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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Rays 15, Reds 1

Ugly, ugly night in old St. Pete. Devils Rays beat the Reds 15-1.

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the first on Josh Hamilton's RBI groundout. Then it was all down hill for the Redslegs.

Aaron Harang gave up five hits in the span of six batters in the second inning -- all were shots --and the Rays scored four runs. Harang settled down and put up zeros in the third, fourth and fifth. The Rays scored two in the sixth.

"He got his pitch count to 90-some pitches," Jerry Narron said. "He gave us four good innings. He got some balls in the middle of plate in the second, then he probably got a little tired in the sixth."

It was a weird, wacky game after Harang left. Home plate umpire Marty Foster was hit in the head on the follow through of Mark Bellhorn's swing in the seventh. After he left the game, first base ump Eric Cooper called balls and strikes from behind the pitcher's mound for an inning.

Jared Burton gave up two runs in the seventh.

Jon Coutlangus faced six batters in the eighth and only retired one -- two walks, two hits and an error. (The error was Anderson Machado's his fifth of the spring in 16 games). Wes Wilkerson replaced Coutlangus. He got an out, walked a batter and gave up a three-run homer to Jonny Gomes. Wilkerson, 30-year-old non-roster right-hander, was ejected after he threw inside to Shawn Riggins. Both benches semi-cleared.

Order was restored. Mike Flannery got the final out. Mercifully, the bottom of ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.


at 9:20 AM Blogger Adam Eskew said...

What an ugly game. I felt like I was at a little league game when the umpire called balls and strikes from behind the pitchers mound. The only bright spot in the game for the Reds was Hamilton. It is pretty bad when the only excitement was the benches clearing.

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