The Reds continue their Western swing by traveling to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks for 4-straight contests beginning tonight. The Reds will look to carry the momentum of last night’s victory of Kershaw and string together a few wins in a row. If the Reds can manage win tonight, it will be only the 3rd time all month the club has strung together back to back wins this month (They’re still waiting for a 3-game streak).

Tony Cingrani will be asked to be the man on the mound that leads the charge. Tony has not been sharp since returning from the disabled list. He has allowed 4 runs, 7 hits, and 3 walks in each of his 2 starts since returning. He’s also picked up the loss in both outings. Perhaps tonight is the night he bounces back and picks up a W.

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 3B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Bruce RF
5. Mesoraco C
6. Ludwick LF
7. Pena 1B
8. Cozart SS
9. Cingrani 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. Ludwick running in slo mo. Put him in a red bathing suit and pair him with David Hasselhoff and you’ll have a hit show.

  2. “by the left fielder Ludwick”…..It appears some of our defense is consistent as well.

  3. Ballgame – out !

  4. Can anyone play this game?

  5. Reds, take note…its really not that hard to score a lead-off double.

  6. Here comes the Mr. Gasoline…JJ Hoover!

  7. Welch – The Reds aren’t exactly swing hot bats. Really?
    The Reds have scored more than 5 runs only once this month and that was on the 1st of the month.

  8. If only I had the self-discipline to stay off this roller coaster ride night after night …

  9. Per usual, Bryan Price is a half inning too late. Cingrani was getting hit hard all night long and the squad is over 7 back. Get LeCure out and win a damn game.

    Is it me or has the Reds relay game been trash all year? Have they thrown anybody out at home?

  10. Scoring at least 1 run with a lead off double..

    2014 MLB average : 68.9%

    2014 Cincinnati Reds : 33.3%

    Courtesy Fangraphs.com

  11. There is no help at AAA and only hope in AA. This could be that “window” loudly slamming shut and with lots of empty seats in August and September.

    • Riddle me this……
      Why did the Reds waste an out in the top of the 6th if they were going to quick hook Cingrani. At 90+ pitches at the start of the 6th, did he really figure to complete the inning anyway?

      You know your favorite team might be in trouble when………
      Bryan Peña is their most consistent offensive player and maybe the best all around player on the field (playing out of position nontheless)

      • Boggles the mind, huh?

      • Price made that same mistake when he left Ondrusek in to hit after Simon went early. Gave up an out down 5 runs in the 5th inning …

        I’m not sure what’s going on; and while I can cut Price some slack because the team has been hurt; he’s made some very terrible mistakes that even a rookie manager shouldn’t make.

  12. I hear the little pitter patter of little Milton feet approaching. Growing louder and louder. Haunting me. Mocking me.

  13. No interest in that at bat at all, BHam?

  14. Billy killing the reds at Leadoff

    • And the really bad thing is, he has one of the three hits. Tomorrow night my line up would look like this:
      Schu – cf
      Pena – 1b
      Fraz – 3b
      Mes – c
      Lutz – lf
      BP – 2b
      Heisey – rf
      Santiago – ss

  15. I guarantee Frazier will not hit into a double play this inning.

  16. BHam needs a day or two off.

  17. Come Price give the kid a couple of games off. Skipper Price is not looking any better as the season rolls on.

    • I do not profess to be an expert at all, but as a long-time fan I do not see any of the “change” that was expected.

  18. Frazier can’t buy a hit up the middle. Triple ugh.

  19. 1 shutout in 55 games for Zona ….

  20. There might be an argument that of all the lame offense efforts this season, this one is the lamest.

    • If this game was a race horse it would be shot right on the track. In front of all the spectators.

  21. Minimum through 7. This is how I choose to spend my one evening off this week.

    • Maybe I’ll just watch the clothes spin in the dryer for a while. If I want to see something going in circles, it should at least have some energy.

  22. There is a great WCWS college softball game on ESPN2 now haha…at least its a better game

  23. This is really embarrassing that this team has 3 hits off this guy thru 7 – can’t believe Castellini can stomach this ineptitude much longer – heading for 8 back and reds aren’t out of May

    • The problem is, tinkering around the edges isn’t going to do it. Wholesale changes have to be made.

  24. Castelli is Bernie from Weekend at Bernie’s. Jocketty is carrying him around and waving his arms at people to make them think he is alive.

    • The pic I have in my mind of him in the owners box and Jocketty pulling a string to make him wave at fans is priceless.

  25. Anyone else smell gas?

  26. Thom getting all hot and bothered for Goldschmidt…

  27. Another bad sign,
    After the 6th, I went to the kitchen for a snack, I decided to pop a bag of popcorn in the Microwave, It was one of those little single serving bags that only take a minute to pop.

    When I got back to the TV the Snakes were already coming to bat in the bottom of the 7th.

  28. I went with the monthly package for MLB.tv this year. It comes up for renewal in a few days. Day by day, I’m questioning my sanity for watching night after night… and what’s more, paying a premium to do so.

    At least the 2011 team, flirted with .500 a few times and didn’t sink like a rock.

  29. Bullpen strikes again – can this bullpen for even just one game, come in and shut an opponent down ? No, no, and no – that is simply asking too much – this bullpen is absolutely a joke

    • Doesn’t really matter… Collmenter cruising… That first inning run was all he needed tonight.

    • Nah, there was some seriously good bullpenning last night by Broxton (in particular) and also Chapman. It is just that the bullpen B team is as bad or worse as the A bullpen team is good.

  30. The only redeeming factor of this game seems to be the fact that I live on the west coast

    • Yea I am in Vegas watching this game on TV… it seems the Arizona girls have a crazy habit of proposing to their players by holding up poster boards… its very embarrassing!

  31. i know bruce may be the streakiest player in baseball…..but he’s flat out awful this year

  32. I think Bruce needs back to back days off… That’s what Dusty would do.

  33. hard to stay positive when every game looks so lethargic.
    My positive is that the Bats are looking much better. I think that I probably need to consult with a Cubs fan to see how they can manage to stick in there for so long.

    Ugggg.

    • Marshall goes an inning without giving up a run! Something to put in the + column!

  34. Oh, Marshall in. This just keeps getting better and better.

    • Not to mention,he’s just killing his trade value in the process. That is the only logical reason why the Reds keep running him out there.

      • No doubt. The Reds need him to look good enough versus LH hitters that some desperate wannabe contender looking for a LOOGY will take take a serious portion of his remaining contract.

  35. It is physically painful to watch Sean Marshall pitch.

  36. Glad we here at the Nation can manage to keep our sense of humor – game has lost any chance of being entertaining at this point

  37. Memo to Walt: WAKE TF UP !!!!!!!

  38. Because of work, I just got around to reading John Fay’s report from yesterday (May 28) entitled “What will struggling Reds do?.” With hindsight being 20/20 and having to endure this sad effort after last night’s win, Fay’s article might be the most depressing piece of sports journalism I have read in a mighty long time. I don’t know about you, but I could never have imagined the Reds ever getting this kind of starting pitching, yet the rest of their game is so awful the “experts” are being left to consider the need to “blow up” this once-in-a-lifetime pitching staff by trading the likes of Cueto, Leake or Simon. Unfathomable.

    • can you post the link?

    • Fortunately, Fay rarely knows what he is talking about. How a guy that should have great access to the club can be so clueless about the internal workings of the team is embarrassing. I can’t see Leake going anywhere. Cueto and Simon are probably all but gone.

      • Fay or no Fay, the fact that things appear so dim right now that “blowing up” this pitching staff could even be a subject right now just blows my mind. If you had ever told me the Reds had the quality of starting pitching they have now and were six games under .500 at the end of May, I would have said you were crazy!

      • I just read the article from Fay. I too stopped reading his stuff 2 years ago because if that’s the best he can do, it is what I all ready know. I actually feel better informed from participating and reading Red Leg Nation.

      • I appreciate your comments. With Bailey’s contract, I don’t see how the Reds can afford to keep more than 1 of Cueto, Latos, and Leake past 2015. They will all want similar $ to Bailey. Simon is only making $1.5M. Our best hope in 2016 is a rotation of Latos, Bailey, Cingrani, Stephenson, Lorenzen. The Reds don’t act like TB or OAK. My question is do the Reds act like the Marlins and try to win before starting over in 2016?

        Cueto, Simon, Leake, Chapman seem to be only trade-able assets right now that could get prospects in return. I also don’t see Walt telling Fay or any other writer what he is thinking of trading/not trading. We’re all frustrated – let’s not blame the messenger.

  39. 18,457 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 18,457.

  40. heads will roll after this series if this is how we play for 4 games.

    • Another one of Mr Fay’s recent gems was that he would be shocked if Bryan Price was let go before the end of the season. What else is WJ going to do to divert some heat from himself? Besides, some of Price’s decisions are starting to be very open to question.

  41. A bright spot amidst this mess is oodles of witty comments by redleg nation. Been tracking these a lot more than reds games for the past month. Keep it up good guys….and I do not mean (most of) the current roster.

  42. Nice throw Luddy (sarcasm).

  43. Am I missing something with the Cholula flame thrower at 74 mph?

  44. Marshall didn’t completey suck that inning.

  45. Chest high heater at 87 MPH.

  46. Who thinks the post game summary is already written and ready to,post the second the game is over?

  47. Hill took Pena’s third hit away. Kid comes to play. No doubt.

  48. Hill and Collmenter beat the reds.

  49. They stink!

  50. While most reds fans want the Major League team fixed now. One of the other real questions for the GM is; what to do to grow our AA and AAA teams that will help the Reds stay competitive as the current players continue to age and decline. IMO none of the position players on the 25 man roster will bring much in return to make a difference this season. The only thing we have that any team in contention would want is the starting pitching. Those few victories that the Reds have would be a lot less without Simon, Leake, and Cueto..

  51. Luckily, my daughter’s kindergarten graduation ceremony tomorrow will prevent me from having to endure game 2.

  52. We are a Skip away from being shut out with the minimum number.

  53. The Diamondbacks are about to face the minimum. I guess this is karma for busting up Ryu’s perfect game. This offense is terrible.

  54. A horrible, terrible display of Major League Baseball. They should destroy any record of this games existence.

  55. how fitting an end to this game.

  56. worst game that i have watched in a long long time.

  57. A complete game 3 hit shut out. And those three hits were erased on Double plays. And this guy didn’t top 87. Wow. Just wow.

  58. Talkin’ about this pitcher like he is Cy Young… gimme a break, the Reds just sucked.

  59. Bronson will make this lineup’s heads explode tomorrow.

  60. My kingdom to see Sweet Lou throw some bases.

  61. The Dbacks are 22-33, and some guy named Collmenter faced the minimum

  62. I expect a no hitter from Bronson tomorrow, anything less will be very disappointing.

  63. You heard it here first people …

    Tomorrow, Jay Bruce’s slugging percentage finally passes Billy Hamilton’s slugging percentage!

    Told me that before the season, and I would have though Hamilton was in the race for MVP!

  64. What, if anything, have Walt Jocketty and Bob Castellini been saying about this current situation the Reds are in?

    • Castellini was last seen wearing sunglasses and stiffly waving to fans from his box.

      • Yeah, I’m beginning to think that look of disgust he had in that Pirates game last season was just rigor setting in.

    • They’re going to blow this baby up and start all over. They haven’t said it but what else can they do? Like a tree that is rotted out, you can’t save it so you chop it down.

  65. The Reds have no recourse but to field a team for tomorrows game, I have every confidence that is exactly what the Reds will do. The Reds could very well win the next three games taking 3 outta 4 from the DBacks. I for one will be rooting for my Reds to do just that, 3 outta 4 that is. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. (fans included) If Bryan Price and the Reds are tough, they’ll come out tomorrow doing you know what, and taking names later. Go Reds!

    • yeah Like the spirit!

    • I’m trying Sarge. And like Rambo said at the battle of Bunker Hill “I’ll be back.” It’s a little tough right now. This is ugly.

    • Sarge you are my hero and a better man than I. Wish I could see any hope at all of turning this ship around. I’ll be here tomorrow nigh,t hoping it is the beginning of a nice run.

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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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