Your Cincinnati Reds are in last place again, although their meteoric rise to fourth was thrilling while it did so last. Also I shouldn’t be straining at the leash to be in Colorado if only to get warm and dry in the third week in June, but that’s the 513 experience we’ve chosen. Live it.

Tonight is Bark in the Park, because if anything is going to improve on last place and a probable pending loss, it’s the smell of many wet dogs. Tomorrow Sam the Bald Eagle comes in from the Cincinnati Zoo to lift moods by ripping out the intestines of his helpless prey before the eyes of innocent children.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher ERA WHIP IP SO W L
Luis Castillo  2.20 1.09 81.2 96 6 1
Wade Miley 3.14 1.37 80.1 55 6 3

REDS

Castillo, man. I don’t know. ERA is all the way up to 2.20. I’m starting to wonder if he’s hurt or something.

FAITHLESS ASTROS

“Wade Miley” sounds like the name of a romantic comedy heroine’s boyfriend who is nice and all but is going to get dumped to clear the way for Tom Hanks.

Bullpen

Remember when the Astros were in the National League, and could be trusted, and didn’t use the DH? I liked life better then. The last time I was in Houston, I snapped a picture as Josh the Pilot and I drove past Minute Maid Park so that I could tell everyone on social media that I was “mocking the Astros at point-blank range.”

The Reds were not in last place, in case you’re wondering how long ago this was.

Starting Lineups

REDS

  1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
  4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  5. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
  6. Jose Peraza (R) SS
  7. Curt Casali (R) C
  8. Kyle Farmer (R) 2B
  9. Luis Castillo (R) P

FAITHLESS ASTROS

  1. Alex Bregman (R) SS
  2. Michael Brantley (L) RF
  3. Yordan Alvarez (L) LF
  4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 3B
  5. Josh Reddick (L) CF
  6. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
  7. Tyler White (R) 1B
  8. Tony Kemp (L) 2B
  9. Wade Miley (L) P

News and Notes

-Scooter Gennett begins a rehab assignment with the Daytona Beach Tortugas today! RN’s Doug Gray has all the info here. Then Scooter will come back and everything will be fixed.

If you’re reading this, Scooter, I used to live in Daytona, and am familiar with its many fine establishments. If you’re looking for a shot glass with a picture of a giant marijuana leaf on it over the words MY STASH or a dead hermit crab preserved in a serving tray, allow me to provide you with some recommendations.

-In other important team developments, Derek Dietrich posted a series of photos and videos of him making the Puig Goodwill Tour: Skyline, Graeter’s, giant expensive Ferris wheel, the zoo. He also fed Fiona. I readied a screenshot of this last moment but got stuck on the caption:  did he get to meet Fiona, or did Fiona get to meet him? Ultimately I decided that Fiona’s future here is far more stable than his, although I would like to be alerted the next time she manages three home runs in one game.

-This weather deeply offends me.

 

214 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Nice set-up, MB.

    Based on the animal entertainment lined up, the only thing missing is on Wednesday, (Business Day Special, mind you), ….

    Jim from the old Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom TV program trying to tame some wild beast lurking in the GABP drainage pipes, while Marlin Perkins narrates from high above, safe and sitting next to Marty Brennaman.

    • Jim Walker

      With all the rain right there on the banks of the O-H-I-O, maybe we might need an appearance by Lloyd Bridges or Jacques Cousteau before the series ends to confirm Homeplate is still there under the water?

      • daytonnati

        Bonus points for “Seahunt” reference 🙂

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Thanks!
      I have never been more ready to live in the high desert…

  2. Sliotar

    Friends at RLN…. would you be troubled if, by some definitons, the 2nd-best hitter in the Reds lineup was not playing regularly?

    After all, isn’t the team try to “go for it”…”compete”….”not lose 90 games for a 5th straight season” …. or whatever?

    Well, folks, here’s …. Jesse Winker. xwOBA of .341, second on team only to Deitrich, a point ahead of Senzel.

    https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/expected_statistics?type=batter&year=2019&position=&team=CIN&min=25

    He has a mighty 37 plate appearances this season vs. LHP, but the BB% is basically the same and the K% is almost half less than that of RHP.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/splitstool.aspx?playerid=13590&position=OF&splitArr=2,1&strgroup=season&statgroup=2&startDate=all&endDate=all&filter=&statType=player&autoPt=true&players=&sort=-1,1

    • Old-school

      Jose Peraza is now the worst hitter in baseball. Of players with 200 at bats, his wRC+ is the lowest. His defense at SS is below avg as well. Need an upgrade this off-season .

      • RojoBenjy

        The upgrade is on the 40 man roster and he went to Stanford.

    • RojoBenjy

      There are no words.

      If they aren’t going to play him, trade him for what he’s worth. Problem is, since they don’t know how much he’s worth, they’ll get fleeced.

  3. matt hendley

    AM i to understand there will be a delay, again?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Yes. God is sending His judgment upon us for Jerry Springer, some more, again.

  4. Sliotar

    Small market teams have to have a critical mass of young/cheap/overachieving to have a contention window. That’s the game in today’s MLB.

    Look at how wrecked Kansas City is now, and for years to come to win 1 title. Milwaukee is going down the same path now with Yelich in his prime.

    Cleveland is planning to sell off and re-tool. because Bauer and then Lindor are going to free agency.

    I wrote yesterday, “I look forward to the day when Da Wink is playing everyday.”

    I can’t see a path right now to the Reds getting a critical mass of talent without him.

    • Jim Walker

      The team has 2 top 50 draft picks who are OF guys in Winker and Ervin. I wish they would just put then on then field flanking Senzel and see what happens.

      • Curt

        It’s the only way. Or try VanMeter, Senzel and Aquinas. There’s two different alternatives right there without even needing to consider a Trammell or Siri.

        Starting 8 = young, affordable, controllable and the closer you can group their ascent the better.
        Pitching = Buy it!!

  5. Klugo

    Looks like Barnhart is starting to get the Peraza treatment from a few weeks ago. I like it. Now I hope Peraza gets the Peraza treatment from a few weeks ago when non-Peraza comes back.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      How soon before the Non Peraza jerseys?

  6. Seat101

    I am going to use the radio for audio tonight I don’t want to hear about the telethon all night long

    I need to find that 9 V battery for my transistor radio.

    @Klugo. You seem to have a very strange way of rooting for the home team. I like all my players to do well.

    • Klugo

      Well, I wish they were all playing well, but if they’re not, I wish they weren’t playing as much as their replacements that are playing well. Peraza and Barnhart have not been playing well. Casali, and Farmer,Iglesias have been. Scooter has earned the benefit of the doubt.

    • Seat101

      Looks to me that that rain, at least most of it is going to go north of us – there might be a delay but not a long one

  7. Indy Red Man

    Miley reminds me of Tom Browning. Typed it before Welsh said it…..swear I did

  8. Indy Red Man

    Joey cussing….Suarez grabbing his crotch. Not family friendly tonite:)

    • matt hendley

      Almost all of them adjust, although they haven’t been so blatant. Joey tends to go off on himself when he is fooled, which he was.

    • Seat101

      Just want to make it clear that you’re saying that Suarez was grabbing his own crotch, right?

      • Seat101

        Otherwise, Joey probably had a good reason to swear.

      • matt hendley

        yes, it was his own crotch, however there is not a camera in the dugout

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I see I’m missing a great deal by not following the game on TV tonight.

  9. Seat101

    Another cheap hit for a Peraza. That shouldn’t count towards his stats

    • matt hendley

      The hit can count. But so will that error

      • matt hendley

        I stand corrected. Give that man a gold glove

    • Indy Red Man

      I wouldn’t complain much if Peraza was a utility player that was a decent defender and an aggressive baserunner, but cmon Seat? He’s ahead of like 2 guys in Exit Velocity in mlb. He absolutely can’t be playing nearly every day? Not that the Reds problems have that much to do with Peraza.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Perrrrraazzzzaaa!! My guy with a knock!!!

    The guy stays in the game by hitting change-ups! Everyone else tries to drive the ball, but he confuses them:)

  11. Seat101

    @Matt Looks like you’re going to win the thread with your comment.

  12. renbutler

    Heavy rain and a long delay are coming. Hopefully we get our money’s worth out of Castillo before it happens.

    • Seat101

      Looks like a short delay to me. Unless it stalls over the city

      • renbutler

        I don’t see a three-hour delay, but it’s not just 30 minutes either.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Baseball betting….just find the dogs and keep kicking them. Homer losing 20 in a row with the Reds. Edwin Jackson on his 26th team now…. 7 earned in 2/3 of an inning. Now with a dreamy 12.43 era:)

  14. Indy Red Man

    Thom B. is spot on…..Milw was smart. Domes aren’t that bad when the roof can open. The Reds are off 6 days a month and another 5 get rain delayed. Sick of it:(

    • renbutler

      The roof has been open for every game I’ve seen in Milwaukee, except when they closed it for a couple innings last July for a thunderstorm — and it was hot as heck in there. They don’t have climate control in the stadium.

    • matt hendley

      PLUS two things.

      MIL is winning the Division right now. People would sit through rain for that.

      also, Wisconson is Boring

      • Indy Red Man

        The thing is though….they drew better 4-5 years ago then the Reds did with the Rolen playoff teams. Have to look it up now to verify. I’m wrong every now and then:)

      • renbutler

        I’ve always enjoyed my time in Wisconsin, at least as much as my time in Ohio.

    • Jreis

      I agree. With climate change, Cincinnati is now right in the middle of the rain belt. An indoor park would boost attendance, decrease risk for injury, and give us an actual home field advantage.

      • renbutler

        The rain in Cincinnati has nothing to do with “climate change.”

        It’s weather.

      • greenmtred

        A rainy day is weather. A trend toward increased precipitation is probably climate change.

  15. Indy Red Man

    Milw 2007-14 Averaged atleast 34k per game in every year but 1
    Reds 2007-14 Only average as high as 28k per game 3 times and a high of 31K

    Noah put a roof on the Ark. Rain sucks

  16. Indy Red Man

    Keep Puig or not? I say pay him if he continues to hit? 30/20/80 isn’t out of the question. He’s 28.5 and should have several good years left. He’s better then what he’s shown so far. Scott Schebler hit 30 hrs. Didn’t the Brewers have a guy a few years ago that 40 and he’s forgotten. If he hits .250 with 30 hrs….doesn’t mean he would get a bunch of big offers. I say the Reds look to keep him and hope he draws some walks and matures as a player!

    • Jreis

      I have been impressed with Puig. He plays hard everyday and has a great attitude. I am not surprised Ervin and Winker are not get a lot of playing time. THEY Act like goofballs out there. They don’t always run out hits and just don’t have their head in the game sometimes.
      I actually like Peraza Puig and Senzel as the outfield for now. At least you know you will get 100 percent effort

  17. Y

    @Ren

    You called it! Heavy rain and a fairly long delay. It did stall over the city, is my excuse. Had a lightning strike behind my neighbors house In the woods.

    By golly it was loud!

  18. Old-school

    There’s still another 15-20 games to see how things play out. Statistically the Reds have ~ 3 % chance to make the playoffs. The reds aren’t making any moves till at least the All star break. But, if the reds at the all star break are basically 1% or less…. 10 games out behind 2 teams, then trade Roarck and Puig. See what Winker, Senzel, Ervin can do. Reds will need and will have money for extensions and FA.

    • Indy Red Man

      Why do we have to deal Puig though? When they need RH power desperately. Plus the Reds obviously like to market the guy! I’m a numbers guy at work, but I try not to delve into it with sports, so someone tell me what he might be offered if he finished at .255 with 30/20? Scooter money? 40 mil for 3 years? I don’t know?

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        I was stunned by his arm even though I knew to expect it. Wow.

      • Old-school

        He’s a FA next year. They can still sign him. But he adds nothing if the Reds are out of it….all an August hit streak does is block Phil Ervin and get a worse draft pick. See Zack Cozart, Matt Harvey.

      • Indy Red Man

        I agree!!! Sign the Wild Horse!! Unless they sign Ozzy Osbourne…who else will lick a bat?

      • Pete

        Pretend you are the Astros FO in 2012, would they keep Puig or trade for young prospects, pocket the savings and point toward a future 3 years off. More than likely this is the Reds dilemma. Maybe not but they better make the right call or we may look back in regret. I think it’s likely we are not a few guys from being a really, really good team but maybe as many as 18-20. If this is the case, we need a long-term plan and personally I don’t see Puig in it.

  19. Seat101

    I have a comment awaiting moderation. I bet y’all can’t wait to see it. I must’ve screwed up my email address or my name. I have to re-enter that information every post.

    When I was younger, I used to yell “double D! Double D! Double damage!“ Every time Dan Driessen came to bat

    Modified slightly, I could do it for Derrick Dietrich

    • Indy Red Man

      One of my best memories as a young Reds fan. 1978 I think. The Reds were down 2 and Foster or somebody hit into a double play bottom 9 for 2 outs. The crowd gets up and starts to file out. I stayed but my Dad and buddy were in the tunnel.
      Somebody gets on and then Driessen hits a long & high shot to left-center off lefty Tug McGraw. The ball hits off the top of the wall and he barely beats out a game tying inside the park HR! Before the crowd finishes cheering and everyone runs back to their seats…>Bench hits the game winner over the wall in left. Insane!!

      • Indy Red Man

        Mike Schmidt kicked the 3rd base bag completely out of the ground and sent if flying. He was furious!

      • Indy Red Man

        Yeah thanks. I guess it was a solo shot by Driessen. 1977…I was 11. I just remember my Dad and buddy were near the exits and didn’t get into baseball like me so they hit the tunnel:)

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      They were screaming that at the FSO condo the night of the 3 homers. It was so fun.

    • VaRedsFan

      I have to enter name and email every post also. Is this true for everybody? Very annoying.

    • RojoBenjy

      Well, as they say, everything in moderation.

  20. VaRedsFan

    Kind of lost in the delay, Ervin took 3 straight pitches…all of them balls…all were called strikes.

    • Seat101

      Agreed. But the third one was too close to take

      • renbutler

        Yeah, and if that’s going to be called a strike on the first two pitches, he needs to be swinging at a virtually identical pitch.

    • RojoBenjy

      I love me some Phlerve. But I think the last one was marginal. The other two were strikes. Strike three was too close to take.

      • matt hendley

        Ervins at bat? no way. 2-1. But by that point, the umpire’s zone was definitely moved towards the throwing side of the pitchers. If the first 2 got called he should have tried to foul off the 3rd one

      • RojoBenjy

        My man didn’t distinguish himself the second time around either. Bummer. He needs to capitalize on his playing time or he is destined for Louisville soon.

  21. Indy Red Man

    Clint Frazier is a good looking prospect as a hitter, but I’d be more interested in Righty Mike Clevinger if Cleveland falls back into sell mode. He’s 28 & making $600K. Long hair and herky jerky motion at 97 mph. His stuff is 95% of Castillo’s imo. I’d give them Winker and whatever else they wanted. You move Sonny back to a 3rd starter and get Disco back to a 5th starter and you have something!

  22. matt hendley

    I really could go in any direction on Puig, There are benefits to each movement. Weaknesses to as well. SUarez is in a Slump. Just getting destroyed at the plate lately.
    Needs a few off i think

    • Indy Red Man

      .152 in June coming in…..ugggghh:(

      Give him 2 nights off vs rhp. JVM had a good day yesterday and made a couple of decent plays at 3B last week.

  23. RojoBenjy

    Ah, Peraza displaying the skills.

    • Seat101

      That sure looked like a designed play.

      Did you see them laughing at first base about it?

      • RojoBenjy

        If so, they forgot to tell Castillo about it. He busted tail to get over and prevent the runner from taking second base.

    • matt hendley

      farmer with some real ones though

  24. RojoBenjy

    No Bueno, Casali. That’s on you, official scoring notwithstanding.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Cmon Luis….give them 2-3 runs and its most likely over with their bullpen

  26. RojoBenjy

    Nice job, Farmer!

    He’s like, “Jose P, get outta my way!!!!”

    lol

    • Curt

      Farmer = $557,000 / Peraza = $2,775,000

  27. Indy Red Man

    Farmer!!! One of about 6 guys that can outplay SoftF9 if given the chance.

  28. Reddawg12

    Who knew that Kyle Farmer was so solid on defense. It seems more and more like Peraza doesn’t really have a role on this team anymore.

    • Indy Red Man

      And Blandino at AAA (.899 ops) with 2 hrs, 6 walks, 5 Ks

      • matt hendley

        is that after the rehab finished? after he was optioned

  29. Indy Red Man

    Pitiful offense again? Lefties that can change speeds and throw soft own the Reds. Corbin is a power pitcher….they blasted him, but throw 91 and mix in off-speed. They’re done. Minor threw a little too hard although they only had 4 hits in that game. This has got to be fixed? Puig has never been good vs LPH either

  30. Indy Red Man

    Here Castillo is with a 2.08 era. Probably 1.75 at gabp or something and they’re 7-7 in his starts. Sad but true

    • Mark Lang

      Castillo can’t pitch with a lead. Even that game where he was given an 8 run cushion, he immediately started to give it away.

    • VaRedsFan

      and he’s out of the game. Any news? Please don’t say setback.

      • matt hendley

        probably the experiment and see how he feels tomorrow sort of thing. Wouldnt read into it. Yet

  31. Seat101

    That was it that was it but by Castillo. No one covered second for the wonderful Astros

    • RojoBenjy

      Agreed. Castillo getting that down was the difference. The little things win games.

    • Indy Red Man

      This is Houston’s B team without 3 of their top 4 hitters. Reds need to win this one and atleast 1 more if those guys don’t play.

  32. VaRedsFan

    Amazing what happens when you execute. Hit, walk, key bunt, 2 run single.

  33. Seat101

    What I meant to say was: that was a bad bunt by Castillo.

    The vaunted Astro defense had no one covering second

    • VaRedsFan

      they had the wheel play on to try to get the guy at 3rd.

      • Seat101

        Thanks,that makes sense. But I still have to say because I’m a little compulsive, I guess… That was a bad bunt

    • RojoBenjy

      Well–compared to his last pop-up bunt, it was a masterpiece.

      • Seat101

        Boy howdy! You got me there. I think Billy Hamilton was his bunting coach

  34. VaRedsFan

    Suarez …83 hopper through the right side. He needed that

  35. vegastypo

    Radio broadcast is praising Suarez for not overswinging, but it looked to me like he got jammed and just rolled it through the infield. Either way, I’ll take it. Just not sure that is what he was trying to do.

    • RojoBenjy

      I thought it was off the end of the bat?

      • vegastypo

        Just watched it again, I think you’re right about that. Still not sure he meant to go to right field with it, but gotta like the result !

  36. matt hendley

    11 Pitch at bat for Puig, excellent job. He has really come around in June. Got Miley out the game as well.
    Pile on reds.

  37. Seat101

    Who was the putative out at home? The rookie?

  38. Indy Red Man

    Afraid of that? I was thinking bunt towards 3rd and get 1 run atleast. 4-0 would look great with LC owning a sub 2 era at home!

    • RojoBenjy

      It was a bummer. I was hoping Winker would pick up where he left off.

  39. matt hendley

    guess that ump should of ducked

  40. VaRedsFan

    Castillo totally lost it. Time to pull the plug.

  41. RojoBenjy

    Castillo his own worst enemy tonight. The Astros aren’t beating him that’s for sure.

  42. matt hendley

    This is a good pull by bell. Thom is also completely right. He cannot be taken seriously as an ace with 6 walks a game.

    Good 6 innings though

    • matt hendley

      Hernandez in a semi-pressure situation against the bottom of the order is also a good insert. Certainly not the failure of Peralta for mahle move.

    • JayTheRed

      I intentionally came over to the site to say I agree with Bell pulling Castillo He seemed to have lost his control for the night.

  43. Seat101

    MB. I must be off. I’m counting on you to hold this lead.

  44. Reddawg12

    Ok, I have officially seen enough of Jose Peraza.

  45. matt hendley

    AGAIN!!!! Hernandez had us out that inning. I hope some have learned there lession here.

    • RojoBenjy

      But we aren’t going to say “I told you so.”

      Just kidding, yes we are.

    • matt hendley

      gotta feel for hernandez.

      Who was talking about Blandino mashing in Lou? He plays short right?

      • RojoBenjy

        And he played for the Stanford Cardinal.

  46. Seat101

    That throw by Peraza was a design play that Votto screwed up.

    • RojoBenjy

      Just like that other designed play through the wickets.

      • Seat101

        Something like that

        Good night for real this time

  47. VaRedsFan

    Amazing fun fact that happened 40 years ago Saturday.

    Nolan Ryan threw 235 pitches over 13 innings for the Angels against the Red Sox. Luis Tiant of Boston pitched into the 15th inning, where the Angels finally won 4-3. He was the complete game loser in a game that went into the 15th inning.

    • matt hendley

      i did see that on the internet over the weekend, astonishing isnt it

  48. matt hendley

    One Crisis averted. REds need some runs. Another is Brewing. Ran out of patience with Peraza on that play. If the reds want to be serious about winning Peraza needs to be a Louisville Bat.

    • RojoBenjy

      I’ll go one better–Peraza needs to be ANYTHING but a Cincinnati Red.

    • Reddawg12

      Agreed. That was the final straw for me. Absolutely ridiculous. He is offering nothing of value to the team at this point.

  49. Curt

    Puig’s arm saves a run even when it doesn’t.

  50. RojoBenjy

    Anyone listening on the radio? I heard a rumor that The Cowboy was not pleased with Garrett’s first pitch?

    What did he say?

    • matt hendley

      probebly that he hung a slider in the middle of the plate. He is hanging alot. poor choice of days of a bad day.

  51. Curt

    Did Winker mis-read it or is he really that slow?

    • VaRedsFan

      Not much FOX replay, as per usual, but it did look extremely catchable

  52. matt hendley

    Look donating for the kids IS important. But Blandino now Jim Day

  53. RedAlert

    Trusting Iglesias with a five out save is playing with a lit match over a gas can

  54. VaRedsFan

    I want Casali playing, but that’s 3 pitches to the backstop in the last 2 games…all catchable IMO.

    • Big Ed

      Barnhart is a far better receiver. Wish he could hit.

      • Indy Red Man

        Didn’t Tucker throw one in LF on a pickoff attempt to cost them a game recently? He’s a little better then Casali defensively, but Casali is just having a bad night.

  55. matt hendley

    All because of an errant throw. REds NEED a run, Puig needs a HR today as well. 2 Birds one throw.

    Iggy needs to lock it down in the 9th as well.

  56. Mary Beth Ellis

    (changes gif search from STOP RAINING to STOP PUTTING ASTROS ON BASE)

  57. Curt

    I honestly didn’t think we were gonna make it out of that inning. Enjoyed that simile @RedAlert funny stuff

  58. Indy Red Man

    Had to hurry back to see Seat’s excuses for Peraza. I’m sure Seat’s a sweet guy, but he’d be the type to excuse his toddler while they’re unloading their diaper by hand in the aisle of your restaurant:)

    • Indy Red Man

      I mean seriously. How many stupid errors and weakly hit popups where glove is optional can you guys take? I make sure I’m not eating or drinking while I’m getting Peraza’d or I make a mess.

      • RojoBenjy

        I wouldn’t care if Peraza hits a grand slam tonight. If i’m the Reds’ GM, i’m already on the phone with the travel secretary to have Blandino and #9 trading places.

      • matt hendley

        I do think he left after the blown DP. Didnt want to see the onslaught

  59. Big Ed

    Raisel is in mid-season form, unfortunately.

  60. matt hendley

    WBHATFJESJFSIJFJIOJOSIFJOSJFOJSFOIJSFJI WHAT!!!!!

    There will be press tomorrow. Lorenzen in for the Save? Is Rasiel Hurt? DRAMA

    • matt hendley

      In hind sight, I should have edited that one better. But i was in a state of shock.

  61. Indy Red Man

    Wow! Iggy’s gone. Not getting top dollar either. Its time.

  62. JayTheRed

    What the heck is Bell doing now…. I swear this guy has to tinker with everything if the Reds lose tonight it is Bell that should have to answer for it.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Corollary: If the Reds win tonight, Bell should get credit for it. lol.

  63. Curt

    Even if this doesn’t work. I like the statement. When the ball went through Casali’s legs, he seemed peeved at Iggy more than anything. Wonder if Iggy wasn’t throwing what he was being told?

  64. Mary Beth Ellis

    Marty’s all for it, FWIW

  65. JayTheRed

    What is going on … Iggy was struggling a bit tonight but If the Reds lose then I blame Bell… Expressing my opinion if you don’t like it oh well.

    • Steve Mancuso

      So since they won, you credit Bell, right?

      • JayTheRed

        I think you have been waiting for me to post something so you could be smug.

        I will give credit to Bell Iggy didn’t have good stuff but I’m sure the player manager relationship just took another hit.

        Pitching as few innings as Iggy has pitched this month I’m not surprised he was rusty.

      • Steve Mancuso

        lol if you think I was waiting for you to comment.

  66. Mark Lang

    Did… did… did he just say “chets-pa”

  67. Indy Red Man

    99 baby!!! ML with the save!!!

  68. Mary Beth Ellis

    They tried very, very hard to lose that.

  69. RedAlert

    I’ll give Bell credit …. dude needs to be traded yesterday . He ain’t working here … nice job Lorenzen !

  70. VaRedsFan

    Thom overblowing the situation as usual. I agree with Welch, Iggy wasn’t sharp at all.

    • JayTheRed

      A little over 2 + innings this month pitched. I don’t think anyone would be sharp after that little work.

      • RojoBenjy

        Then you agree. He wasn’t sharp.

      • JayTheRed

        Oh yeah. Iggy was all over the place with his pitches tonight. Me pitching in high school and in college. I remember if I didn’t get regular innings it would effect my results even back in the old days.

  71. RedsMonk65

    Lorenzen nails it down. That’s how ya do it.

  72. RojoBenjy

    ‘Bout time there is some accountability for players who suck.

    If only this would carry over to include tonight’s “shortstop” being held accountable for the suck he displays.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Thank you for adding “the suck he displays” to my vocabulary

      • RojoBenjy

        The English language is a thing of beauty.

      • daytonnati

        I’ll be honest, I was Cleting hard in the 9th.

  73. matt hendley

    BOld moves pay off. Reds win despite the effort of one individual, and the ineffectiveness of 2 others. Solid Win. Love Verlander, but hope he is down to earth tomorrow

    • RojoBenjy

      I am glad they got this one. Don’t have hope for the other two, but this sets the table for them possibly stealing the series.

      Good getting on base by Farmer tonight. Even better leather displayed by the same.

      Senzel with a great piece of hitting to get the scoring started.

      The team buckled down and despite a lot of miscues, performed when it counted.

      I do hope though, that the Reds’ pitching coach paid attention to the Astro’s approach at the dish tonight, which netted them EIGHT WALKS.

  74. Jeff Morris

    Raisel Iglesis reminds me this year of former Reds closer Francisco Cordero. Never a clean inning with Cordero when closing a game for the Reds. Always drama and reason to be nervous. And it seemed with men on base, and Reds holding a one run lead, the opposing team’s hitter would make the 3rd out by flying deep to center field right at the warning track.

  75. Satchmo

    Now, will Iglesias respond to the hook like a man or like…Iglesias?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Post game show is gonna be (fire emoji)

  76. Big Ed

    The Reds had to avoid the homer there. Iggy has given up 4 LH hitters in about 12 innings. Lorenzen was the better bet.

    If Iggy wants to pitch in the tight situations, then he needs to stop walking leadoff hitters.

    Kudos to Bell for understanding the situation.

    • RojoBenjy

      Oh, right, I looked at the box score BEFORE Iglesias walked another.