The clouds parted and a chorus of angels sang as Adam Dunn hit a three-run home run in the home eleventh to break a 0-0 tie with the Milwaukee Brewers and put an end to a five-game losing streak.
Elizardo Ramirez led the charge with an amazing eight innings of shutout baseball. He gave up five hits and one walk against 10 strike outs. Lately, it has taken near pitching perfection to give the Cincinnati club a chance at victory as the offense has failed time and time again to get runners on base. Thankfully, the Lizard was able to acheive near perfection.
Also thankfully, the bullpen did not allow any runs for a change. Todd Coffey took over in the ninth and tenth, giving up zero runs on one hit and one walk. Chris Hammond held the Brewers hitless in the eleventh for the win.
Not much to say about scoring. Dunn had all of the team's RBI with the 3-run dinger. Ryan Freel, Felipe Lopez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Rich Aurilia, and Scott Hatteberg also had hits. Hatteberg went 1-for-1 with three walks. Hattey's been hitting well, but I really don't know if he deserved that.
The win brings the Reds' record to 37-29. They take Thursday off before hosting a set of three with the White Sox. Brandon Claussen takes the mound against Freddy Garcia. May the angels be watching.