Spring Training Game 5: Bucs/Reds Thoughts

Not a true live blog today, but I’ll give a few thoughts as I listen to the game off and on:
Homer Bailey’s on the hill today for the Reds. Give the kid the fifth starter’s job. He, Arroyo and Harang will be a solid triumvirate next year.
Shawn Chacon for the Bucs: Don’t give him the fifth starter’s job.
The lineups for the “A” game (the teams played an abbreviated “B” squad game this morning):

Cincinnati Pos. Pittsburgh Pos.
1 Crosby RF Duffy CF
2 Hatteberg 1B Kelly SS
3 Phillips 2B McLouth LF
4 Hamilton CF LaRoche 1B
5 Ross C Bautista 3B
6 Bellhorn 3B Matos RF
7 Castro SS Hernandez 2B
8 Denorfia LF Diaz C
9 Bailey SP Chacon SP

Sounds like I missed a fun first inning. Chacon walked the lead-off batter, then gave up a HR to Hatteberg. Strong start to 2007, Shawn.
Live box score at
According to DL via Greg Brown, Castillo looked “much better” today than he did yesterday. No word on how good that is, though, or when we’ll see him in game action again.
Jose K. took a 3-2, letter-high fastball from Homer Bailey and knocked it into the gap, scoring LaRoche and Bautista and tying the game at two.
Masumi Kuwata makes his debut in the next half inning.
Bailey’s falling apart in his second inning. Wild pitch, a couple bounced curve balls, general lack of control from what I can tell. Never helps when Jose Hernandez gets an XBH off you.
Kuwata’s actually fooling big-league hitters. Struck out Hatteberg, made Phillips miss a couple of times. According to the booth, DL “won’t dismiss Kuwata” from 25-man roster discussions. Wow, got Phillips to K too. This can’t be good.
Chacon two innings, two runs. Kuwata, a 1-2-3 third. Now Yo Herrera in to throw for the Bucs. Fun day for those in Bradenton.
Maholm and Burnett pitched in the “B” game this morning at Pirate City. The Bucs lost 5-0. Going later in the “A” game will be Kolb, Grabow and Grybowski.
Herrera hurls a scoreless fourth.
Brown and Blass are mocking Mike Lange rather poorly. Their impressions are about as awful as you’d expect them to be. Their tie-in: Now pitching for the Reds, Todd Coffey (not related to former Penguins’ D-man Paul Coffey).
Steve says it’s a sellout today.
Herrera couldn’t get an out in the fifth. Oh well. Can’t expect miracles. Allan Simpson on in relief.
Simpson throws eight straight balls, walks in a run. About time to stop paying attention, I think.
Lanny and Bob on the air for the last three innings. Bob likes Kolb, thinks he could close in a pinch if Salomon struggles. I’m not convinced, but I’ll defer to the guy who has seen him throw this year.
Ended badly. Reds win, 10-4. Dejan’s recap available here.

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