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. Broxton really is a marvel. Basically just relies on a well-placed fastball. That’s it. Batters know it’s coming. He moves it all around. Not afraid to pitch from behind.

    • MLB Gameday showed he mixed in a few sliders, too. 7 of his 19 pitches, to be exact.

  2. I made the mistake of listening to Thom on the reds broadcast, what is talking about? I need to go back to listening to the out of town broadcast.

    • Bingo. Shortstop is the one position on the team where you can tolerate a guy who is weak offensively but is great on defense. Just leave him in the 8-hole and be happy with him.

  3. I would have to say that if Price is willing to tell Ludwick he is now an official platoon player that he should be telling Cozart the same thing. Zack plays tremendous defense no doubt but his batting skills are diminishing with experience. Santiago has looked good on offense so maybe he should get playing time at short more often since we how Negron on the roster.

  4. We need to sacrifice a goat or something. This injury luck is getting a bit outrageous.

  5. LeCure? Don’t have much faith in him right now. Lucroy could end it with one swing.

  6. We lose the game with a guy throwing 87 mph fastballs up there to an All-Star.

    But doesn’t Chapman look awful nice sitting over there in the dugout?

  7. This doesn’t happen if Price had been willing to let Jumbo or Broxton go multiple innings, or if he had let Chapman pitch despite it not being a save situation.

  8. Of all the Brewers to beat the Reds I’m not surprised it was Lucroy, that guy is a termite to the Reds wooden house. Dang it, dang it and dang it.

  9. Injuries look like they are taking their toll. This team continues to play hard and I tip my hat to them. Nice to see Homer bounce back from a tough 1st inning. Nothing else to say – day game tomorrow.

  10. I saw where Rizzo hit 2 homers tonight against San Diego, giving him 25 on the year. Bet the Padres are loving that trade right about now, huh?

  11. Not sure why Chapman sitting over there in the bullpen?? I know the Reds are banged up, but they are making simple mistakes for a team that is shorthanded, cannot afford to make mistakes….Heisey misplaying two fly balls last night. Frazier not scoring on the double by Bruce, Ludwick striking out with runners on 1st and 2nd and One out. Cozart taking off and being doubled off second by the Hamilton line drive. Also on Price, Why not let Jumbo pitch 2 innings? Why not let Broxton pitch 2 innings? Reds starting pitching are going to keep the Reds in some ballgames, but I see them losing alot of 1 run games, because of the above mistakes and an inconsistent Bruce and Ludwick not worth anything now.

  12. In the last 5 games the offense has delivered 2.2 runs per game. The pitching staff has allowed 4.6 runs per game. This will be the second time through for the starters starting tomorrow. Looks like we will know more by the end of July than we want to. One bat won’t fix this offense unless the current bats hit.

  13. Is it just me, or does tonight’s game thread have more glitches than the Reds lineup. For example the same two comments have been at the bottom of the thread for the past hour even though I have refreshed the page many times.

  14. Is it just me or does lucroy win it on a walk off almost once every series, we play the brew crew?

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