The smoking hot Cincinnati Reds (5-18) will put their massive two game win streak on the line tonight at 6:40 PM against the Atlanta Braves (12-10). The Reds won a wild game last evening, beating the Braves 9-7 in 12 innings on a Scooter Gennett walk-off home run. Tyler Mahle took a no-hitter into the 7th inning, and the Reds lead 5-0 late. However, a Gennett error in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs allowed the Braves to tie the game.

Starting Pitchers

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

Conclusion

Can you say three game win streak? Are we pushing our luck? Go Reds!

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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  1. 1. Jesse Winker (L) RF
    2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
    5. Adam Duvall (R) LF
    6. Scott Schebler (L) CF
    7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    8. Alex Blandino (R) 3B
    9. Brandon Finnegan (L) P

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  2. Pretty sure gennett wasn’t charged an error in 9th,but he should have

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  3. You know whats crazy, the Reds, have been awful, I mean god awful, but the Reds are only 4 games behind the Nationals in the loss column and they are probably gone win the East. The Reds young starting pitching is gonna keep improving all season and the bullpen should get better too. So the sky isn’t falling, there’s a ray of sunshine out there somewhere, can’t quite see it just yet, almost, the clouds are thinning.

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    • I agree about the pitching but unless we do something about the offense we will continue to struggle.The team has to be good with the product they have or they would have filled the holes at short and in center.I am good as long as the young guys get to play.Blandino is better then the two vets they broke camp with and should play every day until Suarez returns.He should stay up here and get some time as short and second and third.Ervin needs some time against lefties.

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  4. Probably the first time all season that I don’t have a beef with the lineup.

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  5. Probably just me but I wound’t complain if Blandino batted 1st or 2nd. He’s been making contact lately.

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  6. Acuna getting the start for ATL. That should be interesting

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  7. Scooter becoming unplayable in the field.

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  8. Station to station baseball.

    We need us some big hit. Or at least a ball out of the infield

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  9. That hurts

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  10. Duvall has been dreadful for quite some time now.

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  11. Scooter cost a run and then Duvall cost one with the bat. There is no reason he has ‘earned’ the defacto 5 spot in this lineup. Swapping he and Sheb is a woulda shoulda coulda

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  12. Is there a law that says a guy with power isn’t allowed to hit 7th?

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  13. We look so sloppy.

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  14. Votto has always had a nasty habit of fielding ground balls headed straight for the second baseman. I don’t understand why he can’t train himself to stop doing it.

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  15. I missed first few innings. Finnegan bad or ok? Scooter have another error?

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    • Scooter had to throw the ball, so yes he has another error.

      Finnegan has been so-so. He’s been victimized by bad fielding, bloop hits, and bad ball/strike calls, but he’s also fallen behind a lot and given up some hard hits and hard outs. Also made some very nice pitches in beteeen all that other stuff.

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  16. Another multi hit game for steely eyed missle man

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  17. Nice breaking ball to end the inning. Looking at the positives!

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  18. Do the Jim Beam commercials during the game take on another meaning this season to anyone but me?

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  19. Reds have hit the ball hard all evening. Hope some more start to land where a fielder isn’t.

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  20. Inciarte gets great jumps in CF.

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  21. Ouch. 3 runs are big.

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  22. Winker on base three times already tonight. They better never sit him again.

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  23. VOTTO!

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  24. Joey getting warm!!!!!

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  25. Votto-bomb!!!

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  26. What’s up with the stadium lights? I’ve noticed whenever they hit a homerun or win, the lights flash or blink on/off. Is that new this year?

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  27. Thames to the 10 day DL.
    Reds pitchers everywhere rejoice.
    Face them May 1/2

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  28. He looks safe

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  29. Yeesh, Duvall was out by about 1000 miles. Billy Hamilton he’s not.

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  30. He looks safe.

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  31. Duval safe!!!!!

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  32. Wow! Great slide, great challenge. Tie game!

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  33. World. Series. Contender.

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  34. Tucker!!!

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  35. Acuna got called up and is starting?
    I didn’t think that was allowed.
    Aren’t you supposed to ride the pine and play once a week?

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  36. Good job by Brice. Time to play add on.

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    • All right, I’ll bite… What is the subliminal message you’re seeing in the Jim Beam ads?😄

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      • Skip the pop, skip the beer, skip the wine and go straight to the whiskey. It’s that kinda year……

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  37. I give Finnegan a B- on the start. only 5 innings & 7 hits but he gave up only 1 walk & 2 ER. Something maybe he can build on.

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  38. Jesse Winker must’ve learned that bad word from Brian Price.

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  39. Never noticed before but I see Pennington got dat dudes number this year.

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  40. Why not just put freeman on?

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  41. Wow. Inciarte is no joke in CF

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  42. Schebler needs to go to left field here.

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  43. That skip off the mound messed him up

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  44. Bases juiced for Tucker!

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  45. Scheb hit that ball 107.4 mph!!!
    Scalded… I think they say

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  46. There’s no reason for Schebler to hit any lower than 5th for the rest of the year unless he goes into a massive slump.

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    • Agree. Schebler is part of the future for this team. He and Winker should man the outfield corners for the next 5 years. Schebler will be 32 by then, which means Cincinnati would have gotten his prime years, which for him should be pretty darn good.

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  47. Hamilton looked awful as a PH–but hope he comes in the game as a defensive replacement in a one-run game.

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  48. Sending Billy up there to bat RH’d is not smart.
    Is Mez that bad off?

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  49. Well I like our lineup alot better with Schebler in CF, but you still can’t hide Billy enough

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  50. Did blandino start off 1 for 17. The kid has been hitting lately. So has Jose

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  51. It sure is nice having Billy to come in late during a 1 run game

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  52. Why in earth is BH pinch hitting there? Let Ervin hit and put BH in defensively. For that matter, let Mahle hit.

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  53. That was a filthy pitch by Shackelford

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  54. That one wasn’t

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  55. No win for Finnegan now

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  56. We will get Winkler vs. Winker this inning.

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  57. Now that it’s tied, I ask again why you’re pinch hitting BH with runners on base, a lefty on the mound, and Ervin on the bench.

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    • I’m sitting here with this confused look on my face as well. Let’s pinch hit the worst hitter in the league. I would have,sent the bat boy up there if possible.

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  58. Maybe another walk-off tonite but the pitching is worn down from last night so better to end it asap!

    I knew the Reds wouldn’t make any big moves in the offseason, but I thought Dick Williams could atleast go out and get a lock down reliever to help Iggy. Hughes and Hernandez might be a step up from Ohlendorf but they’re not elite arms. They saw last year that Peralta and Lorenzen were shaky at times. Go out and get 1 strong arm! One guy that could possibly close if they dealt Iggy mid-season. Was that too much to ask? To do something instead of nothing! You play the Indians, Stros, Yankees, or Brewers then its a 6-7 inning game because if you’re down then the game is over.

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  59. Shackelford? Nothing but rockets.

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  60. Shack not fooling anyone

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  61. In 2017/2018, Ervin is 8 for 21 against lefties. So let’s have BH pinch hit instead of him, by all means.

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    • Yeah…it was all kind of bad. called that one when it happened. Ervin is much more confident vs leftys…IMO

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  62. Even a fellow financial bottom feeder like Oakland has these guys in the bullpen:

    Blake Treinen 1.50 era
    Ryan Buchter 1.74 era
    Santiago Casilla 2.00
    Yusmeiro Petit 2.51

    Ryan Dull career 3.56 era

    Any of those guys are much better then what we have besides Iggy.

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  63. safe at first..easy reversal

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  64. Wow . Nice try on that DP.

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  65. Not much chance with the JV bullpen tonight (other than Brice)

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  66. Why are Pennington and Gosselin on this roster? Below replacement level 4A bums taking playing time from prospects who might actually help the team.

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  67. Bright side: that should be the last bad play Pennington makes in a Reds uniform.

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    • Blandino is a 1st round pick and outplayed the scrub in spring training to boot! I don’t understand why Penny made the team over him to begin with?

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  68. The Braves have what the Reds seem to lack. They never say die, and always have plenty of comeback wins in late innings

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  69. This was one of the worst jobs of managing I can recall. And I’ve seen a lot of bad managing.

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  70. If you’re still here, check out 700 WLW in Cincinnati tonight at 10:35. I’m going to be on Extra Innings!

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  71. Frustrating loss. Gennett is iffy at best (though, sadly, last night’s two homer game will earn him plenty more starts), Duvall looks awful (nice slide though), and some really questionable managerial choices. BHam instead of Ervin? Really? Shackelford for a second inning? Really? And Schebler and Tucker buried too low in the lineup. Votto and Winker on base six times combined but the only runs they scored were on Votto’s home run. That’s got to change. Bases loaded no one out in the first but no runs? Got to change. Can’t wait for Suarez and Senzel. And Blandino should stay when Pennington and Gosselin leave.

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  72. Riggleman over managed this one. He said he makes gut calls on pulling pitchers and then intimates he planned to pitch 4 guys.

    The double switch to put in such a downgrade at SS after the lead was lost didn’t go well, predictably so.

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About Nick Kirby

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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