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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, May 10, 2007

It's over: Reds 9, Astros 5

Reds win 9-5, to snap the three-game losing streak.

That was a loud "Whew!" you heard after the last out. David Weathers got the final outs for his seventh save.

Adam Dunn has a homer, triple and double. He grounded out going for the cycle in the sixth. Ken Griffey Jr. also homered, tying Rafael Palmeiro for ninth all-time with 569.

Reds led, 7-0, but it got dicey in the eighth. Mike Stanton started the inning. He loaded the bases, around getting an out. Pitching change: David Weathers in. He got Brad Ausmus to pop out on the first pitch. Morgan Ensberg pinch-hit for Brian Moehler. Ensberg hit a 3-2 pitch out -- just foul, then took a caller third strike.

David Ross hit a two-run homer in the fifth to get the lead back to four after the Astros closed from 7-0 to 7-5.

Aaron Harang: 6 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. Obviously, he didn't have his best stuff. He's been averaging six strikeouts a start. Harang gave up a three-run homer on 2-2 pitch to Chris Burke with two outs in the fourth. Harang was not happy. He threw something in the dugout.
Harang gave up two more in the fifth.

How runs scored (we used to have to do these every game, I hated it)

Reds 1st: Freel singles, Hatteberg singles. Freel to third. Griffey sacrfice fly. Dunn three-run homer.

Reds 2nd: Freel doubles. Griffey two-run homer. Reds 3rd: Dunn triples. Hamilton sacrifice fly.

Astros 4th: Berkman singles, Lamb singles. Burke three-run homer.

Astros 5th: Two outs. Lorett singles. Berkman walks. Leee singles, Loretta scores. Scott singles, Berkman scored, Lee out at third.

Reds 5th: Dunn doubles. Ross two-run homer. Reds, 9-5.


at 1:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my we're winning!

at 1:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

R u serious, Dunn hit an HR with people on base!

at 1:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure, Harang can hold it, but what about the bullpen?! In all seriousness-- Go Reds!

at 1:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we skip the 8th inning today?

at 2:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Griffey's on Fire!! Ladies and gentleman and all Griffey naysayers...The Sweetest swing in baseball has returned to form.

at 2:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Dunn is a single away from the cycle.....

at 2:48 PM Anonymous Sed said...

What happened the box scores? I can't see the updates any longer.

at 3:44 PM Anonymous jc said...

the houston tv guys said that bailey would not be making the start om sunday. have i missed something.

at 4:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

A 9-5 score should tell you something. The way the Reds will win in their ballpark is with the bat. You need homerun hitters to overcome the short comings that the pitching will always have. Narron/Krivsky small ball in this stadium shows is a continued recipe for 100 loses. Fire the smallball boys, get rid of the over the hill gang relief pitchers and swing for the fences.

at 4:47 PM Blogger John Fay said...

That approach doesn't work. The Reds led the NL runs in 2005 and lost 89 games. Haven't lost 100 since 1982.

at 7:09 PM Blogger Chris at Redleg Nation said...

Yeah, the problem was they scored too many runs. If they'd bunted a few more times, scored a hundred or so fewer runs, they'd have won more games.

You need BOTH pitching and hitting. It's hard to get both, especially in a small market, but saying that "hitting didn't work" is oversimplification. The real truth is "horrific pitching didn't work."

The 2005 team stunk because they trotted out Milton, Ortiz, Wilson, and Hudson (and a poor bullpen) 100 times. Small ball wouldn't have changed that.

Trading WMP for Arroyo was smart, because you still had Kearns, and now Hamilton to provide power. It wouldn't have worked if you'd plugged Norris Hopper in RF every day. (Don't get me wrong - I like Hopper).

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