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    Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Yes, I know its early - but I'm headed out to Coors field to see our favorite team! And since its against the Rockies, and I'm local, I wanted to start a game thread this year... I'll be back after the game to give everyone my thoughts/impressions/report...

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    Game Info: 8:35 pm EDT Wed May 3, 2006
    TV: FSOH, FSRM
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    Temp: 52 F

    Starting Pitchers
    B. Claussen Cin vs.
    J. Francis Col

    2-2 Record 0-2
    6.04 ERA 4.50
    20 K 26
    12 BB 18
    6 HR 4

    By NICOLINO DI BENEDETTO, STATS Writer

    The surprising Cincinnati Reds have scored the most runs in the National League. Nothing like playing in a hitters' ballpark to improve that number.

    Cincinnati takes baseball's best record into Coors Field on Wednesday in the start of a two-game set with the Colorado Rockies.

    The Reds (19-8) have won eight of their last nine games to move into first place in the NL Central. They have outscored opponents 48-20 over that stretch and lead the NL with 158 runs scored.

    After 28 games in 2005, Cincinnati was 10-18 and plated just 118 runs.

    "We can play with anybody. If we continue to play the way we're playing now, we're going to be there," Reds catcher Javier Valentin said regarding a possible playoff run.

    Valentin drove in the winning run with a pinch single in the bottom of the ninth to give Cincinnati a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

    Brandon Claussen (2-2, 6.04 ERA) will try to keep the momentum going for the Reds as he takes the mound in the series opener. He is looking to build on a successful outing on Friday when he gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros.

    The left-hander has struggled with consistency recently. He threw seven shutout innings on April 17 in a 9-1 win over Florida, but gave up 11 hits -- including four homers -- five days later in an 11-0 loss to Milwaukee.

    Claussen is 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA and with an opponents' batting average of .319 in two career starts at Coors Field.

    The Reds continue to be without Ken Griffey Jr., who is expected to miss this series. Griffey has not played since April 12 after suffering a strained tendon in his right knee, but may be back for the Reds' weekend series with Arizona.

    "He hasn't had a setback," Reds manager Jerry Narron said. "He's just hasn't gotten to the point where he feels like he can play."

    The Rockies (15-12) return home after a 5-4 road trip, and are looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. Reliever Ray King gave up an RBI single in the eighth inning to Marcus Giles in Colorado's 5-4 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday.

    Still, manager Clint Hurdle was pleased.

    "There's years when we'd have given body parts for 5-4 road trips," he said.

    Jeff Francis (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will toe the rubber as he tries to halt the skid as he tried again to win his first games.

    The left-hander did not factor in the decision of his last two starts, despite quality performances. Francis allowed two runs and seven hits and struck out 10 in 12 innings, but received only four runs of support in his previous two outings.

    He has lost four consecutive decisions with a 10.42 ERA at Coors Field and last won there on July 31, a span of seven starts. Francis was 10-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 13 starts before that.

    Brad Hawpe batted .441 (15-for-34) with three home runs and five RBIs during the nine-game road trip. He is hitting just .279 (12-for-43) with one homer and four RBIs in 12 home games this season.
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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Go Reds


    eta:

    Reds:

    1. Freel CF
    2. Lopez SS
    3. Aurilia 1B
    4. Dunn LF
    5. Encarnacion 3B
    6. Kearns RF
    7. Phillips 2B
    8. LaRue C
    9. Claussen P

    Rockies:

    1. Carroll SS
    2. Spilborghs RF
    3. Holliday LF
    4. Atkins 3B
    5. Marrero 1B
    6. Gonzalez 2B
    7. Freeman CF
    8. Ardoin C
    9. Francis P
    Last edited by SirFelixCat; 05-03-2006 at 08:14 PM.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Reds Fans
    Rockies:

    1. Carroll SS
    2. Spilborghs RF
    3. Holliday LF
    4. Atkins 3B
    5. Marrero 1B
    6. Gonzalez 2B
    7. Freeman CF
    8. Ardoin C
    9. Francis P
    Am I the only one who goes "Who???" when looking at this line-up? I know I haven't followed the Rockies in a long time, but who the heck are these guys? Is Clint Hurdle still managing them?

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz
    Am I the only one who goes "Who???" when looking at this line-up? I know I haven't followed the Rockies in a long time, but who the heck are these guys? Is Clint Hurdle still managing them?
    Didn't really pay close attention, but now that you mention it... WHO!??!?! And in 1st place (in a division that was won last year w/ an 82-80 record).
    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Let's play Over/Under........

    80

    Percent chance during every commercial break you see either the Red Roof Inn commercial or a JTM commercial

    This is definitely an OVER
    You've Got To Take A Chance....To Have A Chance.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by Keithwg_24
    Let's play Over/Under........

    80

    Percent chance during every commercial break you see either the Red Roof Inn commercial or a JTM commercial

    This is definitely an OVER
    The chances of you being correct are....remote.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by Keithwg_24
    Let's play Over/Under........

    80

    Percent chance during every commercial break you see either the Red Roof Inn commercial or a JTM commercial

    This is definitely an OVER
    The multitasking Red Roof commercial has taken over for the most annoying commercial from the Applebee's one with the guys in the ocean playing a take on the Gilligan's Island song.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by Keithwg_24
    Let's play Over/Under........

    80

    Percent chance during every commercial break you see either the Red Roof Inn commercial or a JTM commercial

    This is definitely an OVER
    You don't think there's a chance of an acid flashback Frisch's commercial? I know you'll hear one several times on the radio.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by redsmetz
    Am I the only one who goes "Who???" when looking at this line-up? I know I haven't followed the Rockies in a long time, but who the heck are these guys? Is Clint Hurdle still managing them?
    Holliday and Atkins are legit and Hawpe is only sitting b/c of the lefty matchup. They can still put up runs though, especially in Coors.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by cincyinco

    By NICOLINO DI BENEDETTO, STATS Writer

    The surprising Cincinnati Reds have scored the most runs in the National League. Nothing like playing in a hitters' ballpark to improve that number.
    [/I]
    Does anyone else think hack when they read that line? Especially considering that the Reds have played more almost as many games on the Road as they have at home.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by medford
    Does anyone else think hack when they read that line? Especially considering that the Reds have played more almost as many games on the Road as they have at home.
    I think she is referring to Coors. As in, here comes the NL's best offense into a true hitter's park.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis
    I think she is referring to Coors. As in, here comes the NL's best offense into a true hitter's park.
    Ahhh, I think you're right. Guess I was just reading thru it to quickly.

    I guess that makes me a hack of a reader

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by medford
    I guess that makes me a hack of a reader
    I wouldn't say that, you were a hack way before you ever read that.

    Kidding, kidding.

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Quote Originally Posted by medford
    Does anyone else think hack when they read that line? Especially considering that the Reds have played more almost as many games on the Road as they have at home.
    Well, not to mention the absolute irony of anyone covering the Rockies saying that. Calling the kettle black?

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    Re: Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies - Game Thread - 5/3/06

    Isn't Francis a soft tossing lefty?

    If not lefty.. atleast soft tossing?
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