July 18, 2007

Reds Going for the Sweep

In my last day at home before getting back to the grind, I couldn't ask for better daytime entertainment than a good Reds' game. And since they're playing the Braves, I get to watch on TBS. Woo-hoo!

Aaron Harang goes up against John Smoltz this afternoon. Smoltz is a big name with a big history, but he's fresh off the DL.

Here's the line-ups. Thanks C. Trent!

Norris Hopper CF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Ken Griffey, Jr. RF
Adam Dunn LF
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Edwin Encarnación 3B
David Ross C
Pedro Lopez SS
Aaron Harang P

Harris lf
Renteria ss
CJones 3b
AJones cf
McCann c
Francoeur rf
Johnson 2b
Saltalamacchia 1b
Smoltz p

57 comments to “Reds Going for the Sweep”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    Griffey defeats the shift AGAIN to get career hit 2500. When will people give up this stupid shift crap?

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dunn gets strike-out number 112 for the year to end the inning. It’s amazing that he could have so many strike-outs when his average isn’t too bad and his power is clearly just fine. Maybe those games at the top of the line-up have resulted in more ABs than I expect.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Harang edges Dunn for strikeouts this season, just getting 121. Of course, that’s a different stat entirely for him.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Still scoreless in the bottom of the second, though the Braves have a man on second with one out. Ross did not manage to throw out the runner. Is the tide turning?

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    The TBS announcers just made reference to Harang being a good hitter (by pitcher standards). Is that true? I’m going to have to look it up.

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    No, he’s not a good hitter. I either misheard or they’re misinformed.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    Still 0-0 in the middle of three. Come on, bats!

  8. Red Hot Mama says:

    Of course Smoltz is on freaking fire just off the DL. He’s struck out about 700 already this afternoon, and the game is still scoreless.

  9. Red Hot Mama says:

    Maybe they were being prescient, since Harang just got a slug-bunt double. Didn’t lead to anything, thanks to an excellent relay throw to get the runner at the plate, but still nice contact.

  10. Red Hot Mama says:


    Braves take the lead in the bottom of 7. That doesn’t portend good things for the pitching situation.

  11. Red Hot Mama says:


    Dunner takes the lead in the top of the 8th with a 2-run dinger. Yippee!

  12. otto says:

    Eeeek… it’s the 8th.

  13. smartelf says:

    the dreaded 8th inning curse. Its damn near impossible to have a scoreless 8th inning.

  14. Red Hot Mama says:

    Gulp. Tied at 2s and back tot hat questionable pitching situation that I mentioned before.

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi guys! I’m so pleased to have you here. I’m darting in to make comments between tasks cleaning the bathroom. So far, good things have happened when I was cleaning the shower and tub, bad things when I was cleaning the toilet.

    What will the mirror produce??

  16. smartelf says:

    Considering we had 3 rookies + a young Encarnacion in the starting lineup, especially at the all important double play positions, I have to say I am pleased we have a chance to win this game.

  17. smartelf says:

    Come on Ross! You were born in Georgia weren’t ya?

  18. smartelf says:

    Wickman,,, I am surprised he is not our closer.

  19. smartelf says:

    See what I mean?

  20. smartelf says:

    I know Lopez is 3-for-3 but I think a pinch hitter was in order here. Just brought Phillips into the game anyhow.

  21. smartelf says:

    Pop up by Lopez.. SO PREDICTABLE! Come on Pete, first bad move I have seen you make.

  22. smartelf says:

    Now its Valentin… 2 outs Ross standing on 1B.

  23. smartelf says:

    CRAP! We go to the bottom of the 9th.

  24. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw man…and I thought for sure that cleaning the vanity was good when I came back out and saw Javy at the plate. 🙁

  25. smartelf says:

    STANTON? Oh good Lord… And they took Lopez out of the game! So why didn’t you PH for him, Pete! DOH!

  26. Red Hot Mama says:

    The TBS guys just said that Javy was initially drafted by the Twins. You’d think that Kriv-dawg would have been pulling harder for him the first half of the year.

  27. smartelf says:

    Check that.. they took out Encarnacion.

  28. Red Hot Mama says:

    No joke, is there something about being the Reds’ manager that slowly makes you stupid?

  29. smartelf says:

    This is a very curious call to go with Stanton in this spot. No one is feeling good about him now. Burton might have been a better call.

  30. Red Hot Mama says:

    You know, there’s only one thing left to do to clean up the bathroom…


  31. smartelf says:

    2 Ks so far by Stanton.

  32. smartelf says:

    STRUCK OUT DA SIDE! well who knew he had that in him?

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Shhh…you don’t talk about a no hitter and you don’t talk about Stanton having 2 ks!

    But now he’s got three. So yaaaaaay!

  34. Red Hot Mama says:

    I’m going to go get my broom. 😀

  35. smartelf says:

    Anyone else a little bit annoyed Dunn is no longer in this game?

  36. smartelf says:

    Well so they intentionally walk Griff to face Freel…

  37. smartelf says:

    Come on HATTE, show us that clutch bat!

  38. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yeah, I’m not really sure what they were thinking taking out the only guy with any RBI on the night. On the other hand, Dunn isn’t exactly known for coming through when the game is on the line.

  39. smartelf says:


  40. Red Hot Mama says:

    Come on get down get down WOO-HOOOOOO!

  41. smartelf says:

    I don’t like the nickname “Stormy”… how about The Weatherman?

  42. Red Hot Mama says:

    The CTS calls him “Inclement”

  43. smartelf says:

    Or how about, “I’ll rain on your parade!”

  44. Red Hot Mama says:


    I mean, the game is tied again, darn it all.

  45. smartelf says:

    this is surreal… Brantley is talking about dark clouds literally blwoing into the stadium right now… is he bullshitting me?

  46. smartelf says:

    Oh you inclement sunuvabitch! He just let Chipper steal 3rd.

  47. Red Hot Mama says:

    No, bad weather knocked out the audio on TBS for a minute. They had the guy in the studio doing the play-by-play.

    That was surreal, too.

    Dammit, Inclement. Checking your freaking runners! Who do you think you are, Homer Bailey?

  48. smartelf says:

    Whew! Freel playing shallow.

  49. Red Hot Mama says:

    Oh, this is crap. We’re not really doing the five infielder bull.