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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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Monday, April 16, 2007

Brewers 10, Reds 6

You knew the bullpen was going to give it up sooner or later. The seven runs (six earned) the relievers allowed Monday were one more than they allowed in the previous 12 games.

Todd Coffey, who gave up the grand slam to Bill Hall, was stand up as usual.

“No excuses,” he said. “I dropped the ball – 4-3 game my job is hold it right there. That’s my fault.”

The Reds’ relievers came with a combined ERA of 1.72 – best in the National League. Monday’s bleeding pushed it to 3.05.

The call in the sixth was a bad one. Umpire Larry Ponchino called the infield-fly run on line drive by Jeff Conine with bases loaded.

“I don't know what the actual rule states, but it looked like he was backpedaling and he ended up having to jump for the ball. I thought the infield fly was more like a gimme kind of pop fly,” Conine said. “I was standing on first base thinking, 'cool. I shattered my bat but I got a single out of it.' Then they tell me to go back in the dugout. That's a buzz kill.”

Jerry Narron argued to no avail.

“I disagree with the call,” Narron said. “The ball landed on the outfield grass. The infielder’s jumping for it. I can’t believe he called infield-fly.”

Narron said Josh Hamilton will play tomorrow. Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the ninth -- his homer third in 18 at-bats. I'm no stat freak but I know a 6.0 home run ratio is pretty good.


at 6:16 AM Anonymous PaulS said...

Tough loss. At least there was no one there to see it. What's up w/ the attendance? Only 12,000? This was a battle of the top two teams. Could be a tough year for the payroll.

at 9:54 AM Blogger Kelly said...

Not that I am an expert, but, the rule states pop-up with ordinary effort. A-this was not a pop-up & B-not ordinary effort....the ump blew it....I also think Narron should have gone Pinella and showed more fire, get tossed, get the team to show some emotion, they are playing relaxed; but, there are times where I wish they would show more fire....finally get Hamilton in the lineup now!

at 10:46 AM Blogger Bengal43 said...

I thought Week's misjudged the ball.

at 12:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narron should have gotten tossed on that call. You have to do that in order to get the next call. When a manager gets tossed on a call like this you see it over and over again on sportcenter. How many times did you see this one played over again????? Exactly that's why he should've gotten tossed.

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