The great thing about an intra-squad game: half your team's gonna win. The not-so-great thing: it's kinda lame. But we did see some interesting things in today's victory of Ed “Nappy” Napolean's Reds over Bucky “F#&@*ing” Dent's Reds this afternoon.
The line-ups, thanks to Marc:
Home, managed by Bucky F. Dent (as it says on the lineup card)
Ryan Freel, CF
Tony Womack, 2B
Felipe Lopez, SS
Adam Dunn, 1B
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
Javier Valentin, C
Tuffy Rhodes, LF
Jacob Cruz, DH
Chris Denorfia, RF
Luke Hudson, P
Bench: Andy Abad, Joey Votto, Derek Wathan, Aaron Herr, Dane Sardinha, Steve Torrealba
Bullpen: Rick White, Jimmy Journell, Phil Dumatrait
Visitors, managed by 1959 Caribbean Series MVP Ed Napoleon
Quinton McCracken, DH
Scott Hatteberg, 1B
Ken Griffey Jr., CF
Austin Kearns, RF
Rich Aurilia, 3B
Wily Mo Pena, LF
Jason LaRue, C
Frank Menechino, 2B
Ray Olmedo, SS
Brandon Claussen, P
Bench: DeWayne Wise, Anderson Machado, Ryan Hanigan, Aaron Holbert, Miguel Perez, Earl Snyder
Bullpen: David Weathers, Bubba Nelson
This game was a 4 1/2 inning long parade of Reds. After I cataloged the things I found interesting about this game in my mind, I discovered that they were the same things that Mark Sheldon of the official site found interesting, so I'm going to borrow liberally from his story and see if I can't get to bed early for a change.
- Claussen pitched three innings, allowing one walk, one strike-out, and three hits including a home run to Adam Dunn. Not too bad for the first time out.
- Luke Hudson beaned right fielder Austin Kearns in the arm in the first inning, knocking Kearns from the game. Early reports are that Kearns is going to be OK. Dammit, Hudson: watch what you're doing.
- Shock of all shocks: Wily Mo Peña walked twice today. I wonder what Marty had to say about that.
Tomorrow the Reds again play the Tigers, this time the ones from Detroit, at 1:05 p.m. Ben Kozlowski will start in place of Eric Milton, who is out with a right calf-strain. Too much driving with his legs, I guess. Or perhaps the rubber position isn't quite right.