Game Thread

Cubs at Reds Game 1 (July 8, 2014)

The Reds and Cubs are scheduled to play two today in Cincinnati. I do not live in the Cincinnati area so I’m not able to check, but the weather report for Cincinnati does not look very optimistic for baseball today. So there is a good chance that the sky will be the talk of the day yet again at Great American Ball Park.

Johnny Cueto will take the mound in game 1 of the double dip. He’ll be facing former Reds starter Travis Wood. If the weather will cooperate, I like the Reds chances in game 1. Especially if Hamilton drives in 4 RBI again today and Bruce keeps hitting 2 run homers.

Discuss Game 1 here Reds fans.

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 1B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Bruce RF
5. Mesoraco C
6. Heisey LF
7. Santiago 3B
8. Cozart SS
9. Cueto P

Edit: Prior to the game, Joey Votto was placed on the Disabled List and Brayan Pena was actived from paternity leave.

348 thoughts on “Cubs at Reds Game 1 (July 8, 2014)

      • Absolutely. When JJ is right, he’s unhittable. When Odru is right, wait until the next pitch.

    • Jumbo looking like a keeper. Good relief by the Reds today. Hoover can stay in the pen for the next Red’s blow-out.

  1. Brantley is very impressed with Diaz’s ability to throw the slider when he wants to. Says it shows he’s much more comfortable now.

  2. Back-to-back 3-2 sliders… I normally would hate that but hey, it worked! Nice job by Diaz.

    • Remember that on the Schierholtz scouting report! Guy can’t lay off sliders at the bottom of the zone . . .

      I hope Diaz feels well enough to run out there for another inning

  3. Just have Gamecast today, but it looked as if Jumbo was really keeping the ball on the outer edge of the zone to Scheurholz quite nicely. Looked like he painted the edge.

      • Someone pointed out the conspiracy theory of moving people to crazy spots to make us appreciate nothing being done. I present Hanahan, exhibit A.

  4. Chapman warming up. Broxton should be available for tonight, right?

    • But honest to goodness, if there is any guy in the bullpen that can’t be counted on to get the last 3 hitters in the Cubs line-up out (PH not withstanding) with a two run lead, what are they doing there? A great time to use Logan so Chapman can go as needed in the night cap.

      • Which I realize contradicts my earlier post about using Chapman in the 8th, but that was based on the estimation it was the most important and most likely inning for the Cubs to score.

        • I would almost like to see another inning out of the AAA closer, Diaz.

      • Are you saying that this is not a Chapman situation, agree with the 8th, but can a pitcher not pitch an inning in both games?

        • Sure, they can throw in each game… but then there are three more games to deal with, so if you’re going to save a bullet, I’m picking Chapman before anyone else if I can help it.

    • He did pitch yesterday and Sunday, but I would like to think he could give us an inning sometime today.

  5. Call me crazy, but I have seen a significant improvement in the Cubbies this year really across the board. Granted, their SP will take a step back but they are stocking up some talent. This division could be outright nuts next year. No more wildcards, I fear.

  6. What has gotten into Ramon Santiago?

    And another iffy call from our #B coach…Still, great relay.

    • I don’t think there’s any way he was beating that throw unless he was running on the pitch.

    • lol… He can give Super Todd a breather tonight if he wants to hit like that. Pena at first, Tucker behind the dish.

  7. Zack Cozart hasn’t made decent contact aaaaall day. Hopefully saving it up for tonight.

    • I may have sent him there too, considering the bottom of the order up.

    • The velocity is there. He is only throwing junk to Wellington and struck him out.

  8. Careful here. According to Gamecast, this guy LOVES them in the dirt.

  9. santiago on base 6 times in two games, heisey 3 hits …..go buy a lottery ticket!

  10. Took a perfect relay. But, Heisey should have stolen second then it would have been an easy run.

  11. Chapman has been fantastic this year, so there’s really nothing to complain about. If I have one critique it’s that while his change up is good to have, I think he features it a little too much.

    That hit he just gave up was on a 90mph pitch, which is just giving the hitter a gift.

    • I wish he was that cheap, 3M for Chappy!
      (sarcasm, I knew what you meant)

  12. It’s crazy to me that Chapman is now facing guys like this and not throwing fastballs.

    • Olt can hit anybody’s fastball… I think that’s why you saw all junk and the only fastball was up and out of the zone.

      • I don’t believe that anyone can hit a well located 102 MPH fastball at will. You’re basically saying that Chapman should have pitched around a guy hitting .147 on the year. I say that’s playing scared and asking for trouble (in the form of walks).

  13. Ball 4 was Strike 3. This game can’t be over soon enough!!!

  14. Chapman just walked the guy on 6 pitches, one of which was a fastball. How can a guy like Chapman be afraid to throw his fastball? He was dominant the last few years with nothing but the fastball.

  15. Cozart’s power turns on out of nowhere tonight. He’s going yard. Put the pressure on the Brewers boys!

  16. What does it say that we had NO ONE to bother calling up when Votto clearly was not available the last 3 days.

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