The Reds participated in their second extra-innings game this afternoon against the Cleveland Indians. Only this time, they won! The should have won the game yesterday as well, but you knew it wasn't going to happen. A win yesterday would have meant three wins in a row and a bona fide winning streak.
Three wins in a row is something they've achieved only two times this season. If the Reds have two consecutive wins and you're into Baseball Betting, like clockwork, you can count on them to lose. Your payout might not be much, though.
Today, Aaron Harang got things started with three hits and zero runs through seven innings of baseball. Always nice to get a good long performance from the starter, especially in these turns-out-to-be-11-innings affairs. Of course, add in his two walks and TEN strike-outs, and you realize that he could have stayed in a little bit longer if he'd just pitched to contact.
Mike Stanton darn near screwed things up in the eighth, getting out of a bases loaded situation after giving up three hits. David Weathers was much more efficient in the ninth, not allowing a hit.
Gary Majewski got the call at the beginning of the extras but didn't even get an out before he was pulled in favor of Jon Coutlangus who finished out the 10th without a hit. Marcus McBeth pitched the 11th and 12th, issuing a walk but not allowing a hit.
During McBeth's time on the mound in the 12th inning, the most fantastic play of the game went down. With one out in the inning and Jason Michaels on third, Franklin Gutierrez hit a fly ball to center. As soon as the ball is in Josh Hamilton's glove, Michaels took off for home, setting up Hamilton to showcase that stellar arm. A short hop later, the double-play at the plate was complete.
It was a spectacular play. It wasn't, as George Grande said (twice) the only reason why the game continued into the bottom of the inning, but it was still great.
Hamilton looked like he might carry on the momentum that he brought to the game in the bottom of the 12th when he came to the plate with one out and two men on. However, he lined out to right field, leaving the glory of knocking in Chad Moeller to Alex Gonzalez.
The win brings the Reds record to 25-39 and gives them the series over the Indians. They're still in last place in the NLC, but only nine games back now. They take tomorrow off before hosting the Angels on Tuesday. Kelvim Escobar takes on Bronson Arroyo.