The Reds partially redeemed themselves after a loss to the Royals on Tuesday with an authoritative 2-7 win on Wednesday to take the second game of the series.
Aaron Harang led the charge with a seven inning performance. His allowed one run (earned) on six hits and one walk. That one run was a solo shot to John Buck in the top of the second. It was the only time a Royal would get to second on Harang's watch.
David Weathers was less dominating, allowing one run (earned) on two hits in just one inning. Matt Belisle struck out two in a hitless ninth.
Felipe Lopez, Rich Aurilia, and Scott Hatteburg smacked homers in the third inning to score five. Ken Griffey, Jr. added another one in the seventh. The only run that came in via non-home-run means was on a Brandon Phillips sacrifice fly in the second.
As I recall, Ryan Freel did not start the first game with the Royals because Narron “couldn't find room” for him in the line-up, despite the fact that he was white-hot. Narron's quote was something along the lines of “Two days off won't kill him.” True, Freel did survive the game, but he also went 0-for-5 with two strike-outs.
Adam Dunn had only one hit on the night, but he also had more walks than the rest of the team combined. He went 1-for-1 with three bases-on-balls.
The win brought the Reds' record to 42-36. They would go for the series win on Thursday, sending Bronson Arroyo out to deal with Bobby Keppel.