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Games 37-39: The little Red wagon 112

Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan…this team is not.

The pitching has been pretty decent so far this year, but the offense, ugh. .217/.295/.402 ranks them near the bottom in the NL across the board. Yasiel Puig hasn’t been much help at .208/.254/.367. Joey Votto has led the NL in OBP seven of the last nine seasons but he’s off to an icy start as well with just a .341 OBP…which nevertheless is just about at the top of the ballclub among the regulars. He has been hitting leadoff the last three weeks or so and is in that spot again tonight.

The ex-A’s report features only one old friend. Sonny Gray has pitched decently, though not deep into games (like everybody else in baseball) but that unsupportive offense has left him with an 0-4 record.

The Reds have an all-righthanded rotation, but do have three lefties in the bullpen.

Tonight at 7:05: Mike Fiers vs. Tyler Mahle
Wednesday at 7:05: Brett Anderson vs. Sonny Gray
Thursday at 12:35: Chris Bassitt vs. Tanner Roark (no NBCS-CA; Reds telecast on MLB Network)

112 thoughts on “Games 37-39: The little Red wagon

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 5:06 pm

    Hairs versus squares?

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. ptbnl May 7,2019 5:32 pm

    Little red courgette.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  3. Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 7:04 pm

    Oh good grief. One of the games I saw in Vegas the lights in left field weren’t working and they played anyway, and obviously the rest of the lights weren’t the equal of what any MLB park (even the Coliseum) has.

    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 8:23 pm || Up

      The lights that aren’t working aren’t behind home plate so it seems to me they could have come to the conclusion I came to at 7:04 and avoided the delay.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 8:35 pm || Up

        Since the light bank is still dead and Fiers is warming up it appears that’s exactly their conclusion…90 minutes later

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  4. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 7:05 pm

    They are recognizing Dick Callahan on his 1,000th A’s game. Fittingly the are about 1,000 fans here to laud him.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  5. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 7:13 pm

    Game delayed due to lighting malfunction. Bank above Mt Davis in LF is out. Players not even in dugouts yet.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 7:24 pm || Up

      Starting pitchers need to go through their full routine and they usually come out about 30 minutes before first pitch. Presumably they know what the problem is and just need a part or something, but it’s going to be a late night in any case.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 7:28 pm || Up

        Yes, I foresee listening to Vince’s 7rh inning call while driving home.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 9:51 pm || Up

          Hell at this point I might hear Vince’s 4th inning call

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux May 7,2019 9:54 pm || Up

            You’re gonna leave when Fiers is pitching so well?

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 10:09 pm || Up

              I do like watching a guy use the whole park.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 10:11 pm || Up

              Ken said “no-hitter” in that last inning so FSU can safely leave if he has to.

              Do we know if Treinen is available? Slusser always gets days off after a long road trip so I feel less informed than usual.

              • andeux andeux May 7,2019 10:13 pm || Up

                Someone said yes earlier.

                TINSTAAFK
              • andeux andeux May 7,2019 10:22 pm || Up

                The whole park indeed.

                TINSTAAFK
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 10:24 pm || Up

                  Maybe even plus a couple inches.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 10:28 pm || Up

                My seat companion is unaware of the full scope of the situation; I honor the code.

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • andeux andeux May 7,2019 10:29 pm || Up

                  I can imagine the conversation:

                  Let’s go.
                  We can’t.
                  Why not?


                  We’re waiting for Gaudin.
                  Oh.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2019 4:20 am || Up

                  that was my conversation on mothersday 2009 at home:

                  SLF (not a baseball fan, packs up infant and three year old): “lets go for a walk on mothersday

                  ME: I can’t

                  SFL: WTF? Why?

                  Me: Listening to the radio

                  SLF you haven’t moved from that spot in an hour

                  Me: I can’t go

                  SLF Why?

                  Me: Can’t say

                  SLF: Dick [leaves]

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2019 7:58 am || Up

                  Hah! I had a similar conversation when Nurse and her mother came back home that day around the 8th inning and I demanded they get out of the way of the TV.

                  She figured it out last night shortly after my above comment.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • dmoas May 8,2019 8:26 am || Up

                  She clearly doesn’t love you enough to understand.

                • 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 10:31 pm || Up

                  I remember a game with the eldest Ace where I wanted so much to explain the code but couldnt. Height of frustration

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 9:00 am || Up

                  Follow up. Eldest Ace came home around the 8th inning last night. Told him to come sit with me for the 9th. With one out he says “so he has a no-hitter?” After I yelled at him he was like “well how was I supposed to know that?” Proceeded to show him this comment.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 9:21 am || Up

                  I thought Korach saying it on the air gave me cover but reading these comments says no. Maybe you have to personally hear him say it.

                  The context of the first mention (there were many) was that Fiers’ pitch count was in the low 80s in the 5th inning. Korach said “If there’s a no-hitter here tonight it won’t be a complete game because of the pitch count.” Whereupon Ray said, “Fiers only threw 64 pitches in his last game, and if you figure he can average 100 over two starts he has a long way to go.” I laughed at Ray for that at the time but it turned out to be spot on.

                • andeux andeux May 8,2019 9:57 am || Up

                  The traditional part of not mentioning no-hitters applies to the players on the bench, not fans or announcers. But these days we’re supposed to be respectful of other people’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2019 11:12 am || Up

                  i think it adds to the fun

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 9:59 am || Up

                  While I keep to the code and tell the Aces to do likewise I dont really begrudge others from doing what they want.

                  On the TV side they were all over the place-said it sometimes, did the roundabout language at other times. And had a graphic up for maybe the lat 2 innings.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 8,2019 10:02 am || Up

                  The origins of the “say nothing” rule are in the dugout, where players aren’t supposed to speak to the starter with a no-no in progress. I feel like the extension of this to the fans, in the park or at home, is a fairly modern convention. My interpretation is that I am not supposed to state what is happening out loud so long as it’s still active, whether or not anyone else has.

                  I also exempt announcers from the rule. It’s literally their job to tell us what’s happening.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 10:38 am || Up

                  That reminds me that I dont think I see the shot anymore of the whole bench sitting far away from a starter that is deep into a no-no. Maybe I just missed it but I always enjoyed seeing that.

                  Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • dmoas May 8,2019 11:18 am || Up

                  I prefer announcers convey it without saying it. Which is possible and fairly easy to do.

  6. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 7:34 pm

    There are 2 guys actually working on a platform on the light standard itself. Not filling me with confidence for an imminent start.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  7. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2019 7:50 pm

    Sounds like the lights have not taken full effect.

  8. Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 7:54 pm

    Neither weather nor travel is an issue as the A’s stay home this weekend while the Reds are in San Francisco so I’m guessing Thursday afternoon doubleheader if they can’t get it fixed tonight.

  9. andeux andeux May 7,2019 8:11 pm

    Fortunately ESPN2 has the World Axe Throwing League from Halifax NS

    TINSTAAFK
  10. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 8:38 pm

    Icing the middle school brass band for 90 minutes had a predictable effect.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 8:39 pm || Up

      Radio’s timing was off so we heard that. I thought it was the Rossmoor Leisure World Kazoo Band.

      • ptbnl May 7,2019 8:47 pm || Up

        Needs more cowbell airhorn

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  11. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 8:41 pm

    Used the delay to walk the entire concourse circumference, both levels. The new kid zone is nice. The new food bowl cart is…lacking.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 7,2019 8:44 pm

    This axe throwing doesn’t look that hard.

  13. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 8:50 pm

    More lights coming on! Still not taking full effect

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  14. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 8:52 pm

    A routine 4-3! Way to go Jurk Store!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  15. andeux andeux May 7,2019 9:09 pm

    Clever strategy to wait until it got colder so Fiers would give up fewer dingers.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 9:33 pm || Up

      If he can’t be effective pitching ib the Coliseum then he’s really about out of chances.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters May 7,2019 11:09 pm || Up

      Honestly this probably did affect that Votto drive to center.

  16. 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 9:34 pm

    Dave on telling us how the stadium will allow us to make huge payroll increases.

    I was born at night folks, but not last night.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • MikeV MikeV May 7,2019 9:37 pm || Up

      Kaval and Braden at the same time is waaaaaaaay too much for me.

      And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

      Thanks, and go As.

      • dmoas May 7,2019 9:40 pm || Up

        I miss nationally televised Braden. Where he toned it way the fuck down. A’s televised Braden is downright awful.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 9:52 pm || Up

          Dallas needs a better career counselor

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 9:57 pm || Up

        I was taking a leak and caught a bit of Kaval. I appreciate how he imparts value into each building block. Sure he’s a cheerleader, but after many years of legit “what are the A’s doing” worries, Kaval shows he’s learned from the past.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 10:29 pm || Up

          Agreed. I like that each step being discussed and after I liked Dallas talking about how even the players had to learn to temper expectations. But the salary stuff will always bug me (or it will until I see Chapman with a giant check in hand)

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • dmoas May 8,2019 8:27 am || Up

          Kaval is good for the team. Wish they still made smarter decisions, but you can’t blame the guy who’s job it is to rally the community to be rah rahing.

  17. 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 10:26 pm

    Yawn…Ramon didnt even get to double someone off of 1st.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  18. Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 10:41 pm

    I started getting excited when: Profar made a perfect throw to start a double play instead of heaving the ball 10 feet over Semien’s head into left field.

  19. lenscrafters May 7,2019 10:55 pm

    I’m still worried that we’ll somehow lose this game.

  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 10:58 pm

    This is exciting!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  21. 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 11:00 pm

    FSU is shocked by all the Jurk store goodness tonight.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  22. andeux andeux May 7,2019 11:03 pm

    Great defense and hitting from Profar.
    Sombrero for Chapman.
    The other thing.
    It’s bizarro night at the coliseum.

    TINSTAAFK
  23. Soaker Soaker May 7,2019 11:14 pm

    Ken should have told Ray to shut up at the start of the ninth inning but he did a decent (not always successful) job of cutting him off when it was necessary.

  24. 5Aces 5Aces May 7,2019 11:16 pm

    Dallas backed off the schtick as the game went on. So at least he gets that.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 11:27 pm

    First A’s no-hitter I’ve ever attended. Worth every minúte.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • sslinger May 8,2019 9:31 am || Up

      I’m glad you were there for the whole thing, and I got to see you beforehand. Being tired from my quick Denver trip and after hearing a security guy announce that the game was going to be cancelled (following lots of rumors to that effect), we left before they got the light bank fixed. Grrr…

  26. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 7,2019 11:29 pm

    Just like heaven

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  27. andeux andeux May 7,2019 11:58 pm

    Fiers has thrown the last two interleague no-hitters.

    TINSTAAFK
  28. 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 9:01 am

    Love that he threw the last one against Brett and Brett is commenting on Twitter about it now.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  29. Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2019 1:20 pm

    now we have another game

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2019 1:58 pm || Up

      HOLY SHHHHHHHHHHH

      • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2019 3:54 pm || Up

        I got called back to court. last I saw on my phone was at 91 minutes

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Future Ed Future Ed May 8,2019 10:57 pm || Up

        BTW, SLF had previously gotten david sedaris tickets for today so I gave my seats to a friend from Cincinnati

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  30. andeux andeux May 8,2019 7:20 pm

    So Profar doesn’t suck any more?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 7:42 pm || Up

      Even if his Steve Sax Disease is in sudden and complete remission it’s going to be a while before I’m past my own PTSD to the point where my stomach doesn’t jump every time a routine grounder is hit to him.

  31. andeux andeux May 8,2019 7:42 pm

    Anderson’s velocity seems normal (91-92 fastball) but he just doesn’t look sharp at all.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux May 8,2019 7:49 pm || Up

      This ump is especially terrible too.

      TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux May 8,2019 8:53 pm || Up

        Cinci catcher has been moving the ball like 8 inches and getting the calls. To his credit, Hundley is now doing it too.

        TINSTAAFK
  32. Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 8:06 pm

    It sounds like they’re going to have to cannibalize an old light tower in East Africa or someplace to get the part they need to get those lights fully functional. Most of the ballparks I’ve been to recently have gone to LEDs but not this one.

  33. andeux andeux May 8,2019 8:17 pm

    “See if Hundley can come through.”
    Sure Glen.

    TINSTAAFK
  34. 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 8:33 pm

    @andeux hey, he didnt hit into a DP!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  35. Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 8:37 pm

    That’s a little harsh, pulling the winless Sonny at that point.

  36. andeux andeux May 8,2019 8:44 pm

    Profaresque

    TINSTAAFK
  37. 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 8:45 pm

    Harsh and ineffective.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 8:51 pm || Up

      It’s mostly my soft spot for Sonny, but the Reds aren’t going anywhere this year, the veteran pitcher who’s 0-4 has a chance to be eligible for a win on a mound he’s familiar with, give him a chance to get out of that inning with the lead.

  38. andeux andeux May 8,2019 9:02 pm

    Edwin Jackson 7 runs in 5 IP at LV.
    Nick Martini 1-3.

    TINSTAAFK
  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2019 9:04 pm

    What happened to Khris?

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 8,2019 9:28 pm

    KD injuries on both sides of the complex

  41. andeux andeux May 8,2019 9:44 pm

    Is Chad Pinder still alive?

    TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 9:55 pm || Up

      With Khris hurt he’s basically the position player equivalent of the backup catcher. This is where a three-man bench is tough on the manager.

  42. andeux andeux May 8,2019 9:59 pm

    Reds bring in Iglesias, who has blown a few games and then bitched about being used in non-save situations.

    TINSTAAFK
  43. Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 10:17 pm

    We’re going to get Rodneyed in the 15th inning ugh

    • andeux andeux May 8,2019 10:57 pm || Up

      It is down to Hendriks and him. Ugh.

      TINSTAAFK
  44. andeux andeux May 8,2019 10:25 pm

    So much mediocre pitching vs mediocre hitting.

    TINSTAAFK
  45. andeux andeux May 8,2019 10:32 pm

    One fking more A’s run please.

    TINSTAAFK
  46. 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 10:52 pm

    Remember scoring runs? That was fun.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  47. 5Aces 5Aces May 8,2019 11:05 pm

    Sweet almond walk off!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  48. Soaker Soaker May 8,2019 11:07 pm

    Spared from the Rodneying…thank you Piscotty.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2019 11:41 am || Up

      Spare the Rodneying, spoil the Soaker

  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2019 11:40 am

    FK the Red Sox

  50. Future Ed Future Ed May 9,2019 12:21 pm

    i’ll buy that wrist band

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 9,2019 2:07 pm

    Some A’s runs would be nice

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • ptbnl May 9,2019 2:14 pm || Up

      nAcho

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Soaker Soaker May 9,2019 2:29 pm || Up

        The Reds just made the “Skyline Chili Call to the Bullpen” so that’s the way it’s looking.

  52. ptbnl May 9,2019 3:07 pm

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 9,2019 3:10 pm || Up

  53. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy May 10,2019 2:17 pm

  54. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2019 4:43 pm

    More than you ever thought you wanted to know about the best built car from the best car builders, the Toyota Century.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade May 10,2019 6:08 pm

    I didn’t know Anthony Recker had joined the TV pregame team. I’m sure at least one fan is beyond elated. Security should keep an eye on the crowd in the Treehouse.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  56. 5Aces 5Aces May 10,2019 10:27 pm

    Recker?

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Future Ed Future Ed May 10,2019 10:30 pm || Up

      hardly knew her!

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • MikeV MikeV May 12,2019 7:30 pm || Up

        still funny

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

        • AV AV May 13,2019 7:46 am || Up

          what are you, anjelica huston?

          #timesup, man. #timesup.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • MikeV MikeV May 13,2019 8:37 am || Up

            :(

            And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

            Thanks, and go As.

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