Encarnacion's first-inning 2 RBI single a harbinger?
If I get the chance, I'll try to post a blog or two this afternoon, but it will be late in the game or shortly thereafter. (Andy Knight at Cincinnati.com got the Reds lineup posted via the prehistoric method of "dictation" -- the old-fashioned, "Sweetheart, get me rewrite!" method, if you ever saw the 1920s-set movie "Front Page" -- that I called in. ) There've been quite a few technical difficulties getting hooked up on the internet at the Phillies complex here in Clearwater.
Name of the complex is "Brighthouse Field" -- a communications company -- so go figure. Anyway, let me first get caught up on the daily grind -- today's Reds story budget for the newspaper and online is redsmain26 (probably the bullpen), redsnotebook26 (probably Volquez) and redsreport26 (which are the game tidbits and updates we run down the left-hand side of the page) -- because the after-the-game time allowed for writing in these road venues is limited.
Just a heads-up, however: The soonest I'll have a blog posted is sometime between game's end and one hour afterward.
P.S. Maybe Edwin Encarnacion's 2-RBI groundball single in the first inning will awaken him from his spring slump. It wasn't smashed, and it probably should have been caught, but sometimes those weakback hits get guys going. He actually hit the ball better on his second at-bat, which was a quasi-liner to center that was caught, but that ball wasn't crushed, either.