Game Thread

Reds at Pirates (August 29, 2014)

The Reds travel to Pittsburgh tonight to kick off a 3-game series against the Pirates. At this point, anything less than a sweep probably eliminates the Reds from post-season consideration. The fact we are even still talking about the post-season with the Reds 4 games under .500 is both good and laughable.

But in the words of Lloyd Christmas…

Discuss the game here Reds fans!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 1B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Bruce RF
6. Negron 3B
7. Schumaker LF
8. Cozart SS
9. Leake P

127 thoughts on “Reds at Pirates (August 29, 2014)

    • So frustrating to watch this bullpen destroy the season, I know it is over- anyone that thinks Broxton can close just look at how many blown saves he has despite the low ERA- guy is solid but not good enough to get you to an elite stage-just disppointing

  1. It seems the Reds M.O. is to take the lead, than give it right back with the opponents very next at bat. Still, bringing in Broxton was the right call. Just gotta give the Pirates credit for coming through when they had to. It ain’t over yet, time for the Reds answer back with some runs of their own. Go Reds!

      • They have nothing else, really dumb to take out Leake when you consider how decent of a hitter he is, not 2nd guessing as I posted that they had to leave him in at 82 pitches after the 7th

  2. We aren’t privy to what goes on between coaches and players, but I wish a reporter would at least ask Bruce, “Are you healthy”? “What are you working on as a hitter?” “Are you aware of the tips offered by Joe Morgan and Paul ONeil?” “Do you use video of when you are going good compared to video when you aren’t?”

    PLEASE someone ask him a question! Or we end up forming our on conclusions like…:”Well he’s using the same approach all year…Is anyone coaching him up”?

    • Do you really expect to hear the truth
      Are you healthy”? Just the normal wear and tear of a long season

      “What are you working on as a hitter?” Well I am trying to improve my concentration.

      Are you ”aware of the tips offered by Joe Morgan and Paul ONeil?” No not really
      “Do you use video of when you are going good compared to video when you aren’t?
      Not really, I just try to improve with each at bat and I can’t worry about what has happened only on what I can do to help the team.

      Just my opinion

      • You’re probably not too far off…we always get the cliche answers….”one day at a time” …”doing what I can to help the team”…ect

        • The players feel no obligation to explain what they do or don’t do to the media and the organization supports that approach. Plus the media does not want to lose access to the club house. How many after game interviews are with the batting, hitting coach or even the infamous 3rd base coach.

    • Good questions, but unfortunately today’s beat writers are more stenographers than actual reporters. I remember when beat writers would ask the players if they have been working with the batting coach, or ask the batting coach if he was working a little extra with a certain hitter. Fans have no choice but to speculate.

  3. 1 run game? Same story, different verse. Boy, this chapter is getting LONG!

  4. Leake only had 82 pitches. He was going great. Why not leave him in, and save your bullpen. Anybody know the link to see the stats on W – L by the bullpen, and how many losses by the bullpen, where the starters have left with a lead and the bullpen has blown it and loss it?

  5. The good news is that the Reds M.O. is to lose the first game of a series, but than go on to win the series, or at least split. We’ll get em tomorrow no doubt about it. It was a good game tonight, close and could have went either way. Adios Amigos. Go Reds!

  6. I know a lot of fans think this idea is crazy but I’m quickly wanting to see Chapman pitch in the eighth inning in these close games because Broxton is giving away too many one-run leads in games. What do you Reds fans think?

    • Price said at the beginning of the season that he would use Chapman in more than one inning, but he has been used in multi innings one time as far as I can remember.

  7. Leake was pitching a shutout, and wasn’t showing signing of the wheels coming off as sometimes happens with Leake. However if you’re going to take Leake out, Broxton was the right call. The Reds have two reliable relievers, Broxton and Chapman.

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