July 22, 2006

Game 97: Brewers 5, Reds 6

The rain delay was again good to the Reds in this 5-6 win on Friday. Well, Friday/Saturday.

Elizardo Ramirez lasted five innings, allowing five runs (earned) on eleven hits. Not a great night for The Lizard, but nothing the offense couldn't overcome. The Brewers' runs came in 1s and 2s, not grand-salami fours. That's nice.

Jason Standridge, suddenly the reliever of choice, worked the sixth and seventh without a hit. Bill Bray did the same, getting two strike-outs in the eighth. Gary Majewski got the win with his one hit, no run ninth inning.

The Reds didn't score a run until after the Brewers had scored all of theirs. Jason LaRue hit a solo shot in the fifth inning to get things going. See? Your contributions CAN make a difference. Enjoying his first start in what feel like forever, Edwin Encarnación put his one hit in four at-bats to good use with a two-run shot in the seventh.

Then came the half-inning of which you can see clips crammed into 30-seconds on ESPN News: the bottom of the ninth. Derrick Turnbow, who is now enjoying a 34.36 ERA this month with zero saves in four opportunities, took the mound and gave Brandon Phillips a single to center field. Scott Hatteberg pinch hit for the perfectly-reasonable-to-pinch-hit-for LaRue and walked. Dewayne Wise laid down the sac bunt to move the tying runs into scoring position.

Ryan Freel walked to load up the bases, and the Brewers changed pitchers. Dana Eveland walked Javier Valentín to cut the lead in half, giving Javy an RBI without having an official AB and setting up Ken Griffey, Jr. to single to center. He brought in the winning runs and the happy, happy feelings of the sleepy, sleepy fans.

The win brings the Reds' record to 51-46 and gives us some home for tonight's 6:10 affair that pits Joe Mays against David Bush. Pray for rain.

7 comments to “Game 97: Brewers 5, Reds 6”

  1. JinAZ says:

    I’ll just go on record here as saying that I have no intention of interviewing Mr. Arroyo due to his treatment of Red Hot Mama. So there. I bet he’s really feeling the heat now. -jinaz

  2. DevilsAdvocate says:

    This all sounds fishy with this contact. I would be much more likely to be p/o’d at the handler, whom even if he is affiliated with Bronson could have not bothered to say anything to him at all, perhaps even misrepresenting (to Arroyo) promises he made to you.
    Point is that I would place the blame on the one person that you had contact with.

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    J- That’s sweet of you, but don’t make the same mistake I did! Heck, the questions are even already ready for you.

    DA- You are right of course: I don’t have any solid evidence that the contact even knows BA. I did receive an autographed CD, but that wouldn’t be too tough to get or fake.

    Fortunately, my opinion of Bronson Arroyo doesn’t actually matter to anyone. So, even if my wrath is completely misplaced, it’s pretty much a big “so what?”

  4. KittyDuran says:

    RHM – don’t be so modest… your opinion does matter and I was glad I read the reasoning behind the ire. And I agree with DA your wrath should be directed to the contact.

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Modest? Me?

    Welcome to Red Hot Mama! You must be new here.

  6. KittyDuran says:

    Hey sarcasm, RHM… [and where are the smilies on this blog??? you know, the winking one…]

  7. Red Hot Mama says:

    Ouch…out-sarcastic-ed on my own blog. 😉