Game Thread

Reds at Brewers (July 21, 2104)

Fresh off of being swept by the Yankees in New York, the Reds travel to Milwaukee to take on the 1st place (tied) Brewers. Despite losing 3 straight to the Yanks and being in 4th place in the division, the Reds could actually leave Milwaukee ahead of the Brewers and in 1st place in the division if things fell just right over these next 3 days. That just tells you all you need to know about how close this division is from 1st to 4th place.

Mat Latos returns to the mound after walking off injured in his previous start. The Reds can’t afford any bad news in tonight’s start so let’s hope for the best with Mat and the Reds tonight. The Reds have taken care of things against Milwaukee this season and need to keep that trend going tonight. No Bruce in the lineup tonight. Instead, we’ll get Donald Lutz batting in the #5 slot.

Discuss the game here, Reds fans!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Schumaker RF
3. Frazier 3B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Lutz 1B
6. Heisey LF
7. Santiago 2B
8. Cozart SS
9. Latos P

263 thoughts on “Reds at Brewers (July 21, 2104)

  1. I hate when home plate umpires have so much of an ego that they can’t even check down to the first base ump to see if a guy swung. Why not ask the guy that has a better angle on the thing?

    Just pure ego.

  2. I know it’s not the most popular notion, but I miss some of the toe to toe manager/umpire action. Not saying everything needs to be Earl Weaver, but I like some emotion.

  3. The clown behind the plate is challenging Angel Hernandez for the title of worst ump in baseball. A few more nights like this and he’ll get a chance at the title…

  4. Lutz looks like an inexperienced major league player at the plate. But than again he is an inexperienced major league player.

  5. Latos with only 2 strikeouts so far in the 6th inning. That’s not like him either. I’m worried there is something going on with his arm.

        • In years past, Latos has had much higher strikeout rates than this year. It seems to be in relation to a drop in fastball velocity. Latos is not a guy that can survive for long without many K’s.

          Pitching to contact is not always a good thing. The Brewers do have 8 hits in 7 innings tonight, including 3 extra-base hits.

  6. Billy Hamilton DING. That is one guy we have waited on, the others need to get going, The Reds during their last good run, were coming back from several runs down. This aint over yet, but so guys have got to catch the ball.

  7. The guy JUST became a full time umpire this year and he’s too good to even ask for the first base umpire’s opinion on a check swing?

    Not to mention he’s not even 2/3rds of the way through his first major league season and he already has ejected 6 people from games this year.

    • Probably a combination of managers attempting to intimidate the new guy, and the new guy wanting to show he won’t be intimidated.

  8. In the 34 innings of baseball the Reds have played since the AS break, they have scored a grand total of 5 earned runs…. all from solo homers. This has been painful to watch.

  9. Watching the replay on that checked swing, it was not even close. Mes had a legit gripe. Umps these days have too much of an ego to admit that another ump might have had a better view.

    Someone mentioned Angel Hernandez earlier. If he keeps making calls like that, he will be approaching Hernandez territory very soon.

  10. The scorers changed their call on the Gennett ‘hit’ eariler. Error by Lutz, as it should be.

  11. Thom talking about Jack coming back and how the Reds need him.

    At this point we have a one-legged 1b, a one-handed 2b, a blind RF, so why not a one-armed utility guy

  12. From the grasping at straws column: If the Reds win, the Cards are in first. If we lose, they are in second. The positive on losing is the WLB’s will be even more upset with us…..I know, but I’m looking for something here…..

  13. I know one thing, you have to give Latos credit for hanging tough tonight. Latos has come a long way in being able to maintain an even keel in rough seas.

  14. Hard to believe the Brewers are up by 3 with as much attention he’s paying to Hamilton.

  15. When a lot of the Reds hitters miss a pitch, they really, really miss the pitch. Guessing what the next pitch will be at its worst. Still, it ain’t over yet. Go Reds!

  16. Mesoraco swung and missed at ball 4 and ball 5, when a walk would have brought the tying run to the plate.

  17. At first glance it didn’t look like BHam hit the wall all that hard, but on the replay he did in fact hit the wall pretty darn hard. Good catch BHam. Go Reds!

  18. Man, its so obvious that these players just up from triple A are completely baffled by breaking pitches. Hitting a curve ball has been the roadblock of many a player hoping to make it in the majors.

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