Starting tonight, the Cincinnati Reds (31-34, 4th place) will play 16 of their next 19 games on the road. The Reds look gain ground on the division leading Milwaukee Brewers (40-27) in a three game series.

Jason explains in his excellent series preview, that this Brewers team is a bit of a mirage. The Reds won 3 out of 4 games in their early May series against the Brewers, outscoring Milwaukee 18-10. Also, it appears that the pitching matchups are a bit in the Reds favor.

To kick the series off, the Reds have Homer Bailey taking the ball. Bailey has had quality starts in 7 of his last 8 outings, including 4 straight. Earlier this season against Milwaukee, Bailey allowed 3 runs over 8 innings.

Matt Garza is coming off a win in Pittsburgh, despite a shaky outing where he walked five batters and only struck out one over six innings. Garza hasn’t faced the Reds yet this season. In two starts last year, he allowed 13 runs over nine innings. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto are a combined lifetime 11-for-32 against Garza.

Billy Hamilton is back in centerfield and leading off. Brandon Phillips finger is good enough to play. Skip Schumaker (6-12 lifetime against Garza) is getting the start in left field.

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. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Homer Bailey (R) P

Today’s superstitious triple play could be a turning point in the Reds season. It will hopefully mark the last time the Reds find themselves this far out of first place, and keep them on the road to winning baseball.

Go Reds!

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  1. Folding like a cheap suit.

  2. Boy ohhh boy … Mesoraco has been about as terrible as you can be for May and June.

    I want April Mesoraco back.

  3. why gritty Schu

  4. This game is a perfect example of what some of the negatives can be from having a “players manager” Price left Homer in the game longer than he should have, because Price was overly concerned with Homer’s feelings. The Reds are in no position to treat a win as expendable as to not offend a players sensibilities.

    • I meant to end my comment with: IMHO because that’s all it is, my opinion.

    • It sjust players not getting it done,you have to leave Homer in throwing a 3 hitter with 92 pitches, if Sam comes in and gives up 3 out of 4 hits like he did, everybody screaming why not take him out…2nd guess not bring in a lefty when you got 4 in the pen, but Homer should have been out there in the 7th and has to get through the bottom of the order

      • It was 98 pitches, whether that is a big difference I don’t know. But either way I think he should have come out of the game.

        • In a game like this when you’ve got only two dependable relief pitchers, you have to try to get seven out of Homer. Complaining about that now is a second guess.

  5. Just got back to the game and there seems to be some typos on gamecast. It says Ondrusek’s era is below 4 and we lost our huge lead. Don’t know whats harder to believe

  6. It all boils down to one inning. Its not going to be who wants it more, but who goes out and takes it, seizes it. Are our guys givers or takers tonight?

  7. here comes the bunt

  8. Billy …HUGE!!!

  9. BHam, bad game until it really counted. Clutch!

  10. Best base runner I have ever seen.

  11. God I love me some Billy Hamilton.

  12. Lets disrupt Krod and blow this thing open with another 4 run inning

  13. Billy coming up big! Nice clutch hit.

  14. Hehee

  15. HAVOC!

  16. KRod having a hard time focusing – wonder why?

  17. Surprised Hamilton didn’t go there

  18. Just a fly ball JV

  19. Man I was so sure Votto was gonna get that run in. Come on BP!

  20. Would have liked that insurance run….make it stand Chappy!

    • Really will be hard to take anything less than a 1-2-3 inning,..really do not want to see Gomez until tomorrow. Asking a lot of Chapman to do it 3 days in a row, maybe not available tomorrow, got to get it done

  21. 3rd straight day right?

  22. Nice job by Hamilton.

    Maybe he’s an RBI guy instead of a leadoff hitter? 🙂

  23. Two guys who catch alot of grief came through when the chips were down. They seized the moment and pushed a run in. Good for them. Then the $29 million guys couldn’t get an insurance run in.

    • I feel really let down, was hoping for a cheap run of a throw to get Frazier and Billy tries to score, Phillips could have worked that a bit

  24. I saw an 87 MPH chnageup, is thatthe slowest he has every thrown

  25. Votto is money on scoops

  26. Just a huge win.

    Go Reds!!

  27. Not a cheap suit! They put on the big boy pants!

  28. Very nice win for the good guys!

  29. Alot of contributors tonight…guys picked each other up. Hats off to Cozart for a solid game.

  30. Chappy earning his check tonight. Go Reds!

  31. I will take it, how about a little love for Ondrusek and Cozart and a Big hit by Billy

  32. Wow… great job by the little guys to get home a run. Then Chappy holds em. Huge win in a must win series.

  33. Huge win… this could have been a devastating loss but they hung in there. Let’s hope Mr. Latos comes with a chip on his shoulder tomorrow and pitches big…

  34. You said it. Looks like Zack is really coming around, that helps a lot.

  35. That’s a statement game. The offense, which had been the problem up until the last few games, scored some runs then despite the disappointing pitching performances in the 7th, they didn’t give up but came back to take the win.

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