Re: Cactus League - Reds vs. Tribe 03/17/13
Chisox 1st - Three ex-Reds and some shoddy defense lead to 3 runs for Chicago in the top of the first. The Toddfather drops a foul pop off the bat of DeWayne Wise. Given a second chance he singles to right. Jeff Keppinger walks. And Big Donkey hits a tremendous blast to dead center that plates three. Chris Heisey drops a fly ball in left later on in the inning but it does not come back to bite Bailey.
Reds 1st - Derrick Robinson, having a nice spring - singles to left. Brandon Phillips singles to second to move Robinson over to second. Votto grounds to the right side as the runners each move up 90 feet. Heisey, making amends for his first-inning, lines to left to score Robinson. Jay Bruce walks to load them up. Frazier, also hoping to atone for his first-inning drop, drives home a pair with a single. Burriss = GIDP.
Chisox 2nd - Bailey bounces back with a 1-2-3 second, two grounders and a whiff. Brantley says Bailey has good stuff today. Nice to hear. 3 Ks in the first two frames.
Reds 2nd - Mesoraco is much quieter at the plate per Cowboy and he laces a full-count single to right. Bailey bunts him over. Robinson with his second hit of the day, this one a double down the left-field line, gives the Reds a 4-3 lead. Grounder by DatDude sends Robinson to third with two down. Joey grounds a single to center. 5-3. Heisey lines hard to short. 5-3 Reds.
Chisox 3rd - Gordon Beckham leads off the 3rd with a fly ball to left that just keeps carrying until it clears the left field wall for the second jack given up by Bailey today. 5-4. Country Kepp takes a 3-0 cripple right back up the middle and now stands on first. The ex-Reds continue to punish Homer as Dunn lines a single to right on 2-0 count. Konerko bounces hard off the chest of Frazier, but because of the intense lack of speed on the base paths, Frazier still turns two. Viciedo triples off the right field wall to tie things up. Bruce, in mid-season form, had assumed it was gone and was suprised when it wasn't. He may have had a play. But ballplayers love to assume things. (Sorry but I hate when ballplayers assume things instead of just playing the game) Homer strikes out somebody for the third out but the proceedings are knotted up at five.
Reds 3rd. - Bruce flies to medium-deep left for the first out. Brantley likes what he sees out of Frazier with the glove so far this spring. Frazier, also skies out the other way. Two down. Burriss grounds to short but reaches as Dunn drops the throw at first. Mesoraco hits a one-hop howitzer that Ramirez leaves his feet in the hole to flag down. Dunn holds on to this throw and the inning is over. Two more hard hit balls by Mesoraco today. If he continues to hit like this, I wonder if Dusty will still be hesitant to PH him in the regular season because of that ignorant "you cannot use your backup catcher to pinch hit" mode of thinking? I would hate to think that a manager would not use his - potentially - best bat off the bench because of that.
Chisox 4th - Flowers grounds a double down the left-field line with nobody out and stands at second. Bailey may have good stuff but he is getting roughed up today. Let's call it 'dead arm' and leave it at that. Mesoraco tries to pick the runner off of second and Burriss saves him an error on the throw with a nice play. Grounder to second, runner moves to third. Wise swings and comes up empty. Bailey's 5th strikeout. No new news on Chapman to the pen. The decision will be made in a couple of days. Of course, Spring Training will be over pretty soon. So there is that. Chapman is tentatively scheduled to follow Leake on the mound on Friday. Beckham grounds to third as Homer pitches around the lead-off double. Thinking out loud, if Leake goes five or maybe six, that kinda shows which way they are pointing Chapman. I guess we will just have to wait and see how things shake out. I'd feel better about it if Leake was following Chapman.
Reds 4th - Homer grounds to short and we go back to the top of the lineup. Choo seems to be missing a lot of games. Robinson with an infield hit into the hole. Robinson has some serious speed. The throw gets by the statue that is Adam Dunn and Robinson ends up at second.
Brandon chases Robinson home with a single up the middle. Phillips looks good with the bat according to Kelch/Cowboy. Joey Baseball works a walk. That Votto has some kinda eye per Cowboy. Hard to argue with that gem. 1st and 2nd for Heisey. Goodbye, Baseball! Danks comes inside and Heisey loses it over everything in left. 9-5. Bruce loses one to right! Hide the women and children. Back-to-back jacks! 10-5. Robin Ventura is going to, mercifully, end John Danks misery. Pitching change. Frazier flies out. Burriss singles. Mes HBP. Bailey strikes out.
Chisox 5th. - Ex-Reds continue to feast on Bailey's offerings. Kepp singles. Dunn grounds out. Konerko singles. Pitching change. Manny Parra on. Walks the first batter he faces - a Reds' reliever tradition - and then induces a GIDP.
Reds 5th. - Yorman Rodriguez in for Robinson. He lifts a lazy fly ball for the first out. Jason Donald walks. Votto = GIDP.
Chisox 6th. - Parra pitching his way to Louisville. He gives up a one-out single. DeWayne Wise walks. Beckham grounds into a force play. Country Kepp walks. Adam Dunn walks to force in a run. Parra walks half the batters he faces. Pitching change. Arredondo comes on to strike out Konerko.
See ya, Manny!
Reds 6th. - Paul pops out. Phipps grounds to short. David Vidal flies to center. Quiet inning for the good guys.
Chisox 7th. - Arredondo has a 1-2-3 7th. K. Grounder back to the mound. Fly ball to center.
Reds 7th. - Izturis flies to deep center. Olivo made an out somehow. Jesse Winker gets a look. Brantley says the kid can definitely hit from what he has seen this spring. Not this at-bat. He just missed a 2-0 pitch, fouling in straight back, before striking out looking on a pitch on the outside corner.
Chisox 8th. - Big Mo Wiley on for the Reds. 6'4" 235. Yikes! Good breaking pitch by Wiley per the Cowboy. First batter pops to third. More praise from Brantley, stating that Wiley has a big-league slider. He blows the second batter away. Wiley is shrinking. Now just 6'3". Liner finds the gap and rolls to the wall. Somebody with White Sox on is standing on second. Pop to the first baseman. Good job by Big Mo.
Reds 8th. - Gameday has Yorman hitting from the left side, so I am not expecting much on this AB. Ah, now Yorman turns around. Yorman motors into second on a lead-off double. He keeps on hitting. Nice. Donald walks for the second straight time. Hessman has nearly 400 career minor league dingers. He gone. Still hitless for spring. Paul rolls one to the right side which is turned into a two outs.
They are still looking for a blood marrow donor.
Chisox 9th. - Lee Hyde will pitch the 9th for the Reds. Yeah, I know. I have never heard of him either. Google time. 28-year old lefty out of the Braves' organization. 6-year minor league signee. (They had a five-minute press conference for Brandon Phillips upon his return from the WBC tournament????) Josh Bell grounds out. The second hitter lines hard to Hessman at first. Jordan Danks singles to right to keep Chisox hopes alive. Yorman Rodriguez runs down a liner in center.
Off day tomorrow.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
Last edited by texasdave; 03-19-2013 at 08:07 PM.