GOOD MORNING AREN’T YOU SO, SO GLAD YOU STAYED UP FOR THE END OF THAT HIGHLY UPLIFTING GAME?!!!?!?!? YEAH!

Here’s the best news:  There’s more coming!  Final game of three between Reds (35-59) and Braves (33-61.) As my yoga teacher said to me yesterday as I stood on one foot with my head parallel to the floor: “No one’s coming to help you.”

ONE SMALL STEP TO CONCOURSE B

Happy Moon Anniversary Day.

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Did you know this one of only two or so photographs of our Ohioan Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface?  All those famous images of a saluting astronaut and general shuffling around are of Buzz Aldrin. Like all good dads, Neil’s not in the picture because he was holding the camera.

(If you haven’t had a chance to see the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History’s replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 EVA suit, starting today, you can catch a glimpse at CVG while Union Terminal is under renovation.)

I raise the topic of the Moon landing in a Reds baseball blog because people once thought swallowing food in space was impossible, much less landing and walking on the Moon. Behold, bullpen:  You can hold a lead if you but believe.

THAT’S OUR PITY ALL-STAR

For Adam Duvall FIGHTS THE SUN FOR THE SAFETY OF YOUR CROPS AND DAUGHTERS

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STARTING LINEUPS

REDS BRAVES
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Jose Peraza (LF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
1. Jace Peterson (2B)
2. Chase d’Arnaud (LF)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Adonis Garcia (3B)
6. Ender Inciarte (CF)
7. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
8. Erick Aybar (SS)
9. Lucas Harrell (P)

STARTING PITCHERS

ERA IP SO WHIP IS ANYONE COMING TO HELP HIM?
Lucas Harrell 3.63 17.1 14 1.15 Stand on one foot and put you face parallel to the floor and let me know how it goes, Lucas.
Anthony DeSclafani 2.55 42.1 37 1.25 No.             Not ever.

HOW THE REDLEG NATION STAFF KNOWS MARY BETH IS DOING THE GAME THREAD THIS SERIES

A significant number of images in the media library range between “Well this is fairly non-baseball related” to “WTF.”

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VESTS NOW!

Hey, remember the fact that certain other Reds also aren’t yet in Cooperstown? The hometown boys are wearing hometown boy Griffey-style throwback jerseys to honor his induction into the national HOF.

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Oh man that cap. I forgot how MLB teams made this wild Backstreet Boys-era rush to sell merch by heaping black into all available uniforms, whether it was actually part of the team’s colors or not.

Good to see some love for Junior, but eh… not enough stirrups going on here. But anything’s better than they Polyester Parade of the 80’s.

A THING FROM TWITTER

If you tweet with The Kids These Days, give a follow to @RedsGroundsCrew. They’re funny and cheerful and probably also very handsome and I’m never worried that they will place the rain tarp over areas not meant to be covered by the rain tarp. The product playing on the field ain’t much right now, but the team who at least tends to their office space are amongst the best in the biz.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Deep in your hearts, Cubs, way deep down… you know this is who you really are.

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

Join the conversation! 41 Comments

  1. Sorry… Duvall don´t play today??? Peraza is LF…

    • No, the lineup is current now. It hadn’t updated when the post was scheduled.

  2. The way the Reds are using Peraza is mind boggling to say the least.Surely they don’t have visons of him being an outfielder and if they do then say it.Also why just say that as long as BP can walk he will play second base.

    • I can sorta understand starting BP. He’s a fan favorite in a year that hasn’t been much fun for the fans, and Peraza didn’t exactly light up AAA and force the Reds to play him.

      What I don’t understand is having him on the MLB roster just to sit the bench. It BP is gonna play every day then Leave Peraza in Louisville. He’s only 22, and he’s yet to prove he can be an above average hitter in AAA.

      Also, Mary Beth you are awesome. Really enjoyed your game preview yesterday about the grown men who act ridiculous over children’s toys. I’m sorry, collectibles. As much as I love this site, there are a bunch of humorless men around here and it’s awesome to have not only a woman, but a woman with a sense of humor. Baseball is supposed to be fun, and you make following a horrible team fun. Thanks for that.

  3. Why is everyone so rough on the aging and ailing second baseman? He hit another home run yesterday! Or, as those are called when you’re slowing down and the ball doesn’t go quite so far any more – a ground rule double. Time to move Phillips up to the forward tees. Free Peraza. Go Reds!

  4. Mary Beth, you are a very talented writer. Hopefully your “day job” involves writing; if not, it most certainly should!

    • Aw, thanks, Scott. Made my day. Horrifyingly enough, my day job is teaching writing, and a significant chunk of my time is spent yelling at people for using all-caps.

      • WHAT?!??!? WHAT’S WRONG WITH ALL CAPS???? 🙂 🙂

        • THEY TRY TO USE IT IN BUSINESS LETTERS AND I DON’T THINK THEIR BOSSES WOULD APPRECIATE IT 😉
          In baseball blogs, however, all caps are a necessary way of life.

      • I almost fell out my chair laughing at this, Mary Beth! Can’t watch the games right now, which is probably just as well, but I am loving your posts!

  5. My autocorrect changes “BP” to “nap”. Maybe confusing Phillips for Lajoie?

    Anyway, I, too do not understand why BP is starting. Is it because it is his ‘last rodeo’?

  6. Glad to see Votto has the highest BA at .270. Now he can be considered the Reds best hitter

    • But is he elite?

      • Good question! But what we do know, for sure (b/c a certain authority has proclaimed it so), is that none of our young pitchers are improving since they arrived.

    • He is so good. An artist at work. Over/ under on his final BA this year? I say he gets to .291 when all is said and done…. would love for him to finish career above .300… batting average doesn’t come close to accurately reflecting his greatness…but I am now rooting for his Hall of Fame candidacy and a .300 career avg is a check mark.

  7. Chapman better not end up on the Cubs.

  8. Hey now! What’s wrong with those Red’s unis from the 80’s? That’s the uniform of Larkin, Eric the Red and…Paul Householder!

    • I don’t know how they endured the polyester. My soccer uniforms were made of that and I insisted on wearing tee shirt underneath even when it was 90. Ewwww.

      • In those days it was the fabric of the future. Much like their former stadium was the stadium of the future. They were more optimistic then, even if a little misguided.

        And yes, all of my sports unis back then were polyester. They weren’t the most comfortable but they were pretty darn durable.

        • It ruined my childhood and IT WON’T DISINTEGRATE. It is with us always. Polyester is Satan incarnate.

  9. Its amazing how bad this offense is.First two get on and two K’s and a groundout equals inning over.Again another minor league pitcher.

  10. If the game becomes too dreadful, just keep hitting the replay button on the tarp video, which I keep doing, like any adult who should be working. Yakkity Sax is the ketchup of sped-up video. It improves all things.

  11. In Atlanta, so watching the Braves broadcast. Their announcer just said that Peraza is starting in left and not 2nd because “Phillips is still here and still productive.” So of course he displaces Duvall instead of Phillips. Yeah, that makes sense. I sometimes forget how bad the Braves are and how low their current standards are. Free Peraza. Go Reds!

  12. Just think in a couple of years with some player development and a trade or two we may be able to field a lineup of guys that can get on base and hit.Pitching will be really good by then and all of this we see now will just be a bad memory.

  13. Votto swinging on 3-0 with two guys on and flys out.Probably was our best chance to score which really tells you all you need to know about our beloved Reds.

  14. I think he was out at home, but the catcher should be ejected for wagging his finger at the umpire like that. Just go to the review. Don’t show up the umpire.

  15. I vote that Peraza needs to play more.Hats off to the kid that can perform like he has today while spending most of the time watching from the bench.Good stuff from a 22 year old.

  16. Up 6-2 right now. Can the bullpen hold it?

  17. Also, I think the Atlanta commentators have made it clear this whole series that they think that GABP is the easiest place in the league to hit one out of..

    • That could be an interesting write-up for one of RLN advanced statistics experts.

  18. 12 pitch AB ends with a base hit for Phillips.

  19. Not sure why Disco went back out for the eighth but it worked out.Kind of strange with a 4 run lead and an off day tomorrow don’t you think.

  20. Disco had 3K’s all day…all against Freeman

  21. Dorph comes in and gives up a leadoff HR.

  22. The Reds proved their superiority over the Braves by taking the season series 4-3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take THAT!!!

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About Mary Beth Ellis

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

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