The wind is changing; I can just tell. The Reds will win today.
It’s sunny here for the first time in a week. That’s gotta be a good thing.
Even though they are down 7-5 in the sixth inning at this point, I still believe they are going to win. I mean, Dunn got a double, LaRue has three hits, Freel has two hits…stuff is looking like it might get back to normal, including Dave “Vote for me for Assignment Designee” Williams.
It [i]feels[/i] good today.
9-7 now in the top of the seventh. Griffey came through to give the Reds the lead. I must say, I was skeptical when I read this entry, but I’m starting to feel it.
So long as Rick White “Flag of Surrender” doesn’t enter the game, the bullpen might even to hold on to the lead.
Right now I think I’d rather see the Reds keep Ramirez and send Williams to Louisville. The Pirates are 1-14 against lefthanders, but they handed Williams his butt in that first inning. The first eight guys got on base and the Pirates jumped off to a 6-0 lead.
They could have packed it in then, but they didn’t. They chipped away little by little, then stormed into the lead with a four-run seventh, and held on to win, 9-8. LaRue and Kearns homered. LaRue had four hits (career high according to the AP), Lopez extended his hitting streak to 12 games, Belisle pitched two scoreless innings right when the Reds needed them to help ’em stay in the game, and Coffey got his second career save (the first one was also against the Pirates). The much-maligned bullpen held the Pirates to two runs over the last six innings.
And moments after Dunn strikes out swinging with the bases loaded and the score tied in the seventh, who else, I ask you? Who else but Griffey to step in and save the day with a liner that falls inches from a diving Jason Bay in left-center for the game-winning two-run single?
WAY, way too early to start writing eulogies for the 2006 Reds, people. Ya know, if the playoffs started tomorrow, it’s the Reds who’d be the wild card team in the NL.
I was hoping some non-believers would show up in the first inning to call me an idiot for thinking they were going to win so I could come back and say I told you so. But it looks like the non-belivers stayed away in droves and everyone could feel the win coming on.