Okay, so it’s just a game in April, but the Reds showed real resilience tonight in coming back to defeat the Fuzzy Cubbies.

Matt Belisle was terrible out of the gate, giving up four home runs early to make it a 5-1 Cubs lead. Led by Adam Dunn’s two homers, however, the Reds scratched their way back to a two run lead. Then, of course, Danny “Mr. Excitement” Graves came on to “close” it out, which he finally did but not before giving up a run and causing dozens of heart attacks all over the Tri-State area.

Did I mention that I’m tired of Danny Graves?

I love having Adam Dunn and Wily Mo Pena in the same lineup, though. Except Dave Miley, in his infinite wisdom, bats probably his two best hitters fifth and sixth in the lineup. Gotta get Joe Randa more ABs, ya know.

Oh well, it’s not a night to complain, it’s a night to celebrate.

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2 Responses

  1. Greg

    Dear Michael Barrett,

    Thank you Mr. Barrett for not realizing that Dunn was already out at 3rd in the 8th inning of last night’s contest. That is quite a cannon you have for arm. I am sure Mr. Ramirez is also grateful that the throw was not accurate since he was watching the runner at 2nd. The throw could have injured him severely.

    “Mr Excitement” was trying to thank you by blowing the game in the 9th last night, but I sent Gullet out to the mound to tell Danny that I would write you a personal letter today and that would be thanks enough.

    Thank you again for all your help last night. We need as many 1-run wins as we can get.

    David Miley

  2. Greg

    From the Reds official website: “Matt Belisle became the first Reds pitcher to give up four home runs in a game since Jose Acevedo did so on Sept. 8, 2004, at Houston” Is that really noteworthy? Since the Reds didn’t play from Oct – Mar, isn’t that like saying “Belisle is the first pitcher to give up 4 homeruns since last month”?