Dick Williams has found a trade partner with whom he is apparently comfortable with in Andrew Friedman of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two have agreed to three trades in the past calendar year, the most recent of which was the one sending Dylan Floro to the Dodgers for a couple of young arms in the low minors.

Earlier this year, Williams sent Ariel Hernandez to the Dodgers for pitcher Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel, who landed at Class High-A Daytona. Neal landed in Louisville.

It was very interesting that Neal went back to the Dodgers in the Floro deal. It was also interesting that Isabel was named the Reds co-minor league player of the month for June, sharing the honor with Nick Senzel. Isabel is a name that hasn’t received a lot of mention, but that may change:

Here are his (and Senzel’s) June numbers:

Isabel’s overall numbers with Daytona: .253 average, 19 homers, 44 RBI, .341 OBP, .566 slugging percentage, .906 OPS (higher than Taylor Trammell) AND 78 strikeouts. The latter number has apparently been an issue for Isabel, and was one reason the Dodgers were willing to part with him. Doug Gray could probably answer this question, but how long has it been since the Reds had a minor leaguer hit 20 homers (including his time in the Dodgers system) by early July? I frankly can’t remember.

Williams’ trades with Friedman have followed a similar pattern: Dodgers receive players with major league experience, Reds receive prospects from the low minors. Last year, Williams sent Tony Cingrani to LA for catcher Hendrik Clementina, who is playing this year for the Class low-A Dayton Dragons. He’s hitting .282, with 10 homers, .357 OBP, .527 slugging percentage, and .883 OPS.

In the Floro trade, the Reds received pitcher Aneurys Zabala, who just this week tied the Fifth-Third Field in Dayton record for fastest pitch recorded, 101 mph. (He tied Aroldis Chapman and Hunter Greene.) The key to the trade from the Reds’ perspective was righthanded starter James Marinan, a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers last year, and apparently ranked very high on the Reds’ draft board. This year and last year combined, he pitched 27.2 innings for the Dodgers’ rookie league team, and he’s been assigned to the Reds’ rookie league team in Billings.

Isabel, Clementina and Marinan all seem to have some potential for development, so keep them in mind years down the road when you wonder, “Who did the Reds get for Tony Cingrani, Ariel Hernandez and Dylan Floro?”

The Reds finish the three-game series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs today, with a 2:20 Eastern time start. It’s the rubber game of the series following Saturday’s very disappointing fall-from-ahead loss.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Luis Castillo 94.1 5.53 3.92 22.3% 8.1%
Jon Lester 100 2.25 4.53 19.3% 8.5%

On paper, this is the pitching matchup in this three-game series that looks to be the most disadvantageous for the Reds. Castillo has stretches where you see future ace written all over him, and other stretches where you see an average-to-mediocre, bottom-of-the-rotation starter. He has a tendency to get rattled and lose concentration when something negative happens, and that may very well be the biggest obstacle left in his development. It will be a tough road crowd at Wrigley today, so this should be a good measuring stick.

Lester has been the stopper in the Cubs’ rotation. He has won nine of his last 10 starts, and has surrendered more than two runs only once in that stretch. If recent form holds, the Reds are going to have to get a great game from Castillo and probably the bullpen to have a shot today.

Bullpen

In the course of yesterday’s very disappointing bullpen performance, nobody pitched more than an inning, so all hands (and arms) should be on deck today. Amir Garrett’s performance (walking the first two batters in the eighth inning) was particularly disappointing. Since he was hit in the leg by a batted ball a couple of weeks ago, he has been considerably less effective from the bullpen. There is no indication that there is a direct correlation, but Garrett cannot be used in high-leverage situations if he doesn’t have good control.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cubs
SS Jose Peraza CF Albert Almora Jr.
C Tucker Barnhart RF Jason Heyward
1B Joey Votto 2B Javier Baez
3B Eugenio Suarez 1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Scooter Gennett C Willson Contreras
LF Adam Duvall LF Kyle Schwarber
RF Jesse Winker 3B Ian Happ
P Luis Castillo SS Addison Russell
CF Billy Hamilton P Jon Lester

News and Notes

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162 Responses

  1. Seat101

    Let me be the first to say I was hoping for Dilson

    • Joe Atkinson

      Is the search party we used last fall to find Jesse Winker still available? Something tells me their services may be required once again …

      Seriously. If they have no intention of playing Herrera, he shouldn’t be here.

      • Jim Walker

        And since he can’t be optioned he stays or they lose him unless by some miracle he would clear waivers which is very unlikely given how he was performing at AAA

    • WVRedlegs

      Wasting away again on Riggleman’s bench.

    • Jack

      Where would you like him to play? 2nd or 3rd? Sit Scooter or Suarez? Does playing him over those two give you a chance to win?

  2. Streamer88

    No Dilson? Ridiculous. Lester will abuse Scooter and every other LH in the lineup. This is the OLD SCHOOL classic handbook reason for you to start Dilson!!

    Riggleman has to go. I wasn’t convinced until this moment.

    • VaRedsFan

      I don’t follow your point. Scooter bats .330 vs Lh’ers

      • streamer88

        Hold on, you’re not following that in the first paragraph of chapter 1 of the old school book of baseball is the part that RH hitters always perform better than LH hitters?

  3. CI3J

    It’s embarrassing to see how the Reds handle their young players.

    Seriously, only the Reds do this. The Astros called up Tucker and he plays. Yankees call up Frazier and he plays. The Reds? Call up a prospect and let them rot on the bench.

    Complete, total mismanagement. If there was no room for Dilson to play, then what is he doing here???

    • Streamer88

      I’m actually flabbergasted beyond belief. Unless the nationals specifically instructed us to play him against Lester and in exchange we get Robles, I don’t get it.

      His 0-4, 3Ks today will certainly do well to up his value. Mind you, I don’t want them to trade him, but given that, why do this to your young players especially when you have such a good reason (maybe 5 good reasons if you add them all up) to start Dilson and sit your LH, possible trade bait, ailing 2B.

      I just cannot fathom having a guy called up, travel to Chicago urgently, out of options, once elite prospect, so he can sit and and watch scooter try to bunt around the infield (Saturday) and go O’fer (today).

      I’d love to be proven wrong, Go Reds and all that, but jeesh, c’mon.

    • Phil

      Duh…he’s here when they trade Scooter.

  4. msanmoore

    Now I’m glad that I’m driving to DC this afternoon. I’ll be spared watching potential carnage and, if we get it going, I can watch the highlights later in my hotel room.

    Happy Game Day, y’all!!

  5. TyGuy85

    Why did we call up Herrera if he will not play and we can’t send him back down?

  6. docproctor

    Winker suffering from Schebleritis in RF at Wrigley.

  7. BigRedMike

    Not sure what Winker was doing there. Might not have caught it even with a good route.

    Castillo seems to be all over the zone to this point

  8. VaRedsFan

    Winker…terrible route on that fly ball…turns an out into a double.

    • Indy Red Man

      I put more of the blame on throwing a Baez a fastball in the zone. He’s always looking dead red…don’t know why anyone throws him a fastball?

  9. BigRedMike

    Good change ups from Castillo. Thankfully Barnhart is elite at blocking balls in the dirt

    • vegastypo

      Incidentally, unsure whether this has been mentioned on the site lately, but the other day, the Pirates’ announcers were lamenting that the Pirates lead the league in wild pitches, and they mentioned that the Reds have the fewest. It took them a few minutes to come up with what seems to me to be the obvious reason: Tucker Barnhart, Mr. Gold Glover himself.

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    Castillo looking impressive, especially considering the ball to Winker should have been caught. He didn’t let that get him down, and got two good hitters out to keep the Cubs off the board.

    • BigRedMike

      Not sure he has been impressive. Did get out of the first.

      Terrible pitches this inning

    • Old-school

      An aggressive play on a slicing hard hit ball into the Wrigley brick wall is with risk. I wouldn’t say it should have been caught- a brick wall collision , an injury , or an inside the park home run were all possible outcomes.

  11. Gerardo Helguera

    It’s time to move Barnhart from the second hole. He’s always hit better at the bottom of the lineup.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Suarez has to keep running to 2nd there. He is not Billy in a rundown. Best case is there is a bad throw, or the throw hits you, which it looked like it would if he hadn’t been turned around looking at it.

  13. Indy Red Man

    I just don’t get how Lester does it? 90-92 mph fastball and can’t hold runners on? I think its just rarely throwing the ball in the middle of the plate. For example he worked Scooter away and threw a hittable pitch on the inside corner, but Scooter didn’t put a good swing on it (prob thinking away) and hit into a doubleplay. Whenever Lester loses it…its going to be fast because he doesn’t have much left in actual arm talent.

  14. Indy Red Man

    0-2 nibble, 1-2 nibble, 0-2 nibble? Stuff is great but go after them! Back to normal Cubs/Reds. I’m gone

    • BigRedMike

      Yep. Few pitches in the zone. Lot of movement off the plate. Needs to be more aggressive when up in the count

  15. Jack

    Would be nice if Tucker would set up high on some pitches. Change the eye sight of the hitter. Everything is down or right over the plate.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Hanging slider = 2 run double. Not many inside pitches from Castillo.

  17. Gerardo Helguera

    Castillo is on pace to last maybe 3 or 4 innings. Free BobSteve!

  18. docproctor

    This is going to be a long afternoon. Castillo over 50 pitches already here in the 2nd.

  19. VaRedsFan

    No command of the slider, he is not on top of it. No sharp downward breaking action.

  20. Jack

    Another thing I don’t like is you get 6 visitations, so why not go out there and calm him down . He gets flustered when he gets guys on. Get off your butt Darwin and go talk to him.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Billy and Peraza cut the lead in half.

  22. Seat101

    Jose Peraza now knows why Wrigley is associated with the word “confines” Small Park.

    I’m surprised he made it look close.

    • Darrin

      I think if he’s hustling the whole time, he makes it. Either way, I have no problem with the attempt.

      • VaRedsFan

        Yup, Cub replay showed him not really busting it out of the box.

  23. Scott C

    I had heard that Winker had a weak arm. Looked pretty good there.

  24. VaRedsFan

    GENOOOOOO!!! Reds lead!
    THAT is how you swing on 3-0.

    • vegastypo

      And he’s a beast under contract for a number of years. I hope he doesn’t get screwed out of an All-Star appearance.

  25. Gerardo Helguera

    GENO!! This offense is legit! We are 2 starters away!

  26. Gerardo Helguera

    Hopefully Castillo can hold

  27. VaRedsFan

    Hamilrun.. He was a dead duck at the plate, but for once, they didn’t make a perfect throw.

  28. VaRedsFan

    Peraza continues to get a lot of barrel on the ball when he pulls it. Base hit #2

  29. Tom Mitsoff

    Okay, bullpen … let’s see if you can do better than yesterday. We’re possibly going to see the bullpen emptied today based on matchups as needed in a close game.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m thinking he stays in as long as he is effective. Up to 3 innings.

  30. Seat101

    I do not understand gameday’s explanation of what happened.

    Who is a single Hamilton scored. But a lot of stuff happened in between.. Can someone help me out?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Hamilton stole second, catcher’s throw went into center and he went to third, and then he rounded third and tried to score, and the centerfielder’s throw home short-hopped the catcher and Billy was safe.

    • Broseph

      Stole second and ball went into center. Almora bobbled and appeared to try to bait Hamilton in going home after he advanced to third.

      Hamilton tried for home. Was out by 15 feet but the ball one hoped the catcher and went to the back stop.

      All told. 1 stolen base, two errors, 1 run.

      • vegastypo

        Almora is lucky they didn’t give HIM with two errors by himself: bobbling the ball in center field, and then the low throw to the plate when the runner was a dead duck.

    • Old-school

      Hamilton stole second against Lester. The catcher threw the ball into centerfield. Hamilton ran to third. Almora came in to field the ball and it kicked off his glove 6 feet. . Once he realized he could not get Hamilton at third…he walked over to get the ball. Hamilton slowed up at third and and seeing Almora lollygagging, he ran home. He was out by 8 feet but Almora one hopped the catcher and it kicked over towards the dugout. A mental error by Almora a physical error by Almora on a bad throw and a physical error on the catcher for bad throw to second. Almora made 3 mistakes on 1 play.

      • TyGuy85

        That would be great if that ends up being the difference in the game. Boneheaded-ness by the stupid Cubs players.

  31. TyGuy85

    Wow! Billy just single-handedly scored that run on stolen 2nd base. Error on throw to 2nd, CF bobbles/lollygags, terrible throw to home.

    • Seat101

      Thank you for the explication

      “”Hamilrun” indeed

  32. Gerardo Helguera

    Atta boy Billy, hate these cocky Cubs

  33. Tom Mitsoff

    According to Gameday, Suarez has an OPS of 1.000.

  34. Old-school

    The Suarez for Simon trade is now looking better than Wily Mo Pena for Bronson Arroyo.

    Bailey 2 scoreless innings out of the pen.
    Mella with 5 innings 0 ER. Stuart Turner is back.

  35. Seat101

    I just watch that play on game day. The catcher was blocking the plate without the ball, Don’t you think?

  36. Old-school

    Post All Star break/ Matt Harvey trade deadline rotation:

    Disco
    Mahle
    Stephenson
    Lorenzen

    Figure something out so Castillo/Romano/ Reed get starts and manage innings .

  37. Jeff Morris

    What is with Riggleman bunting again…this guy has obsession with bunting! Of all people, Lorenzen, who is hitting the ball great! One Run lead probably won’t do it against the Cubs.

    • vegastypo

      The bunting seems like it would be in contrast to what Dick Williams would want if he has an analytic approach. … If Riggleman thinks he can win over the front office and get the job full time, wouldn’t it be best to tread lightly on all of the bunting?

      It makes me want to pull my hair out when Gennett bunts. Yesterday, he tried twice, then whiffed at the only pitch he actually swung at.

      In Atlanta, Gennett successfully sacrificed, so of course the Braves walked Suarez. Riggleman managed to take the bat out of the hands of both the league’s leading hitter and the league’s leading RBI man.

      So Williams doesn’t mind this? Or he does, but he shrugs his shoulders since Riggleman won’t be around after this season? Or Williams is not really ‘in charge’ and Walt and Castellini have Riggleman’s back?

  38. Jeff Reed

    The pulling of Lorenzen with two outs is working out well.

  39. Gerardo Helguera

    This bullpen has been bad the past 2 weeks, another blown save

    • Jeff Reed

      And the Reds send Floro to LAD for prospect prospects.

      • Cartel

        Jeff Reed dude give it a rest. Trading a relief pitcher that is fair to middling at best that you are not going to retain at the end of the year and you have no shot to make noise this year for two decent prospects is a great trade. That trade is not the reds problem.

  40. Jeff Reed

    There we go again, a repeat of yesterday.

  41. TyGuy85

    Welp we outdid the Cubs boneheaded-ness

  42. Brandon

    I don’t post often and I don’t get that upset that often watching the Reds but the Reds defense right there was total BS. First, Peraza should have had the ball. Then it was just bad news bears after that. The Reds defense has cost them a lot this year but no bigger example than that. That was total BS play by the Reds.

  43. VaRedsFan

    I can yell until I’m blue in the face to stop throwing Baez fastballs. So frustrating.
    Cubs wouldn’t replay the hit. Could Peraza have had that?

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      I thought he should have had it.

  44. muttonlettucetomato

    Seems like every time Riggleman over manages the bullpen, the Reds take a loss. I know they haven’t lost this one yet, but good grief…

  45. vegastypo

    Just when it looked like the Cubs were “gonna Cub” a little bit, harking back to old times, the Reds showed them how they are “gonna Red” nowadays.

  46. roger garrett

    Game over.We need to stop beating ourselves.

  47. Jazzmanbbfan

    Well that bunt by Tucker sure worked out well 😖

  48. Gerardo Helguera

    Riggleman has done it again!

  49. TyGuy85

    STOP BUNTING AND GIVING AWAY OUTS!

  50. Darrin

    I. Don’t. Understand. Why bunt?

  51. muttonlettucetomato

    Good gosh. Riggleman with another bunt call that leads to a pick off at 3rd. It was a bad bunt, but seemed pretty stupid to do it anyway.

    • TyGuy85

      Speedy guy on second that would easily score on a single with the middle of the lineup coming up. It just doesn’t makes any sense.

  52. roger garrett

    Just the dumbest stuff.There are no words right there.

  53. VaRedsFan

    Rewind on the Cubs play. Peraza slid FEET first in attempting to catch the Baez hit. Just such poor technique. I am growing tired of his poor fundamentals. Poor secondary leads yesterday and today

  54. Old-school

    Why does hernadez throw Baez a strike 0-2? Then Peraza dives after the grounder up the middle and lays on the ground for 5 seconds. Hamilton throws a soft popup
    30 feet high back to the infield. Scooter with a bum arm hurriedly throws to home past the catcher and 2 runs with Baez going to third

    Cue the Benny Hill music. Cubs got back at Billy.

  55. Jeff

    Reds won’t ask for review on the play at third. I would like to ask for a review of the decision to give away one of six remaining outs with a runner on second and no outs.

  56. Jeff Reed

    The obsession with bunting with a man on second in scoring position. Makes no sense.

  57. vegastypo

    I’ll say this. What I like about Riggleman is that he really tries to be aggressive and win games. Price would hold players back for the possible 10th inning or whatever, but Riggleman takes his shots when he gets them. (Argue about bullpen usage as you would like.)

    Until it comes to the darned bunting. No more aggressiveness.

  58. docproctor

    HEY RIGGLEMAN AND YOUR STUPID BUNTS:
    YOU DESERVE TO LOSE THIS GAME. AND YOUR MANAGERIAL JOB.

  59. Gerardo Helguera

    Does Joey ever come in the Clutch in innings 8th and 9th when the games are tight? Just asking

    • roger garrett

      His power stroke has been missing this year but he will still walk and hit singles the other way until he is 45 years old but he really needs to hit second in this lineup.Suarez is you big time threat and he need to hit 3rd with Tucker down to the 7th spot.

    • VaRedsFan

      Not much. He has about 3 game changing hits in the late innings this year when the really needed it

    • Bill

      Reds need to DFA Votto immediately and put Duvall at 1B. He is way more “clutch”

  60. Jeff Reed

    If the Reds want to compete, Riggleman is not the answer.

  61. Scott C.

    No sense what so ever. With Tucker at the plate who has good bat control, a roundball to right side gets Peraza to third better than a bunt and who knows yu might get a hit and he scores ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

  62. VaRedsFan

    2 games in a row that they have asked Crockett come in and get 1 lefty. No success.

  63. Darrin

    Peraza is doing his best Roger Dorn impression today

  64. vegastypo

    Wow, could Peraza have played that ground ball in the eighth inning any FARTHER to the side ??? He’s the professional, I guess, but that one was just begging for a bad hop.

    Come on, guys, get a run here. Better be a home run, though. A guy on first only means a bunt.

  65. Indy Red Man

    Slider away to Contreras on 0-2 and a little can of corn to RF. Hernandez had red-hot Baez 0-2 and grooved a fastball over the plate.

    Oh well….blowing another game to the Cubs but definitely some positives moving forward

    1. Riggleman will be gone.
    2. Lorenzen can/should start….great change-up and slider today which makes the fastball better. They should’ve left him in…Hayward is no great threat?

    3. Castillo had good stuff but can’t finish people on 0-2 and 1-2. Lefties are hitting .285 with 10 HRs in 179 atbats against him (.877 ops). He needs a split finger or something? He also hung an 0-2 slider to Russell for 2 runs. He absolutely needs to bare down more with risp. He seems to make his worst pitches with guys on…that not what good pitchers do? He can overcome this stuff with a work ethic and good coaching. 97 mph….nasty slider at times and the change-up. He still can be very good!

  66. MattK

    Riggleman is hoping Duvall hits a lead off double so he can try the bunt again.

  67. roger garrett

    We are just not ready for prime time.Bull pen will sometimes give it up,sometimes the ball just bounces wrong but there is no excuse for giving away outs.You knew Joey was going to see Wilson anyway and how did that turn out.You also knew Suarez wasn’t going to hit against Wilson.Madden was going to match up regardless but we made it easier with no pressure.Just dumb.

  68. VaRedsFan

    no 2-strike crouch for Schebler. Thank you!!

    • Gerardo Helguera

      I’m glad he finally realized that crouch wasn’t for him

  69. Old-school

    This is just a wacky game. Had the Reds won yesterday after being up 7-2, you chalk today up to a weird wacky day at Wrigley and a coin flip. Should have won yesterday.

  70. Jazzmanbbfan

    You might want to read the site guidelines and apologize to the moderators before you are banned from posting.

  71. Indy Red Man

    Duvall’s HR was a 94 mph slider or cut fastball? When you’re throwing 99 why outsmart yourself? If Duvall could hit 99 then he wouldn’t be hitting .206 or whatever. The Reds pitchers are masters of out thinking themselves. How many times have they hung 0-2 or 1-2 pitches today? They get ahead and then try to get cute.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Duvall can probably hit a straight 99 mph fastball down the middle. He can’t hit breaking pitches low and away.

  72. VaRedsFan

    I agree with Indy about leaving Lorenzen in. Mike was cruising. 1 hit with 2 outs. Heywood is not a big HR guy.

  73. VaRedsFan

    Don’t throw Baez a strike…he swings at everything

  74. Old-school

    What a play casali. Scooter can’t throw. Do not sign scooter . No way he can play outfield. He can’t throw the ball home from 2b ….100-110 feet

    • Broseph

      That was a little leaguer throw. Do any second baseman know how to throw over shoulder. Cmon

  75. Jazzmanbbfan

    If the Reds do trade Scooter, I wonder if he will pass the physical. That was a pathetic throw to Casali.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Valid question. When the Reds were playing the Brewers recently, the Brewers telecasting crew commented that Gennett can’t throw overhand because of his shoulder condition. He’s limited to sidearm.

    • William Heitzman

      It sounds like a trade is off the table with the injury. The injury must be disclosed so it’s not really a matter of passing the physical. The other side would have to be ok with trading for an injured player

  76. VaRedsFan

    That was a heck of a play by Casali to save the poor throw by Scooter

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Saved the game, at least for now.

  77. Indy Red Man

    WHat a crazy game! I’m thinking Joey should’ve trapped that guy off 3rd. He was almost halfway….see where he is and run at him for a pickle put-out. Love Joey but his awareness fielding and on the bases is almost always bad.

  78. VaRedsFan

    They live to fight another inning. Let’s steal this one back.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yep…..school day tomorrow….lets wrap things up. He’s horrible.

      • Indy Red Man

        I think school is out actually! They can play all night:)

  79. Scott C

    I am glad that Riggleman is emphasizing fundamentals hard to believe how bad this team would be if he wasn’t

  80. Jeff

    After the walk I was literally (and sarcastically) thinking “that makes it way too easy by setting up the double play, we should wild pitch that guy to second to keep it exciting” Sheesh.

  81. Brandon

    This is unbelivable. Reds deserve to lose

  82. Tom Mitsoff

    This is keystone cops day. Very disappointing.

  83. Jeff

    No. I did not anticipate giving away an out by randomly ejecting the ball from one’s glove whilst approaching the bag. Keeping it interesting.

  84. Jack

    Let’s see the Reds won against the Cubs before when Wilson walked in the winning run.

  85. Brandon

    Bad news bears defense, bunting, wild pitches. The Reds absolutely deserve to lose this game because they cannot get out of their own way. Their defense sucks and they have a manager that is in the 1980s with bunting.

    This is back to back very frustrating losses.

  86. muttonlettucetomato

    It’s a total shame that Jackson Stevens is having to pitch in meaningful ball games. Saw that one coming a mile away…

    • vegastypo

      Yeah, but you have to feel a little sorry for the guy, too. Against the White Sox, didn’t the Reds make TWO errors behind him in that extra-inning explosion? Now, if Butterfingers doesn’t bobble the ball at first, there are two outs and Stephens at least has an open base to play with.

  87. Chris

    It is absolutely unacceptable to lose a one-run game in extra innings having not used your best relief pitcher.

  88. Broseph

    If there ever was a day you make player run laps around the warning track, today would be that day. Play like 12 year olds, get coached like them.

  89. Tom Mitsoff

    I haven’t been real critical of Riggleman, but the obvious thought process of bringing Stephens in (instead of Iglesias) is to save Iglesias for a “save” situation in the bottom of an extra inning when you might be ahead. Stephens is basically the last guy in the bullpen, so what sense does it make to bring him in in that situation? You think your least effective guy is going to somehow get you to Iglesias? Not cool.

    • vegastypo

      Actually, Rainey and Stephens might be co-last men in the bullpen, but the Iglesias point is spot on. Right outta Dusty’s playbook there.

    • Chris

      #closerrules and death by 1000 bunts. Either teach these people how to bunt or stop calling it.

      We would have been happy to lose this game in the 90’s. We’d have lost like men: burning outs in late, high-leverage situations and saving our relief ace for a hypothetical inning where we have a hypothetical lead. Ugh.

  90. Jeff

    Shame we didn’t take three shots at scoring a fast runner from second base in the eighth, opting instead to go with … none.

  91. roger garrett

    What’s sad is this is big league baseball that is being managed and played like little leaguers.I set through the Price era and just watched time after time how he just gave games away while his best relievers set and watched.We watched the bunts and the obvious bone head plays in the field and nobody was held accountable and we watched guys come up and set on the bench or go get coffee etc etc.Guess what? We are still watching it because its the same guys doing the same thing over and over.The only difference is our starting pitching is better over the last month to 6 weeks.Scooter is hurting and needs to set.Votto has lost his power stroke and continues to use the inside out swing and hits everything to left field and he need to hit second.Suarez needs to hit third from this day forward.The whole team(I said this last week)needs to visit the little leaguers or maybe T Ball and get some basic instructions on how to play the game.

    • Wayne Nabors

      Especially Hamilton and that lollipop throw

  92. Larry holland

    And it was demonstrated again on ham’s lollipop throw that Scooter,s submarine arm is in bad shape. 2nd time in a week he was unable to get a ball to home plate, resulting in runs.