May 20, 2018

Live Blogging Hens Bats Today

We’re blogging at you today LIVE from Fifth Third Field in Toledo and I’m keeping a close eye on the Bats dugout for any “activity”. Any hugs, handshakes etc, we’ll break it to you here. In the meantime lets get caught up shall we?

12:31 – Just sat down in the press box, drink in hand and I’m sitting next to the Glass City legend John Wagner from the Toledo Blade. He’s been an awesome to hang out with the past two days and has been incredibly helpful. I may be the rookie in the room but he sure hasn’t treated me like one.

12:32 – Finally had a chance to check my Twitter feed, looks like the Reds won’t be getting Shane Victorino after all, apparently he’s been dealt to the Dodgers.

12:40 – Just noticed that last night’s losing pitcher Kanekoa Texeira is your starting pitcher today. Interesting. Bats fell to the Hens last night in 11 innings 10-9.

12:42 – Bill Rhinehart gets his first hit of the series a liner right back up the middle against Drew Smyly. This is the same Drew Smyly that pitched in GABP in June during the Tigers series on Sunday Night Baseball.

12:47 – Didi Gregorious rung up on a check swing. This guy is going to be a stud. He’s playing shortstop though so the real question is where does he fit?

12:50 – Neftali Soto grounds to 2nd to end the inning after two get on, after 2 1/2 Hens 1 Bats 0. Travis Webb now on to pitch for the Bats. Texeira’s line, 2 IP 1 run 1 earned 1 hit 1 walk 2 strikeouts.

12:57 – Travis Webb finds himself in a jam after two base hits to start the inning. Check that, Danny Worth just laced a 3 run bomb to left center, his fifth of the season as the Hens take a 4-0 lead, Bottom 3.

1:00 – Travis Webb gives up a double to Jerad Head a liner down the left field line. Webb has faced 6 batters and given up 4 hits. No one in the Bats bullpen warming up…at the moment.

1:06 – Drew Smyly’s day is done, 3 IP 2 hits 2 walks 5k 0 runs. Luke Putkonen now in for the Hens. Leading off the 4th will be Dioner Navarro, will he be a Red soon with Mesoraco’s “pending” suspension? Leads off the inning with a hit on the first pitch.

1:12 – Chris Valaika to the plate. This is a guy who Reds fans know well as he spent some time with them in years past. Not having the kind of year he’d hoped. Play-by-Play voice of the Bats Matt Andrews talks about him this week on our Redleg Weekly podcast which you can download here.

1:19 – Mudhens pull off the perfect hit and run as Henry hits the ball right where Gregorious would have been had he not been covering 2nd on the steal. Henry then steals 2nd 4 pitches later. Runners at 2nd and 3rd 1 out and now Carlos Fisher is up for the Bats in the bullpen.

1:22 – Error on Chris Valaika allows another run to score. Andy Dirks lined one right at him but it goes through his glove. Hens 5-0 Bottom 4th, runner at 1st and 3rd 1 out.

1:24 – Another run scored on a fielders choice, Gregorious and Valaika tried to get the double play to no avail it’s now 6-0 Hens bottom 4.

1:27 – Looking in the Bats dugout, still not seeing any activity. Fisher though will be pitching in the bottom of the 5th, came into the game last night in a bases loaded jam and struck out the only batter he faced.

1:35 – Reds minor leaguer of the year last year Denis Phipps with a single here in the fifth inning. Phipps on the year is hitting .206 in 256 AB’s. Has battled some injuries though this year with a stint on the DL. Gregorious hits a grounder to 2nd to end the inning, but Danny Worth drops the ball at 2nd, all runners safe. Rodriquez looking to get the Bats on the board here in the top of the 5th.

1:37 – Neftali Soto drives in Phipps with a single up the middle on he first pitch he sees, Bats on the board down 5-1. Navarro at the plate.

1:41 – Carlos Fisher now in to pitch for the Bats. Struck out the only batter he faced last night in the 8th inning with the bases loaded to keep the game tied. Travis Webb’s final line: 2 IP 6 hits 5 runs 3 earned 1 BB 2 K’s.

1:45 – Hens LF Jerad Head picked off of first. He just fell, didn’t try to slide, didn’t try to run, just fell to the ground. Interesting play.

1:47 – Not gonna lie, this weekend has pretty freakin sweet. Kind of wishing this was a full time job! Bats coming to bat now in the Top half of the 6th down 6-1. Came back from a 4 run deficit on Saturday night.

1:50 – Cody Puckett, who has homered in 3 straight games is today’s Tofts Ice Cream Strikeout Player of the game. He’s struck out the first two plate appearances today. Sorry fans, no more ice cream for you as he grounds out to third to lead off the 6th.

1:52 – Another pick off, this time for the Hens, RF Felix Perez fell asleep at first. Valaika follows that up with a 2 out single. John Wagner of the Toledo Blade announces from his Twitter feed that the Reds and Twins are in discussions regarding Twins CF Denard Span.

1:55 – Bats have loaded the bases in the top of the 6th, now Gregorious to the plate down 6-1. Sloppy game today, 3 errors.

1:57 – Gregorious beats out a slow chopper to 2nd base, Bats score to make it 6-2, Top 6. Pitching change under way for the Hens. No activity yet in the Bats dugout or Hens for that matter. Today’s attendance, 9577. Zach Miner now in to the pitch for the Bats. Putkonen’s final line for the Hens: 2.2 IP 7 hits 2 runs 0 earned 0 BB’s 3 K.

2:03 – Henry Rodriguez with the bases loaded and two outs pops out down the 3rd base line in foul territory to end the threat. Hens still lead 6-2 after 5 1/2.

2:05 – For what it’s worth, Bats manager David Bell looks pretty relaxed in the dugout, sitting down leaning back with his feet up on the railing.

2:07 – Hens lead off the inning with a walk by Brad Davis. Carlos Fisher still on the mound for the Bats as he forces Justin Henry to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

2:13 – Neftali Soto leads off the 7th with a double off the left field wall. Navarro follows that up with a ground out bringing up Cody Puckett, does he have any more HR magic left in this series? Nope as he flies out to left.

2:14 – John Wagner of the Toledo Blade busted his ass today to research Danny Worth’s 5 RBI game for the Mudhens. Turns out the 5 RBI’s by Worth are a pro career high for him.

2:16 – Felix Perez flies out to deep center as we move to stretch time here at Fifth Third Field.

2:18 – New pitcher for the Bats, Nick Christiani. Final line for Carlos Fisher: 2 IP 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB and 1 K. Andy Dirks just hit a bomb to RF for the Mudhens on the 2nd pitch he saw. Toledo now up 7-2 bottom 7.

2:25 – Danny Dorn, the former Bat lines a double down the RF line with 1 out in the inning. Dorn’s had a pretty good series so far for the Hens. Must be nice playing against old teammates? Dorn is 6 for his last 19 in this series.

2:28 – Chris Valaika just hit his 6th home run of his season to left off the first pitch of the inning. Hens now lead 7-3 top 8.

2:32 – Justin Henry makes a diving catch in CF to rob Phipps of a base hit. Gregorious now at the plate with 2 outs in the inning.

2:34 – Heading to the bottom of 8 still 7-3. Nothing to report on as far as dugout hugs go.

2:40 – First close call. A foul ball comes flying at the press box and hits a foot below where i’m sitting. Another foot higher and that ball comes through the open window and either smacks me in the face or hits my computer. Whew.

2:45 – We’re now in the top of the 9th and Cody Puckett is due up 4th in the inning. Does he have anymore 9th inning magic left in his bat? Puckett has homered in the 9th inning in 3 straight games. Leading off the inning is Henry Rodriguez who strikes out but advances to SECOND after a throwing error by Hens catcher Brad Davis on the dropped 3rd strike. Neftali Soto now up.

2:47 – Soto strikes out, Navarro now to the plate.

2:48 – Soto pops out, here’s Puckett. Hens ARE pitching to him though. Bats down to their last out, down 7-3.

2:48 – No luck for Puckett this time as he pops out to right field to end the game. 2 hours 49 minutes. Your winning pitcher is Zack Miner. Kanekoa Texeira gets the loss for the Bats.

Had a great time at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. We’ve got just over an hour before the deadline. Still nothing to report on just yet. Stay tuned to @redlegweekly on Twitter for more updates.

It’s been grand folks!