off the left field fence if this was his home field.

  29. Eric NYC

    Can we get one single break this year?

  30. jdx19

    Red Sox as a TEAM last year; .349 OBP.

    OH, they also scored the most runs by a wide margin.

    Correlation? 😉

  31. Eric NYC

    Homer is doing it again. One month is a thing, he needs to settle down. Quick.

  32. jcredlegs

    Anytime Homer wants to start pitching like Homer is fine with me.

  33. jcredlegs

    This is really hard to watch right now.

  34. hof13

    Oh look. He didnt try and score (and get thrownn out) Who knew they could do that?

  35. Eric NYC

    We are bordering on Homer questions.

    • jcredlegs

      Yeah we’re way beyond “bad luck” at this point.

    • AnnapolisHoosier

      I don’t think we are bordering anymore. I was against the signing from the jump. I just didn’t think he was worth it. Would love to be proven wrong.

      • jcredlegs

        Back of his baseball card says he’s a .500 pitcher with an ERA around 4. I suspect that’s what he’ll turn out to be. If that’s worth $100 million then it’s a good signing.

  36. wildwestlv

    Of course Sizemore scores on the Reds. Of course.

  37. jas428

    Bench is calling pitches. Do they call location too?

  38. vared

    Things I keep waiting for – but I’m starting to wonder:

    1) Waiting for the Reds’ outs at bases other than first to stop.
    2) Waiting for Votto to be something others than a singles hitter.
    3) Waiting for the Reds to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
    4) Waiting for Cozart to hit just a little.
    5) Waiting for quality starts from Homer.

    • jdx19

      I don’t think you’ll see an end to #1. It seems to be systemic at this point. Either no one at the ML-level understands basics, or they decide against coaching it.

      There’s really no other explanation.

      I don’t get #2. Votto will finish the year with 20-something homers and probably 30-40 doubles, with an OBP around .430. This is who he is. 2010 was an aberration. People need to stop thinking he’s going to hit 37 HR again. He won’t.

  39. jdx19

    I’d go on the record saying I absolutely hate the idea of throwing a high ball on purpose when you’re ahead in the count. It seems to work to rarely.

  40. Tae Yun

    Homer just doesn’t look the same this year. really poor… confidence issues.

    2 runs here… but could have been a lot worse

    still in the game

  41. KBlue

    Hey good news….only stuck with this pile for another 5 years..

  42. sergeant2

    I do believe BP knows he’s playing at venerable Fenway Park, the hot dog-ing is set on high. Go Reds!

  43. sergeant2

    Cozart did not hit into DP, yes, I said Cozart did not hit into a DP. Good vibes.

  44. jas428

    Skip has career split vs LHP of .210/.278

  45. hof13

    Unfortunately those two hits were at an event horizon. The black hole approaches.

    • jdx19

      Hah! I like this! Never thought of that before now!

    • jdx19

      Soto is the worst hitter I’ve ever seen on television. I said that last year, and this year has done nothing but strengthen my conviction.

  46. jdx19

    Soto showing better discipline than in his previous 26 MLB at-bats tonight. That’s a silver lining. Actually had balls in both ABs so far!

    Although, it’s embarrassing how far his bat is from the ball on most of his swings. He just plain misses.

    • jcredlegs

      He had a good spring but I don’t see much future. Waste of a roster spot.

  47. pinson343

    Soto’s living up to the per-game hype. Looks for a fastball on every pitch.

  48. wildwestlv

    I think we all know when Homer has it or doesn’t. We’ll need Ondrusek/Parra/Hoover to come through tonight. 70 pitches.

  49. Dale Pearl

    Wow, we must have the worst offense in baseball. Our best hitter is hitting what now .280? Our team lead in homeruns is 4 we just might not have a single player hit over .300 nobody hit over 20 dingers or anyone approach 100 ribbies. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that attendance is down this year.

  50. jcredlegs

    Barnhart getting quite a workout back there. Homer has no idea where it’s gonna go.

  51. doublenohitter

    I was just looking at the hitting numbers in AAA. Wow, there is nothing there. How is it that the Reds minor leagues is that barren of talent?

    • wildwestlv

      I’m not sure who’s in charge of that. A manager, or general, or somebody.

  52. Ed Lambert

    Swinging at the 1st pitch over and over with the same results. I say again, how about putting up a take sign.from the 3rd base coach.

  53. wildwestlv

    Clayton Kershaw back, looking like he didn’t miss a beat.

  54. Vicferrari

    Is this the worst SP the Reds have faced all year, he is given Edwin Jacson a run for his money

  55. jas428

    Votto vs LHP

    2009 .329/.400
    2010 .283/.393
    2011 .333/.418
    2012 .288/.413
    2013 .251/.377
    2014 .237/.318

  56. Ed Lambert

    Ortiz’s bat is too quick to drop one low and in. Lucky that didn’t break the RF foul pole.

  57. jcredlegs

    Bullpen is well rested with avday off Thursday. Why is Homer still in this game? Price mismanaging again.

    • Vicferrari

      disagree, can we stop it with the again stuff, he has done a great job with what he has, even if Homer does not get out of it I say it is the right call

      • jcredlegs

        Ludwick saved Bailey’s tail that inning.

      • Vicferrari

        team work, Bailey will win a couple of 1-0 games this summer

  58. sergeant2

    The Reds were playing for a bunt, the Red Sox don’t do bunts. I’m sure that had to be in the scouting report.

  59. sergeant2

    A.J. Alphabet is a very good baseball analyst, that’s where he’s headed after he retires.

  60. Vicferrari

    Nice rebound, hanging around, do you run him out there, I say one more inning then it JJ Hoover time. Hopefully he looks as good as he did last Wed, very few appearences

  61. wildwestlv

    Do you take a 95+ pitches semi-struggling Homer, or a fresh JJ Hoover?

    • sergeant2

      How bad do the Reds wanna win. If they would like to win go with Homer, if they really, really want to win the darn game bring in Hoover. IMHO

      • wildwestlv

        Maybe the Reds lineup will make the decision for us (*hoping, keep the line moving).

      • Vicferrari

        if you are willing to pay a guy 100 million, you gotta leave him in, he gets bombed plenty of guys need the work in mop up time

  62. Ed Lambert

    Control problems and Frazier is winging at the next 2 pitches and neither were strikes. Unbelievable.

    • sergeant2

      Its beyond frustrating, same crap as last year. Just go to the plate hacking, without a clue.

  63. AD

    No idea what Frazier is thinking there…guy didnt come close to a strike with Phillips, I think you make him throw one first before you go hacking, dont you?

    • sergeant2

      I’m beginning to think the coaches are too intimidated by the players to speak up.

  64. AD

    lol…can’t do anything but laugh … This is going to be 2014 !

  65. Ed Lambert

    Hey Shumaker, what’s he got? Or that’s right you swing at the 1st pitch so you wouldn’t know.

  66. Tae Yun

    what a line up… Soto, Cozart, Barnhardt…. automatic 3 outs… we have 6 players to make it happen against the world champion Sox… (or any other decent team)

    • Tae Yun

      no.. that would be our Reds way…. we make mediocre pitchers look Cy Young

  67. wildwestlv

    I know Schumaker is going to get torn up by the fanbase, but, Cripes, if we can tolerate a healthy Cozart until he comes around, and Homer b/c he basically missed Spring Training, we can wait out Skip Schumaker, until he gets up to speed.

    • Tae Yun

      cozart is good defensive player but man.. he ain’t got an offense… he’s very minor league like player to me.

  68. Vicferrari

    Amazingly Homer’s 3rd best start of the season

    • doublenohitter

      yes. In fact, Vanderbilt puts a pitcher in the DH spot so the opponent doesn’t know who is going to hit. When the spot comes up, he just pinch hits.

    • Vicferrari

      They need to seriously think about letting Mike Leake DH tomorrow, he might be the best option even when he is done pitching. I know you are being sarcastic, but the DH can be replaced by a PH, if I recall if they are put in the field then they lose the DH and pitcher goes in the spot of the player the DH replaces.

  69. wildwestlv

    Homer may very well be bailed out by the lineup, tonight. Ugh.

  70. Tae Yun

    with 3 auto outs like Cozart, Barnhardt, and Soto that’s 3 innings gone… we have 6 innings to get some runs… what a line up. C.B.S (cozart, barn, soto).

    hope this isn’t a trend

  71. hof13

    The Reds offense is just playing possum. They will rise from the dead in the 8th and 9th. (I hope)

  72. sergeant2

    Cozart would have to be Ozzie Smith, David Concepcion and Barry Larkin rolled into one defensively before I would overlook his atrocious offense.

    • Tae Yun

      he’s good defensive player, but he needs to be at least a .250 hitter with .300+ on base…. if we want to compete for playoffs… can’t just have bunch of one dimensional defensive player.

      playoff teams and champions have a group of well rounded players – offense, defense, grit, will to win, playing smart on base running, executing fundamentals like bunting, sacrificing, etc.

      i can’t say we do many of those things well.

    • Vicferrari

      Cozart has been adequate the past 3 weeks, hitting between .280 to .300 during that period if I recall

  73. Tae Yun

    middle relievers 7.7 ERA… worst in league. didn’t know that.. i knew we were bad… but i guess worst of the worst bad, i didn’t know.

  74. wildwestlv

    This is frustratingly within our grasp.

  75. sergeant2

    Hah! Ortiz faked a bunt. The Sox saw the Reds play in earlier expecting a bunt, something opposing teams rarely do against the Red Sox, cause the Sox rarely bunt. Ortiz was just having some fun.

  76. Vicferrari

    2 straight solid outings by JJ, he gets going bullpen might not be a weakness any more

  77. Dale Pearl

    Cozart and Heisey in my opinion have be coddled to much. Both of those guys should no longer be considered as full time parts to the equation

  78. Eric NYC

    Chris Heisey continues to prove he isn’t a starter.

    • jcredlegs

      Was just getting ready to say that he had an uncanny ability to not take advantage of opportunities.

  79. Ed Lambert

    Heisey wasting his opportunity for playing time again. 0-4. Last year of arbitration. May not be offered again.

  80. WVRedlegs

    Heisey, when he starts, should change his first name from Chris to O-for.

  81. wildwestlv

    Methinks our record vs. American League is bad.

  82. jcredlegs

    BP says hell yeah I’m a 3 hole hitter!

  83. ProspectCincy

    Pinch run Hamilton here … move Soto to 3rd base?

  84. jcredlegs

    Frazier obliterated that baseball.

  85. WVRedlegs

    Todd the Ripper lurking in Boston.

    • jcredlegs

      Luddy has had a very nice game. At the plate and in the field.

  86. Ed Lambert

    Well, we’re still breathing. I have no hope for a 9th inning miracle, but stranger things have happened. Got to pinch hit for Soto.

    • Vicferrari

      so who do you use, really limits using Hamilton to PR with only 2 position players

  87. BearcatNation

    That inning right there is why walking is so valuable. So many fans who don’t understand the value of a walk to start a run producing inning. Votto gets it started, as usual.

    • Vicferrari

      But Votto is not paid to do that… had to be said

      • BearcatNation

        Ha, exactly! He isn’t paid to create runs or win games!!!

  88. sergeant2

    I so much want Heisey to take the bull by the horns when he gets his chances, but he just can’t seem to do it.

  89. Dale Pearl

    sweet! At least we get Bailey off the hook for the loss and good ole home actually .lowered his ERA… not saying that he had a good outing he sucked yet again. Only that he did not suck nearly as bad. 5 walks in 6 innings? Maybe he is wanting to emulate the walking side of Nolan Ryan?

    • Vicferrari

      sad to say over half his starts this season have been worse, but congrats to him could have wilted, no homers off Homer kept us in the game when he beared down with the bases loaded after surrendering 2 walks and a hit

  90. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    I’d rather have Corky Miller here than Neftali Soto. Soto is a poor man’s Alex Trevino

    • Dale Pearl

      Corky is clutch! Love that guy. Everytime we are forced into releasing the guy he just keeps coming back. We’ll see him before the end of the season.

  91. Vicferrari

    not crazy about this pitching change, burnt the Brewers yesterday playing match-ups

  92. sergeant2

    I would have left Hoover in, but than again easy for me to say. I like Parra though.

    • PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

      hoover’s best outing of year,

  93. wildwestlv

    Well, okay, let’s get them all going.

  94. WVRedlegs

    Now that was Manny being Manny Cicinnati style.

  95. Eric NYC

    Am I actually a Manny Parra fan? I think so.

  96. Vicferrari

    I like to extend a personal thank you to all these Cozart haters, someone give me a slash lines back 3 Sundays
    Hoping he comes around to score

  97. jdx19

    Let me get this straight… Billy Hamilton (a terrible bunter), brought in to sacrifice?

    • hof13

      Question is this – would you rather have Hamilton bunt or Soto hit?

      • jdx19

        So far, the two are statistically equivalent. Hamilton has been the worst bunter in all of baseball so far this year. I’ll find the stats if you like.

  98. Vicferrari

    wp, pb, error, gives us something

  99. BearcatNation

    Wow. Heartbreaking. Tucker crushed that one. Got to love that kid, his reaction showed he thought he had it and how much he cared that he couldn’t give the team the lead.

  100. RedsfanPa

    Can someone explain to me why Hamilton was brought in to bunt???

    • ProspectCincy

      Not understanding why Hamilton wasn’t on base for Cozart. They could have bunted Santiago … and then moved Santiago to SS.

      Reds would have had a run. Cozart baserunning killed them.

  101. jcredlegs

    Come on Votto. Time to earn that check.

  102. jcredlegs

    Someone please tell me the last time Votto came through in a pressure situation.

  103. BearcatNation

    Hmmm, as much as I just praised Votto 15 minutes ago for starting a great rally, that was a disappointing at bat. Should do better there.

    • jdx19

      Yeah. An infield fly. Something he led the league in NOT doing in previous years. That’s actually a worse outcome than a K, I think.

  104. jdx19

    Wow. Just wow.

    I’m a math major and I understand sample size better than most, but holy cow, it would be nice if Votto could come through every so often. Starting to get pretty frustrating.

    • jcredlegs

      It’s not a small sample size anymore. He’s been like this for a year now.

      • jdx19

        That is a small sample size. You need a TON of AB’s in a situation before they are statistically relevant. 1 and 1/6th seasons is not there yet.

        But I feel you.

  105. doublenohitter

    I know clutch isn’t a stat but Votto has never been one to excel on the big stage.
    I still like him, however.

    • jdx19

      He has for his career. Just not in the last 2 years.

      • jdx19

        But, the stats against him are starting to pile up. Folks CAN shift skills mid-career. Is it possible Votto is doing something different now than he was 2008-2012? In that time period he accrued totals that would make him decidedly VERY clutch. 2013-2014? Not so much.

      • BearcatNation

        People have been begging him to expand his strike zone, especially with RISP. Maybe he is doing that…

        :Rolls Eyes:

      • jdx19

        Heh, maybe.

        The stats show he was around 18% swinging at pitches outside the zone so far this year, and last year he was at 20%. I can’t break it down to a better set since the numbers are so small, but so far, he’s more selective this year by 10%.

      • BearcatNation

        Yeah, I was just being sarcastic. Can’t stand people who don’t see what Votto does for this team. That said, he has had some bad at bats lately in high leverage situations. No denying it. I trust the law of averages will swing back his way toward his career numbers.

  106. Vicferrari

    Cannot see the game, was Cozart not a 3rd when Heisey got a hit?

    • jcredlegs

      Heisey bunted. Cozart elected not to go.

    • jdx19

      Heisey bunted for a hit and Cozart stayed home at 3rd.

      Oddly enough, If he went on contact he may have scored, unlike every other contact play we’ve seen thus far in 2014.

    • RedsAk19

      Cozart was at third. Looks like Heisey bunted on his own down the third base line. Cozart smartly stayed at third as he probably would have been dead at the plate

      • Vicferrari

        Like I said could not see it, but with 2 outs run on contact, if they could not get him at first, would it not have been close at home?

    • Vicferrari

      why take him out, has Price never managed an extra inning game before? This could go 17

      • jcredlegs

        Reds have an extra arm because of Cingrani to DL. Christiani and Partch can both go multiple innings if need be.

  107. Vicferrari

    The Hamilton bunting was bizarre, pretty bad when a guy cannot hold a bat is preferable to you… but what a waste not to use him a pinch runner, they could have sent anybody up to bunt right?

    • PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

      that’s Neftali Soto. He couldn’t have requested an easier start than vs. Dubront. Soto was late, baffled or both on every pitch. I’d rather coax Willy Taveras out of retirement

  108. hof13

    I think Heisey bunted on his own – there was a good chance Cozart would have been out at home if he had tried for it, he looked surprised by the bunt too. I thought it was a good idea by Heisey to bunt and Cozart not to try it after he didnt get a jump.

    • jdx19

      I think you are right. He was surprised. And no way can you break on contact in that situation. He did the right thing, even though I think he would have been safe if he had broke on contact.

  109. wildwestlv

    Just when I felt comfortable with Hoover, they brought in Parra. Just when I felt comfortable with Parra, they bring in LeCure.

  110. Redgoggles

    Smart baserunning by Cozart IMO. Gave Votto a chance. (Nice bunt, Chris!)

    • jdx19

      Yep, he’s out. That was a QUICK release from Tucker.

  111. BearcatNation

    Barnhart is quickly becoming one of my favorites. How can you not like the way this kid keeps his head in the game?

  112. jcredlegs

    This Barnhart’s gonna be a good one.

    • jdx19

      Yeah. Even if he doesn’t turn into a great hitter, I bet he’ll eventually find a big league home.

  113. wildwestlv

    Price is burning through this bullpen.

    • jcredlegs

      Got 5 guys left. 3 of which can pitch multiple innings.

      • Vicferrari

        Does Marshall count, Partch and Christiani are not MLB relievers, Broxton is probably used with a lead, so redlegnation favorite is left?

  114. sergeant2

    I think the Reds are to be commended for giving mentally challenged players the opportunity to play in the major leagues.

  115. jdx19

    At least the ump has been consistent not calling the low-away strike.

  116. sergeant2

    Parra was pin point accurate tonight, I would have left him in. Its a shame to take a pitcher out when he’s in a “zone” as players like to say.

  117. Redgoggles

    There’s no such thing as a clutch hitter, there’s no such thing as a clutch hitter, there’s no such thing as a clutch hitter…..

  118. RedsfanPa

    Come on Sam….Damn. Walks are never good. : /

  119. BearcatNation

    Lecure kind of looks scared of the whole lineup. I mean, I get it… but you have to throw strikes to someone…

  120. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    Tucker Barnhart is MLB ready now.

  121. wildwestlv

    Fear the beard. Sam’s, that is.

  122. BearcatNation

    Sam has your LeCure!!!!! ‘Atta boy.

  123. CP

    David Ortiz, possibly the clutchiest player in all of MLB:

    2014 w/RISP: .179/.314/.321

    • jdx19

      FanGraphs did a very extensive article on Ortiz last October.

      I think their conclusion was something like “people remember the things he’s done b/c they happen in October,” but he wasn’t uber clutch, really. Still, a good career hitter in just about any situation.

      Hopfeully I didn’t butcher it too badly.

  124. jcredlegs

    What a great baseball game this has turned out to be!

  125. WVRedlegs

    Whew. drama, drama, drama. This is good baseball.

  126. sergeant2

    Its getting harder and harder to avoid using the old defibrillator this early in the season. Its within arms reach as I type this. Go Reds!

    • BearcatNation

      Hope you stocked up on extra batteries, Sarge. It’s going to be a defib type season.

  127. jas428

    Maybe someone mentioned it, but Cozart made a good read on surprise bunt. The pitcher would have easily tagged Cozart out since the bunt was on the line and he was on top of it very quickly. Tag play not play at home, imo.

    • jdx19

      I think he’s slow and rarely runs at 100%.

    • jdx19

      Scratch what I said about the ump being consistent with not calling that strike. Heh.

  128. wildwestlv

    War of the Worlds Guy takes care of business. Geez.

    • sergeant2

      I think you mean “The Day The Earth Stood Still” featuring the tall robot “Gort”

  129. jdx19

    Looks like we’ll see Ondrusek before Broxton. Gotta save that “closer!”

    • Vicferrari

      Might see is Ondrusek for 3 before Brox if comes to it

  130. jdx19

    Every starter with a hit tonight except Soto and Barnhart.

    • jcredlegs

      Yeah but Barnhart gave one a ride that damn near won the game.

  131. wildwestlv

    Bob Costas is indicating Pena is available? Is that so?

  132. Redgoggles

    I wonder if there is a stat for % of batters (by pitcher) that go full count. I would think Sam would be among the leaders. Nice job!

  133. Vicferrari

    So if Hamilton can actually bat, why not start him, really bizare, was Price hedging his bets, if he could not get S then he has Billy on 1st?

  134. wildwestlv

    Gigantor shredded Cozart, there.

  135. Jeff Morris

    Its about time that Votta drive in a run that really really means something, like win the game! LeCure pitching great, but I am very concerned with Ondrusek warming up in the bullpen. I see the Red Sox scoring the winning run against Ondrusek.

    • ProspectCincy

      Hamilton can’t bat … and that’s why he’s not even attempting to swing; just bunting.

      The error made here by Price is an egregious one. Leaving a hitter in the DH spot that can’t even put a swing on the ball makes me wonder if we have the 30th best manager in baseball.

      Inexcusable.

      • PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

        is it so? I’d take my chances with Hamilton bunting versus Soto…NS has no business whatsoever on an MLB roster

  136. jas428

    Over/under on batters required for Red Sox walkoff this inning?

  137. wildwestlv

    Counting on Chewbacca to still feed off of the May-the 4th vibe.

  138. jas428

    Again, why give up double down line?

  139. hof13

    I wish Thom hadnt said it’s like David vs Goliath. You would think he would know how that would turn out.

  140. jcredlegs

    Good inning by Lurch. Now let’s get some runs!

  141. RedsfanPa

    Leaving this in Ondrusek’s hands is a real gamble, and one I’m afraid could end very badly….

  142. Redgoggles

    Pedroia and Victorino 1-2. Nice way to start a lineup. Their #3-4 ain’t too shabby either.

  143. Jeff Morris

    Good Job Ondrusek! I think you would have struck out Pedroia with a curve ball, though.

  144. Vicferrari

    Do I remember correctly, Reds rejected trade a few years ago Ondrusek for Victorino?
    I think they lost out on that one, but like how that match-up turned out

  145. wildwestlv

    Methinks Mr. Ondrusek will be getting his work in.

  146. sergeant2

    Cincinnati Reds: The most undisciplined hitting team in Major League Baseball. (give me a break, I’m just venting)

  147. hof13

    The lack of velocity Marshall has lately, I look at him as a LOOGY for the moment. Course I’m not sure who I want facing Ortiz

  148. wildwestlv

    MLB Network wants a Red Sox walk-off (pre. Ortiz) so bad, it’s obvious.

  149. sergeant2

    If I’m going to have to listen to extra innings, I’d at least like to hear Marty call those extra innings.

  150. wildwestlv

    Seen that (mis)play from Cozart too many times this season.

  151. wildwestlv

    Grady Sizemore, ladies & gentleman.

    • wildwestlv

      No, blame the player Walt couldn’t sign. And then everybody else he didn’t sign.

  152. BearcatNation

    Seriously, F Grady Sizemore. That man is a jerk after all that crap back in the winter. We should have hit him. Wouldn’t have been smart, but it would have been satisfying.

  153. jcredlegs

    Grady Freaking Sizemore. He killed us tonight.

    • wildwestlv

      Thank God he didn’t sign with the Cards, or some other team in the NL. He’d be more of a Reds killer than Ike Davis.

  154. desertred

    I have not followed the thread, so forgive me if I’m redundant, but seems like Cozart is the goat tonight. Gets to second too late to turn a double play in the first that allows a run, then fails to score on a bunt in the 8th. That’s your game right there.

    • jcredlegs

      Cozart actually made a good decision to not go on that bunt.

    • jcredlegs

      Only getting one run in the 2nd was the difference. If you’re going to blame Cozart blame him for stranding a runner on 3rd with only one out in that inning.

  155. RedsfanPa

    I sure don’t understand Price’s moves tonight, some real head scratchers. And the lack of plate discipline by this team is just plain disappointing. : (

    • RedAlert

      Each of these issues on display on a nightly basis – never changes

  156. Vicferrari

    At least the Cards and Brewers lost

  157. jcredlegs

    Good game but Reds didn’t deserve to win. Not after getting only one run off that tomato can Doubront.

  158. wildwestlv

    Go get them, tomorrow, Redlegs!

  159. RedAlert

    How Many times does Logan Andrusek have to blow a game before somebody (anybody) in the Reds organization figures out that he should never ever be in a tie or one run game ???- I am simply amazed at the continued ineptitude displayed in the management of this organization – Soto
    DHing in this game ??? Really ???

    • BearcatNation

      Honestly, I agree about Ondrusek, but we really don’t have anybody I trust more there. If we put in Broxton, we are pretty much out of pitchers. I don’t mind leaving Ondrusek in for 2 innings.

      • wildwestlv

        I don’t think Broxton can (cardiovascular) go more than one inning. Ondrusek was OK, just should have come MUCH later than Hoover, Parra and then LeCure. Ultimately, Walt’s Reds were destined to be doomed by Grady Sizemore.

  160. sergeant2

    As frustrating as it was to lose the game, it was still an extra inning nail biter. Lots to talk about that’s for sure. The Reds coulda and shoulda won this game, and they will tomorrow, no doubt about it. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  161. jcredlegs

    Need a nice long outing from Leakey tomorrow. Go Reds!