Cardinals 4, Reds 2
Another eighth inning blowup. Marcus McBeth faces two batters, gives up two hits. Jon Coutlangus faces one batter, gives up one hit and the lead. Brad Salmon comes on gives up a couple of run-scoring hits.
The 2-1 lead becomes a 4-2 deficit faster than you can say Nasty Boys.
As I wrote earlier, I know the fans want Jerry Narron fired. But what were his alternatives tonight?
He could have pitched David Weathers two innings or used Todd Coffey or Ricky Stone instead of McBeth and Salmon. The league's hitting .301 off Coffey, and Stone had not pitched in a big league game in just about two years before Friday night. Stone did pitch a nice ninth. He'll probably get a chance in eighth with a lead soon. And why not.
The good news, Reds fans, is Bronson Arroyo (7 innings, 1 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, 5 Ks) looks to have found himself.