I was so excited to recap a Johnny Cueto game. So much for that. I give you Milton, instead. GoatBraces113009-thumb-320x274-11505

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  1. WVRedlegs

    Cueto ineffective. Four errors on defense.
    Momma said there’d be days like this. Momma said.

    • sergeant2

      You win comment of the night for the Three Dog Night lyric. If they’re not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, than close the joint down.

      • mikemartz

        Sarge, I think you have the Shirelles “Mama Said” mixed up with Three Dog Nights “Mama told me not to come”. I also agree 100% about the hall of fame but much like Pete Rose not getting into the Baseball hall of fame, Three Dog Night has been snubbed by their hall of fame as well.

    • sezwhom

      I do believe the Shirelles sang that in 1962. Van Morrison too, I think? Either way, it applies to last night. What Momma should have told me is not to “watch”.

    • lwblogger2

      “Strange days indeed, most peculiar Mama!” – John Lennon (“Nobody Told Me”) … As long as we’re on Rock & Roll and “Mama” lyrics.

  2. sergeant2

    Considering how bad the Reds played tonight it might be hard to believe, but the Reds could very well end up taking 2 outta 3 from the Washington Nationals. It sure would be a soothing salve to ease the sting of tonight’s loss. Tonight’s game is history, regroup and come out tomorrow for some redemption. Go Reds!!!!!!! Adios Amigos.

    • Vicferrari

      Third straight series of convincing myself, starting to set in this is a lost season, I lost a little hope after Leake’s great game against the Padres,felt energized by Cueto’s shutout only to see a total clunker in the nightcap, then Simon’s shutout gave me optimism only to be followed by 2 horribly pitched games, then Leake had the awesome game, the 2 amazing catches showed inspiration, then more reality that Cuto is hittable in the 6th,
      despite if Bruce, Votto and Latos come back to form, the excelelent season starts by about 5 do not seem to be sustainable; this was not a good team fully loaded that needed a lot of things to go right, few things have- major turnaround needed if this team even sniffs winning baseball in August
      Last week was the time to make the run against 2 of the worst teams and they do not look competative most nights. Someone give me some optimism.

  3. hof13

    The Reds are pulling out their version of the old Rope-a-dope. They have the Nats just where they want them. Just wait til tomorrow, you’ll see. By the way, anyone want any kool-aid?

    • sergeant2

      Hmmm never thought about the old rope-a-dope, the Nats players will be so tired from running the bases and scoring tonight that come tomorrow they’ll be outta gas. Pass me some of that Reds kool-aid. Go Reds!

  4. George Mirones

    Well said; the picture is worth 1000 words and “gross” is what it was.

  5. Robby20

    I was at the game tonight so I didn’t hear any of the broadcast. Was Schumaker injured or taken out to make a point after his miscue? (was more than a double switch) Either way there seemed to be lots of confusion on the Reds bench tonight. Not really a positive sign to go along with the off night on defense and on the mound.

  6. WVRedlegs

    The Reds are going to have an announcement tomorrow about Friday night’s game.
    In honor of the turkey of the season they have had so far, Mr. Walt “Big Guy” Jocketty is going to release a dozen live turkeys from a helicopter hovering 500 feet above the GABP parking lot on Friday night 1 hour before game time. Jocketty said, “The Turkey is a beautiful, majestic bird to be admired. These turkeys, when released, will represent the majestic flight the Reds will take from here on out this season.”

    • sergeant2

      Can’t wait to see those turkeys majestically soaring high in the sky, should be an unforgettable sight to behold.

      • CP

        This just in, Walt Jocketty was unable to locate any live turkeys on the market. He did, however, manage to procure 500 frozen turkeys. They’ve all been given multi-year contracts.

    • WVRedlegs

      Fast forward to Friday evening. WRLN’s Les Nessman is reporting, “I’m here with hundreds of people who have gathered to witness what has been described as perhaps the greatest turkey event in Cincinnati Reds history. All we know for sure is that in a very few moments there are going to be a lot of happy people out here. And I think I hear something now. Uh… The crowd is moving out into the parking area. And… oh yes! I can see it now. It’s a… it’s a… helicopter and it’s coming this way!”
      “Yes, Walt Jocketty has promised Reds fans that this promotion will represent the Reds fortunes the rest of the way in 2014.”
      “What a sight, ladies and gentlemen. What a sight. The ‘copter seems to circling the parking area now. I guess it’s looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of a helicopter. It’s a dark object, perhaps a skydiver plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air… There’s a third… No parachutes yet… Those can’t be skydivers. I can’t tell just yet what they are but… Oh my God! They’re turkeys! Oh no! Johnny can you get this? Oh, they’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Everyone’s running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness! Oh, the turkeymanity! People are running about. The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Folks, I don’t know how much longer… The crowd is running for their lives. I think I’m going to step inside. I can’t stand here and watch this anymore. No, I can’t go in there. It’s mass chaos here. Reds fans helping Indians fans. Indians fans helping Reds fans. Children are searching for their mothers and oh, not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this.”

  7. Dale Pearl

    If you are going to lose you might as will go big or do it in such a way as to be comical so the fans have a reason to cheer you on. I would rather it be a blow out than another 1 run choke in the ninth.

    • Vicferrari

      Without the 1 one run choke in the 9th we would not have had that classic 15 inning game. Felt like a true team win, very few a far between.

  8. Jeff Morris

    Cueto cannot pitch well or almost perfectly every game, but I see him doing very well this season, iffffff he stays healthly. Marshall again had a bad night. I think he needs to go back to the DL or something. His arm is gone. I wish someone would ask Price directly, “What the heck is going on with Marshall?” and “What are you guys going to do about him getting hit around every game he comes in?

  9. Ethan

    Why did Price use Sudden Sam in the game? Wouldn’t you want to save him for when it was important? LeCure might not be available tomorrow, when he may actually be needed. I don’t understand…

    • hoosierdad

      There really wasn’t anyone else to use. LeCure only pitched 1/3 of an inning the night before. Nobody else was available.

      • Kyle Farmer

        I don’t care if Ondrusek’s arm in hanging by a thread, that’s who has to pitch there.

    • Kyle Farmer

      I said the exact same thing. You have to bring in Ondrusek in that situation and just let him get the crap beat out of him so that Sam’s available and fresh for today.

    • Boiler_Ditsor

      Let cozart or somebody go on the mound and toss in some cherries, maybe get a fly out for every run scored. Game was completely out of reach, why waste a pitcher?

      • Vicferrari

        Very poor decision if Lecure needed today

  10. Shchi Cossack

    The Old Cossack appreciates the light humor offered after such a disappointing loss. When expectations for a specific game are high, the fall can be very hard to take.

    With that said, I was wondering about Cueto’s game last night. Did Cueto just not have his best stuff and couldn’t bull through a tough outing or did he get frustrated with the poor defense behind him and just lose his focus?

    Cueto seemed to be managing the game effectively early but didn’t appear dominant. When the batter (Moore?) was granted time out by the umpire DURING Cueto’s windup, Cueto looked PO’d when he came back and just drilled the outside black with a 95 mph fast ball, leaving the batter just staring and shaking his head. That was classic, dominant Cueto. Cueto seemed to take control at that point until the following inning when the Reds defense just collapsed, giving up 2 runs on 2 infield errors. To the Old Cossack’s eyes, Cueto looked very frustrated out on the mound during and after that inning and appeared to be just going through the motions. When Span stole 2B and went to 3B on another error, Cueto seemed to completely lose his focus and the wheels just fell off.

    I can see where no hitting or run support and now no defense behind him could cause Cueto to metaphorically just throw up his arms and ask why even try. I’m not sure that’s what happened and was wondering if anyone else had a similar reaction or perspective. Obviously Bryan saw something that concerned him enough to make a personal visit to Cueto rather than sending the pitching coach out to the mound.

    • lost11found

      I feel for him and most of the starters, who are taking the mound knowing they have little room for error. Its gotta be a stresser.

    • Eric the Red

      Yes, I had a similar reaction. And I doubt he was real happy Marshall was brought in to let all of Cueto’s base runners to score. (After the last 2 nights, it’s obvious they know Marshall cannot be effective and will not be used except in a bullpen emergency.)

    • al

      Bryan Price has been visiting pitchers a lot over the past week, as the broadcasters have talked about.

      I find all of this speculation about whether Cueto was a headcase last night to be pretty insulting to him. In the game thread people were questioning his maturity, etc.

      In the first inning, the Reds announcers were saying that Cueto was not hitting his spots. To me, that was the long and short of it. The only time Cueto expressed frustration was when that guy leaned over the plate to get hit. And that was after some runs were already in.

      If he was just going through the motions, why would he have cared that someone did that?

      • Eric the Red

        I certainly wasn’t suggesting Cueto was a head case last night. I do think there were a number of things frustrating him, as they would have most pitchers. I’ll add the umpire constantly missing 1st strikes to that list.

    • greenmtred

      Yes, Cossack, I agree with you. It also seemed to me that, even early in the game when the horror had not become manifest, Cueto’s control was not good.

  11. Drew

    IF what happened behind Cueto last night “threw him off his game” then that says alot about Cueto. Great pitchers/players don’t allow things like that to impact them, in fact, it inspries them to greater hights.

  12. charlottencredsfan

    Interesting lineup for the matinee:
    BHam – cf
    Cozart – ss
    BP – 2b
    Mes – 3b
    Todd – 3b
    Pena – 1b
    Heisey – lf
    Bernadina – rf
    Simon – p

    • Whoa Bundy!

      I’d bat Heisey 2 but it is really splitting hairs right now. Half the lineup stinks.

  13. lwblogger2

    Not sure what happened to Schumaker but something may have. That was an odd switch Monday night… I’m sure everyone is thrilled with Cozart hitting 2nd, right? I have to agree with WHOA BUNDY to an extent. The lineup isn’t very good right now with no Bruce or Votto. Even injured Bruce/Votto had been more productive than their respective replacements.