The Reds took out the Reds Ox by a score of 5-10 on another Bingo Night Tuesday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota before the appreciative eyes of the Zooper Stars. And a whole lot of other people.
Dave Williams took the mound and gave up three runs on six hits (two of them home runs) over five innings.
The Red Sox had just one of their home runs on the board before Nolan Rhino, Ken Giraffey, Jr. and Cow Ripkin, Jr. did their inflated ditty in the middle of the second inning, but Alex Cora followed up the performance with another in the top of the third (another home run, that is. Not another inflated ditty). Things didn't look too much better for the Reds when David Ross hit a long bomb to right field in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-1.
In the middle of the fourth, Roger Claments swallowed his assistant to the tune of “Weird Al” Yankovic's “Eat It” and spit him back out in his underwear. My son thought it was the funniest thing ever. He repeatedly shouted:
“The clam ate that guy and he came back out naked!”
In the top of the fifth, Kevin Youkilis followed up Coco Crisp's double with a walk to set up a David Ortiz single to right field. For some crazy reason, the base coach held up Crisp, much to the dismay of the primarily Boston crowd. But Manny Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 3-1. Williams walked Wily Mo Peña on four pitches, then struck out Hee Sop Choi on three pitches, so I can only assume he was showing off.
David Ross was again responsible for a Red run when he knocked in Brian Buchanan in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 3-2.
Rick White gave up back-to-back doubles in the top of the sixth to Enrique Wilson and Alex Cora to make the score 4-2. With Cora on second, Josh Bard hit a ground ball to short. Frank Menechino threw out Bard at first, and first baseman Andy Abad threw to Tony Womack at second to try to get Cora. Womack dropped the ball. But Bard thought he was out or thought the play was over or thought that staying on second base was just a recommendation but not a rule, so Womack picked up the ball and tagged him out at second. Youkilis would later fly out to center field to end the top of the sixth.
The middle of the sixth brought out Derek Cheetah and Ichiroach Suzuki for a little dance number before the scoring really got going for the Reds. Abad drew a walk, as did Adam Dunn. Little Eddie Encarnación struck out before Menechino knocked in Abad with a single to center. Brian Buchanan grounded to the short stop, but everyone was safe thanks to Dunn's slide and a bobbling Sox infielder.
Boston put in Manny Delcarmen to pitch, and he promptly walked Ryan Freel to score one for the Reds. While Ross was hitting, a wild pitch allowed the runners to advance before Ross grounded out to the shortstop. Tony Womack hit a 2-RBI double to center to make the score 4-7 before Matt Kata struck out to end the inning.
The Reds picked up the scoring again in the bottom of the eighth. Buchanan grounded out to second, but Freel singled to left center. While pinch hitter William Bergolla was putting in his required effort before being sent down, Freel stole second. It was for naught, though, when Bergolla walked.
While Jeff Bannon was batting, Freel then stole third. Bannon hit a double down the left field line that scored Freel, made the score 4-8, and left runners on second and third. Matt Kata struck out, but while Abad was hitting, the pitcher balked in a run to make the score 4-9. Abad drew the walk, and Cruz (who is running much better this year, btw) singled in the Reds's final run. Encarnación struck out as the Reds' final batter.
Brian “Love” Shackelford made the top of the ninth inning interesting by giving up a home run to the first batter he faced, and a single to the second. He got a fly out and a strike out before allowing another double, and finally a line-out to first base.
The win brought the Reds' record to 18-11 before a crowd of 7,624. It was the largest crowd for a Reds' game at Ed Smith, and the second largest ever at Ed Smith. They hosted Tampa Bay in Sarasota on Wednesday.