Pirates 3, Reds 1 + Narron on the Dunn play
The Reds latest loss wasn't particularly ugly. No errors. No bullpen meltdown. One base-running blunder. The Pirates scored three off Eric Milton in the first and that was that.
The Reds didn't score until Adam Dunn hit one that nearly made the river in the ninth.
Speaking of Dunn, I heard his play, or lack thereof, is already a topic on Extra Innings. At the behest of the poster, I asked Jerry Narron about it after the game. (Would have done it on my own, by thanks for the suggestion) Anyway, in the fifth, Jack Wilson hit a ball into left. Wilson broke out of the box like he was going to settle for a single. Dunn chased the ball in the same manner. Wilson realized that and broke for second. He was safe for a double.
“Great hustle play by Wilson,” Narron said.
“We’d all love for him to be a Gold Glove left fielder. He’s not quite there yet,” Narron said.
A lot of people would probably like to have seen Dunn benched. Two reasons not to do it are: a) Norris Hopper's not going to hit one in the river in the ninth; b) Dunn played the ball the way most left fielders do.
But the moment Narron benched, Edwin Encarnacion for not running out that ball in Arizona, he opened himself to talk about this every time there's a play like the Wilson-Dunn play.