There’s no way to help fans forget two straight bullpen disasters like a dramatic extra inning win. I’m on the road (we’ve taken the kids on a short trip), so I listened on XM and I thought the game was lost when Scott Hatteberg came to the plate with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately, I was wrong.

Kyle Lohse was incredible again, and I’m so glad that he didn’t get the loss (as he would have without Hatteberg’s heroics). What an outstanding April Lohse has had. He’s been a stud.

Unfortunately, our less-spectacular former Twin starts today. Eric Milton can actually get his ERA below 5 today (it currently stands at 5.06), and something in the 4s isn’t a bad ERA for a fifth starter, frankly.

The Phils will counter with Cole Hamels, a good young pitcher who pitched brilliantly against the Reds last year in his major league debut. Here’s the game thread from that matchup; you’ll notice the wailing and gnashing of teeth about our bullpen. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

I feel a win coming on tonight, though. Discuss it here!

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. Maybe Ross hit for the cycle – a TP, a DP, and a routine out.

  2. Ross is hitting at Narron-like levels. (Caution: Narron’s batting lines not safe for children)

    I saw this a lot with Bruce Bochy – terrible-hitting catchers who become managers tend to give a lot of rope to their own terrible-hitting catchers.

  3. LLM had better play all next week.

  4. That strikeout ought to count double, it was so bad.

  5. Poor Charlie!!!

    Let’s tied it up to really tick him off.

  6. Freel with a dink single.
    1. No clue why they had EE going to 3rd on that one (down 3, and w/ 2 outs).
    2. Throw beat him.
    3. Good slide/bad tag = safe at 3rd.

    ….did Freel advance?

  7. Will Ferrell will try for the tying HR.

  8. Dunn with a chance to tie it. That’s all you can ask for, at this point.

  9. Thom with the running count.

    He’s really got to stop doing that. It’s obnoxious.

  10. Gonzlez really is bailing everyone out – ball glances off a diving EE’s glove, Gonzalez barehands it and throws him out.

  11. Gonzo with the manos de oro

  12. Nice play by BP.

    The “pitching and defense” is certainly much improved. The hitting is just sewer level.

  13. 19,500 walk-ups over the past 2 days. Reds fans really don’t like buying in advance, do they?

  14. St. Louis is in some trouble. Marty says that they have Randy Kiesler in their starting rotation. ❗

  15. At least these games go quickly.

  16. Hopefully, this wacky line up is history.

  17. 5 hits. Hurray! See you for more excitement tomorrow.

  18. I don’t think the Reds fans like buying on-line and getting socked with a zillion service charges. I know I don’t. I alway buy the day of the game.

  19. Wow, 15 strikeouts for Cole @#@#@# Hamels

  20. Freel: 4 for his last 17
    Dunn: 3 for his last 19 with 12 Ks
    Gonzales: 4 for his last 27
    Encarnacion: 4 for his last 39 with 9 K
    Ross: 3 for his last 28 with 13 Ks

  21. …don’t forget the triple play. πŸ˜₯

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2007 Reds, Game Thread, Reds - General