"It was nice to grab a miracle"
That was Scott Hatteberg's summary of the Reds' 2-1, 10-inning win over the Phillies.
The Reds were down to out when Hatteberg homered off Tom Gordon. "Two outs in the ninth, I"m trying to drive a ball, I'm trying to get to second base. I've caught Flash. I've faced him a lot. I kind of have an idea what he's going to do. He got behind, threw a cutter and left over the plate. I got good wood on it."
The 10th began with Jeff Conine's strikeout. Javy Valentin walked on four pitchers, Ryan Freel singled. Adam Dunn, much maligned by posters on the this blog this very evening, walked. (His on-base is .380, by the way). That brought out Phillips. He was 0-2 before you could say walk off. But he fouled off a couple, got it to 2-2 and lined the game-winner into left. The play at plate was relatively close with Valentin running.
Phillips and Hatteberg had made an error on the same play to let the Phils' lone run score.
“The object of the game is drive in more runs than you let in,” Hatteberg said. “I let in one. I owed us. So it was a good one.”
Jon Coutlangus, the last of the three relievers to throw one scoreless, got the win. Really this time.
Kyle Lohse went seven, gave up an unearned run. His ERA is 1.91 -- 26 hits, 23 Ks, 3 BBs in 28 1/3 innings.