The Reds and Pirates face off in the final game of the series at 1:1o p.m. with each team having a game in hand. The Reds won yesterday’s game behind a strong pitching performance from Raisel Iglesias and the bullpen. They’ll be looking for a similar outing today from rookie Tim Melville, who was called up from AAA Louisville for today’s game.

Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. Adam Duvall (R) LF
8. Tim Melville (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
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This is the Reds standard lineup, with Mesoraco and Bruce switching based on the handedness of the starting pitcher.

What to Expect from Tim Melville

Tim Melville threw 17.1 innings for the Reds this spring. He struck out 14 and walked 5.

From John Sickles: Melville blew out his elbow and missed most of the 2012 and 2013 seasons following Tommy John surgery. He came back in 2014 and was mediocre in Double-A,posting a 5.50 ERA with 144 hits in 129 innings with a 105/68 K/BB. The Royals didn’t consider him much of a prospect by this point, so he signed as a minor league free agent with the Tigers, posting a 4.63 ERA in 162 innings in Triple-A, 102/68 K/BB in 2015.

From Doug Gray: What can we expect from Tim Melville in his debut? Well, you never really know how a player is going to react to their debut. Some guys deal with the nerves a little better than others. What we can do is look at the kind of stuff that we should expect from him. Last season he was working in the 91-93 MPH range with his fastball and touching a little bit higher at times. With the weather in Cincinnati today that may be a tad lower. He’s also going to show a slider and a curveball, both of which are solid offerings.

Pirates Lineup

1. John Jaso (L) 1B
2. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
3. David Freese (R) 3B
4. Starling Marte (R) LF
5. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
6. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
7. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
8. Chris Stewart (R) C
9. Jeff Locke (L) P
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Clint Hurdle goes with his usual lineup, except for using his backup catcher, Chris Stewart, in place of Francisco Cervelli.

News

Bryan Price said today that he is uncertain whether Anthony DeSclafani, who is suffering from a strained oblique muscle, will be ready to pitch the next time his spot in the rotation is due. Tim Melville may get another start in DeSclafani’s place. Price also indicated that Melville may remain on the major league roster after DeSclafani and Jon Moscot return. Melville would pitch in the bullpen. (Zach Buchanan, Cincinnati Enquirer)

The St. Louis Cardinals Instagram account used a picture of fans in Great American Ball Park yesterday when promoting their own ticket purchases.

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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 is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Another weak grounder to the right side. Votto’s swing is not right. Shame.

  2. I’m fairly sure Price hates Cingrani.

  3. I wonder how many times Ohlendorf has lost the ball out of his glove with that delivery.

  4. Ohlendorf needs to sacrifice some chickens or something. Dude has had some rotten luck the 2 outings.

  5. I feel a YAK from Mesoraco coming on… DOOO IT.

  6. Thom thinks Brandon Phillips is Billy Hamilton.

    BP had a good success rate last year because he picked his spots. He’s not fast. Not at all.

    • But fast enough apparently!

      • Polanco was playing way over towards right-center. TOok him forever to get there.

        But yeah! Just fast enough!

        • It would appear to be a foolish decision to shade Bruce the way they did. Those guys have good range out there but didn’t play the pull enough. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take it.

  7. That’s what I’m talking about!!!!!!!!!

  8. Bruce!!!

  9. There you go. BBBBRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUCE!!!

  10. Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE!!!

  12. And this bullpen game belongs to the Reds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Thank you Jay Bruce for the walk off win. Those are the kind of hits that seemed to elude him last year.

  14. How about that. This was about the last thing I would have expected from today’s pitching match-up. GO REDS!!!

  15. Well, these have been fun games to watch if nothing else.

  16. How far into the gap was the right fielder playing, against a pull hitter like Bruce? He was nowhere near the line. But I’ll take it.

  17. Well done Jay Bruce… Now if Votto and Mez can find their bats!

  18. It did seem like a strange defensive alignment for the Bucs, considering how Bruce was being pitched. I would think that Polanco should have been deeper and closer to the right field line to protect against a double, and McCutcheon would have been in right center. If Bruce is pitched inside, it’s unlikely he would have hit it into the left field gap with authority.

  19. Suarez is hot, so hot. Bruce is hitting well. Schebler has been hitting against righties.

    Brandon has been Brandon, making contact.

    Votto and Mesoraco are cold. Hitting comes and goes.

    But the Reds are 5 -1 on this home stand, with actually pretty good bullpen work, excepting Friday. If the bullpen holds up (?), the Reds could be pretty decent.

  20. Hats off to Duvall throwing out Harrison at the plate. I was scared to death they were going to call Meso for blocking the plate. That platoon is clicking so far!!

  21. Ironically, two players who we tried to get rid of won the game. BP and Bruce. That baseball is a funny game.

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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 is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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