July 20, 2006

Game 95: Mets 4, Reds 7

It's been an exhausting week at the Hot Mama household. My Crack Technical Staff recently became gainfully employed, leaving me to do--gasp!--some of my own dishes! So I didn't need no rain delay to make me fall asleep before the end of this one. I was asleep before the first inning was over.

Fortunately, our boys in Red are somewhat better rested than I, and were able to weather the weather to hang in there for the 4-7 win over the Mets.

Aaron Harang started it off and was nowhere remotely close to on as he gave up four runs (earned) on four hits and two walks in two innings. Then the rain rolled in and Harang didn't step foot on the mound again, probably all for the better.

Jason Standridge, coming off a zero-hit inning the night before, put in two innings of one-hit wonder. David Weathers was hitless in the fifth and sixth, as was Kent Mercker in the seventh.

Let's take a moment to appreciate that: Standridge and Weathers working the early innings, Mercker somewhat later. Isn't that nice? Well done, Narron.

Bill Bray got two outs in the eighth without giving up a run, and Todd Coffey got the last one for the win. Eddie Guardado got his ninth save of the season with a hitless ninth.

Like I said, I didn't really see this game. But even in my sleep I could feel the powerful vibes of Scott Hatteberg and his 3-for-4 night. At least, that's what I assume I was feeling.

Jason LaRue had a couple RBI, as did Edwin Encarnación, who was again relegated to pinch-hitting. EdE went 1-for-his 1 opportunity, but alas, Rich Aurilia had a home run, and Brandon Phillips left only two on base, so there's still no room for young Encarnación on the field.

The win brought the Reds' record to 50-45. They'd go for the series win Thursday, pitting Bronson Arroyo against the ghost of Tom Glavin.

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