The Reds face the Red Sox in the finale of a two-game series at GABP. The pitching match-up is Mike Leake vs. Anthony Ranaudo.

Ranaudo (RHP, 24) is a AAA call-up for Boston, making his second big league appearance. His first start was against the Yankees on August 1. In six innings he gave up four hits, four walks and struck out two. He’ll face this lineup from the Reds:

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Kris Negron (R) 2B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Skip Schumaker (L) RF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) P
Jay Bruce was initially scheduled to play but was scratched due to illness. Remaining bench: Heisey, Hannahan, Santiago, Barnhart.
The Red Sox lineup features Mike Napoli in for David Ortiz, Kelly Johnson in place of Will Middlebrooks, Dan Butler catching for Christian Vazquez and Brock Holt at 2B instead of Dustin Pedroia:
1. Brock Holt (L) 2B
2. Daniel Nava (S) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
8. Dan Butler (R) C
Go Reds!

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters isΒ Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. I was thinking that eventually, as an opposing manager, I would start putting Devin on base if 1st is open because long term the 4 position hitters behind him do not pose a very consistent threat. We have seen this before with Votto when he was in the line up.

  2. Didn’t get a chance to post last night, but does anyone know the rationale behind starting the stats over for players who are traded across leagues in mid-year? I’ve never really understood it, but now even more so considering the frequency of interleague play.

    • the only reason I can think of is league leaders and antiquated ways, do they do this in any other sport?

    • Maybe something to do with having a different pool of pitchers to face, or perhaps the possible proximity of a DH in the lineup changing management strategies.

  3. “Remaining bench: Heisey, Hannahan, Santiago, Barnhart.”
    Lord have mercy. And to think that the Reds front office and ownership are content with this travesty.

  4. FYI- The Red Sox @ Redlegs game is being broadcast on the MLB television network. (regional coverage) Go Reds!

  5. Brandon Phillips just tweeted that he’s starting his rehab assignment on Friday.

  6. Hamilton’s bad throw cost a run.

  7. billy was about 5 minutes late on the second pitch

  8. Unrelated, but interesting: did you guys know Votto has the 5th highest BABIP in MLB history? And Shin-Soo Choo is 15th? Pretty silly looking at the 2013 lineup in retrospect.

    • Even though many people hate it, Votto seems to know what he’s doing with the bat.

  9. Leake not looking too sharp, already giving up hits

  10. Have a good afternoon nation / ain’t gonna stick around for a Mike Leake batting practice session today

  11. Ten of the 18 batters in today’s game with sub-.300 OBPs. Eight of the 16 non-pitchers.

  12. That was close at first, Holt can run a bit.

  13. did they just hit and run with pena and shu?

  14. Cozart with a popup? Color me shocked

  15. Ranaudo started overthrowing with 2 on base but Cozart helped him out by popping out on 2-0.

  16. Leake may have had the last shot to get the Reds back in the game, he has had a bad year at the plate for him.

  17. Last shot in the 2nd inning, against this pitcher ?

  18. Good AB by Negron, this guy walks a lot of people if you let him.

  19. Pena swinging for a HR in a situation where a single ties the game.

  20. Nice.

  21. Especially a gritty one!

  22. Leake gettin it done!

  23. I guess Leake got another chance…

  24. Nice swing by Leake.

  25. Leake !! love that guy.

  26. If only it was back-to-back-to-back Skip, Cozart, and Leake. Pretty decent chance that would have been the worst trio in history to accomplish the feat.

  27. Schumaker now 7 for his last 21.

    I know he’s struggled this year, and as a Jocketty pickup he’s a pariah, but I’m glad to see him contributing a little bit.

  28. I wonder if Leake can play short?

  29. Alright Leake, time to stop throwing batting practice

  30. Leake should be used as a pinch hitter more often. To heck with the “rules” about who a manager can use. With this bench, he’s legitimately a contender for pinch hitting duty.

  31. and Boom goes the dynamite.

  32. Negron with a lead off triple, that was awesome. Go Reds!

  33. BP is going to begin his rehab on Friday. How long will it be? 3 games Friday-Saturday-Sunday? And then off to meet the team next Monday in St Louis for that 3 game series? You know BP wants that but I wonder if the Reds keep him in Louisville and bring him back on Thursday to start the Atlanta series in Cincinnati. They can’t rush him if his hand isn’t ready. But I’d still like to see him open that St. Louis series at 2B.

  34. That was a relief, I would have hated to see the Reds not score after getting a lead off triple.

    • Let that bum off the ropes, it is now or never as I do not have much faith judging by what last night’s line up did with the pen

  35. This can’t end well with home run Hoover on the mound

  36. Why Hoover? There isn’t the mandatory 7 run margin.

  37. would prefer an off Leake at 83 pitches, than a fresh Hoover

    • if 2 batters get on next inning, who would rather have in their Leake or any of the rest of the bench

  38. How was that a fair ball ?

  39. If that was not a foul then I’m Leonardo dicaprio

  40. Why did the Red Sox take down their second best hitter for a guy no where near as good?

  41. 32,870 turned out for today’s titanic struggle, 32,870.

  42. Lookin like another 1 run loss

  43. Anther one run miserable loss coming – geeze – just hard to watch this crap -like Groundhog Day

  44. Ludwick stares at a fastball right over the plate for strike 2 and then swinging strike at a changeup. Easily done.

  45. Is Bruce at the park and available to PH?

  46. No need to use Chaoman now Price – that ship sailed last night bud

    • Yesterday it was the top of the order. Today, it is the bottom. Got to use Chapman for those easy outs.

  47. Lets get some free pizza right here.

  48. Imagine all the pizza if Chappy would pitch more….

  49. Gritty base hit.

  50. I’m so happy Bryan Price didn’t use Chappy for a 2 inning outing last night so he could pitch today! I am so tired of that guy and his nonsense.

  51. Bunt! Bunt! Bunt!

  52. Again, Cozart hitting in a 1 run game in the 9th inning. Why? So he can intentionally make an out.

  53. Should have taken one for the team there.

  54. Don’t anybody picked off here

  55. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times: Free Cozart.

  56. Price is a genius!

  57. Here comes the bunt

  58. Whatever Smith told Schumaker to do, do the opposite.

  59. Gotta give credit when credit is due, that was a good at bat by Cozart.

  60. Price’s smartest decision of the week was the result of his player not being able to do what Price wanted.

  61. Look, if you can’t hit; you need to be able to bunt. One or the other.

  62. This bunting idea really seems to be a good one.

  63. Bunting with 2 strikes ? Really ?

  64. Nice effort Ramon – pathetic baseball – and Billy hacks at the first pitch

  65. Reds’ players the Reds’ manager deserve each other.

  66. Two leadoff hits, and they didn’t move. I’ve seen this movie.

  67. Jokers and chokers begets a lot of one run losses.

  68. And there is your 2014 reds – first 2 men on and they don’t move because the reds are the worst fundamentally sound team in MLB – pack it in boys , it’s over – don’t rush back Brandon , no use

  69. Unbelievable. We had 2 out there on base. Tying run on second with no outs and we can’t score. Frustrating is an understatement

  70. Santiago wasn’t even close to getting a bunt down the first two times. So … have him bunt again. Automatic out, runners don’t advance, rally killed against a very hittable pitcher.

  71. Well after the first 120 games the reds are at .500 With 42 more games. I just don’t know.

  72. At least the crowd got free pizza. And we won the Ohio cup. And, really, isn’t that the important thing?

  73. … As Walt continues to enjoy his year long 2014 siesta from being a GM of a Major League Baseball team

    • What does he DO all day, anyway? This is something I’ve never understood.

  74. I have never see a manager this incapable of making a correct decision late in a close game. Bryan Price is as inept as they come.

  75. On to Colorado and a sweep of the Rockies. Hah! Well, actually I guess you never know. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  76. Hey, at least the ASG logo looks cool at GABP!

  77. Someone please wake me up when Price is fired.

    • But…he used Chapman in a non-save situation. See? He thinks outside the box.

    • Some of his in-game straregy is just brutal – really thought he would be better than this – just has not transpired into results – these one run loses are boardering on insanity

  78. Another one run loss.

  79. If you want to look on the bright side, um, look up at the sun.

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters isΒ Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.


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