Monday, June 29, 2009

Reds Offense Takes Boom Stick to Indians, 8-1

After beginning the series in forgettable fashion, Harang getting shelled and offense, or awfense as I just put together, failed to put much together for the final two games of the series with the Indians, Reds looked pretty, pretty good. And they've got three with the Snakes at home coming up. Look out three games over .500.

Chris Welsh just couldn't say enough about Homeboy's start on Saturday. He doesn't care about the walks, even if there were seven of them against just two strikeouts, as long as the final result is in the Reds favor. The Reds Rocket agrees with that sentiment to some extent but still feels that seven walks doesn't necessarily qualify as a quality start. At least he only gave up the three hits and did get his first win in two years. Nice job Homer. I know they have an off day today, obviously, so, am not sure when the fifth starting position is going to roll around again. I am interested in seeing one more start from Bailey with his new splitter. Is there anything that Justin Lehr doesn't know? Other than how Major Leagues that is.

The picture above is from Jonny Gomes' days with the Rays. Nice hat. I believe you call that a sombrero in Spanish. Uno sombrero. Gomes went deep Sunday and seems to be enjoying the DH role. It's too bad he is so below average in the field, or he could be a real asset. I suspect we'll still see a good amount of Jonny in left, just don't ask Laynce Nix about it. He doesn't care for latin headwear or people who take playing time away from him. Phillips also had a nice day yesterday and and Bruce, over Saturday and Sunday, was 3 for 8 with a bomb off Tomo Ohka, which should realistically only count 1/2. I had to tally those numbers myself, so check the math. For your daily Ray Jay average update, that is now .214. Pretty soon you're going to look up there and see .230 and be very impressed. Micah Owings decided to show up yesterday and threw 6 solid innings. His pitch count was still near 110 but at least he made it through 6.

Reds have Haren tomorrow and he's been pitching well but Arroyo is also on the hill and he's always lights out. The Reds Rocket expects nothing less than a sweep. The Snakes are horrible. On a brief sidenote, just to demonstrate Arizona's general ineptness, yesterday during the 5th inning the Diamondbacks had a dropped routine fly ball in left by Upton, a ball roll through the legs of Felipe Lopez at second and a first baseman, Mark Reynolds superstar yesterday, simply miss a throw from a fielded groundball to second, which hit him in the chest. All in one inning. I think you're going to like what you see on Tuesday. Reds! Reds! Reds!

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