Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Juicy Win For Cincy In Grapefruit League Opener

I know it's only Spring Training but boy those Reds cracked a can of whoop-ass today in their 7-0 shutout of the Rays. Jerry Hairston, Jr. smacked a grandslam in the 5th and Reds pitching was impressive giving up only 4 hits to Tampa Bay's 14.

Dusty stayed with his starting lineup into the 5th while the Rays made the usual early Spring Training substitutions.  Gomes was inserted as a defensive sub at Left Field in the 5th and got a big cheer from Rays fans. He flied to RF on the first pitch of the 6th and later grounded to third in the 8th on a 1-2 or 2-2 pitch. My audio was a bit crackly but I don't think he saw any action in LF.  Early in the game, starter Chris Dickerson made what sounded like a very impressive play out there.  I've learned not to get too excited about those. Too many times the video highlights turn what sounded like a great play into one that was more dramatic than it needed to be ;-)   Here's the box.

This pic has no connection to the game.  But I liked it anyway.  The life expectancy of an Outfield Egret is much longer than the brave ones that hang out around the plate.

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