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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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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Reds 6, Braves 5

If the Pete Mackanin can survive a game like Tuesday's, maybe the Reds have turned it around. Tuesday's game was the kind they've been losing on all year. But they hung on, despite the eighth inning Mike Stanton meltdown.

“Hey, a win’s win,” Mackanin said. “I don’t care if it’s 6-0 or 6-5. We’re creeping along.”

The Reds are more that creeping along. They’re 8-4 under Mackanin and have won three of four series since he took over.

Bronson Arroyo continued his resurgence with seven innings of three-hit shutout ball. But it went from 6-0 to 6-4 really fast.

Stanton gave up a long two-run home to Andruw Jones and a two-run triple to Kelly Johnson – all with two outs.

But David Weathers got the final out of eighth.

“Stanton hasn't been as effective as he'll be,” Mackanin said. “It all happened so fast, it was kind of a blur. But we held on.”

Weathers worked the ninth, allowing a run, for his 18th save.

“When you got a two-run lead, you can give up one but not two,” Weathers said. “It’s the old Alabama bend-but-don’t-break defense.”

All six of the Reds runs scored on two-out hits.

And, yes, Jeff Keppinger will be in the lineup somewhere for the series finale tomorrow.


8 Comments:

at 12:02 AM Blogger Wes said...

What's it going to take for the Reds to DFA Stanton? Mackanin could pick a random fan out of the stands and he/she couldn't do much worse than he does night after night.

 
at 12:13 AM Anonymous Chris Padgett said...

Just wanted to say that I'm glad that Kepp is finally getting to show what he can do. We lose that game without his 2 clutch at bats.

 
at 1:55 AM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Stanton, it's time to retire.

 
at 8:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hard to watch Stanton come out night after night - almost to the point of embarrassment.

 
at 10:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have sworn Narron was back in charge last night. For the life of me I don't know why Stanton was allowed to pitch to so many batters in the 8th when it was clear they had his number. These relievers are unbelievably bad in the 8th, but sometimes the managers aren't helping the situation any.

 
at 10:52 AM Anonymous jc said...

man... i was impressed with keppinger. freel broke badly on two balls last night. really miss hamilton out there.
stanton ineffective.... does he have another year on his contract? i think so. atlanta desperate for a starter but a bad trading partner cause they dont have what we need. salty here to stay. moylan doing a great job in the pen... but wickman getting smoked and gonzalez out. no great fits.

 
at 12:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stanton is embarrassing himself.
He looks out of shape and is growing older.....should hang it up. He's had a good career.
Hope Guidardo can help soon as the set-up man in the 8th.

 
at 3:48 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Stanton just struck out the side today against the Braves, so NOW he should retire on this high note because it's not enough to be great one day and stink the next day (unless we want the Reds to be a below-.500 team).

Retire now Stanton but thanks for the little miracle performance today.

 
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