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April 13, 2008

Reds (game 13), Pirates (game 12): Pirates Sweep Up In Style



Reds manager Dusty Baker proved himself right today when, yet again, the base paths were too clogged up for the Reds to score. The Reds left nine runners on base as they lost 1-9 to the Pirates. It was the Pirates’ first series sweep of the year.

Tom Gorzelanny started for the Pirates. He allowed one run (earned) on four hits and four walks through six and a third innings. Ryan Freel knocked in Paul Bako to score the run for the Reds.

Johnny Cueto started for the Reds. Though he allowed five runs (earned) on five hits and a walk in his six innings of work, his ERA remains under 4 at 3.72. Todd Coffey allowed the rest of the Pirates’ runs, giving up four on three hits and a walk in one inning. RBIs for the Buccos went to Luis Rivas, Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit, and Xavier Nady.

The loss brings the Reds’ record to 6-7 and their losing streak to three. After a day off, they take on the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday.

The win brings the Pirates’ record to 6-6 and their winning streak to three. Tomorrow they travel to LA to take on the Dodgers. Zach Duke starts against Hiroki Kuroda at 10:10pm EDT.

April 13, 2008

Cardinals Game 9-Astros Game 10: Cardinals 6, Astros 4



Astros Homerun Pump
Wednesday was the second game the Red Hot Family attended at Minute Maid park. And with an area doctor visited and ear-infection antibiotics happily procured, the rough part of the trip was already behind us. Alas, the rough part of the series was not over for the Astros. The home run pump didn’t increment a single number the whole time we were in attendance.

Hunter Pence in the outfield
Hunter Pence. You look at this picture and you just can’t help but notice his…socks.

Hunter Pence at bat
Weird how his…socks…aren’t as noticeable in this photo. They probably help with his strike zone, though.

Albert Pujols before one of his homeruns
Albert Pujols was a monster this game, hitting two solo home runs and single-handedly providing the margin of the Cardinals’ win. Yeah, the Astros fans really don’t like Pujols.

Tony Larussa’s skinny legs
Here at Red Hot Mama, we make our fair share of fun of Tony LaRussa’s sunglasses. But this vantage has shown us the error of our ways: we ought to be making fun of his tight pants.

The Astros Bubbles grounds crew
The Astros grounds crew was sponsored by a local car wash. I bet they got a sweet cut of that action.

Marriage proposal
Awwww…someone got all engaged at the game. But neither that nor Tejada’s double would be inspiration enough for the Astronomicals to put a line in the W column on this evening.

Tejada’s storms into second for a double

April 13, 2008

RHM Visits Minute Maid Park: Video Smorgasbord

Here’s a smattering of video clips from the visit to Minute Maid Park.

Michael Bourne’s last out of our first game.

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April 13, 2008

Minute Maid Park Panorama 2

Now that we’re home, I’m going through the photos and videos we took in Houston. During our first game, I took a panoramic shot of the stadium with the roof open. If you wondered what it looked like with the roof closed and from a completely different section, wait no more!

Minute Maid Park Panorama: Closed Roof