SnakePitFestApalooza! We'll be coming at you in high-definition from sections 136 and 137 at Chase Field. Most of the usual troublemakers will be in attendance there - so I don't expect 'charmer and Azreous to have too much trouble keeping GDT participants in check.
Since we'll be handing out tickets at Sliders, not sure if we'll quite be there in time for the pre-game show, honoring Luis Gonzalez. There's a pre-game press conference on Fox Sports Arizona at 4pm, and on Sunday, the post-game 10th Inning show has Todd Walsh interviewing Luis about retirement and his future. Above, is a clip of the interview, and below is some audio clippage - this has Derrick Hall talking about Gonzo, and also John Hester discussing his arrival in the big leagues, and his first at-bat home-run.
Audio courtesy of KTAR 620
Couple of roster moves to mention. Our prodigal centerfielder has returned from the wilderness, Young getting called back up from Reno - the bad news is, Trent Oeltjen has been optioned to Triple-A, which probably renders half of our signs tonight irrelevant. Chris Snyder has returned to the DL with his back issues, and Daniel Schlereth barely gets time to drop his bags off, before his recall - really, he replaces Jon Rauch, with Hester replacing Snyder.
Hopefully, we'll see a continuance of resurgent offense, and today's starting pitcher for Houston proved very helpful the last time we met him - that was Sunday [coincidentally, when we were at Torospalooza], as he allowed six runs while retiring only three batters, on six hits and three walks. More of that would certainly be very welcome, and Jon Garland will be hoping for it; he got the win that day, despite a non-quality start, going six innings and allowed four earned runs.
- Stephen Drew SS
- Ryan Roberts 2B
- Justin Upton RF
- Mark Reynolds 3B
- Miguel Montero C
- Chris Young CF
- Gerardo Parra LF
- Brandon Allen 1B
- Jon Garland P
And with that, I'm readying myself for departure. A full recap will probably be a bit late tonight, for obvious reasons - I'm hoping 'charmer can post a quick stub one afterwards for post-game chatter, and I'll then fill in the blanks whenever I get home. Here's to a D-backs victory!