While the full-time Reds beat writers are road-trippin' with the club this week, I'm back in Cincinnati filling in on the high school baseball beat for the Enquirer.
After a few months of covering basketball games indoors, it's nice to grab the lawn chair (most high school fields don't have press boxes), a bag of sunflower seeds and a scorebook and take in an afternoon game.
Not to make it sound like it's not work ... it is. Of course, the earlier start times eliminate most of the deadline pressure.
For the second consecutive Saturday, I'll be working on my golfer's tan at Mason High School where the Comets, the fifth-ranked team in the city, face No. 7 Hamilton.
I watched Mason mercy-rule No. 2 Princeton last weekend:
As for tonight, I'll be watching to see if Bronson Arroyo can reverse a disturbing trend for Reds starting pitchers against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
In the past three games, Reds starters have allowed 49 hits, 28 earned runs and 9 homers.
Since blanking the Cardinals, 1-0, in St. Louis last Friday, Reds pitchers have posted a 7.96 ERA.
Explain to me again, how is this club 10-6?