May 13, 2008

Marlins 7, Reds 8: The Reds Win a Game They Usually Lose

Marlins (23-15)200100130791
Reds (16-23)00002240-8101
W: Aaron Harang (2-5) L: Taylor Tankersley (0-1) S: Francisco Cordero (6)


Really, the title for the post says it all. Somehow the Reds managed to win a game that all signs indicated they should lose.

  • Aaron Harang starting.
  • Facing a pitcher with an ERA north of 6.
  • Corey Patterson leading off.
  • Adam Dunn batting seventh.
  • Dusty Baker “managing.”

All conditions were true, yet the Reds won anyway. Patterson had a good game, which undoubtedly helped. He had 4 hits to raise his average above .200. His not out percentage continues to languish below his career average of terrible.

Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Phillips drove in runs and lead the Reds to a comeback win, providing Harang with run support he hasn’t had all year. Of course, Francisco Cordero had to make it interesting when he was called in early in the 8th, but the error by Griffey really just showed again how bad he is in right field. He’s my favorite player, but if the Reds want to win anytime soon, they need to trade him away.

The same two teams play again tonight at 7:10pm EDT when Mark Hendrickson faces Edinson Volquez.

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