May 28, 2006

Game 49: Diamondbacks 7, Reds 0

For the second straight night, the Reds forced headline writers everywhere to come up with yet another way to say “this offense can't score for crap” after a 7-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Aaron Harang took the mound and allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits and one walk through seven innings. Kent Mercker, fresh off the disabled list, worked the eighth and allowed three runs (earned) on two hits and two walks. Matt Belisle held 'em hitless in the ninth.

The Reds' five hits were contributed by Felipe Lopez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Scott Hatteberg, Austin Kearns, and Harang.

Harang's hit came to lead-off the bottom of the fifth inning. The previous inning, Adam Dunn and Rich Aurilia walked before Hatteberg and Kearns made outs. Jason LaRue came up with two outs and worked a full count. Finally, he would try to pull back his swing at ball four and struck out. He was mad because he didn't think he went around, but I was mad because he pulled back.

The number eight batter can't try to draw a walk to load them up for the pitcher in the fourth inning, I said indignantly to my Crack Technical Staff. If it's hittable (and it was), he's got to hit it. Then Harang got his hit to lead off the fifth and my Crack Technical Staff made fun of me. I still think he should have swung.

The loss brings the Reds record to 27-22, their losing streak to three, and their shaking-your-head-and-sighing quotient through the roof. They attempt to avoid the sweep this afternoon by sending Bronson Arroyo up against Enrique Gonzales. Gonzales brings no record and no ERA to the game, so maybe this will be the game the Reds finally score a run against the Diamondbacks.

5 comments to “Game 49: Diamondbacks 7, Reds 0”

  1. Skeeter says:

    Yup, this is the game in which the Reds finally score a run against the Diamondbacks.
    However, seeing as how it’s 3-1 here in the 5th, I think our next goal should be to score enough runs to get the lead. One is nice, but three more would be excellent.

  2. Skeeter says:

    Thank you, Javy.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    Freaking awesome.

    It seems like you can count on a well-rested Freel for one run a game, but it was looking like that’s all the Reds were going to get tonight. Then Hatty steps up and then Javy comes through with the walk-off.

    Let’s hear it for the little guys!

  4. KC2HMZ says:

    I loved that surprise drag-bunt single by David Ross, he really caught Arizona napping on that one. Takes guts to try that when you’re three runs down, especially when you’ve got David Ross’s wheels instead of Ryan Freel’s wheels. But he did and worked it perfectly.

    I guess it doesn’t look so wierd carrying three catchers when two of them had so much to do with the Reds winning that game, after LLM hit the walk-off dinger (off their closer, no less).

    ‘Bout time the offense woke up.

    John (HMZ)

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    It wouldn’t look so weird carrying three catchers if [em]three[/em] of them had had so much to do with a win…