Daily Archives: April 11, 2007

April 11, 2007

Avoiding the Brooms

The CTS found a cheap laptop today at Best Buy, so suddenly I have a computer to tap away on during the game, even though the CTS is also tapping away at his computer. He's editing photos from our vacation, by the way. There's me holding a big, blue parrot. This is quality family time, I tell you.

The chemistry of the commentators seems to be working better tonight, at least through the top of the first. Hopefully this game won't be as painful to listen to as last nights, nor as painful to look at the line score.

April 11, 2007

Game 8: Reds 4, Diamondbacks 5

The Reds kept us up half the night only to break our hearts around midnight last night when they fell to Arizona in extra innings.

Not too long after Randy Keisler put in his two-run, six-inning performance for the Cardinals in place of Chris Carpenter (damn those Cardinals and their picking up of Reds' pitchers!), Kyle Lohse was giving up four runs (earned) on six hits in seven innings. Not a horrible performance by any means, and if we could get that consistently out of him all year, I think we'd be doing OK.

Rheal Cormier worked two outs, Todd Coffey worked one, and Mike Stanton worked one. Seems like a lot of pitchers for an inning and a third, if you ask me, but none of them gave up any runs. Kirk Saarloos finished out the ninth, before the Reds finally sent a guy to the mound for a whole inning. It was a little too much for David Weathers who worked an inning and two thirds before giving up the game-winning run in the bottom ofthe eleventh.

Like many people, I'm sure, I went to bed before the game was over, but not before Josh Hamilton had his big first major league start/first major league hit/first major league homer. This guy must have talent oozing out of his pores to be doing as well as he has been. Just think if he'd been in the majors all along. Dang, the Devil Rays would be freaky good.

Adam Dunn and Brandon Phillips also had home runs last night, but alas, it wasn't enough. Maybe tonight.

The loss brings the Reds' record to 4-4 and put them in a tie for first with the Pirates and Cards. However, the Cards have already beaten the Pirates again since then, so now the Reds are a half game in second, tied with the Brewers. Ah, the early season rankings.

Tonight, the Reds try to avoid the sweep. Matt Belisle goes against Micah Owings at 9:40 p.m.

April 11, 2007

Brennaman Buzz

I thought I was just being crankier than usual when I wanted to reach into my t.v. and smack Thom Brennaman for the dull, constant roar that was his Reds bashing last night, but apparently it was going around.

Over on Red Reporter, they were apparently talking about the commentary in the game thread:

I was stuck with the Arizona announcers through DirecTV, but I read the game thread and it sounds like Thom Brennaman was brutal. He's really not getting off to a good start with things. Guy's even bitchier than his father, which I wouldn't have thought was possible. And hell, I like Marty, but Thom doesn't have the benefit of tenure with Reds fans so he needs to tread a little lighter.

JP at Reds and Blues goes into much more detail about the matter:

The desert is a cruel place where dreams often go to die. The sand around Phoenix is littered with bones of those things felled by the savagery of the desert, and if we are to believe Thom Brennaman’s on air comments last night, the Reds’ season became buzzard food last night after dropping their third in a row. Perhaps Thom is correct; Matt Belisle is throwing tonight, and no ballads will ever be written about Belisle the Stopper. However, Thom needs to lighten up before he is confused with Colin Cowherd.

Of course, not everyone thought that Brennaman's interminable curmudgeonly ranting was a bad thing. Jeff at Reds Rally agreed whole-heartedly:

On a side note: Thom Brennaman is right on in his assessment and I hope they never tell him to dial it down. He's exactly right. And, he's exactly like his father. He'll be just fine in that chair for a few decades in my opinion.

Takes all kinds, I reckon.

April 11, 2007

Let the Bunt Go

I hate to bump Hamilton's homer, but something has to be said about Thom Brennaman's inability to stop talking about Edwin Encarnación's at-bat in the 11th inning. He's been talking about whether he should have bunted for about an hour and a half.

It's 12:47 a.m. EDT and the freaking 11th inning. Let the bunt go, man. Have a beer or something.