August 14, 2007

That Eerie Feeling the Cubs Are Gonna Come Back to Win

Perhaps I've just been burned by the bullpen so many times that I can't even bear to get my hopes up when the Reds are up 5-2 on the Cubs in the bottom of the sixth, or maybe I really do have a sixth sense about these things. I *have* been kind of psychic lately.

On the other hand, when Aaron Harang is pitching, as he is tonight, he often doesn't give the bullpen much of a chance to lose the game for him, so maybe I'll be wrong this time.

We came back early from the Indians/Bats game tonight to get our new first grader to bed at a semi-decent hour. It was clearly already too late, as he's now refusing to sleep as he obsesses over the fact that 1) we won't let him sleep in our bed, and 2) we won't play musical chairs with him. Oh, the wonders of being 6.

Here's hoping it's not also too late for this game. Though our Reds retain the lead, the Jacque Jones homer that actually left the building isn't feeling too promising.

17 comments to “That Eerie Feeling the Cubs Are Gonna Come Back to Win”

  1. Red Hot Mama says:

    Oh, Gonzo is away again. I hope that baby’s all the way better soon. That’s just miserable.

  2. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ooh, Phillips gets plunked and steals second. He was so out if the ball hasn’t found its way into center.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    I’m all for Phillips hopping around, distraction the pitcher, but the actual stealing is itchy when Dunn’s at the plate. Often, it doesn’t matter where the runner is when Dunn hits, so screwing around is just dangerous.

  4. Red Hot Mama says:

    I’m not going to complain about Hatteberg’s play: on the contrary, his year made him super ripe for trading if we had a general manager (or perhaps owner) who knew what he was doing.

    In related news, we saw Joey Votto at the game tonight. Do you know he’s hitting .300 with the Bats?

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Harang just hit De Rosa. Did he do it on purpose? I hope so. His body language said no, but maybe he’s a good actor.

  6. Red Hot Mama says:

    I hope the wild pitch was *not* intentional. : :angry:

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    How can the Reds still be up 6-4 and I still feel like they’re hopelessly out of the game? Leaving the bases loaded for the second time in the game probably has something to do with it.

  8. Red Hot Mama says:

    Bottom of the eighth, so of course, it’s time to take out the single best pitcher on this staff in favor of Jared Burton.

    To be fair, though, Harang did have A runner aboard. The Reds have stranded 10 of them so far tonight, but you can’t count on that from everyone.

  9. Red Hot Mama says:

    Derek Lee drives in a run off Burton and now it’s a one-run game.

    I was hoping to break the jinx by acknowledging my feeling about the Cubs coming back. I was hoping it would work better than this.

  10. Red Hot Mama says:

    Second pitching change of the bottom of the eighth, and the Reds think to themselves, “whom do we have who works *really* well with a one-run lead?”

    Hard to say who would be better than Weathers in this situation, though. Coffey’s in Indy tonight; we saw him there ourselves.

  11. Red Hot Mama says:

    Weathers walks Ramirez. This is how Inclement got in trouble last time.

  12. Red Hot Mama says:

    Wow, Weathers got out of it. Now all he has to do is get out of the ninth!

  13. Red Hot Mama says:

    One out to go. And that last one was a looooooooong one.

  14. Red Hot Mama says:

    Cubs have a runner aboard on a walk. Gulp!

  15. Red Hot Mama says:

    Stanton is warming up…just in case.

    Just in case of what?

  16. Red Hot Mama says:

    8-o

    They won! I thought it was out but Hopper caught it in the ivy. George got to say “smiling side of the scoreboard”!!

    Now it’s time for me to sleep. Sweet dreams everyone. :)