Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bottom 6 - Rays at Reds

Elliot Johnson is testing his super-ute status as he moves from second to right field. New Rays pitcher Scott Munter makes quick work of Justin Turner with a K, and Chris Helsey appears headed the same way with two quick strikes. Ah, not so fast, my friends. Helsey lines a single to left.

You gotta figure the Reds are going to get out of here very soon after the game, if some of them aren't en route to Cincy already. They have a workout tomorrow at 1 p.m. Chris Valaika won't be joining them, but he lines right and the Reds once again have runners on first and second, this time with one down.
Javier Valentin makes sure the Reds don't squander this chance. He homers opposite field over the LF fence. That's a three-run shot from the former Ray and brother of Jose Valentin.
Now we get a look at Stubbs, who hit .270 with 12 homers last year in Dayton. He'll probably be in Sarasota this summer.
With a tip of the cap to Baseball America, here is their assessment of Stubbs strengths: "Stubbs' athleticism jumps out at first glance. He combines plus raw power with a gliding stride that swallows up giant swaths of real estate in the outfield. Though his speed was limited in 2007 by a nagging turf-toe injury, he's a plus-plus runner when healthy and has excellent instincts on the base-paths. He has a solid arm and led the Midwest League with 15 outfield assists."
Anyway, Stubbs got out, but Hatteberg singled. Chris Denove blooped a ball to right for Elliot Johnson's first real test. He couldn't get to the ball, then let it skip past him. Test failed, but Johnson hustled back and threw Denove out trying to stretch his luck to second base. Nonetheless, the Reds their first lead.

Reds 5, Rays 4

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