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Dunner44
03-31-2006, 10:38 AM
Lineup per Marc:

Frank Menechino 2B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Adam Dunn LF
Javier Valentin C
Brian Buchanan RF
Andy Abad 1B
Jeff Bannon SS
Norris Hopper CF
(Brandon Claussen P)

Lefty Cliff Lee is pitching for the Tribe.

Only question I have here: Why the crap is Menechino getting so much time at 2B. Even if some of the vets don't want to travel, you have THREE guys competing for the spot, have at least one of them play there. This just tells me that the spots pretty much already given to Womack, something I've known for a while but not wanted to admit.

LincolnparkRed
03-31-2006, 10:42 AM
This will be the second game with no Tony so either a deal is pending or there are ready to cut their losses. As for Freel and Aurillia, both played yesterday at Boston so they are probably getting the day off to get ready to head north.

puca
03-31-2006, 11:11 AM
I don't think 3 guys are competing for the 2b spot.

The Reds obviously don't like Freel as a 2b. I don't know why, but it HAS to be more than the fact that he is valuable as a super-utility guy, because the batting order is so much better with Freel in the line up. Yet Freel has gotten very little playing time at second. And if you assume Womack will not be with the Reds opening day (and I have assumed that since Krivsky took over), that leaves Aurilia as the starting second baseman and Menechino still competing for a roster spot.

Red Leader
03-31-2006, 11:19 AM
I don't think 3 guys are competing for the 2b spot.

The Reds obviously don't like Freel as a 2b. I don't know why, but it HAS to be more than the fact that he is valuable as a super-utility guy, because the batting order is so much better with Freel in the line up. Yet Freel has gotten very little playing time at second. And if you assume Womack will not be with the Reds opening day (and I have assumed that since Krivsky took over), that leaves Aurilia as the starting second baseman and Menechino still competing for a roster spot.

I agree with you on Freel at 2B. I don't think he'll be used there unless the starter is given a day off, and God I hope you're right about Womack not making the team and Aurilia being the everyday second baseman. Those are words I never thought I'd type, BTW.

KearnsyEars
03-31-2006, 11:48 AM
Womack will make the team.

RedsManRick
03-31-2006, 11:54 AM
Who is Norris Hopper and how does a guy with a name that cool fly under the radar?

LincolnparkRed
03-31-2006, 12:09 PM
Who is Norris Hopper and how does a guy with a name that cool fly under the radar? AA dynamo or at least a guy that hit really well in Chattanooga, don't know much else about him.

Coffeybro
03-31-2006, 12:36 PM
Who is Norris Hopper and how does a guy with a name that cool fly under the radar?

Originally drafted by the Braves. He played for Cherryville High School in Cleveland County NC. That high school and mine are in the same division for sports. The day before Todd and Norris both got drafted they played against each other in a Legion game. The scout that signed Todd was sitting with us when Norris came to bat. He said he was there to look at Norris also. After the AB, a 3 pitch strikeout, he was only there for Todd.

RedsManRick
03-31-2006, 12:41 PM
Originally drafted by the Braves. He played for Cherryville High School in Cleveland County NC. That high school and mine are in the same division for sports. The day before Todd and Norris both got drafted they played against each other in a Legion game. The scout that signed Todd was sitting with us when Norris came to bat. He said he was there to look at Norris also. After the AB, a 3 pitch strikeout, he was only there for Todd.

Thanks Coffeybro.

Hopper hit .310/.354/.368 with 25 steals in 451 AB last year in Chattanooga.

Joseph
03-31-2006, 12:53 PM
Originally drafted by the Braves. He played for Cherryville High School in Cleveland County NC. That high school and mine are in the same division for sports. The day before Todd and Norris both got drafted they played against each other in a Legion game. The scout that signed Todd was sitting with us when Norris came to bat. He said he was there to look at Norris also. After the AB, a 3 pitch strikeout, he was only there for Todd.

Great story.

Heath
03-31-2006, 12:59 PM
Someone had the "Free Norris Hopper" sig line about the time I had my "Free Jeremiah Piepkorn" tag line.

Those 2002-2003 wacky Dayton Dragons. You can't forget about Norris Hopper and Wandel Campana.

Nuts city, I'd tell ya.

Chip R
03-31-2006, 01:04 PM
Someone had the "Free Norris Hopper" sig line about the time I had my "Free Jeremiah Piepkorn" tag line.

That was M2, wasn't it?

pedro
03-31-2006, 01:06 PM
That was M2, wasn't it?
yes

Heath
03-31-2006, 01:10 PM
M2 must have some statsitical data to point out why Norris Hopper is the Redleg of the future :D

TeamBoone
03-31-2006, 01:11 PM
OK, late last week JN said we would pretty much see the "regulars" throughout the rest of ST. Now let me ask you this, am I blind? And, what could the purpose of this possibly be?

TC81190
03-31-2006, 01:14 PM
Thanks Coffeybro.

Hopper hit .310/.354/.368 with 25 steals in 451 AB last year in Chattanooga.


Ewwww. I thought he did a whole lot better than that. :eek:

RedsManRick
03-31-2006, 01:20 PM
Ewwww. I thought he did a whole lot better than that. :eek:

What do you mean. Those batting average driven, no power, speed guys almost always pan out. Just look at Tony Womack!

Heath
03-31-2006, 01:35 PM
FWIW (and there isn't a whole lot for it) the Reds are 20-11 in GL action.

Couldn't we petition the MLB for games played in March to count for April or May?

Just sayin'....

Shaknb8k
03-31-2006, 01:38 PM
It is really hard for me to believe that Womack is going anywhere.

I also heard that quote from Narron. But there is only one person in the Reds organization that I trust what they say. That is Bob Castellini. He has said things and followed them up with actions. Everyone else has said things that were complete lies. I would rather someone in the front office answer the question truthfully or if they are not allowed to answer the question (pending trade or signing) then answer with a "no comment" rather than say there is nothing happening on the trade front or what ever. More than anything else, including the O'Brien fireing, i like Castellini because he is a "straight-shooter" and you dont find those in baseball anymore.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 01:40 PM
And for his career year, Hopper got re-signed and sent back to the same level. He's not going to play in the major leagues without a lot of luck.

I would have said that same thing last year watching Jeff Bannon's error-friendly fielding and lack of plate discipline outweigh decent power, but he's hustled his head off in camp, hit well, and stolen a fistful of bases. He may have his Crash Davis-length time in the Show one of these years.

Dunner44
03-31-2006, 01:41 PM
RHP Tommy Phelps was just released... didn't know where to put it, but Marc's reporting it on his blog.

Dunner44
03-31-2006, 01:45 PM
Someone had the "Free Norris Hopper" sig line about the time I had my "Free Jeremiah Piepkorn" tag line.

Those 2002-2003 wacky Dayton Dragons. You can't forget about Norris Hopper and Wandel Campana.

Nuts city, I'd tell ya.


Seriously, what would you guys do if Wirfin Obispo ended up with the Dragons? Crap your pants in excitement and go out to make signs?

Heath
03-31-2006, 01:47 PM
Seriously, what would you guys do if Wirfin Obispo ended up with the Dragons? Crap your pants in excitement and go out to make signs?

We had Jeremiah Piepkorn last year in Dayton. My two boys when ballistic everytime that guy got to the plate.

Too bad he's not much of prospect. Too bad you couldn't understand the sarcasm. ;)

You think the Reds losing for 4 years in a row is bad. Try following the Dragons and the pitch-to-contact-75-pitches-watch-the-first-pitch-go-by-lose-90-games-theory.

Darn you DanO.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 01:58 PM
RHP Tommy Phelps was just released... didn't know where to put it, but Marc's reporting it on his blog.

He's actually a lefty... that's the "Crafty Lefty" guy who had a handful of good outings against the Reds while he was a Florida Marlin a couple of seasons ago. The Reds have enough starting pitchers ticketed for AAA that they don't need the veteran.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:14 PM
Top of the 1st:

Menechino grounds out to SS.

EE and Griffey K.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:23 PM
Bottom of the 1st:

Sizemore walks on a full count.

Michaels hits a ball right at Menechino that takes a crazy hop, ends up with a double.

Wild pitch, Sizemore scores, Michaels to third.

Peralta Ks, 1 out.

Hafner grounds out to 1B, Michaels scores. 2 outs.

Martinez flies out to CF. 3 outs. 2-0 Indians.

NJReds
03-31-2006, 02:38 PM
Reds now lead 4-2; top 2

Bannon homered off Cliff Lee.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:40 PM
Top of the 2nd:

Dunn lines a single down the RF line, Blake cuts it off pretty well. The announcers reflect on the evils of strikeouts.

Valentine doubles into the LF corner, Dunn to 3rd.

Buchanan grounds out to SS, runners hold. 1 out.

Abad singles to left, Dunn scores, Valentine to 3rd.

3 run HR to left by Bannon! Indians announcers say that Cincinatti's starting SS is Rich Aurilia.

Hopper with a bunt single.

Menechino walks, Hopper to second.

EE grounds out to 1B. Runners advance. It would have been a rather manly at bat had it gotten past the fielder. 2 outs.

Griffey up. Play by play announcer refers to the Reds as "the Red Sox." He grounds out to 2B, 3 outs. 4-2 Reds.

LincolnparkRed
03-31-2006, 02:43 PM
Top of the 2nd:

3 run HR to left by Bannon! Indians announcers say that Cincinatti's starting SS is Rich Aurilia.



Must be using last year's media guide. maybe they will talk about the big acquisition of Ramon Ortiz

Rotater Cuff
03-31-2006, 02:45 PM
would someone please fill me in on who the heck is Jeff Bannon.

pedro
03-31-2006, 02:46 PM
those announcers sound like they're great. who are they?

pedro
03-31-2006, 02:47 PM
would someone please fill me in on who the heck is Jeff Bannon.

isn't he the guy that had press credential to the white house and a gay porn site?

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:48 PM
Bottom of the 2nd:

Eduardo Perez lines a single past a diving EE.

Belliard pops out to Valentine in foul territory, 1 out.

Aaron Boone K's on a breaking pitch, 2 outs.

Blake lines or flies out to RF, 3 outs. 4-2 Reds still.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:49 PM
those announcers sound like they're great. who are they?

Not sure, I'm not really listening to them anymore.

BCubb2003
03-31-2006, 02:49 PM
isn't he the guy that had press credential to the white house and a gay porn site?

I thought he was the guy who turns green and hulks out.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:53 PM
Top of the 3rd:

Dunn leads off (doesn't that sound familiar?). Announcers mention that the Reds "have some power." Dunn Ks, 1 out.

Valentine grounds out to SS, 2 outs.

Buchanan grounds to SS again, 3 outs. 4-2 Reds.

MasonBuzz3
03-31-2006, 02:54 PM
those announcers sound like they're great. who are they?
mike hegan and rick manning. listening to these two is just part of the many "pleasures" of living in NE Ohio. The third member of the Indians broadcast team , John Sanders, is even worse.

pahster
03-31-2006, 02:58 PM
Bottom of the 3rd:

Sizemore GO to 1B, 1 out.

Michaels lines out to Menechino, 2 outs.

Peralta flies out to deep CF, 3 outs. 4-2 Reds.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:00 PM
isn't he the guy that had press credential to the white house and a gay porn site?

That would be Gannon.

Bannon (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/B/jeff-bannon.shtml), 27, was drafted by the Reds in the 18th round of the 2001 draft out of the UC Santa Barbara. He signed as a college senior, so he was 23 and playing at Billings that year. He didn't hit much in the Pioneer League in '01 or High-A in 2002, and repeated High-A at Potomac in 2003. A .295/.360/.443 line got him the bump to Chattanooga, where he hit .252/.316/.408 in 2004 and .252/.317/.449 (making the Southern League All-Star Team) in 2005. He was promoted to Louisville in July, hitting .282/.296/.443 in 41 games.

Jeff has pretty good power for an infielder, but a poor BB/K ratio. All this basestealing he's done in spring training is unusual, given that his career high in steals is 14. It certainly wouldn't be unheard of for him to take a big leap forward and make the major leagues, but he's not and has never really been a serious prospect.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:00 PM
Per Steve, Reds claimed LHP Jonathan Coutlangus (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/jon-coutlangus.shtml) off waivers from San Francisco and optioned him to AA Chattanooga. To clear a spot on the 40-man, Grant Balfour was DLed.

Coutlangus is a converted outfielder drafted in the 19th round in 2003 out of the University of South Carolina. He hit well in his first pro season, but cratered in 2004 with a .194/.293/.242 line in 2004 at High-A Salem-Keizer. The Giants converted him to pitcher, and he rewarded them at High-A San Jose in 2005 with a 3.04 ERA and 4-0 record in 50 appearances, posting a nice 29/79 BB/K ratio in 77 innings and allowing just 64 hits.

He's 25 for 2006 and will be getting his first taste of AA. I wonder if Johnny Almaraz saw the success of Brian Shackleford (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/S/brian-shackelford.shtml) and tried to go back to the well. Shack was 26, not 24, when he was converted at the AA level, and reached the big leagues in his third year of pitching. Coutlangus had better immediate success than Shack did, too, as Brian walked a ton of people when he was first changed over.

NJReds
03-31-2006, 03:05 PM
25 yrs. old.

Last year in San Jose (A ball) he was:
4-0, 3.04 ERA 77.0 IP, 64 H, 26 ER, 3 HR, 29BB/79K

Based on his stats (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/jon-coutlangus.shtml), he was a position player that converted to pitcher last year.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 03:06 PM
Our AAA lineup is having a pretty good day.

Reds1
03-31-2006, 03:07 PM
FM singles for an RBI - Reds lead 5-2

traderumor
03-31-2006, 03:08 PM
25 yrs. old.

Last year in San Jose (A ball) he was:
4-0, 3.04 ERA 77.0 IP, 64 H, 26 ER, 3 HR, 29BB/79K

Based on his stats (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/jon-coutlangus.shtml), he was a position player that converted to pitcher last year.I think he may have just made Princeton's favorite player list for being a converted position player to pitcher

Reds1
03-31-2006, 03:09 PM
Griffey being pinch hit for by Jacob Cruz. Griff finished 0-2 on the day.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:10 PM
In between innings:

The announcers check out women in the crowd while their microphones are still on.

Top of the 4th:

Abad flies out to CF, 1 out.

Bannon singles to CF.

Hopper hits a ball to Belliard that takes another crappy hop. E-4, runners on 1st and 2nd.

Full count on Menechino, single to RCF. Bannon scores, Hopper goes to 3rd.

EE flies out to shallow left, runners can't advance. 2 outs.

Cruz PHs for Griffey. K's on a 1-2 count. 3 outs. 5-2 Reds.

TeamBoone
03-31-2006, 03:11 PM
Seems like a silly time in the game to pinch hit for KGJr... with a runner on third?

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:12 PM
Hmmm... Adam Rosales now playing shortstop.

dougdirt
03-31-2006, 03:13 PM
Hmmm... Adam Rosales now playing shortstop.
Doc, you beat me to it, as I came here to post that. I really like that kid, hoping to see good things from him this season.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:16 PM
In between again:

Time to check out the ladies at the municipal pool. Wow. I wonder if they know that people don't watch commercials when they're using MLBtv. "Adam Grosangles?" Nice. Adam Rosales comes in to play SS. EE's out of the game, I think Bannon moved to 3rd.

Bottom of the 4th:

Hafner lines out to RF, 1 out.

Martinez grounds out to Menechino, who falls down or jumps out of the way before it gets to him. 2 outs.

Perez doubles to LF.

Belliard (I think) pops out to shallow CF, 3 outs. 5-2 Reds.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:17 PM
Seems like a silly time in the game to pinch hit for KGJr... with a runner on third?

The announcers said he has a house nearby and probably went home.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:19 PM
Adam Dunn homers.

LincolnparkRed
03-31-2006, 03:20 PM
The announcers said he has a house nearby and probably went home.

That is not very scrappy of him. At least stay until the end of the game:evil:

TeamBoone
03-31-2006, 03:23 PM
I have never heard of half the guys they keep bringing out there.

I must be dense because I thought as roster cuts were made that the no-names were gone.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:24 PM
Top of the 5th:

Dunn leads off again... and promptly puts one out to RCF! Announcers say its one of the longest shots they've seen at that stadium. Not very KRISPY, though. It was clearly a soft HR :p:. No mention of strikeouts this time.

Valentine singles to LCF.

Buchanan pops out to 1B in foul territory, 1 out.

Abad flies out to LF on the first pitch, 2 outs.

Bannon grounds out to SS, 3 outs. 6-2 Reds.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 03:25 PM
Top of the 5th:

Dunn leads off again... and promptly puts one out to RCF! Announcers say its one of the longest shots they've seen at that stadium. Not very KRISPY, though. It was clearly a soft HR :p:. No mention of strikeouts this time.

Well, he did yank it to right. Shame, shame, shame.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:25 PM
I have never heard of half the guys they keep bringing out there.

I must be dense because I thought as roster cuts were made that the no-names were gone.

They just use minor-leaguers occasionally during ST to fill space, especially during the last week. Nobody really enforces roster rules in ST. They really do the same thing in football- the last preseason game is usually packed with scrubs.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 03:26 PM
I have never heard of half the guys they keep bringing out there.

I must be dense because I thought as roster cuts were made that the no-names were gone.They're just bringing up folks from minor league camp to play out these last few games. I think jobs have been decided and just giving the regs one last break.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:28 PM
Norris Hopper is now in LF and Chris Dickerson, slated for AA this year, in center.

Claussen loads the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batter. Nobody out. Grounder to third is turned into a 5-4-3 by Bannon and Menechino! Indians score one, now 5-3.

Bannon spears a liner with a dive and the inning ends. Man, did he eat his Wheaties this morning.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:32 PM
In between:

Time to watch people fish.

Bottom of the 5th:

Chris Dickerson goes to CF, Hopper moves to LF. Dunn leaves the game, thus allowing for more scrappiness.

Boone singles to left.

Blake walks on four pitches, Boone to 2nd.

Sizemore HBP, must have nicked his jersey. Bases loaded, 0 outs.

Michaels: 5-4-3 double play, 1 run scores. Bannon plays yet another bad hop well. 2 outs.

Peralta lines out to Bannon who makes another good play. 3 outs. 6-3 Reds.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 03:33 PM
Hopefully Claussen is in dead arm mode. His last two outings have been poor.

KronoRed
03-31-2006, 03:33 PM
Dunn leading off..we should get used to that.

flyer85
03-31-2006, 03:36 PM
25 yrs. old.

Last year in San Jose (A ball) he was:
4-0, 3.04 ERA 77.0 IP, 64 H, 26 ER, 3 HR, 29BB/79K

Based on his stats (http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/C/jon-coutlangus.shtml), he was a position player that converted to pitcher last year.of note is the Cal League is a major hitters league. Those numbers translate prettty well.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:38 PM
of note is the Cal League is a major hitters league. Those numbers translate prettty well.

http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/oracle/discussion/weighted_park_factors_2003_2005/

Hmm... San Jose seems to be a pitcher's park. I dunno. As far as I know, it's only High Desert (Milwaukee) and Lancaster (Arizona) that are the launching pads. BA (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/features/040408parkfactors.html) has the league factor at 1160 for 2003, which would make it a hitter's league for sure. So maybe it's like Portland in the PCL- a pitcher's park in a hitter's league.

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/leagues/ip_index.jsp?sid=milb&lid=l110

How would you like your team to be nicknamed the Nuts?

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:38 PM
Top of the 6th:

Hopper with a scrappy IF hit up the middle.

Menechino; 1st pitch flyout to CF, 1 out.

Rosales gets jammed, 5-4 fielders choice. 2 outs.

Cruz pops out to the SS in shallow left, 3 outs. 6-3 Reds.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:45 PM
In between:

Color guy shames George Grande by saying "the A-word," :runaway:! :p:

Bottom of the 6th:

Hafner K's, 1 out.

Martinez flies out to LCF, 2 outs.

Perez is 2-2 so far. Dickerson makes a nice over the shoulder catch near the track in CF to retire him, 3 outs. 6-3 Reds.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 03:52 PM
Brian Buchanan doubles, his tenth of the spring. He's pinch-run for by AA OF Rick Asadoorian, an ex-Red Sox #1 pick and Dan O' Brien minor-league Rule 5 claimee. Many tools, many strikeouts for Rick.

RedsManRick
03-31-2006, 03:56 PM
If they don't bring Buchanan north, then I'm not sure why he was ever in camp to begin with.

pahster
03-31-2006, 03:57 PM
In between:

The announcers attempt to sing along with Johnny Cash. Scary.

Top of the 7th:

Matt Miller now pitching. I think Kelly Shoppach is now catching.

Dickerson grounds out to 2B on the second pitch, 1 out.

Valentine flies out to LF, 2 outs.

Buchanan is 0-3 so far. Miller throws a pitch about 6 feet outside. Buchanan fouls a ball off of his ankle. He then doubles down the LF line past a diving Boone. Somebody (Aszedorian or something?) PRs.

Abad - full count single up the middle, scoring the PR.

Bannon - Announcers inform us that Chris Chambliss was a "country hitter," whatever that means. Bannon swings through the 2-2 pitch for a K. 3 outs. 7-3 Reds.

Chip R
03-31-2006, 04:01 PM
If they don't bring Buchanan north, then I'm not sure why he was ever in camp to begin with.

Actually he wasn't. He's been in minor league camp all spring.

Eric_Davis
03-31-2006, 04:02 PM
What do you mean. Those batting average driven, no power, speed guys almost always pan out. Just look at Tony Womack!

Don't forget...no walks.

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:05 PM
Bottom of the 7th:

David Weathers in to pitch and Ross in to catch. Jesse Guitierrez is playing 1st.

Weathers strikes Belliard out through the use of his aura of vettiness, 1 out.

Boone - singles into LF.

Blake - flies out to straightaway CF, 2 outs.

Sizemore grounds out 6-4 to end the inning. 7-3 Reds.

flyer85
03-31-2006, 04:06 PM
That Weathers guy is very scrappy

BRM
03-31-2006, 04:06 PM
Pujols just homered for the 3rd time today against the Mets.

Eric_Davis
03-31-2006, 04:06 PM
When's the last time the REDS won 21 games in the spring?

Jpup
03-31-2006, 04:06 PM
Pujols has hit 3 straight homeruns for the Cardinals today.:eek:

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:07 PM
Don't forget...no walks.

Real men don't allow themselves to take walks. They try to hit ground balls to the right side. Coaches are never impressed by guys who just pull homeruns. They prefer opposite field singles and weak groundouts that move the runners up.

BRM
03-31-2006, 04:08 PM
Productive outs are the key to a successful offense.

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:13 PM
Top of the 8th:

Fernando Cabrera pitching. He gets Hopper to ground out 4-3, 1 out.

Menechino flies out to center, 2 outs.

Rosales shows everyone that you don't need a lot of hair on your chest to be a man with an opposite field bloop double.

Cruz - swings through the 2-2 fastball. K. 3 outs. 7-3 Reds.

Red Leader
03-31-2006, 04:15 PM
Pujols has hit 3 straight homeruns for the Cardinals today.:eek:

Then he's batting out of order. :p:

NJReds
03-31-2006, 04:15 PM
Cruz is having a rough spring.

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:18 PM
Bottom of the 8th:

Wagner in to pitch. Hollandsworth grounds out to a new 2B. 1 out.

Peralta (I think) singles to left.

Hafner grounds into a 4-3 double play, 3 outs. 7-3 Reds.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 04:22 PM
Dickerson gets to hit off Bob Wickman, and smashes one over Casey Blake's head in RF for a ground-rule double! Very impressive for the MVP of the 2005 Florida State League All-Star Game.

Steve said Chris can fly, which is totally unpossible without drugs. C'mon, Steve. Don't promote drugs to the youth of Reds Nation.

Ross follows with a double to chase Dickerson home. 8-3 Reds in the top of 9.

1B Jesse Gutierrez, set to play at AAA, gets to bat too.

Bannon draws a walk shortly after I rip on him for not doing it enough.

Hopper Texas Leagues a single (three hits, scoring Ross from 2B) to make it 9-3.

Bannon then scores on Gary Patchett's RBI single. 10-3.

Wickman must have McOvereaten before this one. A base hit to Gary Patchett, the Juan Castro of A-ball?

Falls City Beer
03-31-2006, 04:28 PM
I'm not worried about Claussen's lame last two outings; after all, he faced the Indians twice, a pretty potent/patient offensive club. It happens.

guttle11
03-31-2006, 04:34 PM
FWIW, Tubby Hancock on to pitch for the Redbirds.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 04:36 PM
Wickman ought to feel real good getting lit up by minor leaguers from the worst system in the majors :cool:

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 04:37 PM
Rafael Betancourt now pitching for Cleveland.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 04:38 PM
Cruz is having a rough spring.
And I think it might cost him his job, at least as far as the Reds are concerned.

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:39 PM
Top of the 9th:

Wickman in to pitch to Dickerson, who promptly hits a ground rule double to RCF.

Ross - lines a double into the LF corner. Dickerson scores. Where's the crafty bunt or weak groundout to the right side?

Asadoorian - K's on 3 pitches, 1 out.

Gutierrez - Grounds out to 3B, 2 outs. Runner stays put at 2nd.

Bannon hangs his head in shame as he takes a walk.

Hopper singles into CF scoring a run, runners on 1st and 2nd.

Someone who is clearly not Felipe Lopez steps in and singles in another run. Pritchart, perhaps? Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Wickman coming out of the game. Bentancourt in to pitch. Rosales up Ks to end the inning.

10-3 Reds.

Red Leader
03-31-2006, 04:42 PM
The Reds should pinch hit with Homer Bailey and let him practice his bunting.

Doc. Scott
03-31-2006, 04:44 PM
Kent Mercker pitching the ninth for the Reds, and he walks Kelly Shoppach to lead off the inning. Eduardo Perez pinch-hits.

PuffyPig
03-31-2006, 04:44 PM
I'm not worried about Claussen's lame last two outings; after all, he faced the Indians twice, a pretty potent/patient offensive club. It happens.

Did Clausen actually pitch that bad today.? It sounds like a bad hop cost him 2 runs in the 1st inning, and he only surrendered 1 more. It couldn't have been as bad as all that was it?

traderumor
03-31-2006, 04:45 PM
The "dairy air" in your ice cream joke was actually funny about a thousand times ago that I heard it.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 04:47 PM
Did Clausen actually pitch that bad today.? It sounds like a bad hop cost him 2 runs in the 1st inning, and he only surrendered 1 more. It couldn't have been as bad as all that was it?I didn't like the inning where he loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a hit batsman. Those are types of lapses that lead to big innings and turn a good outing into a loss.

pahster
03-31-2006, 04:51 PM
Bottom of the 9th:

Kent Merker in to pitch and faces Shoppach who takes a walk.

Perez - Asadoorian makes a nice attempt on a foul ball in right, but he can't quite get to it. Perez shows his manly nature by poking an opposite field single. Runners on 1st and 2nd.

Vasquez - singles up the middle, a run scores, runners on 1st and 2nd. Rosales makes a nice attempt but can't quite get there.

Chris Delacruz in to hit. 4-6-3 double play, 2 outs. Runner on 3rd base.

Somebody (Sizemore?) flies out to CF. Had there been less than two outs, it would have been a sacrifice fly of epic proportions.

Reds win 10-4.

Gallen5862
03-31-2006, 04:52 PM
"This one belongs to the Reds."

Reds1
03-31-2006, 04:53 PM
It seems to me the Reds are hitting a lot of pitchers this year on teams. Either our subs are great or the pitching out there is lame. I understand it's spring training, but even the past few days. We seem to crush the ball and add on to the points and the other teams don't seem to get much off our RP. Maybe a good sign. Reds have the 2nd best record in spring. Maybe our minors isn't dead last as some of the reports have said. I don't know. Just something I"ve noticed.

Chip R
03-31-2006, 04:56 PM
The "dairy air" in your ice cream joke was actually funny about a thousand times ago that I heard it.

And we'll be hearing it all season long.

registerthis
03-31-2006, 04:57 PM
I'd just like to add that the "In between innings" bit provided in the PbP was the best thing going in this thread. :)

Eric_Davis
03-31-2006, 04:57 PM
Bottom of the 8th:

Wagner in to pitch. Hollandsworth grounds out to a new 2B. 1 out.

Peralta (I think) singles to left.

Hafner grounds into a 4-3 double play, 3 outs. 7-3 Reds.

Efficient....Sweet!

Heath
03-31-2006, 05:07 PM
Just remember what Marty says about runs....it was an unearned run, but a run.

traderumor
03-31-2006, 05:20 PM
Just remember what Marty says about runs....it was an unearned run, but a run.
Makes you wonder why someone like Immonium AD or Pepto Bismol hasn't bought in game air time with so much talk about runs in a broadcast? Instead of "Don't Stink This Summer," they could go with something like "the Reds have scored two runs here in the inning, and while we're talking about runs, what do you do when you're sliding into home and your shorts are full of foam? Try grabbing your bottle of (Immonium AD/Pepto Bismol) and after a uniform change, you'll be back on the field in no time."