Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Good to be Home

15 to 5 was the final score in Cincinnati last night. The Reds seemed to be quite happy to be home again. Bronson Arroyo started, going 7 innings and giving up all of 6 hits and 1 earned run, while the offense backed him up with 15 runs of their own. I was apparently exhausted yesterday evening, as I passed out almost as soon as I turned on the TV. The cheering for Ken Griffey Jr.'s 3-run homer in the 1st woke me up. That was quickly followed by Austin Kearns's 2-run homer. 5 runs before a single out was recorded.

The Reds struck again in the 3rd. Dave Ross doubled with the bases loaded to bring in 2 more runs. Due to the Brewers run in the 2nd, the score was 7-1.

The 6th brought 6 more runs for the good guys. Arroyo scored on a Brandon Phillips single, Adam Dunn followed shortly thereafter with a 3-run homer, and another 2 RBI double from Ross brought the score to 13-1.

Quinton McCracken singled in Felipe Lopez for the 14th run and Phillips scored the 15th on Scott Hatteberg's sac fly. And thus the Reds went into the 8th with a 14-run lead. Sounds like a good time to get our not-so-frequently used bullpen some playtime. As usual, this produced some runs for the bad guys, but a 14-run lead is hard to screw up. Mike Burns, who was not long for the big club, gave up 3 earned runs in the 8th and Brian Shackelford gave up another 1 earned run in the 9th, creating the final score, 15-5.

Tonight Elizardo Ramirez will go against Dana Eveland.

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