The Cincinnati Reds (29-52) are still in search of their first win of this week. They will try again tonight against the Washington Nationals (49-32) at 7:15. The Reds have lost 5 straight, 9 of 10, and 13 of 16. The Reds got great pitching all throughout a 14 inning affair last night, but they still fell 3-2.

Programming Note: Tonight’s game is on FOX National. Plan accordingly.

Starting Pitchers


Dan Straily has come back to earth. His last three starts have been really bad: 14.0 IP, 19 H, 17 ER, 8 BB, 10 K. Walks continue to be a major issue for Straily.

The only time Straily has faced the Nationals in his career was his start on June 4th. It was a really good start: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Anthony Rendon hit a home run in that game against him.

Joe Ross is another Nationals starting pitcher having a solid season. Ross was a first round draft pick of the Padres back in 2011. Ross was traded to the Nationals in a three-team trade back in December of 2014 with the Rays and Padres. Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan went to the Padres, Trea Turner went with Ross to the Nationals, and Rene Rivera and Steven Souza went to the Rays.

Ross was the #94 prospect in all of baseball following the 2014 season according to Baseball America. Ross made his debut with the Nationals in 2015, and he didn’t disappoint. Last season, he posted a 3.64 ERA/3.42 FIP in 16 appearances (13 starts). Ross made the Nationals rotation this year out of camp.

Tonight will be Joe Ross first ever appearance against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

UPDATE (6:40 PM): Joey Votto was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. Adam Duvall is now in the lineup batting 4th, Jay Bruce moved up to 3rd.

Reds Nationals 
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Jose Peraza (LF)
3. Jay Bruce (RF)
4. Adam Duvall (1B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. Ben Revere (CF)
2. Jayson Werth (LF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Wilson Ramos (C)
6. Clint Robinson (1B)
7. Stephen Drew (3B)
8. Danny Espinosa (SS)
9. Joe Ross (P)

It has finally happened. Many of us here at RN have been screaming from the rooftops that Brandon Phillips should be dropped in the lineup. I went on a rant in just last night’s recap. Bryan Price finally moved Phillips down in the lineup, as he will be batting 6th tonight. It does come as a bit of surprise as Price said just yesterday that he has no intention of moving Phillips out of the #3 spot. I guess Price must read RN.

Reds sign Cuban SS

Alfredo Rodriguez

The Reds signed Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez today. He was rated as the #6 international prospect by MLB Pipeline. I wrote about the signing today.

Bailey to make second rehab start tonight


Homer Bailey will be back on the mound for his second rehab start tonight with the Louisville Bats at 6:05. You can listen live to the game here.

Update (6:45 PM): Here is Bailey’s final line from the Bats.


The Reds have to win at least one game this week, right? Go Reds!

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Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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73 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    From @reds
    “Votto scratched with a sore right shoulder. Cozart 6, Peraza 7, Bruce 9, Duvall 3, Suarez 5, Phillips 4, Hamilton 8, Barnhart 2, Straily RHP”

    Believe this happened on the head first dive into 2nd when he doubled in extra innings last night. Looked gimpy at the time.

    • Dan

      Karma coming back at Votto. I guess that will teach him to just leave the fans alone.

      • cupofcoffee1955

        I agree. They were probably heckling him last night. Votto said when he did this in Philly, he was just teasing them. In my opinion, it just makes him look bad.

      • Indy RedMan

        I’m guessing you guys aren’t old enough to remember Andy Kaufman wrestling women? It’s a joke!! I think its funny but that’s part of the humor when 50% of the people think he’s actually being a heel!

  2. ohiojimw

    On rehab in Louisville Bailey allows a hit, later hits a batter but escapes 1st inning with nothing across; 10P/7S.

    • ohiojimw

      Bailey’s night is done, his line via @louisvillebats:

      “Homer Bailey final line: 2.0ip, 5h, 1er, 1k, 1hbp and a balk. He threw 38 pitches (28 strikes)”.

      At least he got his work in by pounding the strike zone. 28 pitch 2nd inning killed his chances of going deeper.

    • ohiojimw

      He was on track to take some swings mid to late this week. I have yet to see any report that this actually happened.

  3. CI3J

    I’m really not seeing the hope for the Reds’ offensive future here. The pitching looks good if everything pans out (not a given), but on the offensive side, they seem to have a lot of really high floor/low ceiling guys coming, with no power and no on-base skills.

    I guess they are hoping the speed, defense, and pitching will offset the lack of much offensive production because, after all, “Pitching wins championships.”

    Welcome to 15 years ago.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Welp, that’s a drag. At lease Peraza getting some PT.

  4. Patrick Jeter

    Very strange. Price says “i’m not doing it” then he does. Maybe he thinks there is some strategic advantage to lying to the press?

    • ohiojimw

      Maybe the player told him, thanks for having my back but you really need to make the change…..

  5. Mike Adams

    Well, at least this lineup will be interesting to watch with Hamilton and Phillips lower in the batting order, and Duvall at cleanup. I wonder if the front office gave Price marching orders on moving Phillips down in the lineup? As in “You can’t make these decisions, we’ll tell you where to bat Phillips”.
    I doubt the decision was because Price read RLN. My impression is he would do the opposite out of spite if he did read RLN.
    I think OHIOJIMW has a good idea too. If Phillips went to Price and said “move me down” then Price is off the hook on all that veterans privilege stuff. BP also would earn more respect in my opinion for a team first decision.

  6. james garrett

    He will back in the 3 hole tomorrow.This started out to give Duvall a day off.

  7. james garrett

    Guess for now its good that Duvall didn’t get a day off.

    • VaRedsFan

      He ran it out, as much as you can run a grounder to 1st out

      • seat101

        Thanks. I have noticed that Washington’s tv directors are some of the worst I’ve seen.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Duvall – 2, Phillips, and Cozart have driven the Reds runs so far.

  9. VaRedsFan

    The best thing that could happen tonight would be that AD and BP get 3 hits each tonight. Then it’d be cool to hear the reporters ask Price about it.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Cue shot infield single for Billy. Let’s see if he can time Ross up.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Tucker with his 2nd knock, Billy, was running on the play thought seriously about scoring. He probably should have tried it since Straily was up next

  12. VaRedsFan

    Dusty didn’t make the pitcher bunt. He’s brought in his closer in the 8th twice in the last week. Has he evolved?

  13. seat101

    Man! I dislike those ‘conversations’ with the players. I guess market research says some people enjoy them.

    I am not one of them.

    • VaRedsFan

      I kind of like them…more so than those between inning talks with managers, who just give the canned/cliche responses.

  14. james garrett

    This team has the IQ of a one year old.Ross threw 60 pitches through 3 innings and gets us out on 6 pitches in the 4th.Nobody can be that clueless.Done for the night.Go Reds.

    • VaRedsFan

      Ross is throwing a ton of strikes….nothing wrong with swinging at strikes.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Suarez has been pull happy tonight…3 ground outs to 3rd.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Revere robs Billy of the hit/rbi

  17. VaRedsFan

    Goodness….Revere robs Bruce of a 2 rbi double at the wall this time

  18. VaRedsFan

    Leadoff walk….1 more runner and Price should pull him.

  19. preacherj

    Its nice listening to other announcers and seeing different camera angles sometimes

    • VaRedsFan

      CJ Nitkowski doing the color…he’s not bad.

  20. VaRedsFan

    2nd hit allowed is a 2 run HR…1st hit was a RBI triple. Both innings started with a leadoff walk.

  21. VaRedsFan

    4 pitch walk by Wood…Why not Lorenzen?

    • VaRedsFan

      Then ignored the runner for an easy SB

  22. preacherj

    I am out of snarky comments about leadoff walks…….talk amongst yourself

  23. VaRedsFan

    Might as well walk the guy in front of Harper

  24. VaRedsFan

    3rd hit is another RBI…the guy that scored, you guessed it, walked.

  25. preacherj

    Not even looking at those runners. Basic fundamentals are so lacking top to bottom

  26. VaRedsFan

    The other day the Cubs were leading the Reds 9-2 in the 8th inning. THe new Cub reliever allowed a 2 lead off hits. Maddon immediately yanked his reliever in the 9-2 game.

  27. preacherj

    Is this Dusty doing a double switch in the ninth????

  28. Indy RedMan

    Nice outing by Wood! 3 walks/3 steals in 2/3 ip. They need to make him disappear next year too! He’s 30 already so he’ll be on social security when the Reds are relevant again anyway? Cut bait!

  29. VaRedsFan

    Suarez and BP lead off the 10th with hits….Billy will be bunting.

    • VaRedsFan

      Yesss…bloop hit + error on Harper = 2 runs. NEEED MORE

  30. CI3J

    Wait, the Reds took the lead in extra innings?

    What is this madness???

  31. VaRedsFan

    I wouldn’t mind a squeeze her with Peraza

  32. VaRedsFan

    Another looper!!!…cashing in on some BABIP

  33. preacherj

    This is such a Reds-esque moment the Natinals are having

    • Chuck_in_VA

      Well stated. I was believing that this Reds team was having a monopoly on extra innings bonehead moments.

  34. CI3J

    I knew it! Votto was just holding this offense back with all his base-clogging walks.

    Now we have proof!

  35. preacherj

    One up, one out. Almost feel obligated to mention that.

  36. preacherj

    Are those new wild thing/Sabo glasses for Jumbo

  37. Dan

    This should be our everyday lineup. Liking our new first baseman.

    • docmike

      Yeah. Votto should be in A-ball right now. What a bum.