Re: Cactus League - Reds vs. Tribe 03/17/13
Reds go in order in the top of the first. Heisey strikes out. Izturis lines to left. Lutz skies one to the center fielder.
Rockies' half of the first. Fowler goes DEEEEEEPPPPPP off of Bronson. Three ground outs follow. Lutz at first tonight. Votto and Phillips and Choo all out of the lineup.
Reds' second. Ludwick sends a can of corn to shallow right. Bruce swings and stirs up a little desert air and not much else. Two down. Bruce and Ludwick having a good spring, if you add their averages together. (.121 + .188 = .309) Frazier also lines wicked hard to left. Six up and six down.
Colorado second. Bronson snags a comebacker for out number one. Nice play. Izturis ranges out into short center to haul in a towering popup. Two down. The Toddfather with a fine play at third to gun down Culberson. Two in the books. Neither pitcher has had to pitch out of the stretch yet.
Cincy third. Cozart finagles a free pass. Cowboy sounds better at play-by-play this season. Slow roller off the bat of Hanigan but Cozart was on the move and the only play is to first. Hanigan showing excellent bat control to get his bat on the ball on the hit-and-run. Arroyo crushes the ball to the deepest part of the ballpark and it goes off the glove of Fowler for a double. Cozart comes home. That was almost to dead center at the 410 foot mark. Heisey makes the pitcher work but eventually pops to the second sacker, who made a fine over-the-shoulder catch. Heisey pops up a lot. Izturis lines out for the second time. Hitting in some tough luck. This one to right center. Fowler ran it down.
Rockies' third. Herrera grounds a double down the left field line and gets bunted to third by the pitcher. Fowler draws a full-count walk. Runners on the corner with just one away. Arroyo induces a ground ball up the middle which Cozart and Izturis sweetly turn into a twin-killing. Bronson can Houdini with the best of them. He smiles on the way back to the dugout.
Reds' 4th. Lutz leading off. He seems like a lot of young hitters. He can handle the heat but if you put a wrinkle in it; he struggles. He Ks for out number one. Fowler runs down another liner in center. This one off the bat of Ryan Ludwick. Two down. Bruce Ks for the second time in the game.
Colorado home half of the 4th. BA 'arredondos' Helton to start the inning. Bronson must have put him on first just so could he polish his GIDP routine. Cozart and Izturis hook up again. 6-4-3. Yessirreee!! Arroyo is a ground-ball inducing machine. Only two balls in the air off Colorado bats through four innings of work, Fowler's bomb and a pop out. Cozart fires to first. Still 1-1 after 4.
Cincinnati 5th. Frazier flies deep to Fowler. Frazier has hit the ball hard twice tonight. Cozart with a solid ground single to center. He has been on both times tonight. Hanigan goes the other way with a shallow fly to Colvin. Cowboy said that the Rockies played a lot of ketchup baseball last year because they could not mustard up any solid starting pitching. Yuk. Yuk. Pretty good pun by the seasoned broadcaster. I just hope they don't get Cozart caught in a pickle. Bronson walks. Two on with two out. Heisey pops up again. Do the Reds have a hitting coach?
First-world problems. I have to click once to get out of the Gameday scoreboard to check on the WBC game and then once more to get back to the Reds' game. Two whole clicks. Whatever happened to user-friendly?
Rockies' 5th. Bronson back out. Rockies' leadoff hitter grounds a single to center and Heisey gets the ball back quickly. Bruce runs down a line drive that was hooking away from him. Nice play. Brantley says Bruce gets as good a jump on the ball as anyone. (Actually he says his first two steps are as good as anyone's.) Ground-rule double on a looping liner down the left-field line. Saved a run. 2nd and 3rd. Line drive snagged by Frazier. Arroyo can dance out of danger with one more out. Arroyo gets his first strike out of the game. Nicely done.
Cincinnati 6th. Izturis with his third line drive of the game and this time it falls in right-center for a double. Aggressive baserunning and he slides in under the tag. Lutz, facing a lefty, grounds a sharp single to right that ate up the second baseman. Here comes Izturis and he is Out! Safe! Great reach-around slide by Izturis as the throw beat him. Izturis making a strong bid to make the 25-man. Reds lead 2-1. People might say that what happens in Spring Training is meaningless. Tell that to Cesar Izturis. Ludwick hits a rocket ground ball to second who turns it into two outs. Full count on Jay Bruce and Boom! Goes the Dynamite! Jay launches his third round-tripper of Spring Training. This one deep into the Arizona night. A no-doubter. Frazier grounds to short. Reds take a 3-1 lead.
Colorado 6th. Bronson still toeing the rubber. Grounder to first. One down. Grounder to first. Two down. Bronson's GB/FB is 11/0. That plays in any league. Ground single to Heisey in center. Cozart dives but can't quite come up with it. And that will be all for Arroyo. J.J. Hoover will come on. It is Spring Training for managers too as Dusty walks over to the home plate umpire to make a double switch. Hoover comes on and strikes out Tyler Colvin. No way he should be sent to AAA to wait for another reliever to pitch his way off the team. That would be stupidity of the highest order. Options, shmoptions! Does it make any sense to send a better pitcher down just to wait for someone to pitch poorly and possibly cost your team a game or two? Even CubsFan knows the answer to that question.
And that is enough for me. Adios.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
Last edited by texasdave; 03-19-2013 at 01:00 AM.