April 9, 2012

Live blog: Reds v Cards – game 1

Just the second series of the season and we’re already hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s always a fun series to comment on, even if it’s not always a fun one to watch.

The way live blogging goes around here is that I’ll add comments to this post throughout the game. Occasionally others pipe in, and you’re welcome to as well, but I won’t let the lack of someone responding stop me from talking. I don’t let it stop me when walking down the street, and I don’t see why I should let it stop me now.

What will it be like to see the Cardinals sans LaRussa, Pujols, and Carpenter? Or is Carpenter still around, complaining about everything that crosses his path from the far end of the bench? I am confident that he’s complaining about something, somewhere. I can just feel it.

Here’s your line-ups:
Those Darn Cards

  1. Furcal, SS
  2. Beltran, RF
  3. Holliday, LF
  4. Berkman, 1B
  5. Freese, 3B
  6. Molina, C
  7. Jay, CF
  8. Descalso, 2B
  9. Westbrook, P

Pitcher hitting ninth? What would LaRussa say??

and now, your Cincinnati Reds

  1. Phillips, 2B
  2. Cozart, SS
  3. Votto, 1B
  4. Rolen, 3B
  5. Bruce, RF
  6. Heisey, LF
  7. Stubbs, CF
  8. Hanigan, C
  9. Bailey, P

36 comments to “Live blog: Reds v Cards – game 1”

  1. Amanda says:

    Well, this game is off to a good start. Makes me want Mat Latos back on the mound.

  2. Amanda says:

    Thom: “Mercifully, the first inning comes to an end.”

    You can’t say “mercifully” for just four runs. You can’t say “mercifully” until the team has batted around at least once.

  3. Amanda says:

    Of course, I guess that could happen with just three runs scoring.

  4. Amanda says:

    After Phillips one-pitch-on-out maneuver, I’m glad to see Cozart take a walk. Let’s not get Bailey IMMEDIATELY back on the mound, eh?

  5. Amanda says:

    Bruce lets Westbrook off the hook, flying out with two men on. At least the guys made their presence known. For a minute there I thought they were going to go out without a whimper.

    There still weren’t any hits, though.

  6. Amanda says:

    Hey, look! Strikeout for Bailey! And not the kind that happens at the bar after the game!

  7. Amanda says:

    “Ew, I don’t go out with guys who give up three home runs in one inning. Especially not ones who look like old ladies when they pitch.”

  8. Amanda says:

    And Bailey puts down a 1-2-3 second inning. Attaboy! You show ’em how not to be a little bitch.

  9. Amanda says:

    Chris Heisey is aboard on a walk with no outs.

    And now he walks Stubbs. How do you walk Stubbs? That guy will swing at anything.

  10. Amanda says:

    And so Hannigan decides to take the swinging route and flies out to right. With Bailey coming up. Nicely done, sir.

  11. Amanda says:

    Bailey bunts “into a trap” as Chris Welsh said to set up Phillips to swing too much again. Deep breath, Phillips.

  12. Amanda says:

    Reds: 0 runs, 0 hits, 4 LOB

  13. Amanda says:

    I wonder if Yadi’s ego has grown with that stupid new contract he just got. It’s probably smart not to announce Phillips’ contract until after the Cards leave town, since the Reds didn’t have displaced first-baseman affection to hand out.

  14. Amanda says:

    I’m loving the Reds defense so far tonight. Bailey just has to give ’em a chance to work.

    Not so much with the offense, though. Cozart pops out to start the bottom of the third. Can *someone* get a hit, pleeze?

  15. Amanda says:

    Do I hear Coldplay? Rolen must be up!

  16. Amanda says:

    Jon Jay(com Jingleheimer Schmidt) has the Cards’ first non-homer hit in the top of the fourth. And Heisey almost got to that one.

  17. Amanda says:

    Bailey almost hit Westbrook here in the top of the fourth, but I’m sure it was accidental. Why would he intentionally do something that could knock Westbrook out of the game and deprive the Reds of walks??

  18. Amanda says:

    It’s a hit! Wait, no, it’s an error. Oh well, either way, Bruce is on board to start the bottom of the 4th.

  19. Amanda says:

    Heisey. Fielder’s Choice. Still no hits.

  20. Amanda says:

    OK. So, Heisey was too far off first and got picked off. Bad call says that he wasn’t tagged out, but he stops on the way to second and gets thrown out there.

    It is true and honest for him to be out, but I bet he won’t stop and look again in the future.

  21. Amanda says:

    The announcers are always pimping this stat guy–Joel or something. I bet he gets all the chicks.

  22. Amanda says:

    I *love* to see Beltran tagged out at second on an attempted stolen base. Apparently everyone feels fast when they’re on a team with Yadi Molina.

  23. Amanda says:

    And it’s a run! Finally the Reds catch a break (and can run fast).

  24. Amanda says:

    And Votto’s rung up to end the fifth inning. That Votto character isn’t having such a great stretch, is he?

  25. Amanda says:

    Uh-oh. Phillips came up lame after that last run and now isn’t on the field. Hopefully he’ll be back at it soon. This is your chance, young Valdez!

  26. Amanda says:

    And Bill Bray comes in to close out the inning. Bailey sure calmed down nicely after that first inning. Now, if he can just avoid Volquez-syndrome in the future…

  27. Amanda says:

    Phillips has “cramping” in his hammy. He should’ve waited an hour after eating.

  28. Amanda says:

    Top of the seventh, but the Reds are still down 4-1. Bill Bray remains on the mound, and he just flared up the smokestacks.

  29. Amanda says:

    Bottom of the order in the bottom of the seventh. C’mon Hannigan and then as-yet-unknown pinch hitter!

  30. Amanda says:

    Willie Harris steps up to the plate for Bill Bray, two outs already gone in the bottom of the seventh.

  31. Amanda says:

    Arredondo takes the mound in the top of the eighth…and promptly walks someone. Doesn’t he know walks will haunt??

  32. Amanda says:

    Heaven help us, Simon is warming up. Are we declaring this mop-up duty already??

  33. Amanda says:

    For a little while before the Red Hot Child’s bedtime, we turn off all the screens because it helps him fall asleep. This feels like a good time to do that…

  34. Amanda says:

    Well, that was teh suck. Despite the score, though, it didn’t have the feeling of being utterly dominated the whole way through. There’s still the chance to salvage this series.

    Good night, Red Hot Reader!