March 3, 2007

Spring Training Game Thread 3/3 Twins vs Reds at Sarasota

We get our first look at Aaron Harang this spring training today as he goes up against the visiting Twins. Now that Kyle Lohse has taken Torii Hunter out of the picture, this ought to be easy, right?

Speaking of Lohse, they said that he came out of yesterday's game with a mild hamstring strain, not emotional shaken-upness like I first thought. Either way, here's hoping he's OK.

106 comments to “Spring Training Game Thread 3/3 Twins vs Reds at Sarasota”

  1. BubbaFan says:

    And A-Gon comes through for you!

  2. smartelf says:

    Bellhorn up, men on 1st and 3rd.

  3. Zeldink says:

    That didn’t take long, smartelf.

  4. smartelf says:

    Bellhorn comes thru as well. This guy is gonna make the club to prove me wrong, I just know it.

  5. smartelf says:

    Janish is running for Alex Gonzalez. Runners on 1st and 2nd with Ross ab….

    DOUBLE down the LF line, Janish and Votto (now in) both score.

  6. smartelf says:

    3 runs in so far this inning.

  7. Zeldink says:

    Thom and Jeff are talking about how David Ross was traded in the middle of the last two Spring Trainings. Somehow, I bet Ross didn’t cry about either of those team changes as much as Arroyo did.

  8. smartelf says:

    No outs, 6-1 Freel up.. let’s see if he can advance the runners with 2 strikes on him.

  9. smartelf says:

    Strikes out on an outside slider. He was trying to hit it the other way.

    Bubba Crosby now up.

  10. smartelf says:

    Bubba grounded out… Brantley talked about how the Yankees never gave Crosby much of a chance.

  11. smartelf says:

    Castro batting for Encarnacion… 3-2 count.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Reds lead 6-1? I take a shower and they bust out!

    I’ll have to remember that…

  13. smartelf says:

    Fly out. Reds lead 6-1 after 3. 11 hits for the Reds already.

  14. BubbaFan says:

    Neither the Dodgers nor the Yanks really gave Bubba a chance. The Dodgers were kind of a dysfunctional team while he was there. The people who drafted him were ousted shortly afterwards, then those people were ousted, too. The new management just wasn’t that interested in the old management’s prospects.

    Or so Scott Proctor says…

  15. smartelf says:

    Another easy inning by Livingston, heckuva job.

  16. smartelf says:

    Incidentally it was Frank Menechino that I was bitching about the other day. he must have gotten like 80 at-bats last spring, ABs that would have been much better spent on Olmedo who actually ended up getting called up and had numerous opportunities to contribute.

  17. Red Hot Mama says:

    The Dodgers management sounds sort of like Krivsky: anyone who’s not his own guy just doesn’t get the attention. But he at least sends them to other teams rather than letting them rot.

  18. smartelf says:

    At least Bellhorn can play 1B and at least he has some pop. menechino had no power whatsoever, was like the 10th second basemen on the roster at that point.

  19. Red Hot Mama says:

    Is Menechino still with the team?

    I was surprised to see Anderson Machado’s name in the box score the other day. Bad penny, I tell you.

    w00t! Brandon Phillips’ homer!

  20. smartelf says:

    Well you know GMs like to make their stamp. If the team does well you don’t want the media to give credit to the last regime… and conversely if the team sucks you are gonna take the blame… so better to put your destiny inyour own hands.

    Brandon Phillips crushes a home run off the left field pole!

  21. smartelf says:

    Menechino is LONG GONE… he is now in the Yankees depleted farm system where he will rot for sure. Yes Machado is still with the Reds… last year he got hurt in winter ball so he vanished for awhile.

  22. BubbaFan says:

    Ah, Frank Menechino. He ended the season with the Yankees. Or the Clippers, anyway.

    I was kind of rooting for him. He’s a New Yorker, and apparently told everyone he knew that his dream was to play for the Yankees. But they never called him up. He played all right, but he was just insurance for Miguel Cairo, and when Cairo came off the DL, they didn’t need Menechino.

  23. smartelf says:

    Votto is up with runners on 1st and 2nd… not sure what happened.. apparently a missed diving catch in RF.

  24. Red Hot Mama says:

    I remember him from spring training last season. He seemed like a solid little fellow. Sort of built like a barrel.

  25. smartelf says:

    I had a dream last season that Menechino was bagging my groceries at Kroger. So whose dream trumps the other? I am guessing my dream wins over his.

  26. smartelf says:

    Ross grounds out to end the inning. 14 hits on the board, 7-1 Reds mauling the Twinkies.

  27. Red Hot Mama says:

    Janish picked off and Ross picked off. Still, they’re leading 7-1 after four.

  28. smartelf says:

    Unfortunately he also hit like a barrel. I think he got two balls past the infield all spring.

  29. BubbaFan says:

    I don’t know if Menechino is still in the Yankees system. He declared free agency at the end of the season, but I don’t know if he found a new home.

  30. smartelf says:

    Kroger is always hiring. Maybe dreams do come true!

  31. Red Hot Mama says:

    Not nice! (but funny :laugh: )

  32. smartelf says:

    We also had Womack last spring. Boy how things have changed. I like this roster a heckuva lot better. Even Bellhorn is playing solid and he was my odds on choice for most undeserving to be here.

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Double play! I love those!

  34. smartelf says:

    Double play initiated by Votto 3-6-3 inning ending double play. Santos pitched that inning btw and Brantley does not like his chances of being named the #5 starter.

  35. smartelf says:

    Bergolla didn’t get an invite to camp, did he? That’s kind of surprising because he was here last year and you’d figure he’d be better after a year at AAA and winter ball.

  36. smartelf says:

    Norris Hopper leading off.

  37. BubbaFan says:

    Arrghhh. Don’t remind me of Woe-mack. He was the worst player in MLB the year he was with the Yankees. Seriously. And Torre kept putting him in the lineup…instead of Bubba. Woe-mack was an infielder, and he wasn’t hitting even Kate Moss’ weight…and Torre put him in the outfield, and left Bubba on the bench. Since he’s a veteran, and all that.

    I think that idiotic decision may have cost the Yanks a World Series.

    Yeah, Bubba!

  38. smartelf says:

    Another hit… 15th hit of the afternoon. Fast ball driven the other way.. he hustled down the first base line which impressed Brantly.

    Throwing error on a sac bunt by Crosby! Hopper scores! Bubba Crosby goes into 3rd.

  39. Red Hot Mama says:

    Honey, we feel your pain about Womack. All too acutely.

    I’ve got to take my kid to his grandma’s house, but I’ll be following the rest of the game in spirit. Go Reds!

  40. smartelf says:

    Yea playing Womack in the OF makes zero sense. His only value is as a somewhat speedy middle infielder (in his younger days he was very fast).. he never had good OBP which pissed off the stat heads and when his speed started fading he became useless… and to play him in the OF where you expect power and run production or at least a strong throwing arm? Makes no sense.

  41. smartelf says:

    Brantley likes the small ball. So do I.

  42. smartelf says:

    Castro K’d and now Denorfia with a chance to drive in a run.

  43. smartelf says:

    Denorfia, sac fly RBI… Reds now lead 9-1. Good situational hitting.

    L8r RHM, don’t think you’ll miss much.. the refrigerator door is closed, the light is out, the jello is jiggling and the butter is hard. (famous quote by Chich Hearn voice of the Lakers).

  44. smartelf says:

    hamilton still in the game. They are giving him as many ABs as possible.

  45. smartelf says:

    The pitched around to him. On base 4 straight times today.

  46. smartelf says:

    Oops, I mean they pitched around him. Brantley was quite upset about it.

  47. BubbaFan says:

    My problem with Woe in the outfield was that he was terrible. He was not an outfielder. Even if Bubba didn’t hit a lick, he’d have been a better choice than Womack, because he’d save runs with his glove, while Womack gave them away.

  48. smartelf says:

    Another error by the 3B. Ouch!

  49. BubbaFan says:

    Yeesh. The Twins are going to run out of pitchers.

  50. smartelf says:

    Some managers are afraid to play rookies or inexperienced players. Torre must be one of thsoe guys. I can sort of understand it, because you know what you are getting from a veteran, but to lose out on the promise and higher potential of a young stud drafted high, is bad really bad. But the Yankees prefer to let other teams develop the young talent, and then they pay top dollar once they’ve proved themselves.

    But in the case of Womack, that jsut defies understanding. Even Narron realized Womack brought nothing to the table at 2B, forget the outfield, we knew he was sub-par at 2B… to play him at OF is just inexcusable. Playing Crosby over Womack should have been a no-brainer… but Torre is obviously set in his ways.