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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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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Reds lose 5-4 in 11 . . . and Hamilton plays

Another very tough loss for the Redlegs in the desert. All five of the Diamondbacks' runs scored with two outs. The Reds blew a fat chance in the 11th. Runners at first and second with no outs, and they didn't come close to scoring, thanks largely to Edwin Encarnacion's botched bunt attempts. Jerry Narron was particularly upset with Kyle Lohse's pitch selection on the two home runs Lohse allowed, both of which gave up leads.

But I think years from now it will be remember as the game Josh Hamilton got his first hit in. Naturally, it was a home run. Hamilton was great afterward as well:

“I took off my hat a couple of times and took a moment and looked around.”

“When you think about it, there’s no reason I should be here.”

“The fans were yelling, ‘Hamilton, you suck. I had to laugh. I thought: You have no ideal what I've been through.”

On the homer: “I hit off the end of the bat. I thought it was going to be a routine fly to right field. Then I saw the guy turn his back. It was pretty cool.”


at 10:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm very upset with this teams inability to play small ball. Edwin only tried one time to bunt. Runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. You HAVE to get them over; fly ball can win the game. Inexcusable. I'm no Griffey basher, but why wasn't Griffey bunting when he was up? I know you don't bunt with you best hitters, but Griffey is not in spring form yet. He should've moved the runner over. Again, this isn't a shot a Grif. This is a shot at the team in whole. Narron needs to get these guys to play small ball and quit swinging for the fence. We need to generate base hits and move runners. I'm the biggest REDS fan there is I never have a negative thing to say about my team and I always believe will make post-season. But after last night, I can see why we lost. We deserved to. We have no hitters on this team who try to put the ball in play. I know it's early but it seems to me that we are too selfish. Thom's words on FSN were so true and he hit the nail on the head. If we continue to sit back and wait for homers to win games for us then we're going nowhere. Freel hacks at a 1-0 pitch when we really need a baserunner in a close game (he's our leadoff hitter for crying out loud!). Last night's game was inexcusable; we should've been away with an easy win. I hope this is a wakeup call to the Reds this year. If certain people are not willing to bunt or not willing to put the ball in play, then we'll be no better than last year. Not sure who's to blame, but I have to question game management when we have two on a no outs and only try to bunt on one pitch. C'mon guys, we need a winner this year!
Jason Andrade - Dayton

at 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although Losch gave up the two homers, he pitched very, very well. The Reds have got excellent starting pitching and are .500.


at 5:30 PM Anonymous Brendan said...

Has anyone else noticed the excessive negativity about the Reds play coming from Thom Brennaman during the telecasts? Don't get me wrong, I am more than tired of seeing bad fundamental baseball out of them, but hearing it brought up repeatedly during the broadcast is quite a shock. Especially since George and Chris are usually so positive.

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