Reds 6, Giants 3
This was a big win for one Pete Mackanin. For him to have any chance at the permanent job, he's got to get things turned around quickly, very quickly. My guess is Reds would have to come in at .500 for the season for him to be brought back.
That may be impossible for this club to do, but stranger things have happened.
Getting series win, after the six series drought, was a start.
Does it mean things are starting to turn around?
David Weathers: “It's hard to say. There’s a little bit different feel in here. Everyone feels the pressure and burden of the manager getting fired. We don't want to go through that again.”
Bronson Arroyo: “It’s big us. I think obviously having a manager every one wants to off on right foot. We’re at the bottom of the barrel. But attitudes can change quick.”
Mackanin: “This is a great momentum builder for us. Hopefully, we can carry this over to the next series. That's how you build momentum. You get that winning feeling again.”
Mackanin knows that the lineup and pitching changes are important. But the big thing he must repair is the mindset.
“What I need to bring to this team is a new personality,” Mackanin said, “something to get us going. Jerry Narron was a real good manager. He knew how to run the game. . . Changing the atmosphere, the attitude is what I’m going to add. I’m no Casey Stengel, but, hopefully, I can add a little inspiration.”