The Reds are looking for a win against the Dodgers tonight in a pitching rematch from May 26th between Johnny Cueto and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

In that last bout, Ryu was perfect through 7 innings before the Reds finally chased him from the game in the 8th inning (though the Dodgers held on to win). Since then, Ryu has pitched exactly six innings and two runs allowed in each start against the Pirates and the Rockies. According to the MLB.com game preview, Ryu is “5-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 0.974 WHIP in six starts away from Dodger Stadium in 2014. His road ERA is the second best in the Majors among pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings in an opposing stadium.

In his last two starts, Johnny Cueto has had one great start (7.1 shutout innings against the D-backs) and a disappointing one (4 earned runs in 5 innings against the Phillies). Cueto is the National League leader in WHIP, 3rd in ERA and WAR and ranked 6th in NL SIERA.

THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY
Johnny Vander Meer pitched his first of back-to-back no hitters on June 11, 1938.

BACK TO FULL HEALTH
Assuming his side bullpen session goes OK, Mat Latos return is slated for this Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, which would be Tony Cingrani’s next scheduled start. Bryan Price on Cingrani:It’s likely he’ll be affected by the activation of Mat.

LINEUP
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce played together for just the 30th time this season yesterday. They batted back-to-back in eight of the first nine games of the season, but haven’t done so since April 9th. Brayan Pena continues as Cueto’s personal catcher, having caught Cueto’s last 10 starts and 11 out of his 13.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Brayan Pena (S) C
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Go Reds!

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  1. Ondrusek has been pitching pretty good lately, but I guess he picked a bad time to quit smoking.

  2. I would have left Parra in, but than again I do like Broxton.

  3. “Lets bring in Ondrusek.. oh, he sucks? Lets bring in Parra then, his 4.83 ERA should solve it.”

    Parra should have never taken the field. IF you want to go with Ondrusek, the second you took him out, you bring Broxton in for 5 outs. None of this three relief pitchers totaling one out stuff.

    • Someone has to get the runners on so Broxton could get the DP,needed to keep his PC down

  4. Broxton gives up a lot of fly ball outs, this situation calls for a ground ball to third, 5-2-3 DP.

  5. Does anyone else have dee Gordons stats and the Fox ticker all screwed up on the screen?

  6. Need the Dodgers to pull a “Ludwick” here.

  7. No worries.

  8. Whew, thought Cozart coughed up another one in the clutch

  9. Nice job BP.

  10. Yeah Baby DP! Now need 1 more run.

  11. sweet. Now we should roll Broxton back out in the 8th as well.

    • Definitely why waste Chapman for 6 outs and probably make him unavailable tomorrow?, potentially there is a blow out and they do not need him in the 9th at all, Broxton threw so few pitches he is at least coming out for the 8th- he has been beyond belief this season

  12. Yeah baby!! Yeah baby!! Yeah baby!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. You da man Brox.

  13. Brox and Chapman pretty much in the bank these days… too bad they get used so rarely around here.

    • Do not worry there will be blown saves to push us over the edge, I do not expect it tonight though

  14. Look like ball four, but just a good pitch really.

  15. Looking at Cueto’s line for today is staggering. Almost doesn’t make sense. 112 pitches. 12ks. 0 walks. 3 hits. 20 batters faced.

  16. Now I wanna see BHam score a BHam run. Go Reds!

  17. yeah. I’d like to see him steal second and third. Why not we are up by 5 might as well go for it here.

  18. Hamilmoment

  19. Discombobulation time.

  20. MVP Time!

  21. ok so let’s try a steal of home. I have never seen one before so now would be a great time for it!

  22. 2-outs, lefty on the mound, 5-run lead and BP up? Steal home Billy.

    • if not then a grand slam by Bruce would work.

    • I thought people were up in arms of Puig attempting to steal 2nd last night, I think a steal of home up 5 in the 7th would break all baseball etiquette and would see a few pitches in Billy’s ribs tomorrow

  23. 2 hits and a walk for BP….that should quiet the critics for ..oohhh…4 hrs or so.

  24. Guess Jay was looking for anything but a meatball right down Broadway.

  25. Good pitch by the Dodger pitcher. Still a good at bat by Bruce, he definitely didn’t look lost at the plate like he has been. I think that bodes well for Bruce and the Reds. Go Reds!

    • Picked up an insurance run, can’t argue with that.

    • He is saving the grandslam for tomorrow, I am pretty sure he has an OPS near 1.000 for the month, I can feel the en fuego Jay coming on

  26. Broxton cuts quite a figure in the new uni.

  27. LA has to close to a record tonight for foul balls

  28. Broxton likes to throw a little drama in the mix from time to time just to keep things interesting.

  29. Nice work by the big guy!

  30. Does any other 2b make that play?

  31. Broxton was simply amazing there. The dodgers were giving some great at bats but great pitching beats great hitting more often than not.

  32. More good stuff by Brox on the mound and BP in the field

  33. All these foul balls by LA just goes to show how impressive Cueto’s 12Ks was. With all those contact swings, he still battle and got those 2-strike swings and misses

  34. Gordan reminded me of a pesky knat that was annoying a giant.

  35. Good job by Broxton. As far as the Dodger hitters go tonite, I’ve never seen so many foul balls in my life.

  36. Top of 9th Rays 6 Cards 3

  37. I expect Chapman to pitch the 9th. He’s already warmed up, and he’s the freshest arm in the pen.

  38. Cardinals lose to Tampa Bay Rays 6-3

  39. The Reds are about to win a game without the benefit of the home run ball. That’s not normal for this team.

  40. 27,014 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 27,014.

  41. No more 2 strike foul balls.

  42. What a game!

  43. …and this one belongs to the Reds!

  44. 16 k’s for Reds pitchers. This win sure does feel fantastic. I sincerely hope that this is the beginning of something special!

  45. Break out those camo uni’s tomorrow too!

  46. Cincinnati Cueto’s 5 L.A. Dodgers 0

  47. Very well played game in all aspects for the Reds. If the second half of the season is as good as the first half was bad, than this Reds team not only has a good chance to make the post season, but be a team to be reckoned with in the post season. Lets go for the split tomorrow win another Reds win. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  48. A fine game for the Reds. A win tomorrow would split the series. The six games coming up with the Brewers and Pirates are crucial for the Reds.

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