Game Thread

Reds at Brewers (July 22)

The Reds attempt to snap a four-game losing streak tonight in Milwaukee. They have fallen to 3.5 games behind the Brewers and are in fourth place in the division. Game time is 8:10 p.m. Weather forecast doesn’t matter because of the roof.

Homer Bailey takes the mound for the fourth time this season against the Brewers. Most recently, two starts ago, he went eight innings but lost a 1-0 duel with Matt Garza who limited the Reds to two hits while striking out nine.

Bailey’s foe tonight is not Garza, it’s Jimmy Nelson, a 24-year-old rookie making his third start of the year for the Brewers. He’s considered the top prospect in Milwaukee’s system. Keep in mind that every organization has to have a top prospect, no matter how good he may be. Nelson is rated B by John Sickles and a possible #3 or #4 starter. He’s ranked the #63 prospect by MLB and their report on him says that scouts remain split on Nelson, who is viewed by some as a possible reliever. Nelson is a ground ball pitcher with a may-reach 96-mph fastball (average: 93.1) and a power slider. On July 12, Nelson was utterly rocked by the light-hitting Cardinals.

DL News: The Reds placed Logan Ondrusek on the DL with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to July 13 (Mark Sheldon). RHP Curtis Partch was called up from Louisville.

Devin Mesoraco is sitting out this game, for the second time since the All-Star break. Price was asked about it and said the Reds needed a really good start from Bailey. “We need a really good start,” Price said. “Homer threw really well in San Francisco against the Giants when he threw to Pena. Over the course of their careers together, Homer will throw a lot to Devin. Devin has scuffled a little bit at the plate. I think a day off isn’t the worst thing and putting those two together is good as well.” (Mark Sheldon) Hmm. Mesoraco caught Bailey’s great start against *the Brewers* two weeks ago.

Skip Schumaker (.255/.303/.340) is batting second.

The way Ryan Ludwick has looked against hard-throwing pitchers lately, I’m not sure about the match-up with Nelson.

Todd Frazier is back at first base which means Ramon Santiago is playing third, weakening the Reds at both positions defensively.

Have I mentioned the condition of the roster lately? #wegotjackforthat

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B
9. Homer Bailey (R) P

Go Reds!


367 thoughts on “Reds at Brewers (July 22)

  1. Hamilton needs a good AB here. Look for a walk if it’s there. Keep the line moving.

    The Reds lead baseball with 50 TOOTBLANs this year (tied with the Rockies) – and they have incredible balance among the team base running blunder leaders: .

    • Actually i was looking up the definition and after discovering that it = the Reds that I should share with my good friends at redlegnation

    • TOTal LACK OF CONCENTRATION- REDS SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT AGAIN – just gets real old after a while – stuff they reach in LITTLe league – grown men can’t apply it – amazing

  3. Billy hit that ball pretty well. Just right at the 2B. Heisey’s ball was hit hard, too. Cozart shouldn’t have been running on it, though.

  4. Sometimes you hit ’em hard and get nothing to show for it. That’s baseball.

    • I don’t know how you can watch that play in real time and blame Cozart.

      • Yeah, he was far off second at the start of the play. Not really much of a chance to get back.

    • You can’t blame Cozart for that. That was terrible luck all around.

      • Huh? Baseball 101 says you’re supposed to make sure a line drive goes through before taking off.

      • That was terrible. He can’t take off on that. It was bad baserunning

        • Any baserunner in the league would have been running on that contact. It looked like a sure single to CF. Wouldn’t have been physically possible to get back in time to beat a tag even if he froze on contact.

      • You head back toward 2nd until you see where it winds up, and if it goes through you’ve got bases loaded, 1 out, and your #2 hitter at the plate. You do NOT get thrown out at second there.

        • Go watch that play again in real time. The tag was on at 2B in less than a second after the ball came off the bat.

        • I don’t think Hamilton hit that ball as hard as many think – look at it closely again – it kinda looped into Weeks’ glove

        • They were breaking in opposite directions. SS moves towards 2B on contact, runner moves towards 3B. Again, watch it in real time. Off the bat that looks like a sure thing single. The SS has no other job but to cover 2B on that play while Cozart is trying to score from second on a single. That was not a TOOTBLAN. It was bad luck.

        • Runner isn’t supposed to be heading to third without knowing if the ball is going to be caught, and the shortstop isn’t heading to second until he knows where the ball is heading.

    • I just love the people on the internet who hide behind anonymous user names accusing people they have never met of not having mental toughness. I think that’s called irony in literature.

      • I’m so glad we have a rule about talking about the game and not the posters.

        • Weren’t you the one who just recently said it’s illegal to post comments about other people and not the Reds? Talk about IRONY. Do I now have permission to criticize you and ignore the game?

      • If Cozart decides he wants to challenge me to a public debate, I’ll be glad to accept.

        • He’s been busy trying to keep playing baseball with broken fingers.

        • I guess that’s what mental toughness is? Running the bases with painful fingers?

  5. And now Cozart comes out, presumably with an injured right hand. Sheesh.

    • Wouldn’t be surprised if he has a broken finger or two. Couldn’t get a great look, but it appeared his index finger and second finger were turning purple. I’m not a doctor, but that’s not a good sign.

  6. Coulda and shoulda been better, but it definitely could have been worse. The good news is we got us a new ballgame. 3-3 bot. 7th. Go Reds! Go Jumbo!

    • Charlotte you thinking jumbo could replace Broxtons role if we a trade chapman and make broxton closer or b we trade broxton and move jumbo to setup role?

        • Dale because of the size of Broxton’s contract, I believe $9M in 2015, I think you have to seriously consider dealing Jonathan. I would not trade Chapman. What do you think?

        • More concerned about weight. I believe Broxton is older than Diaz. Man, we could put that $9M to good use. My guess is that Jumbo would get MLB minimum ~$500K.

          • Both are 30. Diaz a couple months older. Yes, Diaz would play for league minimum. Yes, we should be shopping Broxton for a hitter.

      • Trade Chapman? Why nor trade Broxton for Trout while we are being irrational

        • I wouldnt trade chapman unless his contract was or becomes an issue. I think with broxtons past health issues that we should at least consider a trade with brox…. If it is to an american league team and most definitely not within the division.

  7. The Reds base running blunders is an ongoing problem, do the coaches not address the issue, or do they think its beneath the players to dare lecture them on proper base running.

  8. The putting of Logan O on the DL for shoulder stiffness, I wonder he has had it for awhile and is just now saying something? Still haven’t heard any news about Tony C with his shoulder stiffness.

  9. Do the Reds have an award for the most gritty strikeouts in a season? Because Skip is bearing down on that record.

  10. Wow – this is why last inning chance hurt – reds hitters can’t even out the ball in play now-3 brutal ABs – Jay Bruce remains clueless at the plate

    • Bruce, who doubled in a Reds run in this game, didn’t look any worse than Frazier did against Duke. And it’s easier for a RH hitter to face Duke’s slop.

    • It is Zach Duke, what was that team that let him get away last year?

  11. Don’t understand why they took out Diaz. He only threw 14 pitches and completely overmatched the Brewers that inning. Let him go two.

  12. Keith Law posted on his updated Top 5 minor league systems. Cubs are #1, Pirates are #5.

  13. Fall behind Weeks 3-0, now fall behind Braun too. Not a recipe for success.

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