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BRM
03-30-2006, 01:36 PM
Two game threads in a row for me. I must not be working enough. Lineups per Marc.


Reds
Ryan Freel CF
Felipe Lopez SS
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Rich Aurilia 2B
Jacob Cruz DH
Austin Kearns RF
Brian Buchanan LF
David Ross C
(Bronson Arroyo P)

Red Sox
Coco Crisp CF
Mark Loretta 2B
Trot Nixon DH
Manny Ramirez LF
Mike Lowell 3B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Wily Mo Pena RF
Josh Bard C
Alex Gonzalez SS
(Tim Wakefield P)

pedro
03-30-2006, 01:42 PM
hey kids, this is on ESPN for those of you who are near a TV.

BRM
03-30-2006, 01:43 PM
hey kids, this is on ESPN for those of you who are near a TV.

I am but it's only allowed to be on Fox News or CNN.

blumj
03-30-2006, 01:43 PM
Tito showing his love for Bronson by giving Papi the day off. Just one lefty and one SH in the whole lineup.

TeamBoone
03-30-2006, 01:44 PM
Not the A lineup today... guess they don't like the 2-hr bus ride.

BRM
03-30-2006, 01:45 PM
Not the A lineup today... guess they don't like the 2-hr bus ride.

You mean that middle of the order won't be scaring Wakefield?

flyer85
03-30-2006, 01:48 PM
You mean that middle of the order won't be scaring Wakefield?I think some of it is Jr and Dunn are swinging well and they don't want to mess with that by having to face the whiffle ball.

RedsManRick
03-30-2006, 01:49 PM
Wily Mo keeps dropping lower and lower the Sox lineup....

BRM
03-30-2006, 01:50 PM
I think some of it is Jr and Dunn are swinging well and they don't want to mess with that by having to face the whiffle ball.

Dunn swinging well? He struck out twice yesterday!! :evil:

flyer85
03-30-2006, 01:54 PM
Dunn swinging well? He struck out twice yesterday!! :evil:My bad:bash:

LincolnparkRed
03-30-2006, 01:56 PM
I think some of it is Jr and Dunn are swinging well and they don't want to mess with that by having to face the whiffle ball.

Maybe there is a big paintball battle scheduled for today.

BRM
03-30-2006, 01:58 PM
Womack's not in the lineup!! Has he been traded? :eek: ;)

blumj
03-30-2006, 02:06 PM
Wily Mo keeps dropping lower and lower the Sox lineup....
He's going to bat 7th regularly against LHP. The Wake/Bard combo rearranges things a little, but he's in his place.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 02:07 PM
Did you hear them say they're going to cut away at 2:00 or whenever the steroid press conference starts? That sucks. Reds are finally on ESPN this spring and they're gonna cut away.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:07 PM
Yay i actually get to watch a game. and be in the game thread :) yayy

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:09 PM
Freel Popped out to Pena....

Man it sucks to say that :(

RedsManRick
03-30-2006, 02:09 PM
He's going to bat 7th regularly against LHP. The Wake/Bard combo rearranges things a little, but he's in his place.

I know it's not their style, but it would be interesting to see Wily Mo hit behind a good OBP/speed guy in order to limit the number of breaking pitches he'll see. Something tells me Youkilis isn't going to be running much though.

NJReds
03-30-2006, 02:10 PM
Did you hear them say they're going to cut away at 2:00 or whenever the steroid press conference starts? That sucks. Reds are finally on ESPN this spring and they're gonna cut away.

I thought that's what ESPNews was for...:confused:

cumberlandreds
03-30-2006, 02:10 PM
Did you hear them say they're going to cut away at 2:00 or whenever the steroid press conference starts? That sucks. Reds are finally on ESPN this spring and they're gonna cut away.

That's sux. I have my DVR set to record and was planning on watching it tonight. I guess I will just see an hour of it. You know they will draw that news conference out for a while and then have an hour of analysis.:rolleyes:

Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 02:11 PM
This is the first Reds game I get to see this year. Plus in a game thread to.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:11 PM
Ya no joke.... PUT THE press confernce on espn 2 let me watch the reds for one of the few times i get to :(

Lopez and edwin pop out to 2B

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:12 PM
Besides im SOOOO TIRED of hearing about Steroids.. Cant we just play baseball again

OnBaseMachine
03-30-2006, 02:13 PM
Someone needs to inform the announcers that the Great American Ballpark is not a extreme hitters park like they are making it out to be.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:13 PM
Reds go out in order in the first. Ending with an EdE popup.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:14 PM
Someone needs to inform the announcers that the Great American Ballpark is not a extreme hitters park like they are making it out to be.

We have a hard enough time reminding people *here* of that. Our pitching just blows, pure and simple.

By the end of it, Dan O'Brien was actually right about the types of pitchers we need (groundball types)- he just didn't sign any of them.

blumj
03-30-2006, 02:14 PM
I know it's not their style, but it would be interesting to see Wily Mo hit behind a good OBP/speed guy in order to limit the number of breaking pitches he'll see. Something tells me Youkilis isn't going to be running much though.
They don't even have a good OBP/speed, seriously. Crisp is their only speed guy, and his OBP isn't terrible, but I wouldn't call it good, at least not yet. The real lineup without Bard goes Lowell, Pena, Youkilis, Gonzalez. Should be a lot of Ks there.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:16 PM
I think the ballpark has a little to do with our pitchers sucking as well. For one a Pitcher here can pitch 6 AWESOME innings then a few walks and a HUGE HR lol

But i agree the pitchers need to adapt and the'll be ok.

Coco Crisp Singles to lead of the Bot of the 1st

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:17 PM
Just went across the bottem that the conference is on ESPN NEWS not ESPN....but i still say all the ESPN stations DROP everything just to bring us something i dont wann ahear anyways.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:18 PM
Thats not the first time this season Hatteburgh will cost us in the field.

Pickoff attempt is muffed by Hatte Crisp to 3B

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:19 PM
Arroyo faces the Sox lineup in the bottom of the first.

Crisp. Smacks one into right for a base hit.

Loretta. Bronson gets ahead 0-2, then misses by a hair with the next one. Misses again. ARROYO MAKES A WILD PICKOFF THROW AND CRISP GOES TO THIRD! Just terrible. High popup to first, and Hatteberg grabs it in foul ground. One out.

Nixon. Check swing, ball one. Grounder foul. Ball two. Foul fly to left, 2-2. GOOD FASTBALL UP GETS THE STRIKEOUT!

ManRam. Strike called. Ball one. Foul out of play, 1-2. STRIKE THREE CALLED ON THE INSIDE EDGE!

Wow, nice recovery by Arroyo. Very impressive.

0-0 after 1.

Wheelhouse
03-30-2006, 02:19 PM
Actually muffed by Arroyo...

Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 02:20 PM
Espn crawl said that Nationals cut of Michael Tucker. Do you think he might be worth a look?

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:21 PM
it was a catchable ball for Hatte IMO

Gotta save your pitcher.........both to blame yes but he shoulda atleast got the glove over wasnt that bad a throw just wasnt where he was expecting it

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:21 PM
Arroyo Struck out Nixon............ Manny up

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:23 PM
STruck out Manny!!!

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:24 PM
Top of 2.

Hatteberg. Strike called. Ball one as it gets through Josh Bard. High, ball two. Strike two called. Scott grounds out to Gonzalez 6-3.

Aurilia. 0-2 count after a foul. Ball one. AND HE POUNDS ONE TO STRAIGHTAWAY LEFT GONE! 1-0 Reds, just like that.

Cruz. Ball one. Sharply hit grounder, SNAGGED BY YOUKILIS! Toss to Wakefield, and Jacob is robbed! Two outs.

Kearns. Grounds out to end the inning.

1-0 Reds after 1.5.

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:24 PM
Arroyo is blowing them away with 88 MPH heat.

blumj
03-30-2006, 02:25 PM
Bronson throwing way, way more fastballs than usual.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:28 PM
Aurrila Smacks a 1 out HR after Hatte grounds out to SS

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:28 PM
RA is the man!!!

Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 02:29 PM
RA with the HR. Reds lead 1-0.:)

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:29 PM
Youkilis with an awesome diving catch robs cruz of a double

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:30 PM
2 outs reds up 1-0 Kearns seeing the 2-2 pitch

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:30 PM
grounds out to 3b

head to bot of 2nd with a 1-0 Lead. Narron interview coming up

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:31 PM
Narron set to do an interview with the booth.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:33 PM
Ready for season?
Narron: Defenitly.......working hard, ready to get into the season

Bronson?
Narron: With Sox in 03, great compititor not scared.. happy to have him

Jr?
Gone really well, Great AB's.. hittin it hard.. healthy and looking forward to the season

GABP?
Make quality pitches.. get outs... Bronson throws offspeed any count.. NL which guys pitch around.. which can get out etc all will be good.


Just summed it up so i could keep up :)

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:34 PM
Johnny Obvious on to provide scintillating and cogent analysis in the bottom of 2.

Lowell. 2-1 count. Strike two called. Line drive smacks Arroyo right in the butt and rolls to a stop by third base. Infield single.

Youkilis. Strike one called. Line drive single. Two on, nobody out.

Pena. Swing and a miss, struck him out, appropriately enough. One down.

Bard. Quickly 0-2. Inside, a ball. Grounder to short becomes a 6-4-3 double play! Crisis averted again.

Fay thinks Brian Buchanan will make the team. That still isn't gonna happen, at least on April 3rd. He also thinks Jacob Cruz will make it also. BZZZT!

1-0 Reds after 2.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:34 PM
Arroyo takes a ball in the BACK.... Single one on 0 outs.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:35 PM
base hit youkilis... 2 on no outs

Chip R
03-30-2006, 02:35 PM
Arroyo takes a ball in the BACK.... Single one on 0 outs.
Now that's scrappy.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:35 PM
Pena up.........takes strike one

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:36 PM
STrike 2 Swinging

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:36 PM
Takes ball 1........1-2 count 2 on... no outs

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:36 PM
Chases a slider.............strike 3 3 K's for Arroyo 1 out 2 on

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:38 PM
Do you know how bad it would be if Barry Bonds is found to have used steroids.........how bad it will be for the game?????

BARD GIDP inning over :)

Az. Reds Fan
03-30-2006, 02:40 PM
Why would any pitcher even think about throwing Pena a fastball in the strike zone?

I've never seen someone so helpless against a curveball.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:40 PM
Top of 3.

First guy pops out to shallow left.

Ross. Apparently hit his first big-league homer off esteemed fireballer... Mark Grace. Heh. Bouncer to the left side, quickly gobbled up by Alex Gonzalez. Two outs.

Freel. Hitting .164, but has more spring steals than anyone else in the bigs. Ball one. Called strike. Fouled away. Low, ball two. Strikeout swinging. First for Wake.

1-0 Reds after 2.5.

blumj
03-30-2006, 02:40 PM
Arroyo specializes in guys like Wily Mo. That's not even a fair fight.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 02:42 PM
Do you know how bad it would be if Barry Bonds is found to have used steroids.........how bad it will be for the game?????




God forbid. Are trying to tell me that Barry Bonds, the Barry Bonds that plays for the Giants, and is Willie Mays's god son, has taken steroids?

I'll never believe it. CONSPIRACY!

I'm so tired of hearing about steroids.

registerthis
03-30-2006, 02:45 PM
Is it possible to go to just one person doing PbP in this thread?

Sorry, just seeing an awful lot of repetitive posts.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:45 PM
Bottom of 3. Man, Butterworth loves him some Dead Milkmen.

ESPN is cannibalizing their own audience with all this steroid talk. Soon someone will have to eat Sir Peter's minstrels. Sorry, Buster Olney, you are the weakest link.

Gonzalez. Quick popout. One down.

Crisp. He's still crunchy in milk. Full count. Hit deep to center, but Freel's there for the catch. Two outs.

Loretta. Flies quickly to right-center, where Austin Kearns makes the play.

1-0 Reds after 3. This is going better than I thought it would.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:49 PM
sorry had to step away a few...

Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 02:49 PM
Doc Scott Espn crawl had of Michael Tucker being cut by the Nationals. Have you heard anything?

NJReds
03-30-2006, 02:50 PM
I'm so tired of hearing about steroids.

Agreed. Baseball didn't just turn a blind eye to steriods; MLB embraced steroids with it's McGwire/Sosa lovefest back in '98, when the league was trying to get back in the fans good graces.

Now someone writes a book -- a few sponsors start to squirm --and the league gives a Crisis PR 101 response by opening up a sham of an investigation that at best will produce a response that could be summed up as: "Whoops...our bad"

Take away Bonds records? Doubtful. Prove that the pitchers he faced weren't jucing. They didn't take away the Reds 1919 World Series title? Why would they start erasing the recordbook.

Baseball is, and will always be about money. As long as they're making boatloads of cash, everything else (including integrity) goes out the window.

GridironGrace
03-30-2006, 02:50 PM
sure ill stop doing PBP i started too but got a few others doing it and i gotta do somet painting in the house soon anyways.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 02:51 PM
Tucker needs to follow Grissom, into retirement.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:51 PM
Doc Scott Espn crawl had of Michael Tucker being cut by the Nationals. Have you heard anything?

[clicks around]

My sources indicate nothing. Or the Reds have signed him and decided to bat him leadoff and play him every day over Adam Dunn. One of those two, still checking.

Tucker may end up the Nationals' style consultant. He's one of JimBo's homies.

smith288
03-30-2006, 02:51 PM
Where's CA? He had some stellar PBP

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:51 PM
1-0 Reds after 3. This is going better than I thought it would.

Bronson's gettin' it done so far today.

Spitball
03-30-2006, 02:52 PM
I've been over on the wrong board trying to get a game thread started. No wonder I was all alone.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 02:52 PM
Top of 4.

Lopez (0-1). Called strike. Away, count evens. Knuckler misses high, 2-1. Dirt, ball three. He walked him! First one for Wakefield so far.

Encarnacion (0-1). Strike called. RIPPED INTO LEFT-CENTER! Base hit. First and second, no outs.

Hatteberg (0-1). Taken strike. Hmmm, a trend. Outside, ball one. Called strike two. Bounced foul. Strikeout swinging. One out.

Aurilia (1-1, HR). Real men carry three gloves with them everywhere. Tapped foul, 0-1. Foul fly to left, another shot. 0-2. Another foul. Another strikeout swinging. Two down.

Cruz. Grounder to first again, again turned into an out by Kevin Youkilis.

1-0 Reds after 3.5.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 02:53 PM
Man, catching a knuckler's gotta be tough.

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:54 PM
EE is unmanly. That single was pulled to left.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 02:54 PM
You know it would be quite funny if the re-signing of Aurilia was the thing that led to the release/trade of Womack.

membengal
03-30-2006, 02:54 PM
Doc Scott does spectacular PBP, if he is doing it, we all will be happy.

Btw, got to see Arroyo's first inning of work over lunch...pleasantly surprised by the variance in speeds he was getting. The fastball is by no means overpowering, but mixed in with that slow breaking ball, kept them off balance.

As one on the Wily Mo side of the fence, I was pleased, and am willing to reconsider my grumpy stance if we get an Arroyo here who can be 4.25 or better in ERA with around 130 Ks.

BRM
03-30-2006, 02:55 PM
You know it would be quite funny if the re-signing of Aurilia was the thing that led to the release/trade of Womack.

Aurilia's name wouldn't be quite as poisonous, would it?

registerthis
03-30-2006, 02:57 PM
Aurilia's name wouldn't be quite as poisonous, would it?

If Aurilia's content with a supportive role, then he's welcome on this team as far as I'm concerned. He's still got some punch in his bat, and his 'D is at least better than Womack's.

My only beef with him last year was his attitude.

E. Davis 44
03-30-2006, 02:58 PM
the more i think about it the more I like the Arroyo/Pena trade

Chip R
03-30-2006, 02:58 PM
Aurilia's name wouldn't be quite as poisonous, would it?

Rolls off the tongue compared to Womack. But if Womack is gone, the mantle of RedsZone Whipping Boy goes back to Aurilia.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:00 PM
If Aurilia's content with a supportive role, then he's welcome on this team as far as I'm concerned. He's still got some punch in his bat, and his 'D is at least better than Womack's.

My only beef with him last year was his attitude.

I'm Rich Aurilia's BIGGEST FAN EVER if it keeps Womack with splinters in his scrappy little ass.

BRM
03-30-2006, 03:00 PM
But if Womack is gone, the mantle of RedsZone Whipping Boy goes back to Aurilia.

You're probably right. I do think that if Aurilia is placed in a backup role and doesn't whine about it, the Redszone faithful will pick a new whipping boy. RA made himself an easy target last year with his constant whining to the media.

BRM
03-30-2006, 03:01 PM
Looks like they are in deed breaking away from the game for the press conference. :thumbdown

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 03:02 PM
Better start firing up the old MLB.com audio. What a let down.

membengal
03-30-2006, 03:02 PM
I would very much like a year with no whipping boy. If Aurilia can remove Womack from this roster or significant playing time, well, I will certainly be less irritable about him...or, more specifically, how the Reds used him last year at Lopez's expense early in the year.

LincolnparkRed
03-30-2006, 03:02 PM
Rolls off the tongue compared to Womack. But if Womack is gone, the mantle of RedsZone Whipping Boy goes back to Aurilia.

I am sure we can find a new one (or maybe it will be whipping boy by committee just like our closer)

CRedsLarkin11
03-30-2006, 03:03 PM
:thumbdown MLB.tv is showing the press conference too

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:03 PM
Bottom of 4.

Trawt (0-1). Popup foul, but out of play. Called strike two. STRUCK HIM OUT SWINGING AGAIN! One out, four Ks for Arroyo.

Manny (0-1). WAVES AT THE CHANGE! A foul, then a ball. STRUCK HIM OUT SWINGING AGAIN AGAIN! Two outs, five Ks.

Lowell (1-1). Breaking ball strike. Inside, ball. Foul tip, 1-2. Slider outside. SWING AND A MISS ON THE BREAKING BALL!

Extremely impressive. Three pretty good hitters.

Eight in a row retired by B.A. Six Ks.

BRM
03-30-2006, 03:06 PM
Thanks for keeping up the PBP Doc. I'm sure you'd rather be watching the press conference. :p:

Strikes Out Looking
03-30-2006, 03:06 PM
My take on Aurilia/Womack:

Good news: Womack not the starting second baseman for the Reds.
Bad news: Rich Aurilia is.

HotCorner
03-30-2006, 03:06 PM
Trawt


:clap: :laugh: :laugh:

membengal
03-30-2006, 03:06 PM
Arroyo's absolutely dealing.

Wow.

And, good.

Arroyo struck out the side in the 4th. 6 Ks through four innings. While there is no Ortiz, there are still enough other Sox regulars that this is definitely a nice outing for Arroyo.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:07 PM
Top of 5. Dustan Mohr now in LF for Manny, who's embarrassed.

Mike Timlin now pitching. Hey, he could be discussing ragtime with the Reds' bullpen.

Marty busts Steve's balls over scoping chicks in the stands. Heh.

On a serious note, Vern Ruhle is staying in Sarasota for cancer treatment. Lee Tunnell will be interim bullpen coach, Tommy Hume acting pitching coach, and Mario Soto pitching coach for the Louisville Bats (!). What, no Browning?

Kearns (0-1). 2-2 count. Liner to left, base hit!

Grandmaster B (0-1). Pickoff throw almost catches Kearns napping. Swung on and missed. Timlin and Bard not singing the same tune, apparently.

Ross.

Crap, missed the rest. Stupid work. But no runs, I don't think.

1-0 Reds after 4.5.

savafan
03-30-2006, 03:09 PM
scrappy little ass.

I'm in favor of making this Womack's official Redszone nickname. :D

Gallen5862
03-30-2006, 03:09 PM
ESPN2 is showing Women's tennis. They did not interupt that match to show the press conference. Why interupt baseball on ESPN when ESPN news could show it?

cumberlandreds
03-30-2006, 03:10 PM
My take on Aurilia/Womack:

Good news: Womack not the starting second baseman for the Reds.
Bad news: Rich Aurilia is.

If you got to pick the lesser of two evils,I would rather go with Aurilia. Womack just seems done to me. At least Aurilia seems to have more in the tank.
Arroyo sounding great today. I'm encouraged.:)

blumj
03-30-2006, 03:10 PM
Mike Timlin now pitching. Hey, he could be discussing ragtime with the Reds' bullpen.
.
And half the Red Sox pitching staff could join them.:laugh:

traderumor
03-30-2006, 03:11 PM
I got to see the first 3 innings on my lunch hour, live about 5 minutes from work.

Observations:

Glad I had to go back to work anyhow as they announced they were gonna show the presser. Overkill and I would have been cussing in my head if not out loud, so sin nonetheless.

Bard looks like LaRue did trying to catch Fernandez. Hopefully he'll catch up, but Wakefield looked like he was starting to get frustrated. Sometimes, he didn't even try to catch it with no one on base, which could cost some strike calls since umps don't like calling strikes on balls catchers miss regardless of where they are in the zone.

Aurilia just uncoiled on a knuckler. An absolute shot.

Arroyo looked like he was getting in a groove in the third, and indeed struck out the side in the fourth. Looked like a totally different pitcher than last Sat. Hopefully that's the one we see when it counts. His movement is as advertised, plus he keeps the hitters off balance.

One final thing. Brian Buchanan needs the Manzierre. Maybe I'll let him have one of mine if he makes the team.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 03:12 PM
Rolls off the tongue compared to Womack. But if Womack is gone, the mantle of RedsZone Whipping Boy goes back to Aurilia.could go to Hatteberg

Spitball
03-30-2006, 03:16 PM
I like Arroyo's style. He usually pitches off his curveball but knows how to make adjustments. He had been the youngster in Boston learning from masters Pedro, Schilling, and Wells. Now, he is a veteran in Cincy's rotation and hopefully he can pass some on some insight.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:16 PM
Bottom of 5.

Youkilis. Foul. Liner to left, but CAUGHT by Buck! Uh oh, Marty was talking to the Twins announcers. One out.

Pena. Man, this guy's huge. Where'd the Sox get him? Slow roller to Aurilia, and the quick out! Two down.

Bard. Watch out, he can pick pockets AND move silently. Ball one. Strike at the knees with the offspeed pitch. Foul. Ball two. Popped foul. STRIKE THREE CALLED! Seven Ks for Arroyo.

1-0 Reds after 5.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 03:17 PM
could go to Hatteberg

Aurilia has seniority.

blumj
03-30-2006, 03:18 PM
Arroyo looked like he was getting in a groove in the third, and indeed struck out the side in the fourth. Looked like a totally different pitcher than last Sat. Hopefully that's the one we see when it counts. His movement is as advertised, plus he keeps the hitters off balance.


He's a pretty good pitcher, not a great one. You'll see both of those Arroyos, but more of this one.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:21 PM
Top of 6. Julian Tavarez pitching. He still slightly resembles Freddy Krueger.

Freel (0-2). Fastball, taken strike. Swing and a miss, 0-2. High fly to right; it's right at Wily Mo so count it. One out.

Lopez (0-1, BB). Ball one. Strike called. High, ball two. High, ball three. Foul, count's full. Lined into center, base hit! Four safeties for Cincinnati.

Encarnacion (1-2). They play him to pull because he's not yet a man. 1-2 count. High fly to left, gloved by Mohr. Two down.

Hatteberg (0-2). Some pickoff throws. Ball's low. Strike. Pickoff throw by Bard alllllmost gets Lopez. Grounded foul. Check swing, 2-2. Lopez goes, and it's punched into right-center for a base hit! Felipe to third.

Aurilia (1-2, HR). 1-1. Called strike two. High and away, 2-2. Ball three runs the count full. Aurilia's eye is praised. Man, does Marty love this guy. BALL FOUR! They're loaded for...

Cruz (0-2). Inside, ball one. Ball two. BALL THREE! Called strike. SWING AND A MISS AT BALL FOUR! Full count. Grounder to second, easy out.

Reds 1, Red Sox 0 after 5.5.

Papelbon and Foulke both scheduled to pitch today.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 03:21 PM
Hey, the Reds are on ESPN. Sweet. At least the presser didn't drag on and on.

cumberlandreds
03-30-2006, 03:22 PM
Hey, the Reds are on ESPN. Sweet. At least the presser didn't drag on and on.

Much quicker than I thought. Thank goodness.:)

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 03:23 PM
Tavares is pitching. Better watch your step, he'll sissy punch you if you aren't careful.

BRM
03-30-2006, 03:24 PM
Someone wake me up when the ESPN broadcast team decides to talk about the baseball game instead of steroids.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 03:26 PM
Tavares is pitching. Better watch your step, he'll sissy punch you if you aren't careful.

I read that Gathright knows tai-kwon-do so Ol' Ugly was pretty lucky he didn't get his face broken - which might be an improvement.

Strikes Out Looking
03-30-2006, 03:34 PM
Hatteburg singles, runners first and third.
Aurilia walks, bases loaded.

Announcers still talking about steroids on ESPN.

Cruz grounds out, inning over.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 03:37 PM
Announcers still talking about steroids on ESPN.

:eek: Hard to believe. I gotta say I was wrong, though. I thought for sure they would be talking about the Sox all the time.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:39 PM
Bottom of 6. Eleven in a row retired by Arroyo to this point.

Gonzalez. 1-2 count, following a first-pitch breaking ball strike. Lot of those today. Foul. STRUCK HIM OUT ON THE BAD JUNK AWAY! Eight Ks, twelve in a row.

Crisp (1-2). Fly to center, caught by new CF Norris Hopper.

Liner caught by Menechino to end the inning! Fourteen in a row.

1-0 Reds after 6.

Frankie Menechino is now at third base. Marty is talking about how Marge Schott had bats used by Terry Francona, Sal Butera, and Max Venable in her collection. He reminisces about Francona's legendary .227/.266/.295 1987 (http://www.baseball-reference.com/f/francte01.shtml) and how Terry hit a three-run homer off Floyd Youmans and drove in five runs on Opening Day, then finished with nine for the season. Actually, it was twelve.

cumberlandreds
03-30-2006, 03:40 PM
:eek: Hard to believe. I gotta say I was wrong, though. I thought for sure they would be talking about the Sox all the time.

ESPN has to overkill something all the time. In baseball at the moment it's steriods,In college basketball its Duke,college football its USC. ESPN the masters of overkill.:rolleyes:

TeamBoone
03-30-2006, 03:44 PM
Someone wake me up when the ESPN broadcast team decides to talk about the baseball game instead of steroids.

Thank you; I thought I was the only one irritated by this. I turned them off and WLW on... the only problem with that is the radio is ahead of the TV broadcast. But man! I got sick of listening to them talk... they couldn't even be bothered to announce the batter.

Strikes Out Looking
03-30-2006, 03:45 PM
Dan Schulman and Orel Hersheiser are the announcers. My rabid dislike of Hersheiser from the '80s is being quickly rekindled.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:46 PM
Top of 7. Jonathan Papelbon now pitching, Willie Harris and Alex Cora now in as the keystoners.

Man, looking over Terry Francona's career stats... Marty's right. He did suck.

Kearns (1-2). Swings through the first one. Count runs to 2-2. Struck him out swinging.

Bedwetter B (0-2). Grounder past third into left, base hit! He's 22 for 40 on the spring.

Ross (0-2). 1-1 count; called strike two. Strikeout swinging, and Buchanan avoids the pickoff attempt at first. Two outs.

Norris Hopper. 2-2 count. Strikeout swinging.

1-0 Reds after 6.5.

Baseball America has rated the Reds' minor-league system 30th and dead last (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/features/26854.html) in the majors.

membengal
03-30-2006, 03:47 PM
Again, Arroyo's outing is beyond encouraging.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 03:48 PM
One final thing. Brian Buchanan needs the Manzierre. Maybe I'll let him have one of mine if he makes the team.[/QUOTE]

You mean the Bro?

WMR
03-30-2006, 03:51 PM
marty beating the strikeout drum

Chip R
03-30-2006, 03:52 PM
marty beating the strikeout drum

Surprised there isn't a hole in that drum by now.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 03:53 PM
I wonder if Papelbon will close if Foulke goes on DL,cause i'm eyeing him on my fantasy team.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 03:54 PM
He also said that it's good to have a couple of guys like Aurillia and Hatterburg who can come in and give you "professional" at bats.

WMR
03-30-2006, 03:54 PM
Surprised there isn't a hole in that drum by now.

but he said well have aurila and hateberg to counter that b\c they have a good approach :laugh:

Heath
03-30-2006, 03:54 PM
Marty Brennaman just spoke on ESPN. No one was hurt, but a few dust particals were sorely misplaced.

blumj
03-30-2006, 03:55 PM
I wonder if Papelbon will close if Foulke goes on DL,cause i'm eyeing him on my fantasy team.
That's what we've been hearing. Of course, he might start if they lose a starter and Foulke's okay.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 03:55 PM
BTW, Francona was Benzinger minus any power.

WMR
03-30-2006, 03:56 PM
theyre talking about trading a catcher i wonder what sort of value u could get for a valentin on the pitching market

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 03:56 PM
Whoa! There's that crazy arm angle thing he does that everyone's been talking about. Arroyo's fun to watch.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 03:56 PM
Bottom of 7. Bronson Arroyo still pitching.

First pitch is popped up by Nixon, and caught in foul ground by Dave Ross. One out.

Mohr. He's greeted with a called strike. Ball one. Swing and a miss on the breaking ball. High, ball two. CALLED STRIKE THREE! Nine strikeouts.

Lowell. Falls behind 2-0 for what might be the first time all day. Called strike on the breaking ball. Another called strike. Outside, full count. Fouled back. Outside, ball four. The string is broken. Pinch-runner is Duran.

Youkilis. Taken strike. Bouncer to third, gloved by Menechino, and a good strong throw gets him! Inning over.

1-0 Reds after 7.

Arroyo: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 03:57 PM
Heck of an outing today by Arroyo.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 04:00 PM
Top of 8. Manny Delcarmen pitching.

Lopez walks leading off, with Jeff Bannon pinch-running. 2-1 to Menechino. Announcers talking about steroids.

Check swing strike and it's 2-2 on Frankie. Hey, Marty, take Frankie's nickname as advice- SHUT UP. Everyone agrees- steroids suck and are a mess. Thank you.

Ball three, count's full. Marty compares Delcarmen to Luke Hudson, who will be making the Royals, because he throws a buttload of pitches. Ouch and ouch. Bannon swipes second base. Ball four to Frankie, and two on with nobody out.

Hatteberg. Ball one. Manny does certainly resemble Hudson, that's true. HIT DEEP TO LEFT-CENTER AND IT'S IN THE GAP! One run scores, Menechino to third!

2-0 Reds. Yep, Hudson.

Andy Abad pinch-hitting. Gary Patchett running for Hatteberg. Marty pronounces the last name like Cate Blan-CHETT. Heh.

Abad. Chopper slowly hit right side, and the flip to the pitcher gets the out. Not so wise to go hacking on the first pitch.

Cruz (0-3). Ball one. Ball two. Ahh, Luke, we missed you. Swing and a miss. I miss some stuff, but I think Jacob struck out, because Marty goes on about how he's not helping himself.

Kearns waves at a fastball. He's a disappointment too, according to Marty. Bad spring. AND KEARNS SLAPS A BASE HIT, SCORING TWO! Yeah, eff you too, Marty. 4-0 Reds.

Buchanan grounds quickly to third.

4-0 Reds after 7.5.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 04:00 PM
Pinch-runner is Duran.


Kitty should be happy about that.

KronoRed
03-30-2006, 04:02 PM
He also said that it's good to have a couple of guys like Aurillia and Hatterburg who can come in and give you "professional" at bats.
Does "professional at bat" mean he'll ground it out and run really well to 1st? ;)

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:02 PM
They can't even leave the steroids issue at the door when interviewing Arroyo.

Heath
03-30-2006, 04:03 PM
Memo to ESPN - When a pitcher has pitched 7 innings of fantastic baseball, I could care less about his views on steroids. Don't go Jim-Gray-like and ask dumb questions.

Heath
03-30-2006, 04:04 PM
Kitty should be happy about that.

She's got the "steal" sign ;)

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:04 PM
My goodness. They just can't let it go.

Highlifeman21
03-30-2006, 04:06 PM
I glanced up at the screen while at work today and saw three names that made me literally puke...

Due up:
Hatteberg
Aurillia
Cruz

Seriously, the sight of that made me have to go outside and yak.

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:07 PM
I glanced up at the screen while at work today and saw three names that made me literally puke...

Due up:
Hatteberg
Aurillia
Cruz

Seriously, the sight of that made me have to go outside and yak.

Aurilia is responsible for the Reds only run. Just sayin'.

KronoRed
03-30-2006, 04:07 PM
I glanced up at the screen while at work today and saw three names that made me literally puke...

Due up:
Hatteberg
Aurillia
Cruz

Seriously, the sight of that made me have to go outside and yak.
2 of them will be starting quite a bit.

Is POTD down again? :dunno:

registerthis
03-30-2006, 04:08 PM
Kitty should be happy about that.

Big question is whether it is Roger, John or Andy.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 04:09 PM
I don't dislike Aurillia as much as I once did.
That will change the first time I hear him open his mouth to complain. Pet peeve.

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
Hatteberg with a very many RBI double to left center.

registerthis
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
I glanced up at the screen while at work today and saw three names that made me literally puke...

Seriously, the sight of that made me have to go outside and yak.

You must have a weak stomach. Watch out for those late night White Castle runs.

KronoRed
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
Aurilia is easy to like when Womack and Hatteberg are darkening the lineup.

Gainesville Red
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
Abad looks like he would kick my ass in a bar.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
Hatteberg tearin it up today!

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:11 PM
Aurilia is easy to like when Womack and Hatteberg are darkening the lineup.

No doubt. I'll like Aurilia a bunch if he's the Womack replacement.

KittyDuran
03-30-2006, 04:11 PM
Big question is whether it is Roger, John or Andy.Great! I'm stuck here at work and you guys are talking about me...:D Oh, and Reg, there is also two other guys in the band as well: Simon and Nick - tho' not with the same last name! ;)

membengal
03-30-2006, 04:12 PM
Again, I don't understand the continued vitriol for Hatteberg. He will help this team this year from time to time. He has a good eye, he gets on-base a fair amount, and gets enough lift that he will hit his share of longballs at GABP. He's not a zero, he's just not. I would still like to see him primarily backing up, but if he starts four or so times a week, that's not the end of the world either.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:12 PM
Aurilia is easy to like when Womack and Hatteberg are darkening the lineup.Everybody is easy to like when Womack is playing(unless Francona was playing 1B).

WMR
03-30-2006, 04:13 PM
hahahha asking hatteberger aboutr the steroids espn is so stupid

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:14 PM
Kearns with a 2 run single. Now they are asking Hatteberg for his opinion on the steroid investigation. This is ridiculous.

harangatang
03-30-2006, 04:14 PM
Kearns has lost alot of weight, wow, hadn't seen him yet

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:15 PM
I really think that the only reason they haven't cut the roster is that Krivsky is still looking to bring in a couple of players. I know Jimbo made a final cut a few time then brought in a player at the last moment and had to get rid of someone who went north. I know Krivsky/Narron may not want to do it but they may have no choice.

Heath
03-30-2006, 04:16 PM
Again, I don't understand the continued vitriol for Hatteberg. He will help this team this year from time to time. He has a good eye, he gets on-base a fair amount, and gets enough lift that he will hit his share of longballs at GABP. He's not a zero, he's just not. I would still like to see him primarily backing up, but if he starts four or so times a week, that's not the end of the world either.

A preferable number of times AB for Scott H. is about 5 a week.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 04:17 PM
Bottom of 8. Ricardo Blanco now pitching. Jeff Bannon at short, Gary Patchett at second, Andy Abad at first.

Official for Arroyo: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 error in the field on the bad pickoff throw.

Pena. Waves at the first one. Good thing I have AutoText. Ball's outside. More steroid talk. We're going to hear cuts from the press conference. Great. Called strike evens the count. Checks just in time, full count. STRUCK HIM OUT SWINGING! Have that one on AutoText too.

Selig clip about facts, not supposition. SAT words, whoa.

Bard. Takes ball one. Fouled back. Nice analogy by Steve comparing this investigation to the Dowd Report and how evidence will be different. Strike two. CALLED STRIKE THREE! Man, the Sox are just not there today.

Selig is giving Sen. Mitchell tons of power.

CORA RIPS THE FIRST PITCH DEEP TO RIGHT-CENTER BUT IT'S CAUGHT! End of inning.

4-0 Reds after 8.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:17 PM
Me neither:lindner:

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:17 PM
The announcers just referred to Rick White as a lock for the Reds bullpen. :help:

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:18 PM
Kearns has lost alot of weight, wow, hadn't seen him yet

Me neither:lindner:

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:18 PM
I hope White gets knocked around.

TeamBoone
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
For as much as these announcers preach that they don't want the subject of steroids to become a distraction, they've certainly managed to make it just that during this game!

Heath
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
The announcers just referred to Rick White as a lock for the Reds bullpen. :help:

He's the reason Ryan Wagner's taking the last train to Louisville.

membengal
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
A preferable number of times AB for Scott H. is about 5 a week.

Perhaps. But we may be in agree to disagree mode on this one. We shall see how it plays out. He's got a little better stick (and batting eye) than some on here give him credit for.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
Bud Selig and probe just seem to go together

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
Sorry for the 2 linder posts.Was trying to reply to 1 post.Still a funny pic of uncle Carl though.

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
I hope White gets knocked around.

He just K'ed Pena with some high 80s heat.

RedsManRick
03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
In the last few years, ESPN has become to sports what MTV is to music. Between XM radio, MLB.com, and various web sites, I have basically zero desire for ESPN programming.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:20 PM
Rick White pickin em up and layin em down!

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:20 PM
In the last few years, ESPN has become to sports what MTV is to music. Between XM radio, MLB.com, and various web sites, I have basically zero desire for ESPN programming.Boo-Yah

Chip R
03-30-2006, 04:21 PM
Now they are asking Hatteberg for his opinion on the steroid investigation. This is ridiculous.

I'd love for some player to start swearing up a storm while answering questions about steroids so they couldn't show it. :lol:

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:21 PM
Rick White pickin em up and layin em down!

He's proving why the Reds are taking him north.

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:21 PM
Great catch By Kearns to end the inning,now imagine had Wily Mo trying to flag that one down.Yikes

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:22 PM
"Mitchell will have incredible powers" ... I wonder if he will get X-ray vision to perform his awesome task.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 04:22 PM
Top of 9. Keith Foulke pitching? No, it's righty Jonathan Searles, a six-year free agent over the winter. DeVries catching.

Mitchell may already have broken out the rectal probes. That way something could explain Barry Bonds' facial expressions lately.

Ross (0-3). 0-2 after a swinging strike. Foul. Struck him out swinging.

Hopper (0-1). Grounder wide of first, two outs.

Bannon. Marty talks about how the Reds have brought in a few minor-leaguers to fill out the bench, and how Chris Denorfia went from that extra spring guy to a real prospect. 1-1 count on Jeff. Foul straight back. Ball two. Inside, ball three. Jeff doesn't draw many walks normally, but then again, he doesn't normally steal a ton of bases either. Hard lineout ends the frame.

4-0 Reds heading to the bottom of 9.

Chip R
03-30-2006, 04:25 PM
"Mitchell will have incredible powers" ... I wonder if he will get X-ray vision to perform his awesome task.

That'd be sweet to use on the chicks.

flyer85
03-30-2006, 04:26 PM
That'd be sweet to use on the chicks.never crossed my mind :devil:

WMR
03-30-2006, 04:28 PM
Boo-Yah


http://www.tournamentshooters.com/Kleco_Berman.jpg

"fat fat fat fat fat.... BALD!"

errrrr "back back back back back back... gone!"

my bad:laugh:

M2
03-30-2006, 04:29 PM
George Mitchell is the Muad'Dib.

Didn't get to see a lot of the game (stupid work), but it looked like Arroyo had the ball moving today. When he's putting that kind of bite on his pitches, he's a bear for the opposing team.

Heath
03-30-2006, 04:30 PM
Mike Burns, who eats worms, will be starting the ninth.

Doc. Scott
03-30-2006, 04:31 PM
Bottom of 9. Mike "Made Man" Burns on.

Harris. High and tight, ball one. Called strike. Ball two. Ball three. Just throw him a strike, Mike, he can't hit it very far. Called strike two. Walked him.

Enrique Wilson. Nice to know Burns is facing the A-list. Way inside, ball one. Swing and a miss at a bad pitch. Another big jam job breaks Wilson's bat. Popup is caught, one down.

Adam Stern, hero of Team Canada. Pinch-hitting for Trawt, who had a pretty bad day at the dish. Grounder to short, AND IT'S A DOUBLE PLAY!

This one belongs to the Reds! A 4-0 shutout win.

deltachi8
03-30-2006, 04:31 PM
In the last few years, ESPN has become to sports what MTV is to music. Between XM radio, MLB.com, and various web sites, I have basically zero desire for ESPN programming.

werd

Jr's Boy
03-30-2006, 04:33 PM
Bottom of the 9th,1 on.Here we go.

GAC
03-30-2006, 04:34 PM
Looks like Arroyo threw a pretty darn good game against his former team.

And is it true? My Man Rich hit another Hr? :lol:

BRM
03-30-2006, 04:37 PM
Adam Stern with a GIDP to end the game. Reds win 4-0!!

membengal
03-30-2006, 04:38 PM
Huh. Turns out when you get seven shutout innings from your starter with only three hits allowed in that span along with 9 Ks to just 1 walk, that your chances of winning are greatly increased. Who knew?

By the way, SoSH will be wailing and gnashing their teeth after this one...

traderumor
03-30-2006, 04:44 PM
One final thing. Brian Buchanan needs the Manzierre. Maybe I'll let him have one of mine if he makes the team.

You mean the Bro?[/QUOTE]There was some disagreement between Frank and Kramer regarding the name, that was one of the suggestions, which I always preferred over "the Bro" :)

smith288
03-30-2006, 04:49 PM
Did anyone hear about the steroid story??? I really need to look for more information since NOBODY seems to be kicking the dead horse right now... :deadhorse

Chip R
03-30-2006, 04:50 PM
Did anyone hear about the steroid story??? I really need to look for more information since NOBODY seems to be kicking the dead horse right now... :deadhorse

You might find something about it on Sportscenter tonight. ;)

vermonter
03-30-2006, 05:03 PM
By the way, SoSH will be wailing and gnashing their teeth after this one...
Nah ... from my perspective, I already did all my wailing. Glad to see Bronson pitch well, and this is the last time we play the Reds this season. ;)

traderumor
03-30-2006, 05:06 PM
Nah ... from my perspective, I already did all my wailing. Glad to see Bronson pitch well, and this is the last time we play the Reds this season. ;)
At least until the postseason ;)

Dunner44
03-30-2006, 05:36 PM
Ground out/ Fly out ratio for Bronson: 4-8. Thats what I thought I heard during the game. However, some shallow pops, and I'm not going to argue with 9ks and only 3 hits and a walk.

cincrazy
03-30-2006, 05:40 PM
Arroyo looked fantastic. It's nice to see his strikeout totals increase, especially against the Red Sox. Granted, Ortiz or Varitek weren't in the lineup, but for the most part, those were the Boston regulars. Boston better hope it's pitching comes through, because it's lineup is nowhere near as powerful. An infield of Mike Lowell, Alex Gonzalez, Mark Loretta, and J.T. Snow/Kevin Youkillis doesn't exactly scream POWER

Heath
03-30-2006, 05:57 PM
Arroyo looked fantastic. It's nice to see his strikeout totals increase, especially against the Red Sox. Granted, Ortiz or Varitek weren't in the lineup, but for the most part, those were the Boston regulars. Boston better hope it's pitching comes through, because it's lineup is nowhere near as powerful. An infield of Mike Lowell, Alex Gonzalez, Mark Loretta, and J.T. Snow/Kevin Youkillis doesn't exactly scream POWER

Jayson Stark said that the AL East team to step forward, was ... cough..the Devil Rays. Stark isn't impressed with the Yankees & Red Sox and thinks that Toronto will be the team to beat.

I just thought that the Rays improved immeasurably when they hired TeamClark. :D

Mike Lowell looks almost anorexic out there. I wonder if he stopped shopping at GNC. (allegedly).

registerthis
03-30-2006, 05:57 PM
An infield of Mike Lowell, Alex Gonzalez, Mark Loretta, and J.T. Snow/Kevin Youkillis doesn't exactly scream POWER

Yeah, but Ramirez, Ortiz and Pena do.

KronoRed
03-30-2006, 06:26 PM
An infield of Mike Lowell, Alex Gonzalez, Mark Loretta, and J.T. Snow/Kevin Youkillis doesn't exactly scream POWER
But it does scream scrappy.

blumj
03-30-2006, 06:28 PM
No, it screams: we're willing to sacrifice some offense if someone will just catch and throw the damn ball for a change. And Loretta and Youkilis(and Crisp) should be able to take advantage of Fenway for bunches of doubles. The others seem like black holes with gloves.

Reds1
03-30-2006, 11:10 PM
I didn't see the game, but that trade is looking like a good one. I had a buddy call me from the game and watched Wily Mo in batting practice and just said awesome, but the fact is he does it in batting practice and I'm so glad this FO had the balls to trade potential for quality and todays outing shows we picked a pitcher who can pitch a little.