The Redlegs hit the road for the first time this year. First stop: Arizona, for tonight’s titanic struggle with the Diamondbacks.

Bronson Arroyo will hope for better luck tonight, and he’ll be facing Arizona starter Doug Davis, who spent the last three years as a reasonably effective starter for Milwaukee.

For what it’s worth, we won with the coney picture in the game thread, then we lost the next game (when I didn’t post it). So I’m posting the coney picture again tonight. Clearly, it’s good luck.

Cheese coney

Go Reds, and discuss the game here.

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  1. Good call, Hammer. I hope we can get a run this inning to get a win for Arroyo. He deserves it.

  2. Looks like it’s fixed. Still having problems loading the site?

  3. blogrolls seems to be working okay right now.

    Cool move by Phillips on the basepaths.

  4. I was having problems with IE earlier, but it’s speedy now!

  5. No, it’s much better – thanks!

  6. Nice hit, Phillips. Come on, Dunn!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Let’s see Dunn get into one here. He’s a hot hitter, needs something to extend the hitting streak.

  8. Well, that’s just terrible, Dunn.

  9. Marty isn’t being overly hard on Dunn, for what it’s worth. For those of you who are interested (I’m looking at you, RagTag).

  10. Encarnacion grounds out. This inning just isn’t going very well.

  11. Good, CHad. 😳

  12. Hit one here, Junior.

  13. Let’s go Griffey, make ’em regret the fielding faux-pas…

  14. Couldn’t be a better time for Griffey to go yard eh? *crosses fingers*

  15. A single, I mean. Anything else would be fine, too.

  16. We need you, Junior!

  17. They’re going to intentionally walk him now, to get to Conine. Probably a good move, but Conine’s swinging well.

  18. Conine – Make Krivsky look like a genius for signing you…

  19. Brantley completely cannot understand what Marty is trying to say. I’m embarrassed for him.

  20. Krivsky is a genius, isn’t he?

  21. This game is frustrating. I really feel like the Reds should have gotten to Davis more than they did.

  22. Depends what Conine does 😆

  23. Say this for Conine: this is a good AB.

  24. Yeah, they definitely should have gotten to Davis more than they did. Disappointing.

  25. Agreed, last two breaking balls were pretty good that Conine fouled off

  26. Full count.

  27. Wow, he worked a walk. That would be good if Gonzalez weren’t on deck.

  28. 10 pitches, finally walked… Great at bat by Conine!

  29. That was a Hatteberg-esque at-bat from Conine.

  30. Yeah, super AB. It’s up to Gonzalez now, though. Not inspiring. Hope he proves me wrong.

  31. A walk would be nice. Has Gonzalez ever walked in his career?

  32. Doesn’t look like he’ll walk here….but a hit would work!

  33. This is about to be Lyon’s 30th pitch of the inning.

  34. Hatteberg-esque is a good description, DA.

  35. Gonzo flies out. No win for Arroyo tonight. Let’s just hope now that the Reds can get a win.

  36. Left the bases loaded. This team needs to start scoring.

  37. Not that anyone cares, but I went over 1000 posts tonight! DevilsAdvocate is in my sights.

  38. Reds have had a few unlucky turns tonight, with the lineouts and that catch by CrazyManByrnes. Still 2-2 in mid-8th.

  39. Okay, Kirk Saarloos and his crazy hair are on the mound. I love watching this guy pitch.

  40. I care! Congratulations RagTag.

  41. And I love watching Phillips field!

  42. Hatteberg double-switched in for Conine.

  43. Great play by Phillips (and scoop by Hatte)

  44. Thanks, DA.

  45. Marty loves Brandon Phillips. He wants to have, like, a million of his babies.

  46. Phillips is some kind of athletic. Can’t wait to see that highlight after the game, after listening to Brantley’s reaction.

  47. Man, Saarloos is looking sharp so far this season.

  48. woooo, beautiful pitch! Completely fooled Callaspo

  49. It was a great play, DA. Fantastic.

  50. Spoke too soon. Saarloos just blew this one.

  51. Oops.

  52. And just like, 3-2 bad guys

  53. A winnable game is now in jeopardy. Gotta win games like these on the road, if we wanna be a good team.

  54. Well, this sucks.

  55. And some crappy hitters are up next inning.

  56. Mike Stanton is coming into the game.

  57. Agree Chad…can’t have a bad run this early – this was a game that the Reds should win (of course, if I were a D-back fan, I’d be saying the same thing about them)…

  58. The Reds broadcast situation reminds me of the 1970s Pirates uniforms – 83 different combinations and you never know which one is going to be in effect on a given night. There’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to it.

    Tonight: Marty and Brantly on radio; Thom and Welsh on TV.

    My wife asked, “Where’s George Grande?” I said, “Don’t ask why. Just count your blessings.”

  59. Geez. When did Stanton put on all that weight? He looks like Weathers’ mirror image.

  60. Yeah, don’t ask about Grande. Just accept that gift horse.

  61. Another hard hit ball, this one to right for a single…

  62. (Just wrested the laptop from my wife, who went to watch 24, so pardon the rapid-fire posts).

    Anyone else think Thom is trying a little too hard to be “opinionated” like his old man? Compared to how he called Cubs games an the Fox national games, Thom is 1000% more opinionated — scratch that – critical.

    Last inning, he was criticizing Dunn for talking to the third base coach between pitches, rather than…well, I’m not sure – planning to score on a passed ball or something. Welsh had to mildly point out that a fastball-slider guy like Lyon wasn’t all that likely to throw one away, anyhow.

    It’s almost like he’s heard Marty get praised for “straight talk” so much that he forgot that the old man is actually a very good announcer. I think Thom will relax a little and tone it down. And I actually hope he rubs off on Welsh and Grande a little.

  63. This is the same bullpen we remember from last year.

    Thank goodness for Santos.

  64. Yes, Hamilton is on deck. Can’t wait to see him hit.

  65. Speaking of Weathers’ mirror image, I’m reminded…I’m pretty sure if we can get Weathers to say his name backwards, he will be sent back to whatever dimension he came from.

  66. I have noticed that about Thom, for what it’s worth.

  67. Double play. Dangit, Hatteberg.

  68. It’s on the shoulders of Hot Wheels Valentin, Pinch Hitter Extraordinaire ™.

  69. Love Machine!

  70. Base hit by the LLM. Come on, Phillips!

  71. Valentin replaced by Juan Castro, Pinch Runner Extraordinaire ™.

  72. Let’s go Phillips!

  73. Kltpzyxm

  74. Damn, I thought Phillips got more of that.

    I’m no fan of Valverde’s act, btw.

  75. Almost.

    Not a good loss there. Arroyo deserved better, yet again.

  76. Reds can’t win west of the Rockies.

  77. I’m a fan of Valverde’s gut, though.

  78. Wow. We’re throwing the kitchen sink at them this inning. Norron’s gotta keep straight who’s gonna cover all the positions in the bottom of the ninth: Hamilton, Castro…

  79. Man, I thought that was a homer!

  80. I think I hate the West Coast.

  81. Wow, Cain lost that one.

    I hate the West Coast, too, CeeKeR. Even San Diego.

  82. Nice start for Cy Young of the Padres there, though.

  83. Well, that’s all for me. See you tomorrow, I hope.

  84. bah! What a waste of late inning runners on base. Maybe they’re jet lagged and not used to the heat.

  85. Is this road trip over yet?

  86. Have a good night all (what’s left of it for us east coasters)… Let’s hope tomorrow is a better day for the Reds!

  87. See you tomorrow, CeeKeR and Jimmy. And everyone else. I’m going to bed.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening out there on the left coast, Chris.

  88. Bad result, but I like these late games. I can get the kids to bed and actually pay attention to the game.

    I even like the 10:05 starts, maybe a little better, actually. The whole house is quiet for nearly the entire game.

  89. Was I the only one thinking that Narron should have PH for Arroyo after 6 last night? Don’t know that the result would have been any different. I just think he has a slow hook, esp in April.

  90. Chris #164 Last inning, he [ThomB) was criticizing Dunn for talking to the third base coach between pitches, rather than…well, I’m not sure – planning to score on a passed ball or something. Welsh had to mildly point out that a fastball-slider guy like Lyon wasn’t all that likely to throw one away, anyhow.

    Chris, I have no idea if ThomB is trying to be like daddy or what. That rant on Dunn talking to the 3rd base coach was completely unnecessary, and coming from someone who has called what, 4 regular season Reds games, it sounded like he was having a bit of a meltdown. Don’t you think if he shouldn’t have been yapping at that particular point between pitches, the coach would have told him to shut his yapper? It’s a LONG season Mr.B. Dial it down a notch. Marty gets a bit of a pass at times because he’s a HOFer and called something in excess of 5000 Reds games.

  91. GregD:

    I was wondering the same thing. What else would you rather have Dunn do than talk to the COACH? It isn’t like he was over there just chatting with the third baseman or shortstop and wandered too far off the bag. I’m not sure of the details of their conversation, but I saw they both checked on outfield placement. I’m sure they were dealing with pitcher/catcher tendencies. Perhaps Barry (it was Mark Barry over there, wasn’t it?)saw some things during the game that he wanted to pass on to Dunner. Maybe the pitcher was tipping something. I don’t know, but that also means Thom doesn’t know either. You are getting on the runner on third for talking too much to the third base coach? Please.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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