Guess what, the Reds and Rockies get to play another one!

This is technically the makeup game for yesterday’s main-out game.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
5. Kris Negron (R) 2B
6. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Dylan Axelrod (R) P

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. What channel is this game on?

  2. Reds ahead 1-0. Wonder if they can make it stick?

  3. Some hard hit balls so far.

  4. So far so good. Axelrod proves he is a major league player for at least one inning.

  5. Any comments about Chapman yet?

    • I think Chapman may have a flu bug or something. He was sweating profusely when he stepped on the mound and his breathing was labored the entire outing. A flu bug and the high altitude would be a bad combination and I know the flu bug has been circualting.

  6. maybe it is his hamstring again? Did someone see the game? How did Chappy look walking off the field?

  7. Nice grab!

  8. Gotta love the Save and Win stats for pitchers.

    Chapman doesn’t get a blown save because it wasn’t a save situation.

    Rex Brothers pitched one inning, gave up three hits, two walks and two runs and “earned” the Win.

  9. Thought game one was well in hand, so I went fishing for a couple of hours. Here’s hoping I’m a better fisher of men than fisher of fish.

  10. Well 4 innings 3 hits 0 runs so far. Price couldn’t have wanted more so far. Maybe Walt got lucky.

  11. Don’t look now, but Dylan Axelrod, with a career FIP over 5, who hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2013, has thrown four shutout innings in Coors Field.

  12. Aronado(?) can flat out pick it at third.

  13. It’s like both teams agreed to make this game go fast and settle it in the last inning or so. Not a bad plan, really.

  14. Two guys with ERA’s between 5.6 and 4.9 have allowed 1 run in 4 innings. The hitters either are tired or these two guys are having a good night.

  15. Pitch count getting high for Axelrod in the 5th inning.

  16. Just heard Grande talk about 1 run losses and with all the angst about the 1st game I forgot it was a 1 run loss. Doesn’t seem possible.

  17. THis is the inning I expect one of these guys to collapse.

  18. LUDDY!!!!!!!!

  19. Ludwick wants a contract.

  20. Need about 10 more just to make sure before Price starts going to those gas cans in the pen

  21. uh, what’s wrong with Negron?

  22. Speed kills. I heart Pena.

  23. Let me guess “Purple Haze” is the Rockies rally music. Not that I’m being critical, I think it would be beyond groovy, far out even. Go Reds!

  24. Love Cozart’s defense – just don’t think they can go into next year with SS thst hits .225 over course of year – just doesn’t offer anything offensively – yet I completely understand that he saves runs with his glovework

  25. Let see what Axelrod is made of, can he give 6 solid innings and get the elusive Quality Start. Make Price make some tough decisions, would be great if Parra could give 2 and Jumbo closes if needed

    • To tell you the truth , I’d rather Bryan Price not have to make any more tough decisions today – I’ve had about all his decision- making skills I can stand

      • Hate to break it to you but I suspect there will be plenty of decisions- I would like to challenge all the hindsighters with their fire Price posts- give a realistic move that should be done in this winnable game

        • I would have removed him after the BB, but I am not going to scream FIRE Price if it does not work out, any body else got a better move?

        • I’m not on the “fire him” bandwagon , but you have to admit that several of his decisions gave been head – scratchers this year – and I am fully aware of all the injuries and what not – however , some of his strategic moves have been very questionable

        • I know there are a lot of issues with line-ups and questionable data triggering who bats where and the sacrifice bunts I think overall are a bad strategy but it is not like he is doing Bob Boone maneuvers mid-game. He managers like most managers do who do not go by the solid data that so many on here go by. My question is legitimate instead of shining Fire Price /(as if this will solve anything) why not give your move before the outcome, when 2nd guessing is so easy. The 1st game was not his fault, everything he did was right – (outside of possibly using Parra instead of Hoover)

  26. Lead about to evaporate – you awake over ther Dus… er Bryan ?

    • Well – one serving if crow please – nicely done !

    • I just posted I would have removed him, everyone can criticize but he stick with him. Now I am sure he needs someone to step up. Who comes in the 7th? Who is the closer?

  27. Pitchers best friend! Quality start for Axelrod. The young man has done his job.

  28. Just what the doctor ordered is a timely double play. Good vibes about this game. Go Reds!

  29. Billy has had a nice day.

  30. Nice hit, nice bat speed at that at bat.

  31. Just had to check in and see the carnage for Game 2. No carnage!!

  32. Not a bad first game for Axelrod. As far as wins goes It is true that the stat is kind of nonsense for pitchers but then again when you look back at it from a career standpoint the wins is actually a very solid marker to determine how successful a pitcher was. I can’t think of any lucky 300 game winners, can you?

  33. Ramon gets the job done.

  34. Terrible call by the ump – pathetic – yet Ramon came thru

  35. Bullpen time for 3 innings. Now the drama begins.

  36. How many players can do what BHam just did to score a run for his team? That was discombobulating BHam at his best. Go Reds!

  37. Turning the lead over to the bullpen. What could possibly go wrong?

  38. Depending on pitch count and control it just might be Carlos for the last 3 innings.

  39. Read my lips: “No more walks.”

  40. Bullpen in full gascan mode now

  41. Please enough of contreras

  42. I know one thing, I’m looking forward to the Cardinal series. Admittedly the Reds chances of making the playoffs may be slim, but they sure can have a say in who does make it. And I’ll be at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night wearing my Redleg Nation gear loud and proud to cheer on my Cincinnati Redlegs. Go Reds!

  43. Does Manny Parra still play for this team on a nightly basis, he has thrown 4 1/3 innings since mid-July, has not given up a run since Mid-May?

  44. Painful to watch – leave him in there to implode Bryan

  45. Here we go again with gas can bullpen, jeez. I like Contreras but he doesn’t have it today

  46. Hey, no problem-o, a double play pitch is all it takes.

  47. Just what happens if the game is tied after 9? Sorry might not be a worry with our bullpen.

  48. Well CRAP! Got the DP pitch but…. as usual cue the Benny Hill theme music.

    • It doesn’t look to me that Santiago actually tagged the bag before the throw. That could have been even worse, believe it or not.

  49. The Cardinals have to be laughing their feathers off at the thought of the Reds coming to town

  50. I watched “The Muppets: Most Wanted” with the family, tonight, instead of this junk. Even if the Reds split the series, with the worst team in baseball, it’s an epic fail. Lights should have been turned off long ago. Garbage. Just…complete GARBAGE.

  51. Looked severely overmatched there.

  52. gee, a reliever who throws strikes. what a concept

  53. The pen is quiet. Looks like more Contreras. Guess it really doesn’t matter right now.,

  54. Because Contreras was so great, we get to watch him pitch another inning

  55. Kerosene Contreras.

  56. They keep showing that crazy, dorky looking Rockies fan doing all his crazy gyrations when the Rockies score or make a good play. I think its safe to say he ain’t exactly a chick magnet, as a matter of fact it seems nobody wants to be anywhere in the same vicinity as he is.

  57. Schu is in. I feel better now. How about you?

  58. There was a reference on Twitter that Castellini is in Denver for the series? I wonder if he’s making ‘that face’ again …

  59. Hope Parra can get it done here. But then again, he may have caught whatever the rest of the bullpen has

  60. Yeah, that hadn’t happened lately, the ol’ high hopper.it’s always SOMETHING.

  61. Can Bruce pitch? Hamilton?

  62. Wow, almost another grand slam. Wow.

  63. Why am I still involved in this game?

    Who the heck is covering second?!?!?

  64. And we can’t be bothered to cover second base. …. Let’s LOOK as bad as possible.

  65. Gas meet fire

  66. Reds have now allowed 13 runs after the 7th inning today.

  67. What is going on? 2 runs in the first 6 innings and now 7 runs in less than 2

  68. fork meet season

  69. This team has flat out quit on Bryan Price – had to get that last comment in – this team along with the entire Reds upper management is an absolute embarrassment

    • I don’t blame Price that much. The roster with the injuries is what it is. Walt did *nothing* to improve the team this offseason, besides blowing money on guys with questionable value.

    • the reds need to release walt the g.m. and j.j. hoover

  70. Jeff Pico to Parra: “Look, it’s up to you how the heck long you are out here. We’d like to get to St. Louis before game time.”

  71. Getting lashed by the team with the worst record in baseball. Here’s to 2015

    • Without their two best players. The one win was by a run and was Cueto vs. Belisle.

      • Right, their starter’s child was being born. And without the Rox being able to plan anything, we still only won by one run with our ace on the mound. unreal.

  72. I can’t believe this guy is still pitching. And he’s throwing well.

  73. This team has went from a feeling that they have a good shot at winning every day earlier this season to the exact opposite. (and twice today.) Crazy.

  74. One almost has to wonder if he’s suddenly developed a bad case of masochism after staying awake to watch Meltdown Two after the debacle that was Meltdown One earlier in the day. I’m pretty sure I’m safe from the dysfunction, though, as there is nothing whatsoever enjoyable about the torture this Reds’ team has put its fans through today.

  75. Axelrod gave us a chance with 7 strong innings, then it was the bull pen that keeps on giving, and giving and giving. Got swept by the worst team in baseball. Beyond embarrassing! The Cardinals will certainly continue this team’s trip to the wood shed. Will the Cubs catch us for fourth place?

  76. Its not about injuries, its about a team adrift at Sea without a rudder. Its about a team going through the motions, its about a team where there is no accountability, its about having a manager that still wants to be “one of the guys”. Its about having a front office that all too often takes the easy route of doing nothing, even when doing something is imperative for the team to compete for a championship.

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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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