Re: Cactus League - Reds, Rangers 3/24
Last week of Spring Training. Baker not pleased with the way his team has played to date per Marty. He wants the team to ramp it up during this last week in Arizona. Tomorrow is decision day on Olivo and others on minor league contracts. Marty relays a funny story about Todd Frazier. When he saw Choo he went up to him and slowly introduced himself. (Think Chris Tucker "Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?") Choo, who speaks perfect English, asks Frazier why he is talking like that. LOL. Mark Berry back coaching third today. Seattle will utilize the DH; the Reds won't.
Mariners 1st - Saunders rips an 0-2 pitch to left for a single against Homer Bailey. Wild pitch moves him to second. A can of corn to shallow right. Paul and Phillips both peel off at the last second as it drops for a single. Miscommunication. Alphonse and Gaston. 1st and 2nd. Bailey sends Ibanez back to the bench. K. Mesoraco catching Bailey. Seems like he will be catching him this year. Smoak smokes one down the right field double down the line. 2-zip. Hard hit grounder to Phillips for out number two. Smoak moves to third. Montero grounds sharply up the middle. 3-0. Bay bounces to Hannahan at third to end the inning. GIDP 6-3. Inning over.
Reds 1st -Choo singles past the second baseman to start the inning off for Cincinnati. Phillips rockets one to center that is caught. Choo, with a baserunning blunder, would have been easily doubled off of first were it not for a miserable throw back to first. One down.
Mariners 2nd - Bailey walks the first batter he faces in the second. Ryan lines a single to left. Saunders ground-rule doubles down the line in left as it was touched by a fan out there. 4-0. 2nd and 3rd. Bailey gets Andino looking for the first out. Homer's second wild pitch of the game scores a run. 5-0. Ground ball to second as the infield was in. Phillips checks the run and fires to first. Two down. Justin Smoaks another one to right for a run-scoring single. 6-0. Price to the mound. Bailey has thrown a ton of pitches. Grounder to second ends the inning.
Reds 2nd - Ludwick with a soft single to left. Nice. Paul (Bruce has the day off) Ks. Hannahan (Frazier has the day off) doubles down into the left field corner. Ludwick out easily at home. Hannahan takes third. Reds tightening up those fundamentals it seems. Cozart comes back from a 3-0 deficit to strike out swinging on a pitch up and in.
Mariners 3rd - Montero singles off the glove of Homer Bailey. Bailey Ks Bay swinging. Bailey Ks Wells looking. Brendan Ryan lifts a deep fly ball to Choo, who runs it down for the third out. Nice bounce back by Homer.
Reds 3rd - Mesoraco (who Baker hints strongly has made the club - no surprise there) strikes out. Bailey lines a single to right, moves up on a wild pitch. Choo reaches for the second time. This time via the walk. Kinda like a real lead-off hitter. Phillips caught looking. He is unhappy with the call. Votto reaches on an error by Smoak to load the bases. And Ryan Ludwick leaves them loaded as he strikes out swinging. He chased a pitch low and away.
Mariners 4th - Saunders takes Bailey deep. 7-0. Andino lifts a deep fly to the warning track in right. Paul drops it and Andino reaches second. That is the second fly ball to right that Andino has hit today on which he has reached base. Ibanez strikes out swinging. Mesoraco dropped the ball and has to fire to Votto to get Ibanez. Justin Smoak walks. 1st and 2nd. And that will end the day for Homer as Wilkin de la Rosa will come on. Bailey's final line today: 3.1IP 9H 9R 8ER 2BB 5K 1HR. Kyle Saeger greets Wilkin with a humpback single to short left. Bases juiced. Montero walks to bring home another run. 8-0. Kelch says the long-range forecast for Opening Day is mid-40s. Brrr. Jason Bay ground singles home a run. 9-0. Mercy rule anyone? Casper Wells says, "Yes, please". His sac fly makes it 10-0. I have a little toy frog that winds up and does back flips, which is keeping me entertained. LOL. Brendan Ryan flies deep to right to end the Mariners' 4th. Paul holds on to this one. Sun must be rough on the center and right fielders today.
I understand there are people out there that enjoy the leisurely pace of the game. And that is fine. But three and a half innings in an hour and forty-five minutes is a little too leisurely, IMO. And so with that it is time to cook dinner. The wife will be home soon.
Reds 4th - Reds go quickly in the 4th. Paul flies out. Hannahan grounds out. Cozart singles. Mes flies out.
Mariners 5th - More trouble. Wilkin de la Rosa retires the first two easily and then uh-oh. Brandon Phillips loses a high fly to short right for a double. Wilkin digs the hole deeper by walking Smoak and then Saeger. Montero then goes all salami on us. 14-0. Bay doubles. That is all for de la Rosa. Manny Parra comes on and more trouble ensues. Wells greets Parra with a run-scoring single to left. 15-0. Brendan Ryan grounds to third to close things out. He has now made the last out in three consecutive innings.
Reds 5th - Parra flies out. Choo strikes out. DatDude triples to the deepest part of the ballpark in center. And he is left stranded as Votto takes a called third strike and immediately turns and shushes the umpire.
Mariners 6th - Seattle has hung crooked numbers in four of the five innings. Parra gets Endy Chavez to ground hard to Joey V. for out number one. Robert Andino is up for the fifth time in six innings. Yikes! Andino grounds out to second. Ibanez lines to Votto. 1-2-3 inning for Parra.
Reds 6th - Ludwick robbed of a hit on a liner to Chavez in center. Xavier Paul strikes out for the second time in the game. Hannahan rolls one to second. Yawn.
Mariners 7th - Justin Freeman on the mound for the Reds. First pitch is skied deep to Phipps in center. One pitch and one out. Freeman rings up Kyle Saeger. Freeman gets Sucre looking. Very nice inning for Justin Freeman.
Reds 7th - Cozart stays hot, splitting the outfielder in right-center for a double. Mesoraco, playing small ball, rolls one to the right side to move Cozart over to third. A piece of Devin's broken bat catches the umpire in the back of the head. But the umpire is wearing one of those hockey-style masks and is okay. Burriss will come off the bench to pinch hit for Freeman. He lifts a shallow fly ball that the shortstop catches in left. Two down. Phipps comes to the plate. Denis swings and misses. On to the 8th.
Mariners 8th - J.J. Hoover sighting. Bay hits a sinking line drive knuckler that Ludwick battles and wins in left. One away. Hoover Ks Casper Wells swinging. J.J. gets Taylor looking. 1-2-3 for the Reds' righty. Two strike outs. Send him to Louisville. Now. Since the Reds are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs it won't matter.
Reds 8th - Phillips out on nice play by the third baseman. One down. Joey Baseball stirs up a dust devil and grabs some bench. Ludwick is out on a bouncer to third.
Mariners 9th - Kevin Whelan will come on and try to hold Seattle right where they are. He played for Dave Miley the past couple of years. He will fit right in with the Cincy bullpen. He walks the first batter he faces. Andino laces a line drive double to left to score Endy Chavez. 16-0. Whelan settles down and strikes out Almonte. Brad Miller walks. Second base on balls in the inning. Whelan escapes futher damage as Denis Phipps makes a blue star play in center and then fires to second to double off the runner.
Reds 9th - Paul singles to start the 9th. 16 to tie. 17 for the win. Hannahan grounds into a 3-6-1 twin killing. Cozart reaches for the third time today. This time on a base on balls. Mesoraco bounces into a fielder's choice, forcing Cozart.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!
Last edited by texasdave; 03-25-2013 at 08:21 PM.