July 7, 2007

7/7/07 Reds Versus Diamondbacks

Homer Baily is trying to bounce back from a couple poor starts, the Reds have made some personnel changes, and the Javy's getting a chance. Sounds like it could be the Reds' lucky day.

Here's the line-up:

Josh Hamilton CF
Ryan Freel 3B
Ken Griffey, Jr. RF
Brandon Phillips 2B
Adam Dunn LF
Scott Hatteberg 1B
Javier Valentín C
Alex Gonzalez SS
Homer Bailey P

35 comments to “7/7/07 Reds Versus Diamondbacks”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    Very nice first inning from Homer. Still too many first-pitch balls, but nothing like the last game.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Hamilton’s aboard to start the Reds part of the inning. I’m not crazy about him leading off, but Freel is working his way back up the line-up. He’s all the way to second now after his stint at sixth.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw, and Hamilton is stranded. Still, it’s good to see an early hit off Brandon Webb. He doesn’t suck, as I understand it.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    Woo, nice throw from third, Freel!

    Too bad to see EdE out of the line-up again. Things are a little bit crowded with Freel off the DL.

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dammit, Homer, you’re not in the minors anymore. Check your freaking baserunners!

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    I don’t think that there’s any doubt that Bailey was brought up to generate some buzz around an otherwise miserable team. Now the question is what’s best to do for his future development. Is he going to eventually prosper if they just keep sending him out there, or would he benefit from some seasoning in Louisville?

    Hamilton is out of the game after running to first. Hope he’s doing OK.

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    All right! Freel is safe after stealing third.

    What is this? Last season?

  8. Red Hot Mama says:

    Dunn knocks him in to tie it at ones! It’s definitely NOT last season.

  9. Red Hot Mama says:

    And Griffey brings in the lead. Hooty-hoo!

  10. Red Hot Mama says:

    Keppinger pinch hits for Bailey and walks. It’s nice to pull Bailey now before he lets this one get away.

    And EdE hits a homer to bring the score to 1-4! Yippee!

  11. Red Hot Mama says:

    If you’d been at the Red Hot Mama house just now, this is what you would have heard:

    [em]Freel’s going for two…he’s safe…GET BACK GET BACK…you can’t push him off the bag, you dummy![/em]

    And now he’s stolen third. I’ve missed Pigpen.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Aw…he’s out going home. But Griffey’s at second at least.

  13. Red Hot Mama says:

    Mike Stanton takes the mound. Suddenly I’m not so confident about pulling Bailey early.

  14. Red Hot Mama says:

    News on Hamilton: he left the game with a sprained right wrist.

    That’s what I get for saying the playing field was crowded with Freel back in the picture.

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Reds are still up 1-4 in the bottom of the seventh. I do wonder whom they’ll send out there for the dreaded eighth.

  16. Red Hot Mama says:

    What? Freel’s been freaking ejected?? He was doing nothing but freaking standing there!

    And he was safe, too. Time to throw shit on the field, Reds fans. You’ve got some Brandon Phillips mesh jerseys handy, right??

  17. Red Hot Mama says:

    Coffey’s in for the eighth. No pressure, buddy, but Hamilton and Freel are both out for the game.

  18. Red Hot Mama says:

    I have often thought that umpires should be fined for missed calls. Of course, why the hell isn’t there video replay in baseball? What, are t.v.s too expensive? What happened to baseball blazing the trail with technological developments?

  19. Red Hot Mama says:

    :O :O :O :O :O


  20. Red Hot Mama says:

    Javy leaves the game and suddenly it’s tied at fours.


  21. BubbaFan says:

    I dunno, but I think I’d have left Stanton in. He’s not that much worse than Ross, and he was mowing ’em down.

  22. Red Hot Mama says:

    Coffey certainly was a questionable choice (and what was up with him chewing on his shirt as he left the mound?) and Saarloos wasn’t much better. The CTS thinks that MacBeth would have been the best choice, if he were still with the team.

    Whatever, at least it’s finally over. And the Reds are getting into the Snakes’ bullpen, so that seems like a good thing.

  23. Red Hot Mama says:

    Run Brandon run! You have to be more than safe not to get ejected in this game!!

  24. BubbaFan says:

    I wonder what Freel said to get ejected so quickly?

    C’mon, NoHo!

  25. Red Hot Mama says:

    Reds take the lead as Phillips crosses the plates. w00t!

    Good thing he tagged up on Dunn’s fly ball and took second.

  26. Red Hot Mama says:

    You should ask C. Trent; he might actually be able to find out.

    Hatte’s out at the plate. Too bad he’s so slow, but it’s nice to see him try to take out the catcher.

  27. BubbaFan says:

    Today is Trent’s day off. He’s not at the ballpark on Saturdays.

    They said they’re going to put a cast on Hamilton’s wrist. Yeek. That sounds kind of serious.

  28. Red Hot Mama says:

    Yikes; Hamilton is out until at least Thursday with a cast on and everything.

  29. BubbaFan says:

    Well, Hamilton’s injury is fortunately timed. Freel’s back to cover CF, and he has the All-Star break to rest up.

  30. Red Hot Mama says:


    17 saves? That’s crazy. He’s striking out people left and right.

    Someone has to want this guy. Kriv-dawg, forget about Dunn and see what you can get for Inclement.

  31. BubbaFan says:

    And there was much rejoicing. I’m liking this Mackanin fellow.

  32. BubbaFan says:

    FWIW…the other day, the Bats radio announcers said they thought Dunn, Hatteberg, Conine, and Weathers were most tradeable players.

    But I shudder to think what our bullpen will be like without Stormy.

  33. Red Hot Mama says:

    Coffey didn’t exactly inspire confidence today, huh? I hope that the medical staff has been giving him a good looking at.

  34. smartelf says:

    Well I was at this one and I have MUCH to report.

    I got my free mesh jerseys (one for me and one for the kid), I got free admission to the museum AFTER the game, I got busted smuggling a beer in the stadium BEFORE the game but they only got 1, and I got 3 inside… heh I’ll gladly sacrifice a 50 cent can to get 3 in the door and avoid paying $6.25 per! That’s a $18.25 savings, my friends.

    Stanton looked awesome, as if he summoned his energy from the days of yore with the Yanks and Braves. Coffey, what can you say? It has not been his year and I think he may have lost it for good. If we could trade him I would.

    Bailey is no Dwight Gooden. He can’t just blow people away. He doesn’t have a dominating curve like Doc K and his fastball is generally 93-94mph.. any higher and he is wild. I agree with RHM he needs more seasoning he can’t get by on pure potential… and we have Livingston down in AAA chomping at the bit.

    That call versus Freel was HORRIBLE, and that ump had already blown a called 3rd strike against Brandon Phillips an inning or 2 earlier so maybe he was feeling guilty or something. Freel did do some body language and most assuredly said something… I am guessing on pure guts intuition it was “BULLSHIT!”

  35. smartelf says:

    They had a free Harry Potter promo booth where you could get your kid filmed riding on the broom with cinematic background, and it will be published on the web tomorrow. They also give you a photo. FREE.

    Now her is the most interesting part of my experience. I got there 3 hours early because I was damn well going to get my jerseys, so I arrived when gates opened. To kill time my kid is in the play area for like an hour or so… and 3 guys walk by and 1 points to the big cement wall next to the kids playground (behind it is a lady’s room I believe) and he says we need a big screen tv right there… and I am thinking EXACTLY… right on my man, I have killed so many innings at this playground and missed so many plays as a result it truly pisses me off…. the nearest monitors are about 50 yards across at the La Rosa’s Pizza where I do often nervously stand looking over my shoulder to spot check my kid every 2 minutes.

    Well, by the 5th inning my kid is getting restless so its time for a play break… I go back to the play area and VOILA! There is a plasma TV screwed into the wall right where the guy was saying it should be! It looked like it had been there since 2005 and I had to do some quick internal arithmetic to make sure I hadn’t been hallucinating all this time, because that was a remarkably quick assembly job. Anyhow I watched Edwin’s home run on that plasma and the universe was as it should be.

    Final note they played the bear traces of AC/DC Thundestruck when Weathers took the mound for the 9th… its like they didn’t want to go overboard with it (some people might be shocked by heavy metal at GABP or maybe more shocked with Heavy Metal and David Weathers being associated together…) but I’ll tell you what I regret ever saying one negative qword about Weathers. Right now he is DA MAN. He never lost his poise. I think he even walked that guy Salazar on purpose to set up a double play and get to some weaker hitters behind him. They guy was awesome out there.

    Well that’s my report and I am sticking to it unless any of that implicated me for any sort of crime in which case this is a wholly fictional account of today’s events.