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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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Thursday, April 26, 2007

It's over: Cards 7, Reds 5

After a 49-miunte delay, it took Jason Isringhausen about two minutes to get the final two outs. It's over -- 7-5 Cards.

David Weathers gave up a run in the eighth to make it 7-5.

Ryan Freel got a run back in the eighth. Walked, stole second (his first steal since April 7), went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Bullpen (Jon Coutlangus and Todd Coffey) gave up another run in the seventh to make it 6-4.

Kyle Lohse gave up a run in the sixth to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.

Lohse gave up five straight hits to start the fifth inning. That made it 4-3 and brought up Albert Pujols with bases loaded and no outs. Lohse got Pujols to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but the tying run scored.

The Reds led this one 4-0 after three. Cardinal relievers have retired 11 straight since Randy Keisler left the game.

The Reds started the game banging away.

Alex Gonzalez tripled with one out in the first. He scored on Phillips' double. Phillips got thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple. He was out here to there as Marty Brennaman might say. Not a smart play with one out.

Brandon Phillips went deep to straight-away center for the two-run shot in the third. David Ross hit one out in the second for his first home run of the year.

Lohse's streak of innings without an earned run ended at 20. He gave up a two-out RBI double to Chip Schumaker in the third. Pujols followed with a single to right. Josh Hamilton threw out Schumaker at home.

Former Red Keisler lasted 3 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits, walked none and struck out none.

Lohse went six innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits.


at 2:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here goes the game. Bet we don't score another run. My grandmother could get a hit of Randy Keisler.

at 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet we don't get another hit, more less another run.

Whatever they are paying Juan Castro, it's too much.

I hate being the pessimist but give me something optimistic to talk about.

at 2:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really sucks when we're up 4 runs and the other team can tie it up in one inning. I still have faith in Lohse though and we can pull through with a win this game... It really drives me crazy when everyone gives up on the Reds so early in the season. We have everything it takes to be a championship team.

at 2:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what you have been smoking but this team will finish 6th in the central.
It starts at the top. We have terrible management. Jerry Narron couldn't coach his way out of a wet paper bag.
We have a horrible bullpen and the worst offense in the National league. I don't know how you can win a championship with this team.

at 3:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

See what I mean! Why the heck doesn't Narron pinch hit for Castro??


at 3:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you can really kiss it goodbye. Todd (Creamed) Coffey just came in. I think I'll get some work done so I don't have to suffer anymore.

at 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't you have anything to say? I guess they could fire you for being negative. Todd Coffey is another one that should be sent to AAA.

at 3:32 PM Blogger John Fay said...

The Enquirer might fire me if I tried to put a positive spin on this one. I think they need to get someone up from Louisville pronto. Whether it's Burton, Salmon or Majewski. The bullpen isn't getting it done. Wayne Krivsky was in Louisville the last three days, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a move before Friday's game.

at 3:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your candor. They need to find some offense also, but I don't think there is anyone in the minors who can help.

at 3:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was right. After the leadoff double by Hamilton in the 4th, the Reds did not get another hit.

Absolutely pitiful.

They should fire Jerry Narron immediately and then make some wholesale changes to this team. There is absolutely no leadership on this team.

at 4:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't understand how bronson gets yanked for being dominate yesterday, and today loshe gets left in to pitch batting practice.

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