April 2, 2008

Reds Game 2: Reds Host Diamondbacks

Dunn Doesn’t Walk
Reds Lineup
CF Corey Patterson
SS Jeff Keppinger
RF Ken Griffey Jr.
2B Brandon Phillips
LF Adam Dunn
3B Edwin Encarnación
1B Joey Votto
C Paul Bako
P Bronson Arroyo

I wanted to comment on the ludicrousness of this line-up, but then I saw the JTM commercial with Bronson Arroyo and Chris Welsh, and now I’m speechless. Wow.

71 comments to “Reds Game 2: Reds Host Diamondbacks”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ok, first pitch is a ball, low in the zone. It’s about darn time. That pregame took forever.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    And Young is aboard on second with no outs in the first inning and Orlando Hudson sacrifices him over. Huh. Wouldn’t have expected that.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Two outs (and one an intentional one at that) and the Diamondbacks have a run. I wonder whether they’ll burn two outs per run the whole game.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    And how many pitches did it take Arroyo to get out of the first inning? Eight. Thom and the Cowboy are applauding Arizona for manufacturing a run, but I think they’re price was too high.

  5. Zeldink says:

    I know the Snakes scored a run, but it sure didn’t feel like a good inning for them to me. That’s how you play when you’re down one or tied in the 9th, not when you get a leadoff double in the 1st.

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    This is my first time seeing Corey Patterson at the plate. Smart money says he’ll get out. I hope he at least makes the pitcher throw a few first.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yep. He’s out. And taking three pitches to get there, he’s put Haren on pace to pitch 9 this inning. More than Arroyo at least.

  8. Red Hot Mama says:

    And Keppinger is aboard! If only we could skip Patterson and go straight to the second hitter.

  9. Zeldink says:

    Smart money says he’ll get out.

    You say that only because his NOP is less than 30%.

  10. Red Hot Mama says:

    Seven pitches for Haren to get out of the first. And I stop commenting long enough to help my kid do his daily Webkinz tasks and Arizona knocks a solo shot. Sigh.

  11. Red Hot Mama says:

    Bottom of the second and Phillips is out. He does like to swing early in the count, but I’d like *someone* to make this guy throw some pitches. I wouldn’t have thought I’d be saying I missed Hatteberg so early.

    Dunn’s going to be the one, I think.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Full count and fouling them off. Good job, Dunn.

  13. Zeldink says:

    THIS is a fast game.

  14. Red Hot Mama says:

    Three up, three down for the Reds. Haren is now 19 pitches in to the game.

  15. Zeldink says:

    Did you see the pregame where they talked about Arroyo looking for a bounce-back season?

  16. Red Hot Mama says:

    Did he mean a repeat of his career year? I’m afraid that’s not going to happen. Though he really wasn’t that bad last year, despite that 9-15 record.

  17. Zeldink says:

    Yeah, if he has another year like last year, assuming the Reds pen is better, I imagine he’ll have 12 to 15 wins. Unless they insist on having a no-hit, some-glove catcher catch all of Arroyo’s starts again.

    I’m sure the team’s learned its lesson from last year. Who’s the starting catcher today?

  18. BubbaFan says:

    Patterson earned his pay tonight…

  19. Red Hot Mama says:

    Too bad that darn Keppinger was clogging up the bases, or that home run would have scored!

  20. Zeldink says:

    B-Phil is a fun player, isn’t he?

  21. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hi, BubbaFan. The first Red to get a homer in 2008 should be a trivia question. No one would guess that one.

  22. Red Hot Mama says:

    Haren got a double?? Holy crap.

    What’s Dusty going to say to Arroyo in the top of the 5th?

  23. BubbaFan says:

    Good gravy. Haren doubled?

  24. Zeldink says:

    Sorry about the disappearing comments. They’re in the thread, just out of order. Perhaps tonight wasn’t the best night to get the blog set on the right time zone.

  25. Zeldink says:

    Things are all fixed now.

    What a crappy throw by EdE. I like his potential, but if he keeps having one of those a game, he is going to be sat quickly once Alex Gonzalez comes back.

  26. Red Hot Mama says:

    Sigh. EdE, EdE, EdE.

  27. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hopper at the plate, and not bunting for a base hit??

    Not getting any kind of base hit. Alas.

  28. Red Hot Mama says:

    I think he was going to sit once AGon got back no matter what. At this rate he’s going to get his ass sent down when AGon gets back.

  29. Zeldink says:

    It didn’t look like they gave Hopper any pitches to bunt. It’s an easy scouting report. I think it’s Hopper and former Astro Willy Taveras alone in the majors as guys who bunt for basehits.

    Hey! Coffey’s in! I didn’t see his sprint.

  30. Red Hot Mama says:

    Coffey’s in for the Reds. They’re talking about the changes he made in the spring. I seem to remember this from last season, too.

  31. Zeldink says:

    I wonder if EdE has an option year remaining. He did last year.

  32. Red Hot Mama says:

    I see that Chris Duncan has a sore hamstring, via the Cardinals official site feed on the left (tyvm, CTS). That’s not going to make their outfield any better.

    Oooh, boy. Coffey is NOT doing well.

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Haren at the bat. The announcers seem to think it’s noteworthy, but it’s only the top of the 6th.

  34. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dammit, why can Haren hit??

  35. Red Hot Mama says:

    Man, that Keppinger can hit.

  36. Red Hot Mama says:

    I just noticed how similar my last two comments are. Mad props to me for creativity.

    C’mon Griff.

  37. Red Hot Mama says:


    C’mon Phillips.

  38. Red Hot Mama says:


    C’mon defense.

  39. Red Hot Mama says:

    Oh, Coffey’s still in.

    And one runner is aboard.

  40. Zeldink says:

    Poor Coffey. If he stays with the team long enough, I expect him to pitch better than last year. Relievers can fluctuate wildly from year to year.

    Hopefully he’s got a good year in him. It’s good to have a trekkie on the team.

  41. Red Hot Mama says:

    As much flak as EdE’s going to take for his mistakes in these first two games, Patterson has had a subtle role to play as well. 1-for-the-season isn’t a stat you should see out of your lead-off hitter, even when that 1 is a home run.

  42. Red Hot Mama says:

    Sweet! Bako just picked off Orlando Hudson.

    Ooooh, it looks like Votto didn’t get the tag on.

  43. Zeldink says:

    Whatever, the ump thought he did.

    Dunn just took a third strike. Dusty turned his back in the dugout, looking disgusting.

  44. Red Hot Mama says:

    But why?? He didn’t walk!

  45. Red Hot Mama says:

    Of course, because he looked at it. Dusty will want them to *swing* for strike 3.

    EdE did it to. He’s getting sent down.

  46. Zeldink says:

    Hey, Kent Mercker’s in! And he struck out someone.

    There was a graphic earlier in the broadcast showing the Reds as one of the oldest teams. I thought it said the oldest player on the team was 44, but I can’t think of who that would be. Mercker’s “only” 39.

  47. Red Hot Mama says:

    Mercker? Well…he ought to be well-rested.

  48. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hey, it’s Freel. He’s got to have lots of pent-up energy.

    C’mon Freel. Show Patterson up.