June 7, 2006

Game 56: Reds 6, Astros 4

The Reds swept the Astros and got a bona fide winning streak going on Sunday when they won 6-4.

Elizardo Ramirez took the mound for the good guys and worked six innings of two-run (earned), three-hit baseball. He walked two and struck out four.

Chris Hammond, David Weathers, Kent Mercker, Todd Coffey, and Esteban Yan each took a one-inning turn in this extra-innings affair. Weathers and Coffey each blew a save by allowing a run on two hits. Coffey also got the win, which hardly seems fair.

Hammond is looking great these days; maybe the weather was just to cold for him back in April. Weathers is looking not great these days; insert bad weather joke here.

Austin Kearns had a great night, as he's been doing lately, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Adam Dunn had a crappy night, as he'd been doing lately, going 0-for-5 with four strike outs.

But all of that was quickly forgotten in the wash of joy that was Ryan Freel's two home runs. With numbers 2 and 3 for the season (though really 3 and 4 if you count the one that was stolen from him at Wrigley), Freel knocked in and scored half of the Reds' runs.

If he can ever pull off a three-homer game, he'll forever be known as “Ryan Threel.” I look forward to that day.

The win brought the Reds record to 32-24 and their winning streak to four. They would travel to St. Louis for the final leg of this ass-long road trip, facing Brandon Claussen against Jeff Suppan on Monday.

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