The Reds and Pirates conclude their series with today’s rubber match at GABP. The first two games have been exciting and I expect nothing short of that in today’s finale. Both teams are looking for a win and the series in order to stick right with the Brewers and Cardinals who are now tied atop the division.

Today’s game concludes the first half of the regular season. We will all get to relax for a few days and enjoy the Homerun Derby, the All-Star game, and a day off. Let’s hope the Reds have some momentum heading into those 3 “off” days.

Discuss the game here Reds fans. Go Reds!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Cozart SS
3. Frazier 3B
4. Heisey LF
5. Bruce RF
6. Mesoraco C
7. Pena 1B
8. Negron 2B
9. Cueto 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. You’ve gotta be kidding me with these guys today.

  2. Let’s hope that doesn’t come back to haunt. Come on, Cueto!

  3. Defense letting Cueto down again….

  4. This has GOT to be his last batter.

  5. I have to say this entire series the umpire crew has been very inconsistent with the low strike zone. Gameday is pretty funny to watch when 3-4 balls are virtually on top of each other with each being called something different.

    Not a good series by these umps.

  6. Leaving Cueto in here has been a HUGE mistake…

  7. Whew!

  8. Exhale…That was scary.

  9. Brantley mentioned earlier that the Reds are not talking about Cozart’s left hand/wrist but he is injured

  10. 5 outs that inning, but none of them scored….some errors hurt worse than others

  11. That’s gotta be it for Johnny – very lucky but absolutely no help from Cozart ( however , willing to give Cozart a pass because he has bern absolutely excellent in the field all year )

    • Apparently he’s hurt. Got hit in his left wrist by a pitch the other day and it’s apparently bad enough that he has to have it taped with a special pad to bat but he can’t wear the pad with his glove.

  12. Brewers taking it to St. Louis. 8-1 at the stretch.

  13. Need to knock Mr. Worlybird around

  14. Sweet looking swing from The Kid.

  15. Bilky Blaze getting ready to do some damage on the basepaths

  16. Need some runs. The dreaded 7th inning is coming up.

  17. Why on earth is Cozart batting 2nd?

  18. Wow….4-3 I don’t think is going to be enough, Reds HAVE to score another run or two or more.

  19. Frazier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Frazier!!! Todd is such a beast.

  21. Cowboy called it!!!

  22. Nice call Cowboy !!!!!!!

  23. “I like this match up for Todd Frazier.” — Jeff Brantley seconds before Super Todd homers.

  24. TODD!!!!!!

  25. Fra-SURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Todd Frazier MVP.

  27. The Toddfather!!! Awesome!!

  28. Heisey! Atta boy. Bryan Price, super genius!

  29. I have been switching between the game and the WC final, so I don’t know how much they’re talking weather. But a LARGE cell of heavy rain just missed north of the stadium — and another is right behind it.

    There could be more intermittent delays, but I don’t get the feeling that there will be any prolonged delays that could end the game. We just might have to stick around for a while.

  30. Really great if they can win going away and just give Chapman the day off, Let Jumbo, Parra and whomever close it out

  31. Okay….Did Frazier read the post here, while on the on deck circle saying we need more runs, because he answered the call with a Home Run. Wow…now we got some breathing room!

  32. Devin mashes the ball.

  33. Mes is 2-2 today with 2 walks.

  34. why Mes EVER hits below 4 in the lineup just bewilders me …

  35. Any team would kill for young players like Bruce, Todd, Mes & Billy. What a core.

    • Charlotte I usually agree with your thoughts but Listing Bruce is a stretch due to his consistent inconsistencies at the plate. He was all the ability but he has yet to put together a season of success.

      • I understand but season to season Jay is very consistent. Makes a dynamite 6th hitter, plays hard, runs the bases, and can field with anyone. I agree that we are seeing Frazier and Mes by-pass him as a hitter.

      • Every season he has had is a success, maybe you are saying an MVP type season?

  36. Now comes Reds pitchers favorite inning – 7th. Tongue in cheek.

  37. Strikes please.

  38. Come on Jumbo !!!

  39. Jumbo has the stuff. Lights out Big Guy.

    Nice pick by Pena.

  40. Man Pena – nicely done !!!

  41. Odds on a McCutchen homerun?

  42. We need to bring Josh Harrison home, his mom seems like a very nice lady and he should be able to see her a lot more often.

  43. Love that Mumbo Jumbo.

  44. Sit down Andrew – not today !!!!

  45. Jumboooo 1-2-3…very nice sir!

  46. Jumbo. Nice work.

  47. Nice inning by Jumbo

  48. Is it a coin toss whether Chapman is available today?

  49. Leave Jumbo in the game.

  50. I will give Jumbo some props, I am always skeptical on 30 year minor leaguers, but he is getting the job done for the most part in high leverage situations. Got out th etop of the order, hopefully that is their last at bat for the day.

  51. Jumbo needs another inning of work. 9 pitches to get through 1-3 in their batting order.

  52. Let’s see if Jumbo can take the team home.

  53. I realize that website pitching locations are not necessarily reliable but the ESPN one does not seem to match the umpires strike/ball calls.

  54. Wow…Alverez had Billy beat on that throw.

    • I don’t think Billy is running at full speed. Maybe that hammy is barking a little bit. Great time for the ASB all the way around.

  55. Billy’s caught stealing rate is getting pretty brutal.

  56. Love to see Hamilton spraying line drives all over the field. Single most encouraging part about his first half of the season.

  57. It’s amazing that probably the weakest part of Billy’s game is now his base stealing.

    • 7 for his last 14


      • It would be nice to see his time compared to say April and May. Just not seeing that explosive first step. He should never be thrown out by that distance. Hopefully the break will freshen his legs some.

    • Let’s say he hasn’t developed his big league approach to base stealing because I feel everything is a learning process till you die.

  58. Dang. Billy, I cannot wait until you better learn how to read pitchers deliveries.

  59. They were talking about Mike Marshall of the dodgers…In 1974, he pitched 208 innings out of the bullpen appeared in 106 games…incredible

    • Which makes you wonder why everyone’s elbows and shoulders explode in today’s game. Relief pitcher throwing 208 innings, starters could throw 300, sometimes pitch counts went like 150.

      Now it’s TJ for anyone who has a pitch count over like 110, or pitches more than 200 innings, or more than 80 in relief. It’s weird.

      Is it because everyone is trying to coach a certain pitching motion now that’s not natural to the human body?

      • Cueto’s on pace for 290. Wonder when they start taking that into consideration and have him skip a start here and there.

  60. Told you Broxton was fine. This 7-8-9 back end of the pen might be the best in the NL if not all of baseball.

    • I think Broxton has got 4 blown saves and all were reasonable, 1 run games, where he was not walking everybody giving up multiple runs in an inning, I think he finished the inning with the game tied

  61. Heisey has gone 2-4. I guess Price knows more about big league managing than me.

  62. There is literally never any excuse for Cozart to be batting 2nd in a major league batting order.

  63. Todays page of the myth will have some drama but I hope no strange ending

  64. Price, genius. What a cleanup hitter.

  65. Bruce has to be moved down in the order. He’s killing this team. No higher than 6th from here on.

  66. I’m glad Broxton got the job done, but I am also a little saddened that the Reds have clearly not gotten rid of bullpen “roles” like Price promised.

  67. Heisey 3-5 in clean up role…….who’d a thunk it? Price, I guess

    • I guess Price knew he’d hit a pop-up that would fall between three fielders when he faced Liriano, and then get two solid hits off relievers. Gotta hand it to him for realizing it.

  68. Missile Time.

  69. Just sad that because of the “save” rule, Chapman has been saving three-run leads but wasn’t available for the one-run lead last night.

    • His previous 2 appearance before last night were in a tie game and a 1 run game….

  70. The Reds look tired. Tough first half let’s get this done today and get some rest and healing.
    random questions, Any news, rumors, thoughts on
    Tony C (other than DL) Jack H., J.V.

  71. Filth

  72. Not sure how many here saw 51-44 and 1.5 games out of 1st place at the break. Fantastic job by the Reds made even more remarkable by the injuries. The much needed rest week has arrived and look forward to watching the Reds play in the Bronx.

    • I would had 44-51 1.5 games out of last place much more likely around early May (I gave up when they lost back to back series against the Padres and Phillies) but always watched out of curiousity- I am amazed at the turn around
      if it was not the All-Star break in sights, truely wonder if they pull out these games this week, played on fumes this weekend and almost pulled off the sweep

  73. Too easy. Good way to head into the break, solid game.

  74. Chapman looks like he’s taken it to a whole new level the last few weeks…

    • Ever since that blown save he has looked possessed out there. Right now he’s just untouchable. Crushing batters and striking guys out at a rate that probably has never been done before over a sustained period of time.

  75. Wow…Chapman, nice win for the good guys!! Nice job by Hiesey in the 4 spot today.

  76. Congrats Simon for making the all star team. Now I hope he doesn’t pitch. Me and my boy are taking the trip up to NY for yankees/reds after the break on Friday and Saturday. Save those Simon innings for Reds games

  77. Great Win today….The division is up for grabs.

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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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