Camelback Ranch, spring training home of the Trolley-Dodgers and the Pale Hose
Glendale, AZ (March 19, 2012) - This was my last day in Arizona. The previous day's storms were gone, leaving cool, breezy weather with lots of puffy clouds.
Brandon Phillips was playing catch in front of the dugout.
(He tossed the ball to a little kid in a seat near home plate. The kid threw it back, and BP ended up playing toss with him, to the delight of the crowd.)
The third base line is a good place to sit at Camelback Ranch. The players enter at the corner and walk along the line to the dugout, and many of them stopped to sign autographs.
Todd Frazier leaning over the dugout rail.
Chris Sale started for the Pale Hose. Man, is he ever skinny.
Zack Cozart doubled in the first inning.
But he did get a swat on the butt from Joey Votto out of it. Hey, not everyone gets smacked on the butt with a Gold Glove.
He was 0 for 2 with a walk. No home runs or strikeouts.
Joey Votto at the dugout rail.
Bailey pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 hits, no runs, and one walk.
There was not a lot of hitting or scoring by either team in this game.
Nick Masset pitched a perfect fifth.
Joey Votto catches a popup hit by Brent Lillibridge.
The scrubs came in in the 6th and 7th inning. Playing third base for Pale Hose: Ray Olmedo.
He had a chance to make the roster this year. He was one of the last guys cut, but ended up a Charlotte Knight.
The game was still scoreless in the 9th. People were fully expecting some free baseball.
Wigglin' Wilson Valdez hit a bunt single.
And Jones sauntered home.
Reds up 1-0. Finally!
That was all they got, though.
It was Paul Janish appreciation day, at least in my section. There was a contingent there yelling support for him, and they really liked this play. Someone was yelling, "Janny! My man Janny!" over and over again. This continued through the next out, and until Janish walked off the field. Another fan gave him a t-shirt as he left.
(I really wonder if Janish's brother was there. There was a guy who looked just like him. He managed to get someone in the dugout to give him a free bag of sunflower seeds, so he obviously had connections.)
Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, and young Bill Rhinehart congratulate each other on the victory.
The White Sox are shut out: Reds 1, White Sox 0.