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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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Monday, May 12, 2008

Reds 8, Marlins 7

The seventh inning was just what Dr. Baseball ordered for the Reds. The eighth inning was evidence of how hard wins are for the Reds to come by.

"All my hair is going to gray," Dusty Baker said. "I'm going to call Keith Hernendez for some of that stuff.

The seventh: Blog whipping boy Corey Patterson led off with a perfect bunt for a single. Jeff Keppigner squared to bunt on the first pitch, then hit the secondf pitch out to left. Ken Griffey Jr. walked. Brandon Phillips followed with a shot to the second deck.

Two swings, four runs -- 8-4 game.

The eighth: David Weathers came in and gave up a single. He got two outs, then walked a batter. Dusty Baker decided to go with the percentages and bring in left-hander Jeremy Affeldt to face Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez singled home a run. Baker then went with closer Francisco Cordero. He hit Wes Helms with a pitch to load the bases. He got Mike Rabelo to fly to short right. Griffey came in and called off Phillips. The went off Griffey's glove as he closed it. Two runs scored to make it 8-7. Former Red Cody Ross walked to load the bases. Alfredo Amezaga gave one a ride to right center. Griffey ran it down, but it bounced out of his glove. He caught it again before it hit the ground.

Griffey said Phillips coming at him distrached him on the first one and just missed it. The second one? "It hit the palm. I was able to gather it in with my good Moeller hands."

Cordero pitched a 1-2-3 for his sixth save.

Aaron Harang gave up back-to-back home runs to Jeremy Hermida and Hanley Ramirez in the first. He have up another one in the fourth to Dan Uggla.

The Reds got nothing going against rookie right-hander Burke Badenhop early. But Paul Bako singled with an out in the fifth. Harang sacrificed him over, and Patterson doubled him in. Keppinger hit a routine groundball to former Red Jorge Cantu at third. Cantu threw it away, allowing Patterson to score.

The Reds took the lead in the sixth. Joey Votto walked. Edwin Encarnacion doubled. Adam Dunn got Votto home with a sacrifice fly. Encarnacion took third on the play. That proved large. He scored an out later on a wild pitch.

Harang could not hold the lead. Uggla led off with a double. Wes Helms followed with a roller that stopped on the third baseline. Mike Rabelo hit a sac fly to tie it.


10 Comments:

at 9:08 PM OpenID bashbrother12 said...

KEEEEPPPPPPPINNNNNGEEEEERRRRR

 
at 9:08 PM Blogger People Eating Tasty Animals said...

Surely Adam Dunn with sac flies in back-to-back games is a sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

 
at 9:56 PM Blogger Steve said...

PETA said: Surely Adam Dunn with sac flies in back-to-back games is a sign that the apocalypse is upon us.

Best post of the night! So true!

 
at 9:58 PM Blogger John from Cincinnati said...

What's up with Griffey? His mind must be elsewhere...................................................

 
at 10:05 PM Blogger Red Faced said...

We will know if the Apocalypse is indeed upon us if the Cubs actually win the Series this year.

Well we made an easy one look hard tonight didn't we? Man o man.

And Oh, I don't care if Patterson goes 5-5 he shouldn't leadoff for this team, ever.

 
at 10:08 PM Blogger Joe said...

Aaron Harang finally got a some support....not his best outing but good enough.

Reds are going to take 3 of 4 from Fish and tonight was a good start..

I like Jim Kelch in the radio booth. He has a good pace and he is easy to follow when he is calling a play.

 
at 10:18 PM Blogger Dave said...

Hey, take the great win tonight & run with it.
Not to be negative >> but Junior's bobble tonight said LOUD & CLEAR - it's time to go - to whatever is his future (it's not in Cincinnati).

 
at 11:39 PM Blogger jeff said...

Where are my Patterson fans at? 4 hits!

 
at 12:36 AM Blogger Dave said...

Dave has stolen my name - I'd never bash Grif like that...errors like that happen, but it's not something you want to see in that situation. Patterson finally shows some life - another 4 or 5 hit game and he's back up in the .240s...ugh. Dunn's sacs are a sign he's coming around, not the apocalypse. HEY, HELLO? WHERE ARE ALL THE CANTU LOVERS?! He isn't in Votto's league, and he's got EE's errors, only with 3 homers and a few RBIs less (even though he bats cleanup and EE hits lower down in a less-productive order). Plus he doesn't glove nearly as many balls as EE, present any speed to speak of, or have the arm - good riddance, he'll cool back to .250 or so by year's end (and the Fish will drown along with him). Final thought - Fay's right, it's time to utilize Bruce's hot bat and youthful D - in CF or LF, not RF.

 
at 10:00 AM Blogger LittleRedMachine said...

Any win is a good win but goodness, theyre so much more difficult than they need to be. The Reds are playing like they are waiting to lose. Theyre playing scared.

 
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