July 1, 2008
Pirates 3, Reds 4: Griffey Auditions for DH
W: Cordero (3-1)
L: Capps (1-3)
Aaron “Lemon” Harang lived up to his nickname for only one inning during his start against the Pirates when he allowed 2 runs in the 6th. The other 6 innings were good, though, and the Reds stayed close.
Then Ken Griffey, Jr. pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th with the tying run on. To me, it felt like he was saying, “Guys, this is the Pirates,” as he swung and launched the walk-off home run into the seats.
Of course, it might have just been the Pirates helping the Reds showcase Griffey to any American League team in need of a designated hitter. After all, Griffey’s defense didn’t hurt the Reds last night. All they needed was his bat.